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Debra Searle

Against the odds, Debra Searle rowed the Atlantic solo after being abandoned at sea. As a motivational and after dinner speaker, Debra leaves her audience in no doubt of their own ability to achieve the extraordinary, using her story to powerfully, but subtly, draw out key business and personal lessons. A successful businesswoman and BBC TV presenter, her overwhelming positivity and 'go for it' attitude are truly contagious.

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Debra Searle Biography

Successfully rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Debra Searle MVO, MBE inspires all who meet her with her mental strength and determination - against all the odds.

A businesswoman, ‘professional adventurer’ and gender equality advocate, Debra has launched three companies, won World Championship medals for Great Britain, presented over 40 programmes for the BBC, been awarded a First Class Honours degree, and had two books published.

When Debra's partner left her alone at sea, the sceptics gave her two days tops. Nonetheless, she dared to believe and, 111 days later, rowed into Port St Charles, Barbados to a rapturous welcome from friends, family, supporters and the world's media.

"I was considered the weakest competitor in the Atlantic Rowing Race. I couldn't row before signing up for the event, I was the smallest competitor by far, and I was scared...

Successfully rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Debra Searle MVO, MBE inspires all who meet her with her mental strength and determination - against all the odds.

A businesswoman, ‘professional adventurer’ and gender equality advocate, Debra has launched three companies, won World Championship medals for Great Britain, presented over 40 programmes for the BBC, been awarded a First Class Honours degree, and had two books published.

When Debra's partner left her alone at sea, the sceptics gave her two days tops. Nonetheless, she dared to believe and, 111 days later, rowed into Port St Charles, Barbados to a rapturous welcome from friends, family, supporters and the world's media.

"I was considered the weakest competitor in the Atlantic Rowing Race. I couldn't row before signing up for the event, I was the smallest competitor by far, and I was scared of deep water, the dark and sharks," says Debra.

Honest, open and funny, Debra's overwhelming positivity and 'go for it' attitude are contagious. She regularly delivers both motivational presentations and after dinner speeches, using her journey of discovery during the race to powerfully, but subtly, draw out key business and personal lessons.

In her keynote ‘Choose Your Attitude!’, Debra shares the story of her remarkable row across the Atlantic, following her former husband’s premature departure from their small wooden boat, to demonstrate strategies for coping, and even excelling, during periods of change.

Her hard-hitting talk ‘Be The Change’ covers the topics of unconscious bias and diversity and inclusion, specifically focusing on gender balance in the workplace. She brings the topic to life with amusing anecdotes and gracious stories about her own struggles with stereotyping.

Debra is renowned for her ability to tailor her speeches to your needs, setting herself apart by her level of commitment to each project. Having spoken across every major industry, including banking, consultancy, direct sales, education, healthcare, franchises and retail, she has the expertise to understand the specifics of your industry and tailor her speech accordingly.

In 2002, HM The Queen awarded Debra an MBE for her achievements, and, in 2014, she was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) for her work with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (she is its youngest ever trustee).

Not just a woman with an interesting story, Debra is a successful businesswoman in her own right. She became Managing Director of her first company at the age of 23 with the launch of The Well Hung Art Company. Today, she successfully runs two companies alongside a developing TV presenting career with the BBC.

She manages a diversity training and consultancy business called MIX Diversity Developers Ltd and is passionate about helping organisations maximise the opportunities present in a diverse workforce and customer base. In 2015, combining her two passions of adventure and gender diversity, Debra led an all-female team to the Arctic as a radical new approach to unconscious bias.

In recognition of her increasing expertise in the area of diversity and inclusion, Debra was appointed Co-Chair of the Women's Business Networks Forum at Buckingham Palace in 2014. She has been tasked with bringing together HR Directors and chairs of Women’s Networks from across the industry spectrum.

Speaking from the heart and with great humour and stunning video footage, Debra’s talks illustrate, in a very human way, what we are all capable of.  

Her speaking topics include strategies for excelling during periods of change

- Strategies for excelling during periods of change

- Personal motivation and productivity

- Teamwork and positive relationships

- Choose your own attitude: achieving seemingly impossible goals

- Gender balance: what is unconscious bias; how to build a more inclusive approach to work and recruitment

For further information or to book Debra Searle, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

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