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Caroline Casey

TED Speaker, Businesswoman, Disability Activist and Award Winning Social Innovator

Caroline Casey is an award-winning social entrepreneur, and both an adventurer and a business woman. Committed to building a global movement on inclusive business to build an equal society for the one billion people in the world with a disability, she set up several organisations and initiatives centred on disability business inclusion.

Her latest initiative, #valuable, has to date reached 810 million people and resulted in her working with the world’s most influential CEOs, brands and platforms to put disability on the global business leadership agenda. Casey is also a TED speaker, a past advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative, and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

As a child, Dublin-born Caroline developed an eye condition (ocular albinism) that renders her legally blind, but it wasn’t until she was planning to drive that her family finally informed her of her ‘disability’.

Her approach now is the same one she took then, at just 17.  Look past your limits.  Tap into and activate your potential.  And if you fail, ‘fail fabulously’ and start over.

This message of resilience and compassion has brought Caroline to events across the globe, and on adventures like 2017’s 1000km horse trek through Colombia to speak at One Young World.

An advisor, ambassador, mentor, board member and international speaker, Caroline has a remarkable and rare ability to connect with people. Her extraordinary personal story of coming to terms with her own hidden disability and turning that perceived 'weakness' into professional and personal success is relatable, funny, humbling and deeply meaningful.

Today, as founder of Valuable, Caroline is committed to building a global movement. Collaborating with some of the world’s leading organisations and CEOs, she has identified the new business imperative for success:  Inclusive Business.  What Caroline often refers to as 'The New Green' is a movement that calls on business to awaken to the untapped potential of the 1 billion people that live with a disability.

Subject of the National Geographic Documentary Elephant Vision, Ashoka Fellow, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, TED speaker and unwavering campaigner, Caroline’s passion and ambition for leading a life without limits and labels is truly contagious.

      1. Influencing the Influencer
      1. Looking Past Limits
      1. The Advantage of Adversity
      1. Dangerous Dreaming
      1. Authentic Leadership
      1. Labels are for Jam Jars
      1. The best worst thing that ever happened
      1. The power of letting go
      1. The power of failure for future success
    1.       You don’t need eyes to see – you need vision

"I am 20 years in Stryker and have been to many meetings with guest speakers, and I can honestly say that I have never seen a reaction to a presenter like I did today.  Caroline was simply magnificent!!!! She was at her brilliant best. What a beautiful person. On behalf of every single person that was in the room today, can you pass on our sincere thanks to her.  I have a feeling this is not the last time that she will be asked to present at a Stryker event.  She was brilliant!  Thank you so much!!! - Gearoid Walsh, Senior Manager, Advanced Operations, Stryker.  January 2020

"Caroline spoke at our Annual Conference in May 2018. Her talk was thought provoking, emotional and inspiring and she had the audience completely enthralled for the duration. She was a true professional and an absolute pleasure to deal with. The feedback we have received from delegates following the event has been extremely positive." - Karin Lanigan,  Chartered Accountants Ireland

"Caroline did amazingly on Monday, we were delighted to have her and she really did give it her all. Not a dry eye in the house" - Louise O'DwyerDirector, Talent Programs, EMEA Salesforce

"We want to thank you for such an inspiring key note session and a thank you for attending our conference and dinner. You are such a vibrant, smart, funny, inspiring person and it has been an honour to work with you.  Our evaluations mentioned you as a highlight of the Summit, and many of the attendants wanted you to come back again next year." - Erika Augustinsson, Head of Communication and Policy, Forum for social innovation Sweden, Malmö University

"I just wanted to thank you for the time you took to speak to my Leadership Team on Wednesday and the amount of thought that clearly went into the talk. I have had nothing but resoundingly positive feedback from the afternoon with people citing your authenticity and sincerity while laced with a good dollop of humour and very interesting experiences.Everybody will have gotten something from it,including yours truly." - Peter Morris,Chief Governance Risk Officer, Bank of Ireland, April 2016

"Caroline was sensationally good. It was wonderful to have her there. From the responses we've had so far she was given universal outstanding feedback. And I know in talking to people afterwards that she really impacted them. The whole team were blown away by her talk, how skilfully she weaved in her key messages, and how generally lovely she was!" - Adam Grodecki, Director FORWARD INSTITUTE U.K., March 2016

"The event went very well. Caroline was outstanding. The overall feedback was excellent and she contributed highly to the success of our 2 days event. We kept going for 2 hours and could have stayed another hour. It never felt that she was doing a job,  and she became part of the Kerry family in no time. To summarise her strength – authenticity, huge energy and credibility, engaging and challenging" Yann Ricourt, Corporate Human Resources Director, The Kerry Group, 24th Sept 2015

