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 without a support boat and rowed 3000 miles from Tenerife to Barbados. It should have taken them six weeks, but 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 has undertaken solo & team expeditions across the globe. She has also represented Great Britain at European and World Championship level in Dragon Boat Racing winning bronze, silver and gold medals.
Debra has founded 5 companies including MIX Diversity Developers, a D&I consultancy and training company. She has presented 40 programmes for the BBC and had 3 books published, most recently The Choose Your Attitude Journal. Her spirit of adventure gained her an MBE from Her Majesty The Queen and she was delighted to be appointed a Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, spending a decade working alongside His Royal Highness Prince Philip and His Royal Highness Prince Edward. Debra has been appointed a Member of the Victorian Order (MVO) for her services to the Royal Family.
In 2021 Debra Searle was ranked No.3 in the World’s Top Motivational Speakers with only Simon Sinek and Tony Robbins ahead of her. The movie of Debra’s solo Atlantic row is currently in development in Hollywood.
“We provided feedback forms to all participants and asked for a rating between 1(poor) and 5(excellent). We received 170 completed forms and Debra scored a ‘5’ from every single respondent. This is unheard of! The comments were all super, for example - ‘ Best speaker I’ve heard at an IBM event – outstanding!"
Client Director, IBM UK Ltd
“A big thank you for your talks today as part of our Build your Potential week. It was an inspirational ending to the week and employees took away many positive messages about opportunities for self-development both on a personal and work level. Feedback was great.”
"On behalf of the team at XXXX thank you so much for your time, commitment energy and inspiration yesterday. We have been very fortunate over the years to have many wonderful speakers at XXXX but few if any that touched us all in the way that you did. Not only is your story, your life to date and your many, many achievements extraordinary, you are also a quite brilliant communicator. We have lost that precious ability to connect and yet you managed to have us all gripped in a virtual world. Your humility is very rare, particularly for a virtual room of bankers! Perhaps most importantly you gave us all so many practical lessons to help us get through every day, the good and the bad."
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