As an Australian sporting legend, Katrina Webb is no stranger to a Gold medal podium or a star-lit stage. She has received awards and medals most athletes only dream about. Despite this success, her journey hasn’t always been easy.
Born into a family of sporting stars, it was no surprise that a young Katrina Webb was born with natural athleticism. By the age of eighteen, she had already secured a netball scholarship at The Australian Institute of Sport. What she didn’t realise at this time was that her sporting career was about to take an unexpected turn.
During training at the Institute of Sport, a right sided weakness that Katrina had since birth and for many years she had spent hiding, was labelled Cerebral Palsy. Katrina’s ability to pursue netball at a national level was in jeopardy. Despite this, a twist of fate presented a previously unseen opportunity. Katrina was eligible for the Paralympic games. Her weakness had become her greatest strength.
Over the years Katrina had tried to conceal her disability, so making the decision to compete at the very public Paralympics was not easy. In time, she realized that through self-acceptance and determination she could tackle her disability head on and that it was her gift. This decision paid off when she won two Gold medals, and a Silver medal in Atlanta 1996 and at Sydney 2000 went on to win a Silver and Bronze medal.
While the Sydney Paralympics were successful for Katrina, her competitive spirit still left her with a desire to win Gold again. She knew that to do this she needed to take ‘conscious action’ and become a ‘Gold’ level performer in every aspect of her life. In the four years between the Sydney and Athens Paralympics, Katrina mastered the alchemy of performance with a clear focus on understanding mindset, and the results speak for themselves. At Athens in 2004 she won another Gold Medal in the 400-metre sprint and set a new Paralympic record.
Today, Katrina’s running career is in the past, but her passion for helping others perform at their best continues to be her greatest inspiration. Off the track Katrina is the Director of Silver 2 Gold High Performance Solutions which specialises in powering organisations, teams and individuals best. As a professional speaker she has impressed audiences at an International level including speaking at the United Nations and sharing the stage with the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Jack Ma and Usain Bolt.
Katrina is a global ambassador for the International Paralympic Committee and due to her own experience in dealing with a disability and a deep love of helping others, Katrina is the Founder and Director of Newday Leadership a platform to inspire leadership for the greater good.
Katrina loves to be challenged. She has walked the Kokoda track and has trekked to Basecamp Everest twice. She is also a mother to not just to one but to three beautiful boys and facilitated leadership programs to Nepal, raising funds for the health, education and protection of children in Nepal.
Katrina is an international speaker, leadership and personal mastery consultant, trainer in wellbeing and resilience and a physiotherapist.
TOMORROW’S GOLD – Leading Into Uncertain Futures
The world has changed, and what looked like success yesterday has also undergone a rapid transformation. As a leader, we must adapt and evolve in a brand new world where the focus is shifting from shareholders to stakeholders, from capitalism to community and from profit to purpose. You may have stood on the winning podium yesterday, but what got you there yesterday won’t win you a gold medal tomorrow. The games have changed, and the rules are revolutionary.
In Tomorrow’s Gold, Katrina Webb unlocks the key trends that are redefining leadership in the 21st century in addition to providing a blueprint for navigating high performance as a leader in unchartered territory. Adaptability, resilience, empathy and diversity are converging to create a new kind of alchemy. One where community, compassion and collaboration are creating a new currency. A new golden thread to leadership in the next economy.
Audiences will walk away from this presentation with a refreshed perspective on leadership in the 21st century. Despite an uncertain future, those who lead for gold will have an innate focus on what it is to be human, and what it is to care for humankind. The only anchor in a world that is changing before our eyes.
ALCHEMIZE – Accountability In an Age of Self Leadership
Ideas have been circulating about the gig economy and remote working for the last few years, but no one could have anticipated the impact of COVID19 in disrupting how and where we work. Working from home also poses new challenges. In an age of rapid change, how do we alchemize performance working with an entirely new set of rules?
In this presentation, participants are taken through a three-phase process enabling them to audit priority management, energy management and mind management. Katrina provides insights and necessary tools that she has developed in her career as both an athlete and a corporate high-performance coach.
Audiences will walk away from this presentation with insights into how to maintain focus and set healthy boundaries when working independently. They will gain a better understanding of how to manage priorities effectively. They will also decode self-motivation and master the art of self-leadership in an age where the most significant influence we have is the influence we have over ourselves.
THE GOLDEN MINORITY – Diversity’s Hidden Treasure
When we think of Diversity and Inclusion, our unconscious bias often leads us to generalised examples. Examples of this include relating disability to a person visibly disabled, or on a cultural level, we may think of racial minorities. It is not often that we consider what we cannot see. The less obvious examples of disability or difference. The person who is suffering a mental health condition, the victim of an abusive situation, or someone who is living with a learning difficulty.
