Opening Keynote Speaker
Susan Ershler knows a thing or two about taking things to new heights. Susan and her husband Phil, a professional mountain guide, received worldwide media attention 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 on May 16, 2002.
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 multinational telecommunications company, she was responsible for the company’s fast-growing Internet division.
Throughout her life and career, Susan, the fourth American woman to climb the seven summits and 12th American woman to climb Mount 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.
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 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 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. In the second book, Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales, 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.