A little about me…
I was a multi-hyphenate before it was a thing.
I’m an author – keynote speaker – media commentator – certified coach – podcast host – Forbes columnist – board member – women’s advocate – leadership facilitator – adventure traveller – amateur barista – ball juggling/dropping mother of four… you get the drift.
Twenty-five years of living around the world coupled with my passion for personal development have taught me a thing or two about rising above the fears that dim our lights and hold our potential dormant. Of all the lessons I’ve learned since leaving my parent’s small farm in rural Australia the most important are that courage is required for every worthwhile endeavor and that the human spirit is greater than any challenge we face. Individually and collectively.
I’m guessing that you, like me, don’t want to settle – in your work, relationships, leadership and life. To that end, I hope your visit to my website will embolden you to be a little bit braver.
In today’s culture of fear, living bravely is indispensable for living well.
Margie delivered a truly transformative virtual experience. Great energy, insightful frameworks and high impact sound bites left our teams both energized and deeply introspective on embracing courage in their work and life.
VP, Global Strategy & Operations
Oracle has utilized Margie's expertise for our Asia Pacific leadership programs on multiple occasions. Her collaborative approach, professionalism and energy, on stage and off, combined with her fresh concepts and calm authority have created those ‘ah-ha!’ moments that make better leaders of us all.
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Oracle Corporation, Asia Pacific & Japan
If you want to embolden your teams and leaders to raise their sights and take more courageous action, Margie is the perfect adrenaline-like shot of inspiration you need.
Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Johnson & Johnson
Google engaged Margie to facilitate a full-day program at our Hong Kong office. The feedback was so overwhelmingly positive that I have no hesitation in recommending Margie as a terrific investment in team and personal development.
Google Hong Kong
In just a short hour presenting to an audience of 1,000, Margie became part of our team. She exceeded our high expectations, weaving her message of courage into our strategy in a meaningful and entertaining way. The standing ovation she received reflected how much the audience loved her. I strongly recommend Margie for any event that ties into meaningful advancement.
President and CEO
Margie was an absolutely instrumental part of enlarging the context for our new team. She inspired us to reach for significant business opportunities, strengthen our collaboration, and embrace the mindset needed to achieve amazing success!
BD Medical Technology
If you are looking for a powerful yet practical message to inspire our team to take action, Margie is the speaker for you! The audience feels the positive and personal message she delivers with credibility as a best-selling author and global leadership authority. She is also a joy to work with!
Senior Vice President, Global Sales
I recommend Margie to any company seeking to up the ante on their leadership capability.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Working with Margie has been more impactful than any other personal or professional development program I’ve ever done. She was so good, I had her coach my entire team.
Margie’s insight, authenticity and diverse global experience is as impressive as it is invaluable.
Johnston & Johnston
I've engaged Margie for many leadership programs, always with incredible feedback.
VP Employee Success
Margie’s keynote was spectacular. She has my highest recommendation for any event – everyone should hear her in their lifetime!
Attending Margie’s workshop changed my life and that of my colleagues. I am quite confident you will walk away from her session agreeing that they were some of the best hours you have spent on yourself in a long, long time. A worthwhile investment for all leaders, both emerging and established.
Chief Talent Officer
Deloitte Asia Pacific
Margie knows how to push us to question ourselves, and to find ourselves. She is a true leader and an exceptional communicator. I will remember forever that we should replace a future by default with a future by design.
Professor Alain Lempereur,
Professor Alain Lempereur
Harvard Program on Negotiation
Margie sets herself apart with a powerful message paired with disarming delivery. Her insights helped me bolster my personal vision for a candid, collaborative and forward leaning workplace.
President & CEO
United Nations Foundation
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I love connecting with people in a live audience, helping them reframe their challenges, reimagine their future and reconnect to their innate power to affect change. Starting with themselves.
The more I’ve followed my own passion, the more opportunities I’ve had to work with and learn from trailblazing leaders and extraordinary human beings. People like Sir Richard Branson, Nobel Laureate Jodie Williams, Ariana Huffington, Kathy Calvin and many others. Their insights pepper my speeches, books, Forbes columns and RawCourage.TV
As well as leading ‘courage-building programs,’ I’ve also lectured at various universities including Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business in Washington D.C., SMU in Dallas, Texas and Royal Melbourne University of Technology.
Along the way, people have given me some wonderful feedback. You can read some of it here.
I’ve done hundreds of media interviews on everything that impacts our lives from workplace bullying and mental health to over-parenting and gender diversity. While living in Australia I was the Resident Coach on Australia’s top morning show Sunrise but have also appeared on Today Show, Al Jazeera, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox News to the Wall Street Journal and Psychology Today.
To watch some TV interviews, please visit my media page here.
You can also read my Forbes Courage Works column or listen to my Live Brave Podcast.
Not to brag or anything, but I was hands down the best writer in my class right up to high school. I guess I should also mention that I was the only kid in my class in my rural one room school (it’s since grown to two rooms!)
Seriously though, while I’ve never considered myself a brilliant wordsmith, I’ve now written four books—Find Your Courage, Stop Playing Safe, Brave and Make Your Mark—because I decided that I wouldn’t let my fear of being a lousy author keep me from writing about the things that light me up. And like every brave thing I’ve ever done, I’m so glad I did. My books have now been translated into six languages and thousands of people have shared with me how they’ve changed their lives. I hope you’ll check them out!
Oh, I should also mention that I’ve co-authored two other books with some cool people like Stephen Covey, Jack Canfield, Ken Blanchard and John Gray.
