Felicity Aston I Keynote Speaker
Alone in Antarctica: In 2012 Felicity became the first woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. The 1084-mile journey took her 59 days skiing unaccompanied through a monotonous and hostile landscape. Describing her record-making expedition she reveals - with astonishing honesty - the fear, the doubt and the loneliness of the experience, reflecting issues many of us face on a daily basis. Felicity examines the sources of motivation that drove her forward day after day and talks about the importance of perseverance, sharing with her audience ways to cultivate this most vital of qualities when vulnerable and under pressure. Through her thought-provoking, highly relevant and often poignant talk, Felicity provides an insight into recognizing and developing the innate resilience within us all.
Call of the White: It is not unusual in today’s world for a team to be scattered over multiple timezones, incorporating a variety of cultures, levels of expertise and systems of work. How do you manage such diversity effectively? Felicity answers this question in her account of selecting, training and leading a team of women from countries as contrasting as Jamaica, Brunei Darussalam, Cyprus and New Zealand to ski to the South Pole in 2009. Many of the women had not spent a night in a tent or seen snow before joining the team. With refreshing insight Felicity presents a compelling story of adventure as well as a valuable perspective on modern leadership and dynamic team leadership.
Felicity Aston - Essence Statement
Felicity Aston, MBE, is a decorated British Polar Explorer who has spent more than a decade leading record-making expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic. Through leading and organising expeditions, Felicity has gained a wealth of experience at creating, training and working with high performance teams, of all varieties, in high-stress situations and has an established reputation for effective leadership and team management. She is now regularly invited to share her insight on themes as relevant to business as they are to polar exploration at conferences, summits and private internal events at some of the worlds biggest companies across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Felicity uses her presentations to provide a fresh and insightful look at leadership, teamwork, goal-setting and diversity by expertly blending memorable stories form her expeditions with thought-provoking messages that prompt new thinking and leave the audience feeling motivated and inspired.