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Susan Ershler

Business Executive Reaching New Heights

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Business Executive, Mt. Everest Climber, International Speaker and co-author of: TOGETHER ON TOP OF THE WORLD:  The remarkable story of the first couple to climb the fabled Seven Summits.

Susan 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 including Verizon, Qwest, United Technologies, and FedEx. She’s led teams to sales records, beating objectives from $1 million to $600 million, ultimately as a Vice President. Along the way, she earned 11 annual President’s Club awards – for leading teams to top performance.

During that era of corporate achievement, 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 Today Show, Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and many others. 

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.

As a business speaker, Susan illustrates how she utilized her experience as a sales leader as the foundation to her training for climbing mountains.  She begins with visualizing a goal, no matter how difficult or seemingly out of reach.  She continues with demonstrated techniques to improve focus, discipline and teamwork.  She concludes with a passionate affirmation of the value of life and the thrill of celebrating your success from the top of the world.

Having climbed the mountain in work and in the world, Susan's message stands apart for its credibility and power.
Reaching New Heights - Everest & Beyond
  • Perfect fit:  General Sessions with motivation and inspiration focus.
  • Inspire audience members to push past perceived boundaries to pursue their greatest dreams.
Audience members will learn The Project • Prepare • Persevere ® method for pursuing and reaching Everest-size objectives and inspirational processes for exceeding goals.

Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales
  • Perfect fit:  Sales Conferences, Kickoffs and Leadership meetings.
  • Inspire audience members to reach higher objectives and believe they can achieve far beyond their perceived limitations.
Audience members will learn The Project • Prepare • Persevere ® method for pursuing and reaching Everest-size objectives and inspirational processes for exceeding goals.
Sue's presentation was an outstanding story where we share the excitement of her journey to the summit and how this experience is related with our business, specifically in terms of setting goals and teamwork. Sue performed flawlessly and the team was pleased and really motivated by this absolutely great keynote. She is truly an inspiration for all of us!
Business & Marketing Officer Microsoft

Susan, thank you for the fabulous presentation you delivered to our West Region team in Orlando. The audience of 600 attendees was thrilled with the tales of your quest to complete the Seven Summits. Furthermore, your ability to relate the challenges, risks, and rewards of climbing to the business world were invaluable. As we set out to reach new peaks as a team in 2004, we will reflect upon your words of encouragement and structured approach to reaching our goals. Thank you again for the value you provided to our team.
Region Vice President IBM

We are pleased to say that Susan exceeded our expectations and provided an excellent presentation. Susan's discussion on the Seven Summit experience, culminating with climbing Mt. Everest, was presented in a fashion of setting a seemingly impossible vision and then breaking down the task into manageable steps and activities. Susan integrated the highs and lows of making progress and experiencing setbacks and rewarding experience of maintaining focus on your goals, hard work and perseverance. The feedback from our customers was over-whelming positive citing both an entertaining and aspiration experience. From our perspective, Susan exceeded what we expected — being able to kickoff our global customer symposium by drawing the connection of Survival of the Fittest with industry challenges and strategic objectives. Susan has the highest recommendation from us and would be expected to deliver an excellent presentation for future events.
Vice President Westinghouse Electric Company

Thank you so much for coming to our meeting and inspiring us all to focus on our goals and not quit. I have had such great feedback from everyone and it has quickly spread around to other teams within the organization. Little did we know how timely your talk would be in assisting us in staying focused on our plans as New York is under this terrible threat.
Regional Business Director Ortho-McNeil   

Your session was extremely well received and we really appreciate the time you invested with the evening dinner and ceremonies. The main messages of your presentation did resonate with the team and they all expressed their admiration for your accomplishments and the parallels to our own lives. Thanks again for joining us at our Sales Kickoff Meeting. Your presentation was so inspirational and extremely well received. Everyone I talked to said it was clearly one of the highlights of the conference. I also really appreciate you staying for dinner and mingling with the team.
iDirect Leadership (2007) 
Agile –Software Developers              
American Business Women’s Association       
American Heart Association          
American Library Association          
Attenex Corporation                  
Axcan Scandipharm                  
Bank Calumet                  
Banner Bank                      
Blue Coat Systems                  
BRG Sports (Bell, Riddell, Giro)          
Capital Analysts, Inc.               
CB Richard Ellis                  
Cisco Systems                  
City of Tacoma - Metro              
Crown Capital Securities              
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical          
Deloitte & NABA                                                 
Dennis Uniform                  
Department of Revenue              
Department of Transportation          
Destination Hotels   
DLR Group                      
Eli Lilly                      
Farm Credit Council Services          
FedEx Kinko's                   
Fluke - Danaher                  
FSC Securities                  
Guardian Life Insurance              
Graphic Arts Center                  
Honkamp Krueger              
HUB International              
IEX, Corporation                  
Ingram Micro              
JEA Senior Living              
Leith, Inc.                      
Leith Toyota                      
Lockheed Martin & Deloitte Consulting      
M&T Bank                      
Magma Design Automation              
Mass Mutual                      
Mercer Island Schools              
Moss Adams                      
Municipal Employees Retirement System      
Miller Heiman                  
MSX International                  
Moss Adams                      
Moving Comfort                  
New York Life                  
Northwestern Mutual              
Novartis & IBM Consulting                
One Economy                  
Oracle     (Germany)                  
Pacific Edge Software              
PNC Bank                      
Premera Blue Cross                  
Profiles International              
Prostrakan (Pharma)              
Prudential Fox & Roach/Trident          
Reckitt Benckiser (Israel)              
Safeco Insurance                  
Salix Pharmaceuticals              
Scientific Games                  
Shell Exploration & Development          
Society of Plastics                  
Standard & Poor’s