Passion, Purpose, Process
- Comfort Zone
- Women In Leadership
- Social Causes
Like many young people her age, Samantha Gash had a desire to challenge herself and to make a difference in the world. Ambitious, determined, naïve and stubborn Samantha couldn’t have imagined that her journey would take her to the 4 corners of the Earth and impact so many lives.
Samantha took up the sport of running in 2008 as a break from study while completing her law degree at university. By following a 16-week training program, she just about managed to complete the Melbourne Marathon that same year. Motivated by the experience of pushing her mind and body past what she thought was possible, Samantha ambitiously took the ultimate challenge and entered the ‘4 Deserts Grand Slam’ in 2010.
The ‘4 Deserts Grand Slam’ requires competitors’ (who are not professional athletes) to run four, 250km ultra marathons across the driest (Chile), windiest (China), hottest (Sahara) and coldest deserts (Antarctica) on earth. When all four races are completed in one calendar year, it is regarded as one of the toughest endurance events on the planet. Samantha made history by becoming the first woman and the youngest person ever to complete the Grand Slam. Her journey was captured for the big screen in the award winning film ‘Desert Runners’.
Samantha view of what she was capable of had changed forever. Pushing the envelope, the following year Samantha found herself entered into a 222km non-stop run across the Himalayas. Running at 6,000 metres above sea level, only one man had previously completed this race. By far the toughest experience Samantha has faced, she somehow survived the pain, sickness, extreme heat and then white out conditions to complete the race.
However, the penny dropped during the journey across the Himalayas that Samantha wanted to use her capacity to run long distances, for a reason outside of herself. The following year, while working as a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie, Samantha ran 379km non-stop across Australia’s Simpson Desert. Receiving national attention, the run took 3.5 days and nights to complete and raised over $30,000 for Save the Children Australia.
In September 2014, Samantha faced her biggest challenge yet – running 2 marathons a day for 32 days across South Africa (2,350 kms in total). Her journey raised crucial funds on behalf of Save The Children that set up a social enterprise business in South Africa that now supports education and health for young women.
Samantha’s experience has made her an inspiring and energetic communicator with a unique ability to inspire people to push through their limitations. She is a dynamic corporate speaker, empowering audiences in Australia and internationally. Sam is also an ambassador to numerous organisations and charities.
Samantha’s presentation topics:
Sam’s presentation is interspersed with dramatic film footage and imagery, helping to convey the following messages:
- Passion, Purpose and Process
- A Story About Life Beyond the Comfort Zone
- Resilience and Mindfulness
- Successful Teams – Building and Leading a Highly Functional Team
- Strategic Vulnerability – Real Leadership
- Risk Management and Planning
- Women Succeeding In A Male Dominated Arena
Praise for Samantha:
“Samantha came and spoke at our recent Blueprint Conference and to say she was a crowd favourite would be an understatement! Her presentation, right from the beginning, was captivating and inspiring. It was relevant to all the business owners in the room, and you could have heard a pin drop for most of the talk, as they were so involved in her story. I’ve booked literally 100’s of speakers over the past 10 years and I can honestly say Samantha was up there with the best we’ve ever had. The feedback from the participants was extremely positive and I wouldn’t hesitate to book Samantha again or recommend her to anyone looking for an amazing speaker. Thanks Sam!” Blueprint
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