Susan Ershler

History-making mountain climber


History-making mountain climber and Fortune 500 executive, Susan Ershler has scaled mountains in both the natural world and business world. During ten years she and her husband became the first couple to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each one of the seven continents. At the same time Susan balanced her corporate responsibilities as Regional Vice President of Sales for a global telecommunications company, leading her team to beat sales quotas from $1 million to $600 million. Between maintaining momentum in the sales world and training to climb mountains like Everest, she learned to project, prepare, and persevere in order to exceed her goals. Decorated with the prestigious President’s Club Sales award 11 years in a row, Susan is the 12th American woman to climb Mount Everest and the 4th American woman to reach the Seven Summits. She is the only female speaker to combine 23 years of corporate leadership with the accomplishment of having stood on each of the seven continents’ highest peaks. International Speaker, Business and Sales Executive, Author, Mountain ClimberSusan Ershler tours 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, FedExKinko’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 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. They’ve written a book on their adventure, Together on Top of the World: A True Story of Love and Courage, published by Warner Books. That feat earned them worldwide media attention, including Good Morning America, CNN, The New York Times and many others. As Alex Ward of 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.”Accomplishments:Honored with eleven annual President’s Club sales awards including the exclusive national award: “Regional Sales Manager of the Year”Climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest on May 16, 2002 with her husband Phil becoming, “The first couple to climb the Seven Summits together” (the highest peak on each of the world’s seven continents.)Sue became the 12th American woman to climb Mt. Everest and the fourth American woman to complete the Seven Summits. 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. Susan’s client list comprises several Fortune & Global 500 corporations: Aflac, AT&T, Bellsouth, Boeing, Chevron Texaco, Cisco Systems, Danaher, FedEx, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Nike, Novartis, Northwestern Mutual, Qualcomm, Safeco, Shell, UBS, Unilever, and Wells Fargo, as well as, mid-size corporations to start ups.


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