Margie Warrell Profile

  • Author of the bestselling books Find Your Courage, Stop Playing Safe, and Brave, she motivates audiences to live and lead more boldly.

  • She is the Founding CEO of Global Courage, a women’s leadership organization striving to close the gender gap in business and leadership.

  • An in-demand speaker and mother of four, she offers credible insights on balancing work and family.
  • Coach, author, and mother of four Margie Warrell is constantly sought by conferences, corporations, and media outlets for her advice on taking risks, living courageously, and building resilience. She is an international thought leader in human potential who is passionate about inspiring people to live and lead more boldly.

    Margie draws on her professional background in Fortune 500 business, psychology, and coaching to provide programs on communication, leadership and resilience to a diverse range of organizations worldwide. Her client list includes NASA, British Telecom, PWC and the Australian Federal Police to name a few.

    Founding CEO of Global Courage, a women’s leadership organization, Margie is a strong advocate for gender equality and empowering women to become more influential catalysts for change. She regularly speaks at international women’s events with organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, Accenture and Oracle.

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      Dr. Margie Warrell brings sharp insights from her diverse global experience in fortune 500 business, coaching and leadership development. Yet it’s her ability to connect at the most human level – getting to the heart of what holds people and organizations back – that sets her apart as a speaker on the world stage. Margie’s down-to-earth aussie authenticity coupled with her hard-won wisdom about the human condition enable her to distill theory into practical advice that emboldens braver decision-making for better bottom-line outcomes.

      The titles of Margie’s bestselling books reflect her passion for emboldening people to live and lead more bravely. Margie’s walked her talk countless times since growing up in rural Australia. Her intrepid adventures – from hiking Kilimanjaro with her four kids to living in Papua New Guinea – coupled with her doctoral research have given her extraordinary insights into building resilience, leading change and unlocking human potential.

      A LinkedIn Top Voice and passionate advocate for inclusive leadership, Margie sits on the Advisory Board of Forbes School of Business & Technology. Founder of Global Courage, she is trusted by global brands to deliver life-changing programs that accelerate growth.

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    Margie Warrell helps audiences get comfortable with discomfort.
    Her programs offer key steps you can use to shed your fear, make bolder decisions, and cultivate a culture of courage in the workplace. Margie commonly speaks to corporations and leaders that realize that inaction is riskier than action as well as groups of women who are looking to meet the demands of both a world class career and a fulfilling family life.

    Lead Bravely


    Embedding the value of courage in your organization’s culture is critical to unleashing the ingenuity and diverse potential in your enterprise. This keynote will embolden your leaders to show up with more authenticity, empathy and vulnerability, cultivating a ‘culture of courage’. Drawing on research and insights from Stop Playing Safe, equip your leaders to:

    - Get ‘on purpose’, leading with the passion essential to rally teams behind a ‘Big Why’ and overcome the gravitational pull of the status quo
    - Foster psychological safety across hybrid teams that fuels disruptive thinking and crucial conversations
    - Activate ‘emotional contagion’ to normalize courage and build collective resilience and change-agility
    - Adopt inclusive leadership practices that harness the full value of diversity
    - Unlearn to relearn, identifying blind spots to counter rigidity and confirmation bias
    - Reframe risk to counter short-sighted decision-making and ensure peripheral risk-taking that protects the core

    You've Got This


    No one is immune to fear or self-doubt but everyone can learn to reclaim the power we too often give it. Drawing on her bestselling book, You’ve Got This! The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself, Margie provides science-backed strategies to bring your bravest self to your boldest dreams and biggest challenges. Learn to:

    - Quiet your inner critic and defy the doubts that have been holding you back
    - Activate post-traumatic growth, nurturing your innate resilience to turn bounce forward stronger, braver, better
    - Operationalize ‘self-compassion to become your greatest champion, not loudest critic
    - Identify blind spots and play from your strengths
    - Use language to elevate your perspective and thrive under pressure
    - Prioritize what empowers, practicing ‘self-fulness’

