Have you Ever...
negotiated coffee, tea, and sugar as a critical part of the standard compensation and benefits package?
called an all-staff meeting so you could announce, “I don’t know?”
held a disciplinary meeting under a tree?
brushed your teeth side by side with your co-workers every morning and every night?
said "Sure!" not quite understanding all that you had just agreed to?
vaccinated 2 million children? Neither have I, but my mother tells everyone I did.
found a home for 2 goats and 1 polite chicken as part of your work?
puked in a bucket 7,000 miles from home, then helped your colleagues clean things up?
watched a team of five, originating from four different countries, come together by way of four different languages to find a solution?
felt so broken that the only thing left to do was rebuild?
Spell-binding, Transformative, Profound,
Funny & Deeply Humane
I’ve heard Catherine speak in a variety of venues, from exclusive, leadership retreats to large rooms. No matter the audience, her stories are spell-binding, transformative, profound, funny and deeply humane. She nourishes her audiences with leadership insights drawn from her first-hand experiences on many of the world’s most conflict-ridden fields of suffering and need. Catherine’s message of hope, resilience, innovation, persistence, cross-cultural connections sticks to the ribs.
- Martha I. Finney, Executive Editor, Leadership Directions Media
Allow Me to Be Your Guide
There I was in 2009, deep into my ordinary life when an extraordinary opportunity arrived. I said, “Sure!” then packed up my MBA and SPHR and put what I couldn't carry into a 10x10 storage unit.
The following years were spent working with multi-cultural teams to provide needed assistance to populations in severe distress with the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders. Spending extended periods of time in over 10 different countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, Philippines, and Haiti. Coming face to face with everyday moments of heroism, heart, and hardship. And finding my way back to being human at work.
Today I am sharing those stories “from the field” with leaders and teams seeking new perspectives. The stories are from far-away places about navigating cultures, teams thriving together in crisis and chaos, and some very real moments. Real-world stories with universal lessons on teams coming together to create mission-driven multi-cultural teams where everyone belongs.
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