about the author

‘I believe that people can
only be effective leaders
when their life purpose
can be passionately
expressed in their work.
This remains my passion.’

– Kathleen Jordan

Kathleen Jordan

B.A and FAICD.

Kathleen studied psychology, English and modern history at Melbourne University and subsequently studied postgraduate criminology.

Applying what she had learned to her personal and professional lives became a passion. This led to the development of a personal program of continuous learning and to the creation of her company, Intuitive Insights, which focused on executive development, leadership coaching and community engagement.

The company concentrated on helping leaders, individuals and teams to understand the essence of who they are and how they can choose the way forward to give their work and life meaning and purpose.

Kathleen has coached over 300 executives around the world.

This balanced and fulfilling life came to a sudden and distressing full stop on 23 August 2011 when she suffered a major stroke.

Determined that her experiences might have lessons for others, and while she was still recovering in hospital from operations and treatment, she began the writing of Standing Up!. Given the state of her health, this was challenging enough, but the death of her parents within a few months of each other in October 2012 and February 2013 further tested her resolve to complete the book.

A further heavy blow came when one of her much-loved daughters passed away in May 2015.

She had been working with the McAuley Community Services for Women in Victoria. McAuley supports women and children experiencing family violence or homelessness.

Proceeds from the sale of Standing Up! are donated to McAuley Community Services.

This book is a story of resilience that will move you and continue to teach long after you have reluctantly turned the last page.
DR MEGAN CLARK AC, Advisory Board member, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Kathleen’s book has given the reader an insight into the physical, emotional and mental challenges faced by stroke victims and those who love them.
CECILIA BURGESS, COO of Bell Gully Lawyers NZ
This story will move you to appreciate and see your life and all that is in it in a new light. The book will move you in a deep, profound and loving way.
BERNADETTE BAYNIE, Group General Counsel, Batelco Group
There are numerous lessons for every reader in this accessible, emotional and raw story of triumph over adversity. Kathleen is a heroine and her story must be read.
PROFESSOR JAMES ANGUS, AO President, National Stroke Foundation