Skipper of the first all-female crew to sail around the world, Tracy Edwards has vital leadership lessons to impart in her keynote speeches and training sessions. She is also a successful entrepreneur and has become the definition of tenacity as she battled her way back from bankruptcy.
After sponsors of a sailing event failed to come up with money they owed her, Tracy was declared bankrupt, owing £8million. After moving out of her home, putting her sick mother into care and raising her daughter alone, she refused to give up, and seven years later she was back on top with a successful life coach business, helping adults and teenagers achieve their goals.
A very enthusiastic presentation highlighting the importance of teamwork some frank admissions of mistakes made the presentation very realistic.
Tracy’s determination to succeed was her driving force. Despite being expelled from school at 15 with no qualifications, she completed a degree in psychology in her 40s, after her sailing career, and runs a thriving business.
Tracy embarked on her first Whitbread Round The World Race 1985-86 as a crewmember on Atlantic Privateer. She entered the Jules Verne Trophy in 1998, and completed the fastest circumnavigation around the world with no stopping and no outside assistance. In her role as Skipper for the Whitbread Round the World Race, she was the first woman to receive Yachtsman of the Year.
As a result, Tracy, the first woman to achieve acceptance by the British yachting community, was awarded Sportswoman of the Year and an MBE. Moreover, her book about the voyage stayed at number one on the best-seller list for 19 weeks.
Alongside writing and running her business, Tracy has presented numerous TV programmes and is a patron of numerous charities, including The Prince's Trust.
In 2003 she set up Quest International Sports Events after agreeing a £6 million deal with the crown prince of Qatar to create and run two round-the world races in a four-year £38million sailing programme.
A determined adventurer Tracy is the ideal speaker to share her motivational story and lessons of leadership on the corporate circuit.
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What people said about Tracy Edwards
Tracy lively and somewhat irreverent leadership messages were brought alive by references to sailing, she made relevant and pointed comments, also lessons about leadership in practice. Thank you for your outstanding contribution to our HR workshop. The Team found you stimulating, the content fascinating and the messages highly relevant.
Relevant to what the team had learnt during the rest of the course, a very vivid illustration of great teamwork. Tracy passion for sailing is an inspiration; Very motivational.
Very focused presentation from a very determined achiever, very vivid, practical demonstration of management in action, a fascinating insight into life as an ocean racer, useful and valued reminder of how to succeed.
She provided just the perfect balance of motivation laced with humour and appropriate contextual examples...she managed to uplift us all!
Energetic, brought home the teamwork message. Excellent feedback from all Resellers.
Good presentation which included comments on being an investor in people and how choosing the right team is essential. I enjoyed it very much.
They all say how much they enjoyed your speech. Your experience in the around the world race was just what was required and I am sure will inspire those who heard it to raise their aspirations in their own lives.
The feedback from the delegates has been excellent - over 90% rated your presentation as excellent. The skill with which you likened your experiences to our business was excellent and the following comments speak for themselves! Fantastic - very motivational, passionate and enthusiastic. Excellent speaker - excited, motivated, inspired. Very appropriate and motivating. What can I say - fantastic! Tracy has really fixed me up to believe that anything is possible with a great team (which we have).
With your motivational, passionate and also humoristic speech you have really contributed essentially to our most important event in the region. You really made it an unforgettable Voyage of Discovery with Lucent
Great demonstration of good things to come out of tough circumstances showing it down to you to lead and you cannot show fear in front of the team. Good feedback from the team leaders.
Enthusiastic, passionate and energetic. Just right for the audience. Left us feeling inspired to face the challenges ahead and we are in awe of Tracy and her team.
We asked Tracy to come along to talk to our management team about her experiences, trial and tribulations she had overcome crossing the oceans of the world. Her insights into successes of teamwork and her examples of how she had to find reserve after reserve of courage and self belief were motivational and inspirational. Many of our team managers were refreshed by the talk. Most of all Tracy bubbly personality which exuded enthusiasm and fun, gave us all a new perspective.
Tracy presentation provided a great counterweight to our more turgid business programme next day and this format really worked for us.