To book Sarah as a speaker for your event contact: hello@sarahouten.com

For Sarah’s  TEDMED talk click HERE 

Sarah Outen TEDMED 2016 photo speaking stage


Credit: TEDMED


World record-breaking adventurer, keynote speaker, author and film-maker, therapist and donkey Mum

Themes: Adventure, inspiration, motivation, resilience, mental health, managing setbacks and failures, navigating change and transition, attitudes and skills needed for success in progressing through adversity, member of LGBTQIA+ community, experiences of living with chronic illness, remote team working and communication, performance under pressure.

Sarah Outen MBE spent a decade pursuing extraordinary journeys across the globe, often remote and generally solo, by human-powered means. Her London2London:Via the World journey saw her row, cycle and kayak a 25,000 mile loop of the northern hemisphere over 4.5 years. Her ocean rowing journeys earned her multiple firsts and world records, and they also cost her dearly in terms of her health. Sarah is an inspirational and motivational speaker and shares candidly of the highs and lows of expedition life and what happened next, expertly weaving tailored learnings through her narratives according to her client’s goals.  An experienced story teller, known for putting audiences at ease with her warmth and calm, disarming style, Sarah holds people through the drama and tension of her journeys with trademark authenticity. Sarah’s goal is always to leave audiences considering their own ability to ride out storms and pursue successes differently, too.

Sarah has authored two books and produced an award-winning feature length film of her journeys alongside renowned director Jen Randall. The film ‘Home’ can form a part of your package as a standalone offering and signed copies of ‘Dare to Do’ can be ordered for delegates. 

These days Sarah is a trainee psychotherapist and also works therapeutically with clients alongside her herd of donkeys in Oxfordshire, UK.


To book Sarah as a speaker contact hello@sarahouten.com

Recent Testimonials


‘Sarah spoke at two conferences for us this year, both to high achieving sales teams of major medical equipment corporates. As well as sharing her more than impressive achievements, Sarah was able to personalise her talks and focus in on the different corporate messages and general themes of the meetings she attended. This was combined with an unassuming style of delivery which really resonated with the audience and generated huge amount of empathy. In both cases Sarah provoked a great deal of thought individually for delegates which spilled over in to large scale group discussions. This is exactly the kind of impact which you look for when you include a speaker in to the mix at corporate events. We will certainly look to invite Sarah back to events in the future.’ Our Secret Lab, 2023

‘I wanted to reach out and share the overwhelming positive response to your talk.  I was personally inspired as a female leader and think what you’ve achieved is incredible. Our best speaker yet. 

The team  really picked up on the flexibility, adaptability and agility commentary as well as our own roles (and responsibility) as “The Village” to support each other along the way.

The warmth and candidness of the whole piece also really struck home.’ Keter, 2022

‘Your talk was amazing – authentic, heart felt and incredibly inspiring. As I looked across the screen on Zoom I could see how your words were landing with the participants. I held coaching session after your talk and several of them told me how much they were impacted by your words.’ Ashridge, 2021

‘Sarah Outen is a phenomenal storyteller with a journey to share that is re so remarkable that it’s impossible to leave her sessions untouched. There are so many great learnings from Sarah’s story, and her way to capture failure and near death experiences and turn it into something applicable to YOUR life, is something that we rarely see. We are delighted to partner with Sarah on our leadership programs and cannot recommend her high enough. ‘ Sophie Weightman, Client Relationship Director at Hult EF, 2021

To book Sarah as a speaker contact hello@sarahouten.com



Books & writing

Sarah has written two books on her journeys –Dare to Do – published 2016 | A Dip in the Ocean – published 2011 – and will one day finally write a children’s book and ‘Dare to Be’.

She has contributed to many books and written many articles, and one day may get round to listing them here. 

Clients include: Bio Rad, Our Secret Lab, Argon Medical, Jardine Matheson, Keter, Arval, Ashridge Business School, Immerse Education, Amcor, University of Utah, Canada Bank, Vistage, Cisco, Dentons, Do Lectures, TEDMED, The Rugby Players’ Association, Forum for the Built Environment, BecomingX, National Geographic,Canada Life, AIG, Accenture, EY, Mars, Iridium, Saatchi and Saatchi, TEDx,  Mckinsey, AT Kearney, Iridium, Endsleigh, Zurich New Re, Stars Foundation, Pets At Home, London School of Economics,  University of Oxford,  Royal Geographical Society, London International Boatshow, Vancouver International Film Festival, Kendal Mountain Film Festival, Banff Mountain Film Festival, Sunday Papers Live, Emirates Literary Festival, IMMRAMA Travel Writing Festival, Wilderness Festival, Escape the City.



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