In this presentation, Katrina Webb shares her journey of living with a hidden disability – Cerebral Palsy. The content has a specific focus on viewing diversity as the hidden treasure for an individual both personally and professionally. Katrina will take leaders through a process, empowering them with the tools to decode hidden diversity to ignite innovation via inclusion of what is seen, and more significantly what is unseen.
Audiences will walk away from this presentation with the tools to amplify hidden potential and performance in people and to inspire a more inclusive and innovative culture. They will develop skills to influence with integrity and to enhance empathy and emotional intelligence. This activates a sense of purpose, adaptability and cohesion within an organisational culture. The Golden Minority is diversity’s hidden treasure.
HIRE KATRINA TO SPEAK
Here is what you can expect when you work with Katrina:
Are you ready to add a genuine, engaging and thought provoking presence to your next event? Your audience will be completely enthralled by Katrina’s tailored keynote presentation.
Email to find out more about Katrina’s availability, topics and fees.
Katrina can join your next virtual meeting to provide connection, inspiration and information to your team or conference.
Please contact Katrina for more information.
Thank you very much Katrina for the EXCELLENT and INSPIRING session! Our attendees rated your session 4.6/5 and shared a lot of things they will take away, including the now famous ‘ say no with love’. (Microsoft Asia)
I just wanted to send a quick message to say that you so much for your time. Hearing your story and pearls of wisdom was really awesome and the team absolutely loved it! (Afterpay)
Katrina is a highly sought after international host/emcee and facilitator. Her warmth, knowledge and experience will make your next event or conference a successful one. She has a unique skill of holding us a space for people to be comfortable and engaged. Talk to Katrina about how she can add extra value to your event design to make sure people ‘feel’ energised and power their best at your next event. Katrina facilitates regularly online and help your organisation with an online event.
Her work includes:
World Academy of Sport Virtual Event
ANMF SA Branch Virtual Conference
Tourism Australia Destination 2020 Conference Emcee
Paralympic Sport & Media Awards Abu Dhabi
SA Science Awards
Global Transform Forum KL
Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Forum
Paralympic Hall of Fame Rio
World of Sport Diversity and Inclusion 2-day Conference Rio
Australia Flag Bearer Announcement 2012 Paralympic Games Cardiff
“I am writing on behalf of ANMF members who attended our 2019 Professional Conference to thank you for your excellent contribution in the role of MC.
We received many positive comments.” ANMF SA Branch
“The events at Cardiff Castle for the announcement of the Australian Flag Bearer and the Live London Dream Rio event at Australia House were hugely successful. The success was mainly due to you adding such a personal touch as an emcee to the formalities which created a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. The pleasure was all ours.” Anthony Bastic – Director
“We would like to thank you for your involvement as MC at this year’s Roll of Excellence. The detail and humour you put into the night was well received by everyone at the event.” CEO Jetstar Little Athletics
Email to find out more about Katrina’s availability and fees.
All things purpose
Katrina sat down with purpose-guru Rebecca Tapp to discuss her story and all things inspired leadership. It’s raw, inspiring and completely captivating.
Katrina to join the 7 Team in Tokyo
Katrina will report on the ground in Tokyo along side of 7NEWS reports Matthew Carmichael and Chris Stubbs.
Fellow Paralympic gold medallists Kurt Fearnley and Annabelle Williams who will anchor Seven’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games coverage, including the opening and closing ceremonies, with Johanna Griggs.
Have your ever dreamt of summiting Everest?
Well, now you can – from the comfort of your own home. Facilitated by Katrina, and with all profits going to support tourism related businesses in Nepal, this a once-in-lifetime virtual experience will blow your mind.
I have always known my purpose was to help people. My journey to achieve began through the gift of sport. By strengthening my self-belief, determination and the alchemy of performance, I graced the Paralympic podium several times.
Then something happened. The experience of meeting my sporting potential fuelled a new opportunity to put my purpose into practice. I was compelled to help others strive to be their best. So, that’s what I did.
Whether it was working as a physiotherapist, or through my business Silver to Gold High Performance Solutions (established over 20 years ago), I’ve been helping organisations and individuals achieve their best through personal mastery, wellbeing and performance coaching.
But this was only the beginning of my story. Building inside me was the desire to create greater positive momentum in the world by empowering people to lead for the greater good.
Bringing Newday to life
Wrestling with the intense desire to make the world a better place, I knew I wanted to create a community of purpose-driven people to drive global change.
After attending decades of business conferences that were formulaic and predictable, I realised a gap existed in the market. People wanted to attend events and conferences that were different to the norm. They were seeking a holistic experience that nourished their wellbeing, gave them energy, inspired their future and developed their personal and professional skillsets and interests.
