Eileen McDargh

Eileen McDargh

Speaker: Eileen McDargh

 Resiliency & Leadership Expert, and Author 


  • Radical Resilience: Staying Right-Side Up in a World That’s Upside Down
  • The Power of Engagement: Inside Out Leadership for Resilient Teams
  • Lead-Her-Ship: Claiming The Power, Passion, Play & Purpose Of Our Live
  • Make no mistake—everyone works—whether for free or fee!

Eileen McDargh is founder and CEO (Chief Energy Officer) of the consulting firm, The Resiliency Group (a division of McDargh Communications) and is a master facilitator, moderator and emcee. Organizations like Cisco, Novartis, Oracle and Procter & Gamble hire her firm to teach them ways of building resilient leadership teams and workplaces. Her programs are high content, high energy, interactive and often hilarious.

Leadership Excellence magazine, which ranked top thought leaders in management and leadership, continually named McDargh to its top 50 Leadership list. Following a survey of 22,000 business professionals, the research firm, Global Gurus, named her to its list of the World’s Top 30 Leadership Professionals. Along with her work as an organizational resiliency consultant, McDargh speaks and writes about resiliency in business, in life, and in relationships.

McDargh is a member of the National Speakers Association (and has served on its Board of Directors), was awarded by Speakers Platform a Top 5 Speaker designation in Teamwork / Leadership two years in a row, was elected into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame and was given by her peers the Legend of the Platform Award.

McDargh authored Work for a Living & Still Be Free to Live, the first book on work/life balance — a topic that placed her as a futurist in this issue and is now in a Kindle edition. Her second book, The Resilient Spirit, is found from South Africa to California. Talk Ain’t Cheap… It’s Priceless – Connecting in a Disconnected World serves as a leadership guide for numerous organizations. Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truths for Life’s Complexities, won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in 2008. My Get Up & Go Got Up & Went was written to help everyone who is stretched too thin by competing demands. The 40 Tips For Speaking Up, Speaking Out, And Being Heard tip booklet was written by McDargh and Dr. Eunice Parisi-Carew for women in the workplace. Her newest book Your Resiliency GPS was created to help people revive and renew the spark of hope and optimism as they cultivate resiliency skills.

McDargh is also a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Sloan Work and Family Researcher Network, an organization of interdisciplinary researchers and scholars studying work-life issues. Before starting her own consultancy, McDargh was the Director of Communications for a national healthcare company, served as senior manager on a U.S. Navy installation project, and taught school in Nassau County, Florida, where she was elected “Educator of the Year.”

As a platform speaker, she has given thousands of keynotes for organizations and associations in dozens of fields, including aerospace, education, finance, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, public agencies, real estate, retail, technology, utilities and women’s leadership. She has become noted for her ability to speak the truth with clarity, wisdom, humor and compassion.

Radical Resilience: Staying Right-Side Up in a World That’s Upside Down

Radically turbulent times demand professional and personal responses that transcend our regular work and life patterns. It’s not about happy faces on mirrors and mantras on coffee mugs. It’s not about hanging on while holding back. It’s about times when you feel someone ate your cheese, drained the swamp, and went from great to less-than-good. Eileen’s book The Resilient Spirit is an ideal gift that can be personalized as a take-home reminder of powerful lessons.

Radical resilience requires the courage to challenge, commit, and contribute in ways that positively impact both today as well as many tomorrows. Based upon the length of the presentation, participants will:

Discover how to grow the skills of adaptability, agility, laugh-ability, and alignment for producing results that put YOU in control of your ship.

Learn a four-part model for methodically tackling the tough issues you currently face.

Explore what great leaders do to inspire teams to stay in the game and thrive. (And it has NOTHING to do with money!) Get them energized, actualized, authorized, and gratified.

Develop a personal legacy leadership goal that defies downturns and disappointments.

The Power of Engagement: Inside Out Leadership for Resilient Teams

The “soft stuff” of business is always the hardest part of business.

It’s time to START talking and get back to work! Create a competitive edge in engaging and retaining talented employees and customers on the most human of playing fields: conversation. Without that connection, there is no energy of engagement. Discover the secret of viewing points, orange batons and Little Davids in creating teams and fostering loyalty. The latest report from DDI reports that more than 40% of leaders crave soft skills that can help them work better with others.

The results will be:

Clear understanding of what energizes employees and what depletes.

Connected and cohesive stakeholders.

Candid conversations that can generate a renewed commitment.

Lead-Her-Ship: Claiming The Power, Passion, Play & Purpose Of Our Lives

Gather women together and you have an energy source to light even the darkest corners of the world. Eileen puts a match to that energy. A presentation for reliving and laughing about our foibles, for celebrating our uniqueness, for renewing our passion and commitment to life, and for establishing the common traits which allow all of us to bloom where we are planted. We can learn to be heroines of our own story and leaders shaping tomorrow for all our children. This is your time to refresh, realign, reawaken, reflect, refuel, regenerate, rejoice, release, remember and renew.

Participants will learn to:

Celebrate all you are (outlaw negative thinking and projection paralysis; banish living to someone else’s expectations.)

Be fully alive (laughter and tears flow from the same well.)

Act on the dream (small gifts-great rewards.)

Love without ceasing (the grace of gratitude.)

In-joy the ride (power of laughter.)

Work for a Living & Still Be Free to Live: The Secret for a Resilient Life

Balance is baloney! Discover a better metaphor for the realities of living in a 24/7 world. Learn the power of choice and how to conduct a C.A.T. scan of your life. Develop strategies to create a life by YOUR design and not by default.

A critical topic for all walks of life and one Eileen has followed since authoring the first book ever written on this topic.

Make no mistake—everyone works—whether for free or fee!

How can you work smart and live happier? Is it even possible to have work/life balance in this fast-paced, frantic world? From senior executives to front line employees, this issue is key to the changing nature of America’s workforce and today’s world.

We hear about the need to balance personal and work priorities, but how do you go from burned out to fired up? How can we juggle the many responsibilities and demands on our busy lives?

In this insightful and interactive program you will:

Understand why traditional models of balance no longer work in these times of change.

Discover how to conduct your own “CAT” scan of life.

Acquire the skills to “sail” within the five critical areas of living.

Create your own action plan for juggling the demands of your fast-paced life.

Develop personal strategies for creating “a life by design, not be default”.

Learn at least three methods for effective self-management and self-improvement that you can put to work immediately.


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