From time spent in the world’s most hostile conflict zones, silver-medallist Cath Bishop tells her story of Olympic triumph from a unique vantage point to show how a strong team makes for exceptional results. Athlete, diplomat, and inspiring keynote speaker, Cath smoothly relates her diverse experiences to practical strategies that enable companies, and the individuals within them, to unlock their full potential.
Olympic rower and respected diplomat Cath Bishop is a versatile speaker with key lessons for companies floundering in the rocky waters of business. Sharing practical strategies to help teams make a splash with exceptional results, Cath relays the need for clarity and honesty to achieve success.
Delivering outstanding performance under extreme circumstances is Cath’s lifeblood – both from her gruelling Olympic training regime, which led her to a silver medal and World Championship gold, and through her struggle for survival as she sheltered from shelling on her diplomatic mission to Basra.
Cath returned from two Olympic games without a medal and decided that, after rigorous physical and psychological training, she had to unlock the secret to her non-success. In her search for new tactics, she ultimately adopted the well-documented ‘marginal gains’ attitude that saw her sail smoothly onto the podium.
No stranger to tough situations, the decade Cath spent as a British diplomat in Bosnia and Iraq has equipped her with the highest level of strategy-building, resilience, and a determination to do her job in the face of danger and adversity.
Cath is a member of the Executive Committee of the Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club, a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and a spokeswoman for the Women’s Sports Trust. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Surrey University Business School, and is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge and the University of Wales Aberystwyth. Cath has been a rowing commentator for Eurosport, the BBC Boat Races and Henley Royal Regatta, is a regular newspaper reviewer on Radio 4’s Broadcasting House, and panellist at the BBC3 Free Thinking Festival.
Both rowing and international diplomacy are effective analogies for interdependency and collaboration in business. In a unique amalgamation of her diverse experiences, Cath deftly relates genuine insights into setbacks and how to respond to them.