Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE

Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Team GB Hockey Gold Medal Olympian, Leadership Expert
London
Discover how to lead high-performing teams with Kate Richardson-Walsh, speaker, Team GB women’s hockey captain, Olympic gold medalist and peak performance mentor.

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Leading High Performing Teams
As captain of the England and GB women’s hockey teams for 13 years and an international player for 17, Kate was an integral part of the GB Women’s hockey squad, unanimously voted in her by her teammates for her ability to lead by example, nurture talent and bring the best out of people.

In this talk, Kate shares her personal experiences of leadership, team building, goal setting and high performance anyone can take and put into action in their own teams.
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Nurturing Diversity And Inclusion In Leadership
As a female leader who reached the pinnacle of her career Kate speaks passionately about equality of opportunity for women and the need for flexibility in what a leader should look and sound like. Her own early attempts at leadership she readily admits were underwhelming, until she realised that she needed to find her own style, which was not necessarily a kind that she had seen before. In her words ‘You need to see it to be it’. In other words, the more diversity we see in leadership, the more women will have the confidence to think it is something that they can do even if they don’t fit a stereotypical mould.

Away from the field she also reflects on the importance of inclusive diversity. Having married her team mate Helen in 2013, Kate describes hockey as her ‘safe space’, a family which accepted her for who she was and whose only expectation was that she gave her best every day. More widely she speaks about the make-up of the hockey squads she played in – a collection of diverse individuals and personalities, who sometimes clashed, but who all brought different things to the table and were respected for their individual strengths and personalities.
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Ambition and Goal Setting: Effective Planning, Organisation and Evaluation
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Change Management: How to Turn Performance Around
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High Performance Under Pressure
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Embracing Excellence: The 2024 Paris Olympics Journey
This speech explores the inspiring journeys of athletes preparing for the 2024 Paris Olympics. It focuses on their rigorous training, personal sacrifices, and the mental and physical resilience required to compete at the highest level, celebrating their dedication and the spirit of the Olympic Games.
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Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE | Speaker Biography

Kate Richardson-Walsh, the captain of both the GB and England women's hockey teams for 13 years, exemplified inspirational and charismatic leadership. Under her guidance, the teams developed a strong sense of unity and dedication, which ultimately propelled the GB team to a thrilling victory at the Rio Olympic Games. Not only did they secure a gold medal, but Kate also etched her name in history as one-half of the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic medal while competing together.

Following a disappointing 11th-place finish at the 2014 World Cup, the team embarked on a process of introspection and reconstruction. They established a collective culture centered around positive behavior, fostered a shared sense of purpose, and implemented a distributed leadership structure to ensure these values were consistently upheld.

Kate's experiences serve as a testament to her ability to cultivate team ethos and resilience. Drawing from her elite sports career, she imparts invaluable lessons on leadership, teamwork, and performance.
Kate is the most capped female player in the country’s history, making 375 appearances.
Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh were the first same-sex married couple to win Olympic gold when they helped Team GB to victory in Rio in 2016

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