Tori James, at the age of 25, became the first Welsh woman to climb Mount Everest. Tori stars in the BBC documentary ‘On Top of the World’ which was produced about her expedition and she is also the author of ‘Peak Performance’ which describes her recordbreaking climb to the summit. She was born in Pembrokeshire and grew up on a farm where she claims to have gathered much of her toughness for venturing outside in all weather. After gaining a degree in Geography from Royal Holloway University of London, Tori secured her dream first job working for British Exploring, a charity founded by a member of Scott’s Antarctic expedition and based at the Royal Geographical Society in London. In 2005 she was a member of the Pink Lady PoleCats, the first all-female team to complete The Polar Challenge, a grueling 360 mile race to the Magnetic North Pole. In 2010 Tori cycled the length of New Zealand, a total of 2400km, unsupported from north to south. In June 2014 Tori was part of the Beeline Britain team who became the first to travel in a straight line from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of BLESMA (the British Limbless Ex- Servicemen's Association). Their 1,100km journey involved sea kayaking, road cycling, mountain biking and hiking and is documented in the award-winning film "As The Crow Flies”. The team set a record for the longest open sea kayak crossing in UK waters kayaking non-stop for 200km from Land’s End to Pembrokeshire. www.beelinebritain.com Tori lives in Cardiff and works across Wales and internationally. She is a motivational speaker and consultant delivering leadership training, team and youth development projects. Tori has led teams in both corporate and charitable organisations in sectors including aviation, entrepreneurship and sport. Tori is the President of Girlguiding Cymru, a Fellow of British Exploring and an ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Wales. In November 2014 Tori was awarded a ‘Points of Light’ Award by the Prime Minister in recognition of outstanding volunteering over the last 10 years.
Opening Keynote & Welcome Address
Reaching for the Stars
09.30 - 10.30
Getting the level of challenge right for you and your team is critical in developing a motivated and committed workforce. But how do you know if you’re aiming high enough?
Tori James is the first Welsh woman to climb Mount Everest. Tori talks about building high performing teams and their behaviour in the extremes. She describes how it takes more than speed, fitness and stamina to survive and thrive on the world’s highest mountain.
Not only will you gain an insight into life in sub-zero environments, but Tori shares some of the strategies, mindsets and beliefs that contributed to her success.
Discover why everyone should know where north is, and why going backwards can sometimes mean going forwards