Cathy O'Dowd, Business Speaker, Mountaineer, Motivational Speaker, Team Building Trainer, Everest: highest mountain in the world, symbol of incomparable challenge, its summit the most supreme achievement. To climb to the top once is the ultimate triumph. To reach the summit a second time is the feat of a lifetime. Cathy O’Dowd is the only woman ever to have climbed the peak from both south and north sides.

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The first woman in the world to climb Mt Everest from both sides! Everest: highest mountain in the world, symbol of incomparable challenge, its summit the most supreme achievement. To climb to the top once is the ultimate triumph. To reach the summit a second time is the feat of a lifetime. Cathy O’Dowd is the only woman ever to have climbed the peak from both south and north sides.

It is the combination of determination and teamwork in the face of extreme adversity that took mountaineer Cathy O’Dowd to the summit of the world. Having succeeded from the south in 1996, despite facing the worst storm in Everest’s history, Cathy took on the challenge of the treacherous north side in 1998. Her attempt ended when she stopped to try and save a dying climber. In 1999 Cathy returned and on 29 May she was once more on the summit.

Cathy O’Dowd, who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, has climbed ever since leaving school. In late 1995, she was completing a Masters degree in Media Studies when she saw an advert in a local newspaper for a place on the 1st South African Everest Expedition. She was one of 200 women who applied and was the only one finally selected.

Her presentations weave together the literal adventure of climbing Everest and the metaphorical challenge of reaching for the peak of achievement. Cathy draws on her extraordinary experiences and shares her story of challenge, of adventure, of passion for life and the reality of death. Her inspirational keynotes focus on self-motivation, team dynamics, risk-assessment and tackling seemingly overwhelming challenges one step at a time. Cathy is a superb storyteller and all presentations are illustrated throughout by spectacular images of the climbs.

Cathy O’Dowd is an author as well as a speaker and has written two books about her Everest experiences. In May 2000 she became the fourth woman in the world to climb Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest mountain.

Areas of Expertise

Her top presentations are:

Achieve the summit! The 3 key obstacles and 6 key tools to conquering your mountain. A motivational and inspirational presentation suitable for individual achievers and team members alike

Reach for the heights! Team dynamic: how ordinary individuals can reach extraordinary heights - together. Understand the team life-cycle: discover the keys to overcoming conflict and uniting for success.

Two fascinating titles that have come out of recent client requests:

Project Management on Everest A dramatically different case study in project management: 80% of an Everest expedition occurs before the team leaves its home country. Fail to prepare and you prepare to fail!

The Global Village climbs Everest An unusual insight into living in the global village. A look at how issues of forced international co-operation, mobile communications, and increasing commercialisation affect the world's highest mountain.

All presentations are dramatically illustrated with images from the expeditions. Pictures, video and equipment from Everest can be supplied at no extra cost to assist in theming your conference around *reaching the summit*.

Client Comments

By far the best talk I've ever heard; motivational, inspirational, very touching at times, all the ingredients were there to capture our team's attention. Xavier Dubois (European Product Manager, BAXTER Fenwal Europe) March '02 TENERIFE

...the one word that came through over and over again on the following morning from delegates: "Stunning!" Mike Major (Office of Government Commerce) Feb '02 LONDON

Absolutely fantastic! Maggie White (Director, East Basildon Education Action Zone) Jan '02 BASILDON, UK

Our delegates were enthralled by your incredible journey and wonderful photographs. You are obviously a natural born story-teller! It was also useful to link the challenges your team faced on the Everest climb with the effectiveness of team work, behaviour and motivation in the business environment, as it gave us all something to relate to on your journey. All feedback was extremely positive. Your presentation will not be forgotten! Paula Corfield (CSC Safety Compliance Manager) Jan '02 KENILWORTH, UK

The feedback I have had from everyone tells me you got it spot on. At the end they felt uplifted by your talk, moved at times, and enthused to get on and meet their own challenges. Mike Thompson (MD, Childbase) Dec '01 LE TOUQUET, FRANCE

Thank you so much for your time out here - you won't believe the responses we got on your presentation.... The slides were incredible and the tragic moments added to the reality of it all. All in all you made a very common topic - teamwork - more real and vivid and everyone took a lot away. Thura Ko (Communications, Media and Entertainment Group, Goldman Sachs) Nov '01 HONG KONG

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