With only 14% of Australian and New Zealand employees engaged at work, I also saw an opportunity to help people find meaning in their vocation as well as purpose in life. Thus, developing a compelling employee value proposition was front-of-mind when creating the Newday offering – and is tenet is still central to our programs today.
I was also intrigued with the community spirit and feeling of ‘belonging’ that churches and service clubs fostered. How could people who were not religious have a similar experience? And how could they be encouraged to do good for humanity?
With this philosophy and vision in mind, it wasn’t long until Newday Leadership was born.
The Newday way
Creating our first one-day Summit back in 2017 was an ambitious goal. I had a strong and enduring vision of what I wanted to achieve, and a fire in my belly to bring it to fruition.
Our aim at Newday was simple – to motivate, challenge and prepare attendees to become exceptional leaders, and to remind them that every ‘new day’ is an opportunity to make the world a better place.
Featuring world-class speakers, creatives, trailblazers and changemakers who epitomised our motto ‘leading for the greater good’, we sought to bring extraordinary people and stories to the Newday stage. From business pioneers, and creative entrepreneurs to monks, magicians and musicians, the Newday program was eclectic, yet powerful.
We soon found that the most inspiring and impactful speakers were often not the one’s with the highest profile. They were those who had endured significant challenge, showed incredible resilience, or paved the way for others to lead in their footsteps, for the greater good.
Like wildfire the word got out, and Newday began growing in leaps and bounds. Today, 5 years on, I am still deeply committed to spreading the Newday ethos. I get a real buzz from helping organisations and individuals achieve their potential, unlock their purpose and connect with others to create positive change.
Why we need Newday in the world
Newday is different from other leadership conferences and organisations. It’s this uniqueness that has seen Newday grow so rapidly.
So, why do I think the world needs Newday? Here are my top 3 reasons…
1. We need a leadership shake-up
Leadership is a broad term and means many things to different people. But one thing’s for sure. Leadership is about influence, impact and collaboration. When we look around today, we’re in an individualistic society with questionable ethics at the best of times. We live in a materialistic world, bullying and harassment continues in our workplaces, the rate of depression and anxiety is increasing, and we are often more drawn to creating virtual relationships than real ones.
I think we need to take step back. I think we need to reassess our values and what’s most important to us. But above all, I think we need to live our lives with the mantra of ‘what can I give’ instead of ‘what can I get.’
2. The world needs leaders with heart and compassion
Newday was created to inspire, empower and instil the leaders of today and tomorrow with a different set of values. So, what does a Newday leader look like?
Well, they are driven by the desire to advance humanity. They believe that leading is not about controlling with an iron fist but empowering with a warm heart. And they are cognisant of their impact on our planet, and how they can safeguard it for future generations.
3. We create connections that spark real change
Newday understands the power of connections. It is part of our philosophy to spark conversations that ignite action, create value and catalyse positive change. Whether it’s uniting purpose-led attendees at our Summits, or facilitating introductions between organisations and social impact partners, the transformative outcomes we’ve seen have been extraordinary.
So, why do we focus on sparking connections? Because we know that being a changemaker is not sole pursuit. It requires the collaboration of inspired minds to achieve great feats. These introductions and not-for-profit partnerships are core to our Newday offering – and we have stories of powerful change that prove it works.
What I’ve learned from creating Newday
Newday has been an intense learning curve, but it’s given me a range of valuable learnings along the way. These are my greatest take-aways:
· Always follow your heart and intuition. Never give up on trying to change the world. The ripple effect that one person can make is a real phenomena. In fact, there is now research to support that one kind action can have a ripple effect that positively impacts over 100 people each time. So, never underestimate your personal power.
· Find your tribe and stick with them. Power comes from having people in your life who have your values and feed your soul. I’ve found that when values-led people get together, magic happens.
· Life = learning. I have found that being curious, having a growth mindset, and soaking up wisdom from others is key to unlocking your purpose, and finding your true path. That’s why Newday brings you the best of the best; global speakers who are renowned for their insights, stories and powerful life lessons.
Our Newday vision
So, what’s my Newday vision? In time, I want the Newday philosophy to capture the hearts and minds of thousands of people, not just in Australia, but around the world.
To cope with pandemics, atrocities, poverty, climate change, global unrest and a plethora of other world challenges, we need compassion, collaboration and community. Newday is that community – for us all.
Ready to join the Newday community? Learn more here.
Are you feeling a little sluggish, worn out or unmotivated? Are your energy levels depleted? Or worse still, do you feel exhausted every day? If so, you’re not alone. You may have reached your ‘surge capacity.’
What is ‘surge capacity’
‘Surge capacity’ is the physical and mental survival tactic that humans adopt during short-term periods of acute stress, for example natural disasters.
In cases such as these, individuals dig deep, they surge forward, they put on a brave face, and they adapt to their new environment with adrenaline-fueled grit.
