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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. Read More >
Wood's climb of Everest was only one facet of more than 20 years’ experience as a professional and elite mountaineer, with numerous ascents of summits over 20,000 feet to her credit. Since climbing Mount Everest, Wood has addressed hundreds of groups worldwide as a keynote speaker. Her presentation is a compelling true story of beating the odds. She speaks about meeting that challenge, and about the associated struggles and gains that closely parallel those of most striving individuals and organizations. Through her personal disclosure of confronting and overcoming challenges and fears, she succeeds in using the imposing example of climbing the highest mountain in the world to provide her audiences with a tangible means of grasping the essence of her story – living and working closer to our potential.
Her book, Rising: Becoming the First North American Woman on Everest, Wood reflects on the seventy days she spent on the mountain and on the pivotal experiences and influences that helped her achieve her goal. Beyond the physical hardships, she faced personal challenges as an outlier in the male dominated world of mountain climbing, but she proved them wrong with her dedication and determination.
Wood’s dedication to the pursuit of our potential was also expressed in her service as founder and chairperson of a fully accredited, non-denominational private school in her hometown of Canmore, Alberta, Canada. The school’s objective is to foster confidence and lifelong learning skills, while inspiring development of the unique strengths possessed by every child. Today, Mountain Gate Community School has expanded and continues to offer an alternative education option to the community.
Through powerful anecdotes and vivid analogies, Wood conveys the critical element of team success. For anyone wanting to be more effective in life, her story is an inspiration. Read Less ^
Sharon Wood teaches, entertains, and inspires with her personal story about reaching the top of Mount Everest. Stunning still images and video illustrate the journey of a small team who shared a bold vision to climb the highest mountain in the world by a more difficult route and with fewer physical and financial resources.
Her story powerfully demonstrates how exemplary teamwork and leadership can render the impossible possible. Wood effectively conveys both the individual and the team perspective by stressing the importance of honoring her own passion and dreams while fulfilling a role as a member of a team – a team committed to a shared vision. Using powerful anecdotes and vivid analogies to convey the elements that parallel the challenges of striving individuals and organizations, Wood’s authentic, honest, and humorous approach provokes listeners to consider the value of their own resources and opportunities.
To the Summit and Beyond is more than an adventure story; it is a timeless, universal story about the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.
"Sharon Wood's journey of reaching the summit of Mt. Everest (via a route no one had ever taken) was a truly inspiring story. 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."
"I have helped organize these events for seven years and Sharon Wood had the greatest positive response we’ve ever had."
"Without a doubt, Sharon Wood’s presentation was the hit of the meeting. The feedback we received from the group was unanimously positive and her story struck a chord with many in the audience. Not only were we able to draw many parallels that are applicable to our business challenges, but she also brought a whole new perspective to what constitutes a difficult challenge.
Her concepts of “Good Style,” “Better is Possible,” and “Thriving vs. Surviving” have already found their ways into the vernacular of our company. Her story is so rich that I expect we will be referencing it in internal conversations for some time to come. "
"Your story of courage under extreme conditions hit home for many of our staff who daily face the challenge of meeting business goals with fewer resources, increased pace of change and multiple demands on their time and energy. Your message of thrive versus survive fit very well with what our organization continues to face - how to achieve extraordinary accomplishments while acknowledging but not succumbing to the challenges. Your message will stay with many of us for a very long time."
"It has been almost two months since you were our guest speaker at the Amadeus North America 2004 Sales Conference and the reaction to your outstanding presentation can still be heard and read throughout the Amadeus system."
"You share yourself in such a sincere and vulnerable way that each of us can believe that we have the capability to achieve more than we have thought possible; that better is possible. Our leadership team was flooded with compliments for giving them the opportunity to hear from you. They said that they could relate to your accomplishment and story in a way that they had not experiences with other speakers…through personal commitment and teamwork they could take their ordinary skills and develop them in a way that would allow them to deliver more both personally and professionally than they had thought possible."
"You won over a normally skeptical crowd of North American and European bond market players with your compelling and thought provoking tale of achievement through teamwork and sheer determination."
"Your willingness to truly customize your talk to meet our unique requirements was a first. It had a tremendous impact on our group."
"Thought you would like to know that we loved Sharon Wood. Her talk was so on target for the group and our goals for the meeting. And she was such a lovely person."
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