    Brave Women Rising


    Empowering women to ‘own their power’ and embrace their feminine leadership strengths is a vital lever to unleashing the vast potential in women and advancing more to decision-making tables. Drawing on her doctoral research and 20+ years emboldening women globally, Margie will share her personal stories as a ball-dropping mother of four coupled with proven approaches to:

    - Conquer the imposter syndrome and close the confidence gap
    - Speak powerfully, using your authentic voice to grow authority & impact
    - Counter ‘think male, think manager’ bias & ‘backlash effect’
    - Enlist allies and get the right champions in your corner
    - Lower the ‘perfection’ high bar, ditch the guilt & get off your own back
    - Build micro-habits that expand your capacity to thrive under pressure
    - Lift as you climb, amplifying the voice of other women

    Margie Warrell on Speaking

    At the heart of my presentations is the message to live and lead with courage; to lay our pride and fear on the line for something that is more important.

    SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to learn/take away from your presentations?

    WARRELL: At the heart of my presentations is the message to live and lead with courage; to lay our pride and fear on the line for something that is more important. Depending on the audience I often share the psychology of risk taking and the unconscious biases we have that derail the quality of our decisions and impact of our actions as leaders.

    I want people to leave feeling a deeper connection to the purpose of their lives and work. I want to bolster their belief in their ability to accomplish whatever it is that brings them the greatest sense of meaning and fulfillment. By doing this I help people realize where they need to step up and the bolder actions they need to take in order to make the very most of their strengths, talents and opportunities.

    SPEAKING.COM: What kind of special prep work do you do prior to an event? How do you prepare for your speaking engagements?

    WARRELL: I always do a briefing call (sometimes several) with a client so that I can get a clear understanding of the goals for their event, the key concerns and opportunities of attendees and how I can add the most value for all involved. Then I take myself somewhere quiet and map out the key things I want to share as well as the best ways to communicate, connect and inspire new action from attendees.

    I often get letters and emails from people sharing how a talk they attended years back set their career and life on a new trajectory, because they decided to stop letting their fear of failure direct their actions.

    SPEAKING.COM: Have you had any particularly memorable speaking engagements / unusual situations arise while on the road?

    WARRELL: I’ve had many memorable engagements over the last 10-15 years, but the ones that stand out the most always involve someone who has had a huge transformational experience as a result of what I’ve shared with them. I often get letters and emails from people sharing how a talk they attended years back set their career and life on a new trajectory, because they decided to stop letting their fear of failure direct their actions. It’s extraordinarily humbling and affirming of the work I do and why I do it.

    SPEAKING.COM: What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?

    WARRELL: My challenge is that my message applies to such a broad and diverse audience. While I do a lot of work with women in business and leadership, many times men who work in very ‘left brain’ fields have shared the impact of my message on them at a very personal level. Overall I would say my message most benefits audiences who are dealing with change and uncertainty and struggling with the best way to move forward.

    As someone who has struggled with self-doubt ever since growing up on a small dairy farm as a big sister of seven, the topic title is far less important to me than the ability to empower and embolden those who are letting fear keep them in the ‘safe lane’ rather than live life bravely.

    SPEAKING.COM: Which of your keynote speaking topics are your favorites and why?

    WARRELL: They’re all favorites! The truth is that the same thread of ‘dare boldly, trust yourself, lean toward risk, speak bravely, fail forward, lead from within’ weaves through all of my talks. I just dial different aspects up or down depending on the group and the goals. But as someone who has struggled with self-doubt ever since growing up on a small dairy farm as a big sister of seven, the topic title is far less important to me than the ability to empower and embolden those who are letting fear keep them in the ‘safe lane’ rather than live life bravely.

    SPEAKING.COM: What inspired you to start doing speaking engagements?

    WARRELL: I started speaking as a means to gain coaching clients and in the process discovered that I had a gift. It had never occurred to me to pursue a career in speaking. It was simply a way to meet with people whom I could support through my coaching skills.

