Catherine McCarthy, PhD

Expert on Peak Performance, Leadership and Teamwork Under Adversity

  • Catherine McCarthy, PhD`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Catherine McCarthy, PhD`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken


  • Travels From

    Georgia, USA

  • Catherine McCarthy, PhD`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Catherine McCarthy, PhD`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken


  • Travels From

    Georgia, USA

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Managing Energy to Maximize Performance

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Transforming the Way We Work: The New Rules of Engagement

About Keynote Speaker Catherine McCarthy, PhD

Catherine McCarthy’s Key Accomplishments Include . . . 
Catherine McCarthy, PhD has spent her career helping individuals and companies build sustainable leadership, effective  teamwork and high performance in demanding environments. 

Previously, Catherine McCarthy worked as the Chief Operating Officer for The Energy Project, a company that helps individuals and organizations fuel energy, engagement, focus and productivity by harnessing the science of high performance. She is the co-author of Leading at the Edge, a book based on Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctica expedition which outlines 10 key strategies for helping leaders and teams optimize performance in the face of adversity.

In October 2007, the article Manage Energy Not Time: The Science of Stamina, co-authored with Tony Schwartz, was published in the Harvard Business Review. The article describes the impact of The Energy Project curriculum on engagement and performance at three Fortune 100 companies.

Catherine McCarthy also contributed to The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs that Energize Great Performance with Tony Schwartz and Jean Gomes, which was published in 2010 and was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

At The Energy Project, Catherine McCarthy delivered keynotes, facilitated training, coached executives and helped to develop the core curriculum. She worked with senior leaders and teams at companies including Chubb Insurance, Credit Suisse, Johnson & Johnson, Google, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Kaiser Permanente, Chase, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Kraft Foods, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Starbucks, UBS and Wachovia as well as organizations ranging from the FBI to the Boys & Girls Club of America.

More About Speaker, Catherine McCarthy…
Prior to joining the Energy Project in 2003, Catherine McCarthy was a Senior Consultant at the Syncretics group, an organization devoted to helping leaders perform at their best in the face of difficult challenges. Before that, Catherine spent five years as a Consulting Psychologist for MICA Management Resources, a consulting firm based in Chicago. She began her career as a leadership consultant to large family-owned businesses.

Catherine McCarthy got her BA in 1990 from Princeton University, where she was also an All-American lacrosse player. Catherine earned her PhD. in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and went on to do a fellowship at Yale University’s Consultation Center.

As a competitive athlete, Catherine McCarthy has completed twenty marathons and eight 141 mile long Ironman races.


“Please accept my sincere praise for Catherine. She did an outstanding job of presenting. I was amazed that Catherine held the attention of 66 managers for four hours and I believe many wished like me that we had more time with her. Catherine led several dynamic discussions and provided us with much food for thought. In short, she exceeded my expectations and added great value to our Symposium.”

Karen M. Wall

Sr. VP of Corporate Infrastructure, Akibia, Inc.

“Superb! Left me hungry for more, but gave me a number of immediately applicable ideas for improving my leadership skills. Catherine is a great presenter!”

Chris Swanson

President, Flex Execs


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