Warrell, Ph.D.

Senior Client Partner

Margie Warrell is a bestselling author whose work around the world - leading transformative programs that fuel courage, unlock potential, and accelerate growth – have made her an internationally renowned authority on courageous leadership.

Margie joined Korn Ferry’s CEO Succession & Executive Development practice after more than 20 years building a global consulting business. A native Australian, her diverse experience in Fortune 500 business, psychology, and coaching provides sharp cross-cultural insights to address the complex challenges facing leaders and organizations today. 

Margie has been engaged by diverse enterprises – NASA, Oracle, Shell, Morgan Stanley, Dell, SAP, Novartis, PPG, Mondelez and Johnson & Johnson - across multiple geographies to embolden braver leadership and foster more agile, forward leaning, collaborative, and innovative ‘cultures of courage.’

A sought-after keynote speaker who has lectured at Georgetown, Columbia, USC, and SMU, the titles of her five books - Stop Playing Safe, You’ve Got This!, Brave, Make Your Mark, and Find Your Courage – reflect her passion for empowering people to embrace a ‘risk-ready mindset’ that counter the fears which undermine effective decision making and bold thinking – in individuals and enterprises.  

A regular contributor to Forbes and co-author of two other books with Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard and Jack Canfield, Margie was recently recognized as a Top 200 Leadership Voice globally by Leadershum and LinkedIn Top Voice. She’s also a Women’s Economic Forum honoree and sits on the board of Women’s Democracy Network and Forbes School of Business & Technology. 

Margie’s doctoral research informs her work in cultivating more inclusive enterprises that unleash the value of diversity and advance more women to top tables. Her expertise in human behavior, leadership, and workplace issues is regularly sought by leading media such as CNN, Bloomberg, TODAY and the Wall Street Journal.

In 2020 Margie relocated back to the Washington DC area after ten years in Singapore and her native Australia. Outside work, she enjoys adventure travel, most notably climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with her husband and four teenage children.