Keynote Speaker Cathy Salit

Cathy Salit

CEO, Author, Speaker, Performer, Executive Coach, Social Entrepreneur

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    New York, USA

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Cathy Salit began her career as an upstart and risk-taker at the age of 13, when she dropped out of eighth grade and started an alternative school in an abandoned storefront in New York City. This unusual endeavor put Cathy on an uncharted life path, and she has dedicated her life to creating educational environments that challenge the “way things are” and offer innovative, high-impact learning and development experiences.

When she isn’t speaking or coaching executives, Cathy leads Performance of a Lifetime (POAL), an Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Company that helps leaders, teams, and organizations close the gap between the status quo and their desired future by focusing on the human side of strategy. POAL’s team of coaches and human development experts leverage their proprietary method, The Becoming Principle™, to engage leaders and companies in creating and acting on new and uncharted possibilities. As CEO, Cathy works with leaders and teams at companies such as American Express, Nike, Coca Cola, Rolls Royce, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Cathy is the author of Performance Breakthrough: A Radical Approach to Success at Work (Hachette Books), which has been called a “must read” (Susan Cain), “required reading” (Tor Myhren), and an “exhilarating book” (Mary Catherine Bateson). Cathy and her work have been featured in Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, Wired, and the Wall Street Journal. She is also an artistic associate at the award-winning Castillo Theatre in New York City, where she performs regularly with the musical improv comedy troupe the Proverbial Loons. Less frequently, she sings jazz and R&B on any stage she can find…or create.

Testimonials 5

  • “Cathy Salit has revitalized the traditional keynote! I wanted her to energize and motivate our members, and she gave us an immersive, performance-based experience that delivered all of that and much more.”

    Margaret Lioi

    CEO, Chamber Music America

  • “I know from my own experience having Cathy Salit as a teacher that her lessons can be life-changing.”To 

    Daniel H. Pink

    Author, "To Sell is Human" and "Drive"

  • “Cathy Salit uses language that sparkles with energy, persuasion and intelligence. She brings her theater and coaching experiences to life in her presentations… a guideline for any and everyone interested in performing the person they are becoming to the very best of their abilities.”

    Sharon Krumm, PhD, RN

    Director of nursing/administrator, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital

  • “Cathy has a rare ability to completely shift people’s view of themselves and their teams, with a masterful touch and a twinkle in her eye. Her work is transformative… teaching us to explore our human potential by seeing through the lens of a director on the ‘stage of life.’”

    Tom Andrews

    President, SY Partners

  • “The audience raved about Cathy’s keynote at the Midwinter Conference for the Society of Consulting Psychologists—practical, innovative, and transformative ideas for their work and their own personal learning and development. Her talk was the best thing at the conference!”

    Randall P. White

    Council Leadership Team, American Psychological Association

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