The first time someone told me I should be a coach, I laughed. “I can hardly catch a ball,” I replied. I soon discovered this new field of ‘coaching’ was a great fit for my professional experience (Fortune 500 business and psychology), personality and passion for helping people better themselves.
I was fortunate to learn from two of the ‘founding fathers’ of the coaching profession – Thomas Leonard and Julio Olalla – as well as the inimitable, Tony Robbins. I then started my coaching business with four kids under six (told you I was passionate!)
While my speaking, media and writing schedule now takes up more of my time than it did when I first embarked on my ‘second career,’ I still love supporting other passionate, big thinking people who value an objective sounding board to bounce ideas, challenge their thinking and keep them focused on what matters most. If you think you’re one of those people, let’s connect.
Growing up in the “Aussie bush,” the horizons of my world didn’t stretch very far. However, upon leaving home, I soon realized there was a whole world waiting to be explored. So after graduating from university, I saved up a few dollars (sorting corn by day, serving beer by night) and set off around the world with little more than a backpack, some travelers checks and an intrepid spirit.
Since then I’ve traveled to 70+ countries, spent three years living in Papua New Guinea, and over ten in the USA, experiencing many adventures along the way.
A few highlights include crossing the Sahara Desert (part of it in an armed convoy), piranha fishing in the Amazon (a bit chewy!), staying in Palestinian refugee camps, climbing to the icy summit of Papua New Guinea’s tallest peak, camel racing in Qatar, slaughtering goats for Christmas lunch in Nigeria, hitchhiking in Jordan, cycling rafting in Nepal, cycling through Beijing (brave or crazy? debatable), drinking tea with Tuareg tribesmen in Algeria, and swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines.
Now that my four kids are older, we share new adventures together! Most recently we hiked up Mt Kilimanjaro. A lesson in GRIT if ever there was one! (I wrote about our adventure here.)
It is my belief that the only way to address the most pressing problems in our organizations and society is through the empowerment of women. I am, therefore, passionate about empowering women to become braver leaders, more confident in their ability to influence change and more resilient in the face of it. My PhD studies are focused on doing just this.
My appointment as an Ambassador for Google’s WomenWill initiative, and as Australia’s first Ambassador for Women In Global Business by the Australian government, has only reinforced my commitment to helping more women make a bigger mark on the world.
In 2010 I also founded Global Courage to empower women to become more powerful catalysts for change. Since then I’ve spoken at many international women’s events from Washington DC to Shanghai.
I am also an honoree of the Women’s Economic Forum, member of the UN Women National Committee Australia, UN Women Singapore and on the advisory board of Ladies America.
Perhaps closest to my heart is my work in Africa with Women for Women in Africa through sponsorship of young women and running leadership development programs in Kibera slum, Kenya.
Last but not least, my Live Brave Women’s Weekends have been and will continue to be some of the most magical experiences of my life.
My life has been blessed with opportunities. But not everyone is as fortunate. So I value the chance to support causes that work toward creating a more equitable and inclusive world. One way I do that is by mentoring women entrepreneurs in developing countries like India through the UN Global Initiative. I also support the work of The Hunger Project whose bold mission to end world hunger is increasingly within our reach (recently bringing the 30,000 Malawians living in the village of Nchalo to full self-sufficiency, even despite the COVID pandemic).
Additionally, I am honored to support the work of Women for Women in Africa by sponsoring the education of students in Kibera slum which I visited with my family in 2016. In fact, our climb up Mt Kilimanjaro with my four teenage children helped raise funds to elevate the future of children in Africa’s largest slum.
I am also passionate about removing the stigma surrounding mental illness which creates so much heartache and suffering for so many. My advocacy around mental health is partly inspired by my youngest brother had with mental illness which led to his suicide in 2010.
Other advocacy, advisory and ambassadorships include: Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and Google’s Women Will initiative. I also sit on the advisory board of Forbes School of Business & Technology and am a mentor to young women in their Center for Women’s Leadership.
Last but not least, I am the mother of four rowdy, untidy, curious but very loveable children – Lachlan, Maddy, Ben and Matthew. They teach me lessons on courage, resilience, patience, acceptance, forgiveness and gratitude every single day. Oh and letting go. Probably the hardest lesson of all.
Being a working mum with four kids, I’ve practiced plenty of conscientious neglect over the years. While my kids are yet to manage their own lives fully, they are incredibly self-reliant, adaptable, passionate and resilient young people. If you’d like to read a recent column I wrote on raising brave and resilient kids, please click here.
The photo above is from Angkor Wat, Cambodia. From the Himalayas to the Amazon to our recent climb up Mt Kilimanjaro and time in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, already they’ve seen more of the world than I knew existed at their age.
Not only do I want them to experience the world, but to do their part in making it a better one.
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“Margie was nothing short of amazing – every bit worthy of the standing ovation. Her ability to read the audience and inspire action is extraordinary” – Guy Wilson, CEO, Connect Conference
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Margie’s insights have been shaped by her work and conversations with leaders & luminaries globally.
Richard Branson poking fun of me!
Sharing the stage with Former Prime Minister John Howard
Author Brene Brown
The very brave Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly
Bill 'C.W.' Marriott
Interviewing Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island
Kathy Calvin, CEO, United Nations Foundation
Spiritual advisor (and friend) Marianne Williamson
The one and only Tony Robbins
Entrepreneur extraordinaire, Arianna Huffington
The gorgeous Andie MacDowell
The esteemed Harvard Professor of Psychology, Ellen Langer
Director Oliver Stone
Delighted to serve beside Steve Forbes on Forbes Business School Advisory Board