But surge capacity doesn’t last indefinitely. After approximately 6 months of battling great uncertainty, chronic stress, and ups and downs, it eventually levels out leaving people feeling exhausted, despondent, unhappy, and even burnt-out.
So why is surge capacity relevant now? Simple. We saw surge capacity in full flight during the pandemic, but unlike natural disasters, or events of short-term stress, the impacts of COVID-19 will be lingering for some time. So, what do we do? How do we renew our surge capacity, and return to our pre-pandemic spritely selves? There is a way…
How to protect yourself against surge capacity depletion
Here are our top 3 strategies to refill your wellbeing bucket, replenish your energy, and restore your surge capacity post-pandemic.
The Be Well Plan, co-designed by psychologists, educators, social workers, researchers, physical health experts, counsellors, students, and wellbeing experts, delivers evidence-based wellbeing interventions that individuals can embed into their work and life. The best part is, the Be Well Plan is completely personalised to your unique psychological profile and life circumstances. It truly is your roadmap to better health and wellbeing.
Featuring best practice exercises, strategies, and even an app, the Be Well Plan helps individuals flourish, mentally, physically, and emotionally. From self-awareness and habit development to goal setting and practical wellbeing skills, the 5-week Be Well Plan program is a journey of self-discovery.
Transform your workplace with the Be Well Plan
For those employers reading this article, the Be Well Plan is a transformational program that can help your staff improve their productivity, customer service, teamwork, workplace interpersonal skills, work satisfaction, and everything in between.
It’s a no-brainer that happier, healthier more productive staff drive greater business performance. So, the bottom line is, the business case for this program stacks up.
Here’s what your employees receive:
Interested in the Be Well Plan for your employees? I can help.
Firstly, it’s important to acknowledge that the last 12 months have been hard. Why? Because many of us have what’s called ‘ambiguous loss’ – that’s the loss of our freedom, way of life, structure and connections.
It’s important to give yourself permission to feel the way you do. Acknowledge that you’re going to have good and bad days, and that’s okay. Accept that things are different right now (but not forever). And, most importantly, give yourself a break by practicing self-compassion.
Secondly, make time to put yourself, and your wellbeing first by scheduling time for you (think of it like a meeting with yourself). The key here is to understand what replenishes you, and then actively commit to self-care rituals.
Here are a few questions to help you explore your self-care needs:
Lastly, start by incorporating some super small habits into your day that can increase your wellbeing and ‘resilience bank account’. Perhaps it’s going to bed earlier, meditating for 5 minutes a day, practicing gratitude, saying ‘no’ to something that depletes your energy, or eating more nourishing food.
The key is to anchor your new habit or behaviour to an existing routine. The recipe to tiny habit success is explained here.
A growth mindset assumes that your intelligence, abilities, qualities, and character can be developed and strengthened by learning, hard work and perseverance. It also indicates that you perceive failure as an opportunity to learn and are forever on a quest to expand your existing abilities (and are excited by challenges to do so).
In contrast, a fixed mindset indicates that skills and abilities are unchangeable, and what you’re born with, you’re stuck with.
So why is mindset so important?
Research has proven that a fixed mindset stifles your ability to meet your full potential, whereas a growth mindset provides an enhanced sense of free-will that leads to greater levels of achievement and success.
So, the question begs, which mind set are you and is this serving you? If not, the good news is a more rigid mindset can be changed. Here are a few tips and tricks to shift your way of thinking.
Interested in renewing your, or your employee’s surge capacity to increase their success, at work and in life?
Whether its group workshops or keynote speaking, I am available to help.
Katrina worked with the Adelaide Convention Bureau to successfully showcase how to host a safe and secure business event.
Katrina Webb-Denis OAM is determined to challenge the illusion that western women have somehow made more progress on emerging from isolation. Far from it she cries. The forces of isolation are more subtle. Or maybe more blatant when you actually take a long hard look- as Katrina has. And then cried ‘enough’.
Katrina is a Paralympian whose drive, passion and honesty has lead to huge success. And unusually with it a preparedness to question progress and find it wanting. Please enjoy her film this week, and let it have the effect on you that it did on me. #WomenEmerging
When it comes to leadership (like every part of our lives at this point) we are living in an age redefined by unwritten rules, unspoken boundaries, and a new way of living. Change has never been easy, but the one thing we do know is that we no longer have a choice – and how we lead has never had more significance. The time has come for a new kind of purpose-driven influence and a new type of leadership. Welcome to a New Day.
Katrina had the incredible opportunity of being a part of the second Global Transformation Forum in Kuala Lumpar in March 2017. She had numerous roles at the event. A Q&A with legendary mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, moderated a panel on Transforming the Norm- Women in Leadership and also shared her own story before introducing the amazing 12 year pianist Jose Andre Montano. She also had the privilege of having dinner with Sir Richard Branson.