Sarah Outen MBE is an explorer and adventurer with multiple major world-first expeditions to her name, many of which have been undertaken alone.
Since 2009 she has spent over a year alone at sea in rowing boats on all the major oceans, kayaked through remote regions of Alaska and cycled thousands of miles across Eurasia and North America, storytelling and sharing as she goes. In 2015, Sarah paddled back under London's iconic Tower Bridge, 4.5 years after setting out on her London2London:Via the World journey, which saw her row, kayak and cycle some 25,000 miles of the Northern Hemisphere. It was an ambitious bid to link together major expeditions and was fraught by huge challenges. The journey evolved and responded making the stories all the richer for the failures and lessons. Sarah is proud to be an Ambassador for youth sports charity Inspire +, and the Youth Adventure Trust as well as the Youth Hostels Association. She is a proud Patron of breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! and a Vice-Patron for Jubilee Sailing Trust. Sarah Outen MBE has written two books, based on her journeys. 'A Dip in the Ocean' was published in 2011 by Summersdale and 'Dare to Do' was published in November 2016 by Hodder.
A natural and engaging motivational presenter, Sarah Outen has given keynote speeches and bespoke talks to audiences of all sizes, internationally.
When she is not on expedition miles out to sea, or in some remote corner of the world, Sarah is available for bespoke talks, inspired by her journeys.
Sarah Outen is a globally renowned keynote speaker and motivational speaker for corporate, school and festival events, both in the UK and abroad.
Her stories are of turning dreams into goals, of facing fear and embracing failures, of resilience and decision making under pressure.
Sarah expeditions have pushed boundaries on possibility and potential, almost killed her on a few occasions and taught her invaluable lessons on risk, leadership, team work and forging your own path. Her London2London: Via the World expedition saw Sarah row, cycle and kayak around the Northern Hemisphere over 4.5 years. Stories of Sarah’s expeditions resonate with all audiences and can be tailored to any event. Her trademark energy, enthusiasm and humour, coupled with her insight and bravery to share, make her highly sought-after.
LGBT & Mental Health Awareness
Candid about her own mental health struggles and journey, Sarah is keen to encourage others to seek help and share their vulnerabilities.
Since proposing to her girlfriend while alone on the Pacific Ocean in 2013, Sarah has become a role model for LGBT issues and is admired beyond her expeditions, for her openness at sharing her inner struggles and mental crashes as well as the excitement and triumph. Recent Corporate Bookers
LSE, Dauntsey's School, Kendal Moutnain Film Festival, The Rugby Players’ Association, Forum for the Built Environment, Canada Life, AIG, Accenture, EY, Mars, Iridium, Saatchi and Saatchi, TEDMED, Mckinsey, AT Kearney, Iridium, Endsleigh, Zurich New Re, Stars Foundation, Pets At Home, Ashridge Business School, University of Oxford, Royal Geographical Society.
A huge success. Sarah’s story was compelling and hit the mark in exactly what we were looking for from our speaker. Sarah’s style was open, relaxed and very honest.
She connected with all of us – with such great takeaways for us on leadership, teamwork, and courage
Sarah’s presentation was fantastic. It was clear that she had really thought about bringing the Geography out from her travels. Her use of subject specific vocabulary combined with the excitement of her stories really engaged our able pupils.
Sarah held us all in the grip of her storm from beginning to end. Outstanding.
We are huge fans of Sarah’s, having shared her adventures over the years both in film and lectures, and she always draws a big Festival crowd to hear about her latest exploits. Always eloquent, always professional, but above all Sarah is always totally inspirational’
Sarah’s story is moving, incredible and inspirational. In a business context, when thinking about goal setting, taking accountability, positive thinking and results focus the parallels are clear. An amazing story delivered by an amazing lady.
Sarah is a natural communicator and has the rare ability to engage her audience and make them feel part of her adventure. That she was able to complete such a massive challenge shows that she is very special and what she has to say is relevant to young and old who can only dream of taking up such challenges.
Inspirational. Children from 4 to 11 sat, transfixed, as they listened to her adventures showing the highs and lows of her brave and exciting journey across the world. Sarah has a fantastic, sunny way of presenting and our children loved the experience.
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