Tells the inspiring story of how her small team climbed Mount Everest through commitment to a single vision, making her the first North American woman to reach the summit.
Audiences leave inspired by her incredible story of teamwork, resilience and risk taking.
Sharon Wood was the first North American woman to summit Mount Everest and remains a committed mountaineer, author and entrepreneur.
About Sharon Wood - First North American Woman to Scale Mount Everest and Inspirational Speaker:
Sharon Wood has never considered herself a hero. But in 1986, she became the first woman in North America to climb Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. It was an astonishing personal and team accomplishment under conditions of extreme physical and mental duress. It was an example of ordinary people achieving extraordinary results - audiences love Sharon's awesome story and always leave motivated to take on their own challenges. Her climb of Everest was only one facet of a more than 20 year experience being a professional and elite mountaineer, with numerous ascents of summits over 20,000 feet to her credit.
Sharon has shared her inspirational story of achievement with hundreds of organizations throughout North America. She skillfully connects the powerful metaphor of Mount Everest to the challenges faced by individuals and teams striving for excellence in their own endeavors. Sharon Wood has been to the top of the world and back. For anyone wanting to be more effective in their life, her powerful story will leave you exhilarated.
Founder and Chairperson of a private school in her community, President of her own company Adventure Dynamics Inc., the first North American woman to summit Mount Everest, a professional mountaineer and a mother of two sons - Sharon is leading a life rich with risk, challenge and change.
Sharon’s memoir, Rising - is part mountain adventure story, part meditation on finding and sustaining passion and purpose. Get your copy now, scheduled release date September, 2019 (Douglas McIntyre).
What Sharon Wood Talks About:
Everest: To the Summit and Beyond
Sharon Wood teaches, entertains and inspires with her personal story about reaching the top of Mount Everest. It is a story about a small team that shared a bold vision to climb the highest mountain in the world; by a more difficult route, with fewer physical and financial resources, and in better style.
Sharon’s style is personal and moving. She uses powerful anecdotes and vivid analogies to convey the real-life obstacles and possibilities of achievement. Sharon effectively conveys both the individual and the team perspective. She emphasizes the importance of her own passion while striving to realize her personal aspirations. As well, she talks of her essential role as a member of a team committed to levering every component of their strategy to realize their vision.
This is more than just an adventure story – it is a timeless, universal story about human struggle and conquest against all odds. Sharon’s authentic and honest approach evokes listeners to consider their own stories while examining the critical elements that contribute to and define personal and team success. Stunning 35mm slides or PowerPoint images and video taken live from the highest mountain in the world support her presentation.
Take a Risk, Live Life!
Risk is a factor tied to much of what we do. Risk is often the deterrent to acting on what we need to do to live a more fulfilling life. Sharon espouses the value of selective risk taking as a means to experiencing our greater potential. Anticipation of loss, fear and anxiety are feelings most often associated with risk. Sharon conveys the strategies and essential components she has used to push through her fears and barriers. She speaks to preparation, a clear vision, intention and desire as being essential components to minimizing and calculating a risk. Most importantly she speaks to the rewards of being a risk taker and winning in life.
Through humor, passion and self-disclosure Sharon describes the elements of risk in a variety of endeavors. She draws from her personal experience in public speaking, implementing community and team projects, writing a book, and climbing the highest mountain in the world – to explore the balance of losses and gains in risk taking.
The themes around teamwork, personal accountability and perseverance truly parallel not only Bank of America as a whole, but also my team's immediate environment of achieving greater levels of success in the face of what appears to be unattainable.