"The event went really well and Caroline stole the show. The feedback has been fantastic, she opened a lot of people’s minds to new possibilities and ways of thinking. The most common thing I have heard is that people felt overwhelmed with her story and talk. Thanks for your help in organising this, I am sure we will want to work with Caroline again in the future." - Anthony White, Allianz - Frankfurt 20th May 2015

"Our event in Brazil was a huge success! Caroline is lovely! Her speech was amazing and powerfully inspiring with a great repercution among our audience." - Guta Nascimento, Diretora de Conteúdo, Unilever Brazil

"There is an energy and buzz and good feeling running through the office since Caroline’s talk today that is captivating. She touched a lot of soft & hard spots in people and left nobody in the room indifferent. The atmosphere was one of captivation, emotion, motivation and astonishment all rolled into one. The room was full and all those who didn’t go are now kicking themselves for missing it. It was described by many as the best talk they have ever had the pleasure of listening to." - Teresa O'Driscoll, OHIM ACADEMY –THE OBSERVATORY, Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM),Alicante, March 2013

"I want to extend a very special Thank You to you for organizing Caroline Casey as our guest speaker. The atmosphere during the day was excellent from arrival right through to the late hours and the overall feedback for Caroline was tremendous - our guests felt Caroline was one of the top speakers we had over the 25 years – a truly accomplished, inspirational, thought provoking and overall natural speaker." - Michelle Murphy, President BPW Galway, May 2011

"Whoever said “you can’t please everyone all the time” has not met Caroline Casey. Caroline managed to capture our audience for a full hour in her presentation on Career Development. It was the first time that we got 100% top marks for a presenter with comments of “inspirational”, “highly motivational” and “just so authentic”. Many thanks Caroline" - Joan Byrne, Product Marketing EMEA, Dell. 11th November 2010

"Your speech was informative and thought-provoking and can only have encouraged those present to be even more proactive..." - Gabrielle Fitzpatrick-McCrickard, Manager, Employers Forum on Disability

"Caroline was fantastic and her talk was way above anything else as the highlight of the day. Everyone I spoke to thought that her talk was inspirational as well as being highly informative and charming" - David Johnston, Chief Legal Counsel, O2 Ireland

"I was deeply impressed by her humour, honesty and highly expressive articulation of the lifepath that has brought her to her current position as CEO and founder of The Aisling Foundation. She was inspirational to the 500 delegates who attended that session and I am pleased to acknowledge the vital part she played in the success of the Céifin Conference. We have had many requests since the conference for contact details for Caroline ~ a testimony to the impression she made on the day." - Liam Bluett, CEO, The Céifin Centre

"Caroline is a breath of fresh air. She gave us an insight to what is achievable once you are honest with yourself about what you want to do, and passionate about achieving it. She has a wonderful communication style that is warm, engaging & funny while delivering an impactful message. Truly uplifting!" - Alice O’Brien, Microsoft, Ireland

"Caroline did a great job today for our talent program. Again, like in January, she delivered a motivational, enthusiastic speech to the audience with exactly these key messages (don't give up, go for a challenge, allow yourself mistakes) I expected from her. I received the overwhelming positive feedback from the participants directly after the session." - Holger Kirchhoff, Hewlett Packard

"Firstly, let me thank you for your time last night, I thoroughly enjoyed your talk, it was so motivational. I was so taken with your passion and The Aisling Foundation that I would like to help, if you ever require any marketing in Scotland I would be delighted to do this for you on a free of charge basis. Thanks again for a great talk." - Scott Simpson, Director, Powerful Stuff

"I attended the master class at Glasgow Caledonian University last night. It was truly fantastic. You make a difference every time you present." - Paul McCafferty, Scottish Enterprise Network

"On behalf of network Ireland and the conference committee I would like to thank you for making a wonderful presentation at our national conference on 5th October last. Everyone commented on how inspiring and interesting all the speakers were and we were delighted with the positive reaction to the day." - Gaye Moore, National President, Network Ireland

"I would just like to thank you sincerely for speaking at our recent Extraordinary Lives Event. Your speech was uplifting and really connected with the audience members young and old alike. It was a pleasure to meet and work with you….We would welcome the opportunity to work with you again at some stage in the future. Once again thank you for helping to create what was a fantastic evening." - David Nevin, Suas Educational Development

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