the big event

dear event organizer,

Thank you for sharing your objectives for [The Big Event] in [location] on [date]. It sounds as if the event will have a lasting impact on all those in attendance.

As promised, I have included the session description for Self-care Isn’t Selfish. It is Your Duty. which we agreed is in alignment with your message of [XXXXXXX].

You will also find an overview of what you can expect when you invite me to speak as well as the quote and other relevant details for you to share with your team. Let’s schedule a call to address any questions you may have.

[If we have a date on hold, reference that here. Also, the goal is to schedule this call before getting off the client theme call so confirm the date and time here.]

Thanks again for your consideration, [NAME],

keynote session

self-care isn’t selfish. it is your duty.

unapologetically taking care of yourself while taking care of business.

You’ve heard the term “self-care.” You know you should prioritize it more. You add it to your offensively long to-do list, reassuring yourself that you will get to it, only to have it cascade to the very bottom again. You know you should make healthy decisions, and that your mental and physical health are important.

But let’s be real: when it comes to self-care, most of us are asleep, lulled into complacency by the deluded promise that tomorrow will be different-that is, until a massive personal tragedy or crisis wakes us up and scares the hell out of us.

Katie McDonald believes it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you’re ready to stop sleepwalking (and you are), Katie’s speech self-care isn’t selfish. It is your duty. will hit you like a sound-barrier-shattering alarm clock with a busted snooze button. You’ll learn how to liberate yourself from destructive, self- sacrificing habits by being deLIBERATE in your self-care. This speech will challenge you to take action in your own life—immediately—and it’ll give you the tools you need to do it.

Taking care of you is taking care of business. What if you stopped apologizing and started advocating for yourself? Aren’t you curious about what life would be like when you are truly nourished by your habits and mindset? When you walk out of this speech, you’ll emerge refreshed, alive with purpose, and a contagious passion to show up for yourself the way you show up for everyone else.

what they’re saying:​

“katie leaves attendees with renewed vigor and fierce determination to do something different tomorrow, leaving in her wake a sea of change agents ready to have an impact.”

carrie majewski | nexus

the experience: working with katie

“working with katie was incredibly easy… You can tell she’s truly trying to make an impact on the lives of those that she speaks to.”

michelle buettner
talent management & development partner, schneider electric, women in energy


I am on a mission to empower and inspire high achievers to rethink their relationship with self-care. Speaking is my way of disrupting the destructive message that taking care of ourselves is an obstacle to productivity.

I strive to understand your audience and customize the presentation to ensure the impact is immediate and lasting.

I do the following:

  • briefly interview a few audience members
  • customize the presentation
  • rehearse for 10+ hours
  • make myself available for an interview for a blog post or podcast
  • provide an event promotion video (EXAMPLE HERE)

Unlike many speakers, I prefer to stay the full day whenever possible. I know that when attendees have the chance to interact with keynote speakers, they can ask the burning questions that might have gone unsaid. They feel seen, heard, and understood.

I share your commitment to making this event memorable so let’s brainstorm about what I can do to enhance the experience for your audience.
Some ideas to maximize my time while there might include:

  • a breakout session
  • an extended Q&A
  • a cocktail hour or breakfast
  • presence at a VIP lunch table
  • participation
  • office hours

Please feel free to make any other suggestions for us to consider.

If you are like most event organizers, you are understandably depleted after a big event. Let me help by making sure you have the necessary assets to ensure your event follow-up is easy, fun, and memorable.

Within one day of the event’s conclusion, I will provide any of the following:

  • a link to the presentation deck to share with every attendee
  • a short reminder video to inspire attendees to pause and implement one thing they learned
  • a “homework” assignment to keep them engaged and committed to the mindset of self-care and productivity
  • a podcast or blog post interview about the event
  • a follow-up telepresence session a few months after the event

all-inclusive fee: $7,500


  • one 60-minute in-person keynote presentation
  • one breakout session
  • one panel discussion
  • custom promotional video
  • [Number of] planners & accompanying digital course
  • table for planner sales
  • social promotion
  • round trip airfare
  • hotel accommodations
  • ground transportation

my proposals are all-inclusive including the travel expenses.

…that means no surprises.

Email any questions that arise to:

next steps

I have [date] on hold for you and would be delighted to contribute to the success of this event. I am also available to jump on a call with your team to brainstorm about how to magnify the impact of this event.

Please share your thoughts when you have a moment.

So excited to join you, [EVENT ORGANIZER NAME].

about katie mcdonald

Over two decades ago, the demands of Katie McDonald’s corporate career occupied her every waking moment. She was left feeling depleted and depressed—suffering from spiraling mental and physical health crises that threatened her life.

Left with no choice but to transform her body-mind relationship, Katie abandoned her corporate job and finally started applying her knowledge of self-care, alternative health, and plant-based nutrition.

Since then, Katie has been on a revitalizing journey of lifelong self-care.

Fully recovered from years of self-neglect, Katie now helps fellow doers embrace self-care so they can do more and be more while leading healthier, more intentional, and more nourished lives.

Katie leads with tough love to inspire, empower, and challenge audiences. She dispels the destructive myth that self-care is an obstacle to productivity and teaches that self-care is, in fact, a tool to create a more powerful and impactful legacy.


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