Margie Warrell

Travels from: Victoria

Empowering people to lead the change they want to see

Categories: Change Management, Leadership, Motivational Speakers

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

‘You’ve Got This!’, ‘Train the Brave’, ‘Make Your Mark’, ‘Stop Playing Safe’ and ‘Find Your Courage’. The titles of Margie Warrell’s books reflect her passion for emboldening people to lead braver and more purposeful lives. Margie has needed to find her courage many times since growing up one of seven children on a dairy farm in rural Australia. 

Personal adversity, backpacking solo around the world, starting a business with four children under five: all have taught her valuable lessons in building resilience, challenging norms and embracing change. 

Today, Margie draws on her background in Fortune 500 business, coaching and psychology to equip people with the mindset, strategies and skills to lead themselves and others to better outcomes. Margie's international experience has found her working with diverse organizations from NASA and the United Nations Foundation to British Telecom, Berkshire Hathaway and the Australian Federal Police. 

A member of the Advisory Board of Forbes School of Business & Technology, Margie is also adjunct faculty at Duke Executive Education and has guest lectured at Columbia, Georgetown and her alma mater, Monash University in Australia. 

A Forbes contributor and host of the Live Brave Podcast, Margie has been described as an ‘international authority on brave leadership’ by the Wall Street Journal. Her insights have also been shaped by her work and interviews with leaders such as Richard Branson, Steve Forbes, Bill Marriott, Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Oliver Stone. 

Margie has also co-authored two other books with Stephen Covey, Jack Canfield and Ken Blanchard. 

Currently completing her PhD in the interplay of gender, power and leadership, Margie’s work draws on the latest research in positive and behavioral psychology, neuro-leadership and organizational change. A passionate advocate for gender equality and inclusive leadership, in 2010 Margie founded Global Courage to embolden braver leadership and advance more women to decision-making tables. She is a Women’s Economic Forum honoree and Ambassador for Women in Global Business and Google’s Womenwill. 

An adventurous spirit at heart, Margie has lived around the world - from the wilds of Papua New Guinea to Washington D.C. - and travelled widely. She has crossed the Sahara Desert, stayed in Palestinian refugee camps, hiked the Inca trail and Himalayas, swam with piranhas in the Amazon and, perhaps bravest of all, cycled across Beijing. 

Speaker Topics

Culture of Courage
The greatest threat to any organization is the fear that stifles ingenuity, fuels risk aversion and drives highly capable, creative people to make short sighted decisions. Margie will share powerful, research backed frameworks to equip leaders with strategies to build psychological safety and foster a culture of courage that harnesses human capital and emboldens disruptive thinking to ensure organizations remain competitive in an increasingly uncertain, globalized and accelerated world.
Speak Bravely
The quality of our relationships and network is determined by the quality of the conversations we have in them. You will learn skills to build trust, speak with authority and master tough conversations in ways that build collaboration, earn respect and produce stronger outcomes for all stakeholders.
Women Rising
Despite the compelling case to have more women seated at decision making tables, too few currently are. The reasons are many and the solutions complex, yet one thing is certain: empowering women to challenge old thinking and step into leadership roles is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing. Margie will draw on her PhD research and personal experiences of challenging gender norms to provide strategies to Plug the leaky pipeline and get more women at top tables, teach women to power up their language to build respect, counter unconscious bias and build their executive presence and leadership brand, and encourage women to lift as they climb and tap the collective power of the sisterhood
You’ve Got This: Take the lead
No one is immune to fear. Yet too often those who have the ability to lead change, for themselves and others, let their doubts call the shots driving them to second guess their decisions, underestimate their abilities and hold back from taking the actions that will produce better outcomes and bigger possibilities. Drawing on the latest research as well as her extensive global experience emboldening leaders to trust themselves more deeply and doubt themselves less often, Margie amplifies the impact of your employees as change agents, in their teams, organizations, and beyond. Attendees with learn proven strategies to Dispute doubts and combat imposter syndrome, Build confidence by embracing discomfort as well as Connect more authentically and build stronger, high trust relationships.


It was a pleasure meeting Margie. She was extremely entertaining, inspirational and right in point for our company event. The feedback was universally positive.


As a keynote speaker, Margie’s presentation was engaging, heartfelt and thought-provoking. Margie is a wonderfully inspiring and energetic presenter and I recommend her very highly.

University of Tasmania

If you are looking for a powerful yet practical message to inspire your 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

National Instruments

Margie left the leaders at our national conference re-energised, refocused and emboldened to build a bigger and better business

The Body Shop

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