Cathy O’Dowd

First Woman to Summit Everest from North & South Sides
Keynote Speaker Cathy O'Dowd

Cathy O’Dowd

First Woman to Summit Everest from North & South Sides


Cathy O’Dowd is the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, from both its north and south sides. Her first ascent of Everest happened in the midst of the chaotic events that form of the basis of the ‘true story’ behind the Hollywood movie Everest. A life-long adventurer, she has been a professional speaker for more than 20 years and has presented her message to companies in 45 countries on six continents.

A dramatic story of managing uncertainty while navigating a new route in the high Himalaya. Cathy has turned this extraordinary experience into a case-study of the challenges of being a pioneer, and she takes the audience with her in this interactive presentation. Your people will be on the team, experiencing the uncertainty, participating in the key decisions and living with the consequences.  An adventure keynote experience unlike anything you have seen before. Also available as a webinar.

The place where mountains and business meet is with people: ambitious people tackling overwhelming challenges in high-risk, high-stress environments – high achievers whose natural ambition drives them to competition rather than cooperation, yet who need to collaborate effectively in high-performing teams. With honesty and humour, Cathy shares the ways in which we create our own disasters and shows how we can overcome our mistakes, refocusing teams to push upwards to summit success.

Join an expedition with Cathy O’Dowd, and live the challenge of leading teams and executing plans in high-risk, high-stress environments, while striving for big goals. Learn why plans fail and how teams crumble, and discover the key tools that ensure you will get to the top.

Cathy is a passionate speaker, who combines humour and drama, weaving a spell-binding story out of which she subtly draws her metaphors for achievement.


  • Think Like An Explorer: Doing What Has Never Been Done Before
  • Reaching New Heights: Teamwork & Leadership from the Slopes of Mount Everest
  • Managing Uncertainty
  • Goal Setting
  • Motivation & Inspiration
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Change Management
  • Women in a Man’s World




  • Just for the Love of It (1999)
  • Everest: Free to Decide (1997)

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