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The 1996 Into Thin Air storm claimed the lives of 11 climbers and was the worst catastrophe in the history of Everest. Paul Deegan, who was on the mountain when the storm struck, vowed never to return. Yet eight years later, Deegan broke his promise and made a final attempt to reach the top of the world. Why did Deegan go back? How did he overcome extreme self-doubt about his chance of survival? And after such a long hiatus, would he be able to fulfill his lifetime ambition? During this presentation, Deegan reveals a trick of the mind to reduce the fear of failure, how a rocking chair can help you make your next big decision and why the best way to achieve an ambition is to forget about it.

At the turn of this century, most people thought there was nowhere left on Earth to discover. Then Paul Deegan organized an expedition to an unexplored range of mountains. Members of his team made ascents of previously unclimbed peaks, saw snow leopards and camels and encountered nomadic communities who had never met people from outside the former Soviet Union. To prepare for this groundbreaking enterprise, Deegan drew on his experiences as a leader and team member on expeditions to Alaska, the European Alps and the Himalayas. In this presentation, Deegan explains why he ensures that every member of his team is more talented than he is, illustrates his philosophy of invisible leadership and describes why there can be no room for passengers on any team.

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.

On May 16, 2002, Susan and her husband Phil made history as the first couple to stand together at the summit of Mount Everest, capping their decade-long odyssey to climb the Seven Summits; the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. In her stirring keynote, Susan tells the amazing story of their Everest experience, the setbacks they overcame along the way, and their triumphant return to reach the summit. She also shares the road-tested strategies she developed that can empower anyone to overcome their perceived limitations and achieve seemingly impossible goals.

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.

In this inspiring presentation, Susan shares the Seven Summit principles that every business professional must master to consistently achieve top performance year after year. She also describes practical techniques for overcoming real-world business challenges and securing the financial rewards and personal fulfillment that come with being a top performer. Attendees will leave confident, inspired, and equipped with the tools they need to achieve peak performance and realize their dreams.

On the mountains, successful expedition leaders think like guides, not climbers. In the business world, the most successful sales leaders think like CEOs. They inspire and lead by example.

Susan is an expert practitioner in the art of sales leadership. Throughout her career, she has excelled at building and leading teams that achieve exceptional, sometimes life-changing results. In this inspiring presentation, Susan shares the Project • Prepare • Persevere® methodology that enabled her to lead her sales team to achieve a seemingly impossible $300M revenue goal while simultaneously climbing the Seven Summits; the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

Drawing on her knowledge and experience, Susan shows why the best leaders are much more than top performers themselves. They enable every member of their team to overcome their perceived limitations by learning to commit to their team’s shared vision of success. Attendees will walk away with the leadership skills they need to help their teams win the recognition and rewards that accrue to top performers.

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.

In this presentation, Susan shares the Seven Summit principals that every sales professional must master to consistently achieve top performance year after year. She describes the Project • Prepare • Persevere® methodology that enabled her to lead her sales team to achieve a seemingly impossible $300M revenue goal. She also provides practical techniques for overcoming real-world sales challenges and blowing away the numbers. Attendees will walk away inspired to excel and ready to meet Everest-sized revenue objectives.

One of today’s trending topics is the notion of “good business,” not just with regard to prescient deals but how your business adds to the community at large. So what does “good business” mean to employees, partners and consumers? Stephanie McMahon, chief brand officer of WWE, speaks to the importance of culture and community, and how a value driven mission and corporate culture ultimately motivates employees, provides added benefit to partners and gives consumers a reason to keep coming back.

You will learn:

  • The importance of authenticity.
  • How to motivate and inspire employees through clear communication and a value driven mission.
  • The importance of a corporate social responsibility strategy and how WWE leverages four key pillars of service including Diversity and Inclusion, Hope, Military, and Education.
  • How to create a lasting community around your brand or business that creates sustained engagement.

With so many choices and distractions today, engaging consumers and creating an emotional connection for your brand continues to be increasingly challenging. Stephanie McMahon, chief brand officer of WWE, provides insight into the global entertainment powerhouse’s strategies for growth; telling compelling and relatable stories, developing a content ecosystem where those stories can come to life across a variety of platforms, and building purpose and value into your business.      

You will learn:

  • How to tell stories that break through the clutter and resonate with today’s consumers.
  • How to leverage a content ecosystem creating multiple touchpoints for your consumers.
  • How to use pop culture as a tool for relevancy.
  • How to create a lasting community.

Being a female executive in what was primarily perceived as a “man’s world” has provided Stephanie McMahon, chief brand officer of WWE, with key insights into what empowerment means and how to impact change for women across all business, particularly in the world of sports and entertainment. McMahon speaks to how empowerment isn’t about gender, race or ethnicity—it is simply about being the best at what you do. 

You will learn:

  • How confidence is the key to success.
  • The importance of giving women the same tools as men to be successful.
  • How a global twitter trend helped shape the way WWE presents its female stars.
  • How to ensure your voice is heard.

Whether you are building a new brand or strengthening an existing brand, understanding and developing your signature voice is critical to your success. Equally important is where and how you share your message. Stephanie McMahon, chief brand officer of WWE, will discuss how she has grown her own personal brand and lessons learned over the years while helping build WWE in parallel. She will speak to examples from her personal experience across media appearances, special events and partnerships, as well as how she developed her social media strategy to make her one of the most followed and influential executives.

You will learn:

  • The importance of an authentic social media strategy.
  • The importance of networking and staying connected.
  • How to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • How to reach the most valuable influencers.

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