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Adventurer and author Sarah Outen MBE is a globally renowned speaker for corporate, school and festival events. Her stories are of turning dreams into goals, of facing fear and embracing failures, of pushing on through impossibles and going back for another try. Sarah Outen’s expeditions have pushed boundaries on possibility and potential, almost killed her on a few occasions and taught her invaluable lessons on risk, resilience, team work and forging your own path. Her most recent London2London: Via the World expedition saw her row, cycle and kayak around the Northern Hemisphere over 4.5 years. It is a story of having a go, failing, having another go and ultimately of learning when to let go.
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. 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 expeditioning, for her openness at sharing her inner struggles and mental crashes as well as the excitement and triumphs.
Recent clients include: TEDMED, The Rugby Players’ Association, Forum for the Built Environment, Canada Life, AIG, Accenture, EY, Mars, Iridium, Saatchi and Saatchi, TEDx, Mckinsey, AT Kearney, Iridium, Endsleigh, Zurich New Re, Stars Foundation, Pets At Home, Ashridge Business School, University of Oxford, Royal Geographical Society, London International Boatshow, Vancouver International Film Festival, Kendal Mountain Film Festival, Sunday Papers Live, Emirates Literary Festival.
‘She connected with all of us – with such great takeaways for us on leadership, teamwork, and courage’ Anthony Baldwin, AIG
‘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’ Clive Allen, KMF
‘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.’ Stuart Munday, The Rugby Players’ Association
‘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.’ Morwenna Chapman, Oundle School
‘Sarah held us all in the grip of her storm from beginning to end. Outstanding.’ Barbara Harvey, Accenture
‘Sarah was fantastic, very inspirational.’ Kevin Fear, Headmaster, Nottingham High School
‘Our students talk about you all the time and your messages of perseverance and resilience fit in beautifully with our school motto of ‘Be the Best You Can Be!’ Sam Eden, HT, Ancaster Primary
‘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.’ Ryan Cheyne, Head of PR, Pets at Home
‘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.’ Steven Roberts, Principal Stamford Endowed Schools
‘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.’ Leanne Barr, Headteacher, Allington Primary School