Eileen McDargh

Bestselling Author, and Change, Leadership, & Life Balance Expert

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$10,001 to $20,000
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California, United States

Change, Leadership, and Life Balance Expert

Eileen McDargh is founder and CEO of the consulting firm, The Resiliency Group (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.

Leadership Excellence

Leadership Excellence magazine, which ranks top thought leaders in management and leadership, continually names Eileen 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, Eileen speaks and writes about resiliency in business, in life, and in relationships.

Keynote Speaker

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.

Books and Publications

As an author, Eileen has written seven 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 other books include My Get Up and Go… Got Up and Went, 40 Tips For Speaking Up, Speaking Out, And Being Heard and Talk Ain’t Cheap… It’s Priceless. Her latest is Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge, and Reclaim What Matters. 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.”

Resilience Skills for Pandemic Panic (Virtual Presentation)

We are being whip-lashed by a barrage of frightening news, warnings, and dire predictions about the fate of our communities, countries, and world. Many of us are just plain anxious and frankly scared. Never before has there been such a universal need to understand and cultivate resilience. This short program is designed to open a conversation about what we can do as individuals and professionals to move from pandemic panic to realistic responses. Fear paralyzes us. Clear thinking moves us. In this session, you’ll learn a more accurate definition of resilience and begin to explore actions to take in cultivating two critical resilience skills: adaptability and agility. And it all begins with YOU—what conversations you are having with yourself and what emotions rise as a result. We’ll talk about the power of the present and how to develop intelligent optimism. Action is the antidote for anxiety and you’ll be guided on how to control the controllable. We’ll also talk about the need for social collaboration when physical distance is mandated. Lastly, be aware that like any skill, resilience is a muscle. You don’t start lifting 100 pound weights on your first day at the gym. You’ll be given a workout sheet to help you develop a more powerful way to react to crisis. The more comfort we find in feeling the heat, the quicker we contain or harness the fire.

Creating a Resilient Workforce: The Care and Feeding of Remote Teams

Alone again—and not so naturally. With employees scattered in various locations—even within the same city— leader’s job because a blend of psychologist and coach, teacher and student. Within the reality of both optimism and pessimism which we all deal with, this program helps managers focus on attributes: clarity, collaboration, creativity, comedy and compassion.

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.

Work for a Living and 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?

The Energy Connection: The Secret To Resilient Living

At the end of the day, you too yearn for a way to let your spirit soar and your gifts shine. The competitive global 24/7 world of heart-stopping competition puts personal energy at risk. We too yearn to connect with new possibilities for people, productivity, profitability and purpose. This keynote is based on the premise that transforming our work requires nothing less than transforming ourselves and together we take a look at four inner skills essential for coaching ourselves along this journey. Our own “work in progress” becomes the touchstone for connecting at a deeper level with our work mates and our soul mates. As we ease on down this road, we find our wisdom, ah-ha moments and greatest learnings through the context of our lives. This wisdom becomes deeper if it is forged in a furnace fueled with mind, heart and spirit. You’ll never think of energy in the same way again. Forget OPEC and prices at the pump. Discover your own reservoir of power and purpose with five tools to drill down into your own internal well of possibilities. Human energy is a priceless commodity. Learn a new formula for E=MC 2 . When it comes to energy and the capacity to do work, discover how to get it, renew it and stop giving it away.

Cultivating Radical Resiliency: Leadership Skills for Complex Times

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. How can professionals cope with change while staying focused on their jobs and organization goals? The answer is resiliency - the ability to find the inner strength to grow through a set-back, challenge or opportunity. 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.

All Eileen McDargh Books

Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge, and Reclaim What Matters
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Work for a Living and Still Be Free to Live: Revised for the New Millennium
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Your Resiliency GPS: A Guide for Growing through Life and Work
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The Resilient Spirit
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Off The Chart Results for Organizational Development
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Work for a Living and Still be Free to Live
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“It's great when so many people want to take credit for selecting the speaker. You were a smashing success...your presentation left your leadership team with plenty to think about during the remaining days to the conference."

- American Airlines | Vice President, Operations

"We had the pleasure of having Eileen McDargh present “Cultivating Radical Resiliency: Leadership Skills for Changing Times” to our healthcare leaders. It’s rare to find someone with her amazing energy, engaging presentation skills and highly relevant content. From the first interaction to the end of the day, Eileen worked closely with us to provide just the right content, customized to the needs of our leaders, and delivered in a way that was engaging, humorous and highly applicable."

- | St Joseph Health, Sonoma

"Your keen insight and outside perspective helped us uncover the issues related to trust. You kept our management retreat focused and on task. I'm receiving accolades that this was time well spent. We look forward to working with you on Phase II of the project!"

- | 3M

Eileen's presentation was insightful, engaging and most importantly made a lasting difference for our global leadership team. Within the short amount of time we had for her on the agenda she was able to give our team tools to use when dealing with organizational change. The leadership team is already adopting some of her language and tool that help identify ways of thinking that either support or impede change adoption. Feedback from the program was overwhelming positive and in fact the highest rating general session of our two and a half day meeting. It is rare that a speaker makes such a lasting impression but Eileen has done just that. We plan to use her again with our larger IT organization to reinforce the messages and methodologies she shared with the leadership team.

- | Cisco Systems Worldwide

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Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge, and Reclaim What Matters
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Work for a Living and Still Be Free to Live: Revised for the New Millennium
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