Susan Ershler Keynote Speaker and Seven Summits Climber
Susan Ershler Keynote Speaker and Seven Summits Climber

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As a history-making mountain climber, corporate executive and author, Susan Ershler inspires audiences to challenge their perceived limitations and reach new heights of business and personal success.

Susan Ershler, the Conference's Keynote Speaker, lifted the aspirations of the Crown Club members with a message of ambition, hard work, dedication, perseverance and a total commitment to excellence.
—Crown Capital Securities, Top Producers Sales Convention
I recommend Susan as a speaker for any company that wishes to motivate and build teamwork within their organization via a very interesting story that is exciting and "outside the norm" of traditional motivational/business speakers.
—Aflac, Inc.
Motivational and engaging, Sue weaved a captivating story of reaching summits and exceptional sales goals that inspired our customers and partners to take on bigger challenges and face them head on.
—Attenex Corp., CEO, Kim Hawley
Susan's experiences in successfully climbing mountains both in the corporate world and on the seven summits are among the most captivating and inspiring stories I have ever heard.
—Banner Bank, Senior Vice President
The audience of 600 attendees was thrilled with the tales of your quest to complete the Seven Summits. Furthermore, your ability to relate the challenges, risks, and rewards of climbing to the business world were invaluable.
—IBM, Regional Vice President
Loved her! I received TONS of great feedback from our team. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed Susan's story and delivery.
—Microsoft North American Offsite Event
Mrs. Ershler, It was an honor to have you speak at our conference this past week. We all came away with such a sense of "I can do anything"...!
Thank you again for such a memorable experience.
—Opis, Executive Leader
Sue received one of the highest scores ever as our keynote speaker. Perfect mix of business and her experience on the mountain and incredible photos.
—Premera Blue Cross, Communication Department Leader
The hallways were buzzing long after your session — so many people were moved by your story, you are a tremendous authentic leader.
—T-Mobile, VP of Talent Management

Reaching New Heights

The first couple ever to scale all
Seven Summits, and they saved the toughest
one for last: Mt. Everest... Made History!
Diane Sawyer

Susan and her husband Phil became the first couple in history to climb the Seven Summits together, the highest mountain on each of the world's seven continents. That remarkable journey culminated at the top of Mount Everest on May 16, 2002.

That feat earned them world-wide media attention, including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, The New York Times and countless others.

Susan's record would be remarkable enough if it only detailed her business achievements. During her 23-year corporate career, she's held leadership positions in several Fortune 500 companies. She led teams to sales records, beating objectives from $1 million to $600 million, ending as a Vice President. And it is during that era of corporate achievement that she climbed the Seven Summits.

Sue's presentation was an outstanding story where we share the excitement of her journey to the summit and how this experience is related with our business, specifically in terms of setting goals and teamwork. She is truly an inspiration for all of us!...
—Business & Marketing Officer, Microsoft

Today, Susan tours the world speaking about her life journey and sharing with others her secrets for success, determination, and achieving seemingly impossible goals.

Susan's ability to relate the challenges, risks and rewards of climbing to the business world were invaluable. As we set out to reach new peaks, we will reflect upon her words of encouragement and structured approach to reaching our goals...
—Regional Vice President, IBM

Susan tells her electrifying story to audiences with clarity and passion. She lifts her audience's ambitions by showing them how hard work, dedication, perseverance and a total commitment to excellence can pay off in reaching seemingly impossible goals.

The feedback from our customers was over-whelmingly positive, citing both an entertaining and aspirational experience. Susan has the highest recommendation from us...
—Vice President, Westinghouse
Surmounting Everest's 29,035 feet remains one of the great mythic achievements, an undisputable display of skill and courage against ice and rock, bottomless chasms, body-numbing temperatures and tent-shredding winds, all in an oxygen-deprived danger zone. Ms. Ershler worked hard to get there.
—The New York Times

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History-Making Mountain Climber and Business Executive

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The Stats

  • 4th American Woman to Climb the Seven Summits
  • 12th American Woman to Climb Mt. Everest
  • The only American female speaker who combines 23 years Fortune 500 corporate leadership experience with her experiences of reaching the summit of Mt. Everest and all Seven Summits.

In the Press

Susan and Phil Ershler became the first couple to climb the highest peaks on each of the seven continents together...

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