Susan Ershler

Susan ErshlerWorld record-setting mountaineer and award-winning corporate sales leader

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Susan Ershler, International Speaker, Business & Sales Executive, Mountain Climber, the world speaking about her life journey and sharing with others her secrets for success, determination, and achieving seemingly impossible goals.

Susan's record would be remarkable enough if it only detailed her business achievements. During her 23-year corporate career, she has held a series of increasingly responsible executive positions in the sales divisions of Fortune 500 companies. She led teams to sales records, beating quotas from $1 million to $600 million. Ending as a vice president of sales for a multi-national telecommunications corporation, she was responsible for their fast-growing Internet division. She also worked at US WEST, United Technologies, FedEx-Kinko's, and GTE (Verizon). During her business career, she earned 11 annual President's Club sales awards - the top honors awarded to the sales people in these companies.

But as she was marking these achievements, she and her husband Phil, a professional mountain guide, were climbing the Seven Summits - the highest mountain on each of the world's the seven continents.

That remarkable journey culminated at the top of Mount Everest on May 16, 2002. With that climb, she and Phil became the first couple in history to climb the Seven Summits together.

That feat earned them world-wide media attention, including Good Morning America, CNN, The New York Times and many others. As Alex Ward of the The New York Times put it, "Surmounting Everest's 29,035 feet remains one of the great mythic achievements, an undisputable display of skill and courage against ice and rock, bottomless chasms, body-numbing temperatures and tent-shredding winds, all in an oxygen-deprived danger zone. Ms. Ershler worked hard to get there."

"Made History." Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America

"Susan and Phil Ershler became the first couple to climb the highest peaks on each of the seven continents together." CNN

Their new book, TOGETHER ON TOP OF THE WORLD: The Remarkable Story of the First couple to Climb the Fabled Seven Summits, was recently published by Warner Books.

Not a professional mountain climber, Susan trained by climbing the 35 stories in her high-rise office building on her lunch hour for a year - with a 40-pound pack on her back.

Susan tells her electrifying story to audiences with clarity and passion. 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 seemingly impossible goals.

Her leadership message 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. And she concludes with a passionate affirmation of the value of life and the thrill of celebrating your success from the top of the world.

Susan's message stands apart for its credibility and power. Having climbed the mountain - in work, and in the world, Susan Ershler is the real deal.

Speech titles include:

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS: Everest & Beyond: How to achieve the impossible and realize your dreams

FROM MANAGER TO MOUNTAINEER: How to overcome obstacles and achieve the impossible

Project · Prepare · Persevere®: What climbing to the pinnacle of the world can teach us about achievement


"Susan's ability to relate the challenges, risks and rewards of climbing to the business world were invaluable. As we set out to reach new peaks, we will reflect upon her words of encouragement and structured approach to reaching our goals." - IBM

"Sue's presentation was an outstanding story where we shared the excitement of her journey to the summit and how this experience is related to our business, specifically in terms of setting goals and teamwork. She is truly an inspiration for all of us!" - Microsoft

"The feedback from our customers was overwhelmingly positive, citing both an entertaining and aspirational experience. Susan has the highest recommendation from us." - Westinghouse

"Susan's presentation was extremely well received by our management team. It was very beneficial as she took them through her goal setting process, gave them a good idea of the discipline in training required and perhaps the most important part was her determination" - Safeco

"I strongly recommend Susan to all of your clients." - Fluke-Danaher

"Excellent speaker, inspiring, motivational and relevant." - Blue Cross (Premera)

Travels From: Seattle

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Learn about Sue and Phil Ershler's book, "Together on Top of the World." And watch this space for news of her forthcoming book on The Seven Summits of Sales in 2014
Keep up with Susan via her blog