    Over time as I was asked to speak at more and increasingly bigger events, I realized that for me to make my own biggest mark, I needed to focus more on speaking to larger audiences than working with people 1:1. I have a very small and limited coaching clientele these days but am always happy to refer people to other coaches who aren’t called to speak from the stage.

    SPEAKING.COM: How do you keep your audience engaged and actively listening during your keynotes? Do you use case studies, personal stories and/or in your speeches?

    WARRELL: All of the above! A presentation without stories, humor or relatable anecdotes is going to be one very dry and boring presentation! As an Aussie, I like to think I’ve got a half reasonable sense of humor (even if my kids think it needs help)! Depending on the space I’m in and the audience size, I love to make my presentations as interactive as possible and find that engaging with audience members directly makes it more interesting and relatable for everyone! I’m also known for getting people up on their feet, but again, it really depends on the audience and I rely heavily on my intuition to guide exactly which stories I’ll share.

    SPEAKING.COM: What are some of the successes you’ve helped clients achieve?

    WARRELL: I’ve helped many leaders and business owners get clear about the vision they have for themselves, their teams and organizations. My website includes lots of testimonials. I’ve also helped people find the courage to have the tough conversations they’ve been avoiding which ultimately have led to all sorts of better outcomes – including improved sales, greater collaboration, less conflict, higher retention, and smarter innovation. Exclusive Interview with Margie Warrell
    Building Resilience, with Global Keynote Speaker Margie Warrell
    In this interview, leadership and change management keynote speaker Margie Warrell discusses:
    • Tactics for growing resilience and reducing stress.
    • Balancing your career and family.
    • Avoiding burn-out.
    • How to gracefully say "no".
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    "The good news is that no matter how poorly someone may have handled stress in the past, we can grow our resilience..."
    - Margie Warrell

    What People are Saying about Seeing Margie Speak

    Rating Entries

    “Margie’s opening keynote was nothing short of spectacular! Her unique insights made a huge impact.”
    Mike Morini, CEO, Workforce Software

    “It was a pleasure meeting Margie. She was extremely entertaining, inspirational and right in point for our company event. The feedback was universally positive. We appreciated her time talking to us and for engaging with our team. I hope we can do it again in the not too distant future.”
    Tim Orpin, illumina, Vice President, Asia Pacific

    “As keynote speaker at a recent Deakin University alumni event, Margie’s presentation was engaging, heartfelt and thought-provoking. Having spent many years in events management I have rarely seen such an engaged and delighted audience on the night. Margie is a wonderfully inspiring and energetic presenter and I recommend her very highly. Her latest book Brave is also a great read!”
    Associate Director, Alumni Relations, University of Tasmania

    “Attendees at our annual conference loved Margie so much they gave her a standing ovation. She was absolutely excellent.”
    Lisa Nguyen, American Psychiatric Nurses Association

    “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.”
    Maya Hari, VP, Global Strategy & Operations, Twitter

    “We HIGHLY recommend Dr Margie Warrell for any event! We could not have been more thrilled with the attendee engagement during Dr Warrell’s virtual keynote and the positive feedback since. Dr Warrell tailored her presentation to our attendees, offered real examples, and provided clear processes to navigate our challenges, reminding us all that We’ve Got This!” ”
    Nikki Wenzel-Lamb, Senior Director, Society of Nuclear Medicine

    “When it comes to empowering people to be braver, Margie is a master. The wonderful feedback from Margie’s virtual session with our clients was a testament to her ability to get to the heart of what limits potential, emboldening us to take the brave actions we too often put off. ”
    Tracy Beighton, Account Director, Salesforce

    “Our best speaker ever!”
    – ROSS STANGE, Sage Micropay

    “Margie left the leaders are our national conference re-energized, refocused and emboldened to build a bigger and better business.”


