Rebecca Stephens MBE, Motivational Speaker, After Dinner Speaker, Explorer, Mountaineer, Journalist, Rebecca is the first British woman to have climbed Everest - an achievement recognised around the world. Rebecca then went on to become the first English-speaking woman in the world to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Her achievements might suggest she has always known exactly what she wanted to do, but this is far from the truth. At school, she followed no particular path. 'I went to university and then into journalism, still not knowing what I wanted to do.'

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Background

Rebecca is the first British woman to have climbed Everest - an achievement recognised around the world. Rebecca then went on to become the first English-speaking woman in the world to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

Her achievements might suggest she has always known exactly what she wanted to do, but this is far from the truth. At school, she followed no particular path. 'I went to university and then into journalism, still not knowing what I wanted to do.'

It wasn't until the age of 27 that she discovered a passion that was to change her life. As a journalist, she accompanied an Anglo-American expedition on Everest's North East Ridge and got bitten by the mountaineering bug. She decided she wanted to climb. Not only that, she wanted to climb the highest mountain in the world. Four years on she fulfilled this ambition and has subsequently continued to break records and barriers. But how did she do it?

'Simple,' she says, with the benefit of hindsight. 'I wanted to climb these mountains more than anything else in the world, and that was half the battle won. A burning desire meant I just pushed that much harder to acquire the requisite skills and make sure it happened.' Rebecca believes that everyone has 'their Everest', something they badly want to do. The secret is to have the self-awareness to listen to your inner voice and follow a path that is true for you.

Areas of Expertise

With a passionate belief that every individual can achieve goals far beyond their wildest dreams, Rebecca lectures to corporate audiences and schools around the world. She also contributes articles to a number of national newspapers and has regularly appeared on television, most notably on Tomorrow's World.

She has written a compelling account of her ascent of Everest, 'On Top of the World', a Dorling Kindersley book on mountains, entitled 'Everest', and most recently 'The Seven Summits of Success', co-written with management guru Robert Heller. She's also been a judge on the Man Booker award for contemporary literature.
Not surprisingly, Rebecca continues to adventure at every opportunity. She has sailed the Southern Seas to the South Magnetic Pole and Antarctica, competed in an eight-day Eco-Challenge with polar explorers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dr Mike Stroud, running, biking and canoeing across the Canadian Rockies. Most recently, she has crossed the island of South Georgia in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

She is a trustee for the Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, member of the Alpine Club, and has been closely involved with The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and the Outward Bound Trust.
She lives in London with her partner and young daughter, Anna.

Client Comments

"Really inspirational...you are the 'talk of Coutts', from the Chairman down, and you ensured that our corporate messages came alive on a personal level"

Coutts

"Rebecca made us feel that you can achieve anything that you put your mind to..."

Automobile Association

"I must totally revaluate my life..."

BP Amoco

"The feedback on your presentation has been overwhelming! Delegates responded well to the key messages and have made a clear link to improving their own performance by accepting risk and the value of teamwork."

NPI

"Rebecca's account of climbing Everest gave delegates the inspiration to succeed in challenging circumstances, and coming at the end of the conference it left delegates on a high. Exactly what we were hoping for"

Telford and Wrekin Council

"...your score was the highest against all other presentations. It just goes to show how you motivated the delegates with your desire to succeed, your determination and grit. The way you handled the business analogy was very good indeed."

PeopleSoft

"The team have been inspired by your experiences, both personally and professionally. Many of them were particularly moved by your comments about the impact of femicade on patients' lives - not just to think of it in terms of selling a drug or fighting for funding. It has already added an extra dimension to their job and in their dealing with their customers.

Schering-Plough

"An inspirational day...your unique experience provided the perfect start for a day that focussed on translating one's vision into action."

Krauthammer International

"Her after dinner address was humorous, inspiring and entertaining...everyone was impressed by her warmth and her generosity of spirit."

Elmbridge Women in Business

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