Cathy Newton
Cathy NewtonAuthor & Keynote Speaker

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Who Am I?

Whenever I speak about purposeful risk taking, I’m not shamelessly promoting another “self-help” theory. I’m simply sharing my way of life. Between the ages of 21 and 30, my first house burned to the ground, I had three miscarriages, my father unexpectedly died from a heart attack and my marriage ended in divorce. As I reflected on my loss and failure, I came to truly understand the essence of risk—the bravery and resilience needed to refocus energies, to try again and to have hope. I discovered that the mind, the heart, the body and the soul must take risks.

After teaching for 15 years, I became a school district coordinator for the new business of wellness and risky business prevention. This experience presented the opportunity to study the concept of risk in detail. My work encompassed both sides of risk—the prevention of dangerous risk and the promotion of purposeful risk. You don’t have to be a bungee jumper or a high-stakes poker player to have good risk-taking skills. And, you definitely don’t need to be a daredevil to reap the rewards. I’ve never broken a bone in my body. And yet I take risks almost daily—socially, intellectually and emotionally—and with remarkably satisfying results.

Your perception of, and approach to, risk-taking makes a big difference as to how you feel about yourself and your life. I know because I do it. And I’ve seen how charged up other people get when they learn how liberating it is to take smart risks—purposeful risks that remove barriers to their personal and professional growth.

The results of purposeful risk taking are nothing short of amazing. When people discard their negative perceptions and embrace the “flip side” of risk, they’re empowered to do things they previously thought were impossible. A few years ago, I wouldn’t have dreamed of owning my own company. Nor did I think I would be speaking in front of thousands of people. Since that day—when I learned to get over loss and failure and “live in full swing” again—I reconnected with my spirit, sought new opportunities and took some chances.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Happy risking!


Cathy’s Bio

CATHY NEWTON is a keynote speaker who connects with audiences, prompting laughter and exploration as she engages them in her content. A highly energetic and experienced performer, Cathy has continually captivated diverse audiences—from her college days as an NFL cheerleader to a myriad of groups as a professional educator to the past 20 years as a nationally sought after speaker. Her love of adventure has led her to ski the German Alps, mush a dogsled in Alaska, hike the Incan Trail in Peru and scuba dive in the Caribbean. In her previous roles as teacher, athletic coach and wellness/employee assistance coordinator, she studied the concepts of risk, performance and energy extensively.

Cathy’s most pivotal risk was quitting her full-time job (with benefits!) and launching her speaking business. She has helped thousands of people—from law firm administrators to health professionals to HR managers—live in full swing! Through her dynamic, interactive and insightful programs, Cathy inspires audiences to stretch themselves further—handling the risky business of change, work/life balance, teambuilding, wellness and leadership with confidence.

She is the author of four books including…

Books for sale at Amazon
  • Balancing Work & Life in a Crazy, Connected World (Full Swing Publishing, Kansas City MO, 2014)
  • Living in Full Swing (Advantage, Charleston, SC, 2007)
  • RISK IT! (Incentive Publications Inc., Nashville TN, 1996)
  • It Takes Character (Incentive Publications Inc., Nashville TN, 2003)

…and two eLearning courses:

  • Risk-Taking for Entrepreneurs
  • Balancing Work and Life in a Crazy Connected World

(24/7 access to content divided into 3-5 minute learning segments convenient for your schedule and your pace) available at:

Her honors include selection for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, recipient of the Soroptomist “Woman of Distinction” award, the “Alumni Pioneer Award” from the University of St. Mary and the “Service to Education” award from the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Cathy is a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of St. Mary in Kansas.