    “Margie’s ability to engage, educate and embolden people is inspirational. Her nuggets of wisdom are both profound and practical for anyone wanting to be a more confident communicator and enjoy greater success in their workplace and beyond.”
    – PROFESSOR REBECCA HEINO, Columbia University

    “Margie’s content was great and her delivery was absolutely awesome. I’ve never had so much positive feedback from an audience – not one negative comment, not one. Everyone just raved about it and believe me, this was a tough crowd.”
    – ROBERT GOSLING, Managing Director, Oracle New Zealand

    “Margie is a dynamic keynote speaker! Her message really hit home, and set an excellent foundation for the rest of our leadership campaign. We were engaged by her dynamic delivery, entertained by her personal stories, and inspired by her ability to tie it all back to our core personal and organizational values.”

    Dear Margie, Thank you for your recent Courageous Conversations program here at NASA headquarters. You brought both an impressive depth of knowledge and genuine passion to support our staff. Once again, the feedback we received from those who participated in your program was outstanding.

    “Margie sets herself apart with a powerful and inspiring message. She helped me craft my own vision for leading a more forward leading workplace. We welcome her back anytime.”
    – KATHY CALVIN, President & CEO, United Nations Foundation

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    Books by Margie Warrell:

    You’ve Got This!: The Life-changing Power of Trusting Yourself

    Build self-trust to pursue bold aspirations, handle big challenges and thrive through uncertainty.

    A masterclass to build self-trust, beat self-doubt and make your boldest aspirations a reality.

    Does fear hold you back? We all have moments when we succumb to doubt and let our fears call the shots. Each time they do, we limit our lives. It’s why learning to trust in ourselves is crucial to rising above our biggest challenges and enjoying true happiness and success — in our careers, relationships, leadership and life.

    Written with heart and humour but grounded in research, You’ve Got This! is a handbook for unleashing our untapped potential and passion, creativity and courage, to thrive in today’s uncertain world. Filled with compelling stories and hard-won wisdom, author Margie Warrell draws on her background in business, coaching and doctoral studies as well as her challenges raising four children while living and working around the world.

    Make Your Mark: A Guidebook for the Brave Hearted

    Get unstuck and on track to your biggest life.

    If you’ve ever wondered if there’s more to life than the one you’re living, this book is for you. In 7 simple steps Make Your Mark will show you how to reset your compass to bring your boldest dreams into reality and make your own special mark on the world.

    Whether you want to get more enjoyment from the path you’re on or completely over-haul your life, you’ll learn valuable tools to map out a plan, achieve your biggest goals and overcome any challenge. Written with the realness and practical wisdom we’ve come to expect from bestselling author Margie Warrell, it combines insightful advice with powerful questions to help you dig beneath your deepest fears and enjoy more of what you’ve longed for ― in your work, relationships and life.

    Of course, changing what hasn’t been working in your life requires courage. Courage to take risks and trade the familiarity of the known for the possibilities of your future. If you’re ready to get out of the stands and take full ownership of your life, then grab a pen and get ready to bring your bravest self forward to create your biggest life.

    Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life

    Live every day with greater clarity, confidence and courage.

    Brave is a handbook for being more courageous. Written for busy people on the go, its short, focused chapters provide practical tools and empowering perspectives to help you build your ‘courage muscles’ in your work, relationships and life.

    Drawing on her background in business, psychology and coaching, author Margie Warrell will guide you in moving past the fears, doubts and beliefs that keep you from making the changes, and taking the chances, you need to enjoy the fulfillment and success you desire.

    Stop Playing Safe

    Drawing on positive psychology and interviews with trailblazing leaders and entrepreneurs (NASA, Qantas, UN Foundation, Ernst & Young), Stop Playing Safe provides strategies to help people reconnect to a bigger purpose, and engage in their work and careers with greater clarity, confidence and courage.

    Find Your Courage: 12 Acts for Becoming Fearless in Work and in Life

    Best-selling book and finalist in the USA BEST BOOK AWARDS, Find Your Courage is a handbook for achieving your goals and meeting your challenges with greater clarity, confidence, and courage.

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