Debra Searle

Professional Adventurer, Entrepreneur, Gender Balance Advocate and Inspirational Speaker


I work with a very multi cultural group (26 nationalities), this story resonates  whatever your background. Debra was very motivational, great on goal setting and   having the right attitude of mind. An inspirational story and a great role model  particularly for women in our team.
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Debra Searle MVO, MBE is a truly inspirational woman; a professional adventurer, author, BBC presenter and gender equality advocate.

Debra Searle  first hit the headlines when she set out to row across the Atlantic with her husband.  Unfortunately he had to be rescued so Debra, a novice rower, continued alone and rowed 3000 miles from Tenerife to Barbados. It should have taken them six weeks but, to achieve her goal, Debra ended up spending 3 ½ months at sea alone, encountering 30′ waves, sharks, and force 8 squalls in her 23 foot plywood boat.   Since returning from this adventure, Debra Searle has gone on to undertake expeditions across the globe, including canoeing the Yukon River for a BBC documentary with Bruce Parry, sailing the Southern Ocean, and racing in the Monte Carlo Rally in a 1957 Alfa Romeo.

Debra Searle  is also a keynote speaker par excellence who is trusted by the world’s top organisations such as IBM, Unilever, HSBC, UBS, Microsoft, Google and Pfizer.
She has over 13 years’ experience and has addressed more than 800 corporate audiences, so you can be confident that your audience will be in safe hands.

Each and every speech that Debra Searle delivers is unique and tailored to her client’s needs through her use of a pre-event questionnaire and briefing call.

Popular keynote speech topics include:

  • How to ‘choose your attitude’ and succeed against the odds
  • Personal resilience strategies
  • Not just coping with but thriving through change
  • Learning to lead yourself so that you can lead others
  • Teamwork
  • Unconscious Bias – what is it and how can we change it?
  • Gender Balance