Telling the story of her extraordinary life, growing up as legally blind but only finding out when she was seventeen — a decision her parents consciously took to keep that fact from her — Caroline Casey’s talk challenges perceptions as she asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.
Caroline has a unique ability to bring together the intersection of head and heart. She moves people to accept themselves and others, make positive changes, realise their own value, and be vulnerable and authentic.
Her passion and drive are rooted in her personal story about growing up and trying to fit in as a legally blind person. Today her work is catalysing business leaders to take full ownership of their inclusion agenda and to shed the constraints that stop inclusion from becoming a reality.
She address audiences on topics including corporate culture, entrepreneurship, social innovation, diversity in business, health & well-being, overcoming adversity, mental health and social responsibility.
Her presenting style has been described as being full of honesty, candour, energy and passion, with unique experience as a social entrepreneur, business woman, adventurer, visionary, game changer, campaigner, collaborator, risk taker and an expert on authentic leadership.
Diversity & Inclusion: The one-dimensional approach is gone
The D&I agenda is growing and evolving, fast. Caroline has the ear of the biggest CEO community in the world and leverages that knowledge to highlight and share the complexities and challenges of keeping up with those changes. The reality is that the one-dimensional approach is gone. Today, the scene is being disrupted by intersectionality and multi-dimensionality; it’s about inclusion, equity, diversity, belonging, and more.
In this talk, Caroline paints a vivid picture of what businesses need to look out for and what potential directions they might take. Just as she has done with audiences at Davos, One Young World, Clinton Initiative and others, she inspires people to review how, as both individuals and organisations, we can do better.
Motivational: It’s the cracks where the light gets in. There is no Hollywood ending.
Leonard Cohen’s lyric ‘It’s the cracks where the light gets in’ is Caroline’s mantra to help others see the good in all of their flaws. In this talk, Caroline shares her life story to help illustrate how every experience can lead to something better if only you allow it. She calls it ‘phosphorescence thinking’—the idea that you need the black to see the light.
Exploring the power of pain and difficulty to drive personal and professional growth, she stimulates audiences to connect with themselves and believe that they have every right to be their authentic selves.
She offers a new take on ‘resilience’, showing us how each event that occurs in life changes you and that you can use those changes, however small, to move forward with the confidence to adapt—and develop what she calls ‘sustainable grit’.
Leadership: The relationship between Authentic Leadership and Self-Acceptance
Authenticity and trust are more important than ever for leaders today. Caroline believes you cannot speak to authenticity if you do not accept who you are—the shadow and the light. In this empowering talk, she paints a picture of leadership that is all about taking personal responsibility in order to engender greater trust, loyalty and buy-in.
Using her own story as an example, she shares how her own empathy, vision, decision-making and ability to energise others improved remarkably once she consciously embarked on the journey to accepting herself.
Leaders, she argues, need to acknowledge what Caroline calls ‘the power of grey’—the idea that most of us, most of the time, operate somewhere in between polarities of good and bad, success and failure. Being at either extreme is very limiting.