Monica McCarthy is a philosophical impresaria, community strategist, writer, and speaker based in NYC. 

“And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

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strategy & Consulting

From developing original community event programming, to developing a company manifesto, to creating a multimedia content strategy, Monica specializes in getting to the message behind the message. 

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Workshops, moderating & speaking

Monica teaches workshops businesses, communities, and conferences. She is a popular moderator for panels and interviews. Her keynote speeches explore meaning, wisdom, and culture with a dose of humor and deep desire to connect. 

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Writing

From long-form essays to travel narratives, to advice columns, Monica is a freelance writer and forthcoming co-author of a book about two of her favorite things: philosophy & cocktails.

She can't resist a good pun. 

Consulting & Strategy

redefining Community

 

“We have always believed in the value of community at Holstee. But we never knew how to activate it and engage it. Until we got to work with Monica. She created an amazing set of engagement tools, from workshops to a Holstee curriculum to a series of thought leader events, that have taken the Holstee community and its brand to the next level. She introduced us to so many inspiring people and executed effortlessly on so many projects. She brought in new ideas and yet stayed focused on getting things done. We can’t recommend her enough.” — Fabian Pfortmueller, Co-Founder of Holstee

 
 
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WORKSHOPS

Active Philosophy  

“Monica’s “Mythbusing Creativity” workshop was the wake up call our team needed. Within two hours Monica inspired our entire team to completely change our marketing and branding strategy. For the first time in the history of the company, everyone in the room was on the same page and excited to take risks and challenge the status quo.”
- Brand Manager, The Edrington Group
 
 
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Speaker & Moderator

cultivating wisdom

Monica is the most charming, inspiring, and insightful moderator I’ve ever seen. Someone please hurry up and give that woman her own show!
- James Altucher
 
 

Manifestos

Distilling To Your Essence

 

From company manifestos to curating manifestos at conferences to teaching her signature Write Your Manifesto course, Monica has studied what makes a manifesto meaningful and why manifestos are the new mission statement. It started when she turned her monthly philosophic dinner salons into stunning manifestos on the "big idea" of the evening, which led to building community around Holstee's viral manifesto (which was dubbed the "new Just do it") and then consulting with organizations who wanted unique manifestos of their own. Want to bring Monica to your company, school, or workshop? 

She thought you'd never ask. 

 

 
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Monica has an uncanny ability to mine for gold in terms of extracting beliefs, values, and voice in a way I couldn’t have done on my own. My community loves it so much I had it made into a poster so they can be reminded of the life we can achieve when we follow the statements in the manifesto.
- Dan Martell
— http://www.danmartell.com/manifesto/