Cathy Burke believes leadership is crucial for any endeavour that matters. Through her keynotes, presentations, and workshops, she helps you find and unlock the leadership potential hidden within yourself and your organisation.

Cathy is an activator, inspirer, thinker, and leader. She gives people hope.

What sets her apart is her unique story-and the intimate way she connects with audiences. Whether 100 or 12,000 strong, everyone feels they are in a personal conversation just with her.

Cathy’s background is unforgettable and distinctive. For twenty years she was on the frontline for mobilising the people, leadership, programs, and resources to end hunger across Africa and South Asia. (She’s seen it all, baby!)

As CEO for The Hunger Project Australia, she was part of a visionary team who developed leadership at scale in villages all over the world. Through her work, millions of the world’s poorest women stepped into their leadership and were able to feed themselves and their families.

She now helps organisations around the world develop the mindsets, capabilities and heart to lead with courage, vision and impact. Cathy Burke is, without a doubt, a magnetic and powerful igniter of human potential.

Whether it’s for a large conference, and offsite retreat, or a leadership summit, Cathy makes the impossible feel doable. She transforms resignation into hope and impact.

As a global expert on leadership and mindsets, Cathy is the author of Lead In: Mindsets to Lead, Live and Work Differently(2022), and Unlikely Leaders: Lessons in Leadership from the Village Classroom (2015). She is a winner of the Australian Davos leadership award, and the Australian Financial Review’s Women of Influence award.

Her global clients include:

Keynote & Workshop Topics:

Lead In

Based on her influential book Lead In, discover:

  • How mindsets are key to your success
  • Practical ways to not be derailed by circumstances
  • What can be achieved without old beliefs holding back
  • Mindsets to avoid and ones to adopt
  • How to activate a Leaders Mindset and increase your energy, effectiveness, and hope

Women Don’t Need to Be Fixed To Lead!

Cathy’s decades long experience shows that women have what they
need to be able to lead-now. Discover:

  • The 3 keys things needed to have more women leading in your organisation
  • The surprising research as to why too few women hold leadership roles
  • Unlikely role models who have overcome enormous barriers to achieve lasting change for themselves and their communities.
  • Get real about what – and who – needs to change
  • Celebrate and unleash the power of women’s leadership!

Scarcity Mindset

This mindset is so pervasive. It’s the belief we don’t have – or are – enough.

  • What we to do – and should not do – when gripped by a scarcity mindset
  • The three toxic beliefs of scarcity, and how to change them
  • How you can have scarcity – and not a scarcity mindset
  • Your biggest resources – and how to liberate them
  • The realisation that you are enough, as you are – to lead, to make a difference, and to achieve your goals.

Resilience – a new framework for 21st century leadership

A new approach to developing the mindsets and practices for increased bandwidth, more
thoughtfulness, less stress and churn. Discover:

  • The difference between resilience and coping
  • The key mindsets to develop to deepen resilience
  • Relate to the world in a way that stops you getting swept under
  • Why self-awareness and compassion aren’t nice to have’s – they are critical for all leaders
  • A sense of peacefulness – there’s nothing wrong with you.
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“At Business Chicks we showcase some of the most influential global
thinkers, and Cathy is undoubtedly one of these.”

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“Cathy Burke is such an innovative thinker and a passionate agitator for change in the world – and she does it with enormous heart, insightful vision, and an infectious sense of humour. I find her unwavering commitment to the empowerment of women and the way she engages others to inspire change incredibly positive and powerful."
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“Cathy has the ability to have everyone feel uplifted, inspired and engaged. She has something unique and important to say, and she is able to communicate this with such lightness and grace.”
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