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Pen Hadow

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Explorer who was first person to trek solo from Canada to the North Geographic Pole without resupply by third parties

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Our keynote speaker Pen Hadow inspires and amazes audiences with his extraordinary story of achievement in one of the most challenging environments on Earth. Pen brings alive his personal mission – the issues and challenges, the setbacks and risks, the key lessons learned the hardest of ways – to become the first person to trek solo, without resupply by third parties, from Canada to the North Geographic Pole: undisputedly the toughest route.

Pen’s Early Years

It is perhaps not surprising that pushing the boundaries of what was possible became a recurring theme for the young Pen Hadow. For example, aged just 15 and inspired by Ethiopian long-distance runner Abebe Bikila, Pen devised his own training regime to attempt a traditional school 20 mile run.  (This was long before marathons had become a popular participation sport.)  He completed the route in 3 hours and only discovered the next day that the route hadn’t been done since 1927, fifty years earlier.  It is now a major feature of Harrow School’s sporting calendar.

Following University College London, the keynote speaker Pen Hadow became the youngest-ever executive at Mark McCormack’s Sports Organisation, the International Management Group (IMG) promoting international sports stars.  His own ambitions and vision of what could be achieved continued to evolve and a new business and a series of extraordinary Polar expeditions were to follow.


Expeditions, Entrepreneurial Spirit & the Environment

Pen’s exploration and entrepreneurial interests culminated in 1995 when he established a specialist polar guide company: The Polar Travel Company which has enabled many others to fulfil their dreams in the Arctic and Antarctic. Pen devised and organised the first all-women’s expedition to the North Geographic Pole in 1997.  Twenty women, with no previous polar experience were led by professional women guides to walk into the Guinness Book of Records. In so doing, Pen managed to change the preception of what was possible in the Polar regions.

In 2009, our strong-willed speaker Pen Hadow founded Geo Mission, a pioneering enviromental sponsorship organisation which delivered the multi-award winning series of Catlin Arctic Surveys (2009-11) invesetigating the rates, causes and global impacts of changes to Arctic sea ice.  Pen continues to advise FTSE 250 businesses on upgrading and communicating their environmental credentials and the importance of environmental responsibility.

Pen’s best-selling autobiography ‘Solo’ (2004) is a fascinating insight into the preparation and build-up to his unrelentingly tough and hazardous two-month journey to the North Pole. This is a personal story of courage and ambition to achieve the impossible. On reaching the North Pole, our speaker Pen Hadow became a national figure through the global media coverage of his iconic achievement. One of the three front cover stories by The Times’ coverage of Pen’s endeavour was voted one of the Top 100 Newspaper Front Pages of the 20th century (British Library).

Pen’s love of exploration and endeavour is infectious and he actively encourages others to push back their limits. Pen has inspired audiences across all sectors worldwide delivering talks in a very entertaining style but with powerful memorable messages.

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    Speaker Pen Hadow Keynote Topics

    Pen’s talks centre on lessons learnt from his many expeditions (solo and leading teams) to the Arctic and Antarctic and each presentation is tailored to include themes such as:

    • Motivation – finding it & keeping it
    • Pioneering mindset & breakthroughs
    • Team performance & improvement
    • Goal setting & setbacks
    • Risk vs Rewards
    • Global environmental change & sustainability
    • Peak Performance (in the toughest environments)
    • Leadership, Resilience


    Speaking Style

    • Pen’s talks are delivered with humour, passion and thought-provoking insights.
    • Audiences quickly apprecaite Pen’s approach is all about engaging with their situation – their fears, challenges and dreams.
    • It is not about recounting what Pen has done but offering something of real value – relevant insights made memorable in an entertaining way and delivered with impact.
    • With the option of supporting dramatic images and film footage, Pen’s ideas resonate far beyond the event.
    • As Dame Anita Roddick once wrote: ‘You have a gift – and should use it.
    • Few can communicate with a level of engagement and intensity like that.’
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Role of Business in Ecological Research: Pen Hadow at TEDxBermuda

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Interview with Pen Hadow

How did you end up becoming a keynote speaker?
With my unprecedented solo journey to the North Pole having featured as the main story on the front page of The Times on four different occasions, businesses were interested to hear about the insights and lessons I had learned to achieve this feat against the odds.

What are your most popular keynote topics?
Personal motivation, despite one’s perceived limitations; achieving ambitious goals; resilience in challenging and changing operating conditions; the science behind, and consequences of, environmental change such as Arctic sea ice loss; and leadership towards environmental responsibility.

What types of audiences benefit from your talks?
I speak to a wide range of British and European corporations, including executive management teams, whole-company gatherings, themed conferences, and after-dinner events.

How do you typically strive to motivate an organization?
I suggest that if even I can achieve what I did pushing back the boundaries of what was known to be humanly possible by going solo to the North Pole, there are good reasons to believe you can achieve your own goals too.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration and why?
Norwegian polar explorer, Fridtjof Nansen, as the complete explorer and statesman; British aviator and yachtsman, Sir Francis Chichester as a pioneering navigator, adventurer and entrepreneur; and Mark McCormack (USA) for his entrepreneurial and business abilities seen through his creation of the rights agency, International Management Group.

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