Keynote Speaker Susan Ershler

Susan Ershler

History-making Everest climber, corporate executive and author. Susan, with her husband, became the First couple to climb the Seven Summits, highest mountain on each continent.

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Washington, USA

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Susan Ershler’s Key Accomplishments Include . . . 

Susan Ershler knows a thing or two about taking things to new heights. Ershler and her husband Phil, a professional mountain guide, received worldwide media attention including GMA, Today Show, CNN, and New York Times after becoming the first couple in history to conquer the Seven Summits of mountain climbing lore — successfully climbing the highest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents. The remarkable journey culminated at the top of Mount Everest — 29,035 feet — on May 16, 2002.

Why Susan Ershler

  • “Inspirational & Motivational Keynotes: Susan Ershler inspires audiences to challenge their perceived limitations and reach new heights of business and personal success. In today’s increasingly competitive business environment, it takes vision, planning and perseverance to reach the pinnacle of career achievement. Are you ready to see your career trajectory accelerate into the stratosphere? Then Susan Ershler’s Project, Prepare, Persevere® methodology is your key to becoming a peak performer and reaching the pinnacle of personal and professional success.”
  • “Sales Keynotes Is your sales organization achieving its true potential? What strategies and techniques would transform your sales team into a dynamic force for revenue growth and customer satisfaction? For two decades, Susan Ershler rose through the ranks of sales leadership while simultaneously climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Now, her mission is to help others secure the financial rewards and personal fulfillment that come with being a top performer.”
  • “Achieving Personal and Professional Success: No matter how impossible they may seem, your dreams for personal and professional success are never truly out of reach if you Project • Prepare • Persevere®. This is the systematic approach to high achievement Susan Ershler developed while simultaneously climbing the world’s tallest mountains and leading sales organizations at some of the nation’s largest corporations.”

What makes Susan’s feat even more impressive is that she was climbing the world’s highest mountain while maintaining a successful career as a business and sales executive. During her 23-year corporate career she has held leadership positions in several Fortune 500 companies, leading teams to sales records, beating quotas from $1 million to $600 million. Ending as a vice president of sales for a multi-national telecommunications company, she was responsible for the company’s fast-growing Internet division. She also worked at US WEST (CenturyLink), GTE (Verizon), United Technologies, General Dynamics and FedEx.

Throughout her life and career, Ershler, the fourth American woman to climb the Seven Summits and 12th American woman to climb Mt. Everest, has attained heights that most would find unimaginable. What has set her apart is a set of guiding principles that can be adopted by anyone who dreams of achieving a seemingly impossible goal. She speaks about her life journey and shares her secrets for success, determination, and achieving seemingly impossible goals.

Susan, who now tours the country as a speaker, shares lessons learned in the high mountains that help overcome challenges in the business world. 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. Her leadership message often begins with visualizing a goal, no matter how difficult or out of reach. She continues with techniques to improve focus and discipline and shows how essential teamwork is to achievement. She then concludes with a passionate affirmation of the value of life and the thrill of celebrating your success from the top of the world.

Susan authored two books; first titled, “Together on Top of the World,” that details the remarkable story of climbing the fabled Seven Summits. The book is a story of going for your greatest dreams against all odds and pushing past mental and physical boundaries and “Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales”, where Susan draws on her experiences to inspire sales professionals, leaders, and anyone striving to achieve their life goals and reach new heights of success, illustrating how anyone can achieve peak performance, published by HarperCollins.

Susan had only started climbing in her mid-30s, and Phil, a mountain guide and the first American to reach the top of Everest from the north face, suffered from Crohn’s disease. Phil taught Susan to love the mountains the way he did, and so she began using her vacation time to join him on his climbs. In fact, Susan trained by climbing the 35 stories in her high-rise office building on her lunch hour for a year — with a 40-pound pack on her back. When a cancer diagnosis threatened to end Phil’s mountain-climbing career, the Ershlers fought back the only way they knew how — to climb.


Testimonials 4

  • “Susan, coming to work this morning was fantastic. Our employees are very happy with yesterday’s event. Great to see my company starting to work right away. You can proudly say everyone has put one foot in front of the other. We are on our way to the top. Thank you for your part in all this.”

    Ómar Svavarsson

    CEO Vodafone (Iceland)

  • “Thank you once again for sharing your incredible story with us once again in January. It was a real joy and we heard great feedback about the ways in which you inspired our audience…I so wished I had a moment to really share how wonderful you were!  It truly could not have been better and we were so thrilled to have you! Just perfect!”

    Emily Hughes

    CAbi, Director of Field Communications

  • 1.”Could listen to her for hours! Loved her! Very interesting how she relates personal goals to professional goals.”

    2.”Very engaging and connected to sales well.”

    3.”Inspiring and a great way to start the day.”

    4.”Awesome story, great speaker, very motivational.”

    5.”Inspiring presentation, lots to take back with me.”

    Audience Feedback --World Fuel Services – National Sales Meeting

  • “I want to thank you for sharing your story, experience and wisdom with us. I so often forget the importance of life; living in the moment and reaching for our dreams no matter how big or unattainable they may seem. I’m training for a half marathon and I was on a running schedule while in Austin. The morning you spoke, I was already talking myself out of my evening run telling myself I’d be too tired after the day’s work or that being out of town gave me an excuse to cancel or that having that extra muffin at breakfast ruined my fitness regimen anyway so might as well just cancel running. Then you got up on stage. Hearing about your experience and perseverance gave me the extra motivation I needed. I looked at your pictures on Everest in awe. I listened as you told your stories with pride. I keep thinking about your story of climbing stairs in your office building and hiking every week no matter what. We have no excuses when there’s something we want to accomplish. There is nothing we can’t do! Thank you for reminding me of that. Finishing this half marathon on Sunday is my Everest.

    P.S. I ran that night and stuck to my training schedule.”

    National Association of Broadcasters, Attendee

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