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Susan Ershler Washington
Susan Ershler

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. 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 world-wide 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."

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.

In Susan's latest book, Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales: From Everest to Every Business, Achieving Peak Performance, she examines what it takes to achieve success in selling and leadership, using the same techniques and determination it takes to climb the world's highest mountains. 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.


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  • Personal Best, Professional Best - Susan learned an important, simple truth from her quest to reach the top of Everest: to achieve something that seems impossible, you've got to first set the goal, then prepare, then keep going until you get there. She and her husband Phil were the first couple to climb the Seven Summits not because they were superhuman, but because they were humans who kept going. She believes that's what achievement is made of. Personal and professional successes go to those who show up and do the work - until they reach their goals. Project, Prepare, Persevere®

  • Fit for Business - How do you achieve your dreams in both your personal and business life - especially the ones that seem impossible? In her talks, Susan shares her road-tested methods for combining a demanding job with a fulfilling life, while still achieving all that you desire.

  • Seven Summits of Sales™ - "We don't climb alone, and we don't sell alone." Before she started climbing mountains, Susan climbed sales 'summits' for over 20 years, culminating in $600 Million sales goals as a Vice President in Sales. Her mission is to help others avoid the crevasses and achieve their professional and personal dreams. This talk focuses on the particular challenges of sales teams with stretch goals to meet and how to help them reach the top year after year.

  • Reaching New Heights: Everest & Beyond™ - When Susan and Phil stood on the top of Mount Everest in 2002, it was the realization of a dream that had begun more than a decade before. Illustrating her presentation with slides and stories from her climbs of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents, Susan helps audiences discover how to set impossible goals and reach them despite the odds.
Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales Together on Top of the World
Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales: From Everest to Every Business, Achieving Peak Performance Together on Top of the World: The Remarkable Story of the First Couple to Climb the Fabled Seven Summits

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