Eileen McDargh

founder and CEO of a consulting firm; was named on Leadership Excellence magazine's top Excellence 100 list

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Eileen McDargh is founder and CEO of the consulting firm, The Resilient Spirit (a division of McDargh Communications). Organizations like Cisco, Novartis, Oracle, and Procter & Gamble hire her firm to teach them ways of building resilient » Read Full Bio

Eileen McDargh is founder and CEO of the consulting firm, The Resilient Spirit (a division of McDargh Communications). Organizations like Cisco, Novartis, Oracle, and Procter & Gamble hire her firm to teach them ways of building resilient leadership teams and workplaces.

Novartis’s Dr. Rob Kowalski, Senior VP and Global Head of Drug Regulatory Affairs and U.S. Head of Development, says, “The weeks Eileen spent working with [my senior leadership team] were a magical time in all our careers. Through our work with her, we became stronger leaders, and banded together to become a high-performing transformative team.”

Leadership Excellence magazine, which ranks top thought leaders in management and leadership, named Eileen to its “Excellence 100” 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, Eileen speaks and writes about resiliency.

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 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. As an author, Eileen has written five books, including “The Resilient Spirit: Heart Talk for Surviving in An Upside Down World” and “Work for a Living and Still be Free to Live!”

In 2008, the Independent Book Publishers Association awarded her book, “Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truth’s for Life’s Complexities,” a Benjamin Franklin Gold Award. Her latest book, published in 2011, is My Get Up and Go… Got Up and Went. Her articles are found in thousands of publications both on-line and off-line. Eileen 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, Eileen 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.”

She and her family live in Dana Point, California.

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Radical Resilience, Staying Rightside 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 (Engagement, Retention, Leadership)
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. Latest report (Summer 2007) from DDI reports that more than 40% of leaders crave soft skills that can help them work better with others.
Lead-Her-Ship Claiming The Power, Passion, Play And Purpose Of Our Lives (Women, Creativity, & Leadership)
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.
Resilient Relationships, Understanding Your Communication E-Quotient (Communication Skills)
Talk is never cheap. It's priceless! How would you rate your communication efforts? Better still, what would others say?Using a personal communication profile (the DISC), you'll discover your unique behavioral preferences. You'll gain insights on where and why relationships grow or suffer. This workshop is designed to open channels for sharing communication preferences and valuing differences. With interaction, humor and high content, Eileen will help you walk away with ideas for improving your own communication while understanding others. This program provides plenty of "meat" high content, useful information you can put to work at the office and at home.


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