1st Female to Summit Mt. Everest and Author of Everest Free to Decide
O’Dowd is the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest, the world’s
highest mountain, from both its north and south sides, and she remains an
active adventurer today!
The years she spent on
or around Everest were, for her, a degree ‘in living’. The insights she
discovered about herself, and about individuals and teams under intense stress
in the face of overwhelming challenge, are ones she has been sharing with her
corporate audiences ever since. She has been a professional speaker for
nearly 20 years and has presented her message to companies in over 40 countries
on six continents. She is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking
Association of UK/Ireland, who have given her their highest award, the
Professional Speaking Award of Excellence. She is also a holder of the
CSPGlobal designation, which indicates recognition by peers and clients of
global speaking competence and experience.