Rebecca Stephens is the first British woman to have climbed Everest - an achievement recognised around the world. Rebecca then went on to become the first English-speaking woman in the world to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.
Her achievements might suggest she has always known exactly what she wanted to do, but this is far from the truth. At school, she followed no particular path. 'I went to university and then into journalism, still not knowing what I wanted to do.'
It wasn't until the age of 27 that she discovered a passion that was to change her life. As a journalist, she accompanied an Anglo-American expedition on Everest's North East Ridge and got bitten by the mountaineering bug. She decided she wanted to climb. Not only that, she wanted to climb the highest mountain in the world. Four years on she fulfilled this ambition and has subsequently continued to break records and barriers.
With a passionate belief that every individual can achieve goals far beyond their wildest dreams, Rebecca lectures to corporate audiences and schools around the world. She also contributes articles to a number of national newspapers and has regularly appeared on television, most notably on Tomorrow's World.
She has written a compelling account of her ascent of Everest, 'On Top of the World', a Dorling Kindersley book on mountains, entitled 'Everest', and most recently 'The Seven Summits of Success', co-written with management guru Robert Heller. She's also been a judge on the Man Booker award for contemporary literature.
Not surprisingly, Rebecca continues to adventure at every opportunity. She has sailed the Southern Seas to the South Magnetic Pole and Antarctica, competed in an eight-day Eco-Challenge with polar explorers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dr Mike Stroud, running, biking and canoeing across the Canadian Rockies. Most recently, she has crossed the island of South Georgia in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
She is a trustee for the Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, member of the Alpine Club, and has been closely involved with The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and the Outward Bound Trust.
Rebecca Stephens has a gift for communication and has risen to global prominence as an inspirational keynote speaker and coach on teamwork, leadership skills and performing absolutely to one's best.
Rebecca Stephens has been respected as a leading motivational speaker for over twenty years and is at the top of her game. She is a mountaineer, and it is stories from the extreme and often dangerous high peaks that she vividly brings to life for her audience, however she has also worked on the inside of corporations and educational establishments – and is a journalist, practised in the written and spoken word – and repeatedly adds value and communicates in a language her audience understands.
Rebecca Stephens talks primarily on personal development - defining one's passions and goals, self-belief, growth through management of fear, calculated risk, tenacity and commitment - and crucially for businesses today, the subject of leadership and effective teamwork.
Again and again she inspires people to seek new horizons and achieve goals beyond their wildest dreams.
To listen to Rebecca talk about Everest is to be up there on the mountain with her and to feel the gut-wrenching effort of every high-altitude step. It's to feel the misery of looking failure in the face, and the jubilance of turning everything around and standing 'on top of the world.'
The Seven Summits of Success - Keynote Presentation
Not satisfied with only climbing Everest, Rebecca Stephens went on to climb the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the world's seven continents. By her own admission, it was an extremely steep learning curve. She had to acquire the requisite mountaineering skills, but also the transferable skills of leadership - both of oneself, and others - to ensure success.
They are presented as follows:
1. Kilimanjaro (Africa) - The First Step
2. Denali (N.America) - Training, planning and preparation 3. Everest (Asia) - Communication and effective teamwork 4. Elbrus (Europe) - Coaching and leadership
5. Cartstensz Pyramid (Australasia) - Recruiting the best people
6. Aconcagua (S.America) - Positive thinking
7. Vinson (Antarctica) - Tenacity to the last
Together the Seven Summits provide a unique opportunity to look at the seven principles of leadership in a dramatic and memorable way. On each mountain, Rebecca learned what it takes to succeed in extreme and often dangerous conditions. By bringing back this learning to the training arena, she uses the mountains to explore the peak principles of success that unleash the power within all of us to create winning teams today.
Team Building Climb
For the adventurous of spirit, Rebecca Stephens offers team building and exploration trips for corporate teams to Kilimanjaro. The nine day expedition enables a full seven days to climb the mountain with the benefit of Rebecca's immense experience (in addition to comprehensive safety training/procedures etc).
Rebecca Stephens combines her public notoriety with well-honed skills as a presenter, broadcaster and journalist. As a facilitator she is adept at presenting company issues and communicating in simple, yet effective terms.
A quick thinker, she has unquestionable stage presence, warmth of personality, sharp interview technique, clarity of diction and humour. This service provides real added value for organisations, as Rebecca not only facilitates events, but can also present her own mountaineering experiences within the day.
Team effort got us to the top of Kilimanjaro, and we all came home knowing ourselves better, wiser in life and in work
Really inspirational...you are the 'talk of Coutts', from the Chairman down, and you ensured that our corporate messages came alive on a personal level.
Rebecca Stephens made us feel that you can achieve anything that you put your mind to...
I must totally revaluate my life...
The feedback on Rebecca Stephens' presentation has been overwhelming! Delegates responded well to the key messages and have made a clear link to improving their own performance by accepting risk and the value of teamwork.
Rebecca Stephens' account of climbing Everest gave delegates the inspiration to succeed in challenging circumstances. And, coming at the end of the conference it left delegates on a high. Exactly what we were hoping for.
Rebecca Stephens' after dinner address was humorous, inspiring and entertaining... everyone was impressed by her warmth and her generosity of spirit.
An inspirational day... your unique experience provided the perfect start for a day that focussed on translating one's vision into action.
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