Eileen McDargh

Eileen McDargh is founder and CEO of the consulting firm, The Resilient Spirit. Organizations like Cisco, Novartis, Oracle, and Procter & Gamble hire her firm to teach them ways of building resilient leadership teams and workplaces.

Novartis’s Dr. Rob Kowlaski, Senior VP and Global Head of Drug Regulatory Affairs and U.S. Head of Development, says, “The weeks Eileen spent working with [my senior leadership team] were a magical time in all our careers. Through our work with her, we became stronger leaders, and banded together to become a high-performing transformative team.”

Leadership Excellence magazine, which ranks top thought leaders in management and leadership, named Eileen to its “Excellence 100” 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.

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 Leadership, was elected into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, and was given by her peers the Legend of the Platform Award.

As an author, Eileen has written five 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.

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.”

She and her family live in Dana Point, California.