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Meet Hannah

Hannah McKeand: Motivational Speaker, After Dinner, Awards

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British adventurer and endurance athlete Hannah McKeand is the fastest woman to trek to the South Pole, solo and unaided from the Antactic coast.

Hannah has now trekked to the South Pole from the Antarctic coast six times - more than anyone else in the world.  A highly respected Polar Guide, Hannah continues to lead others to realise their polar ambitions in Antarctica.  She also works in remote logistics and risk analysis, putting in camps and runways at remote locations such as sea-ice based emperor penguin colonies.

 

Hannah McKeand broke the world-record for both men and women trekking solo, unsupported to the South Pole in 2006 and she remains the fastest woman to complete this arduous journey of 690 miles.  During this expedition, Hannah pulled a sledge that weighed 80kg (176lbs) at the start of her expedition from the coast of Antarctica. Despite a high fat diet including fudge and chocolate, Hannah lost 42lbs during her solo trek.  Completing her polar expedition in just 39 days, 9 hours and 33 minutes, Hannah broke the world record for the fastest solo, unsupported journey.

Hannah's leadership, energy, vitality, dedication and resourcefulness are clearly evident in her South Pole success. Focus, determination, positive visualization, excellent risk assessment and a will to face adversity are vital to survive in the polar environment.  

‘On Antarctica, the environment can be really ferocious but the main challenge is its vastness, its monotony and its relentlessly aggressive weather.  Travelling through it is almost like a meditation exercise, trying to stay permanently in tune with it, calm and in control. It is as much a mental challenge as an extreme physical one.’ 

Hannah McKeand in New York Times

Hannah's inspirational story delivers powerful messages about extending your own limits, developing potential and effective teamwork for businesses across all sectors.  She is passionate about raising environmental awareness too where appropriate.

Hannah offers an entertaining and inspiring keynote talk with stunning images from the Polar environment and footage from her expeditions.  She is also in demand for after dinner speaking engagements. Her style is natural and engaging with self-effacing humour and her story is highly motivational as she seeks to encourage others to achieve their goals.

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 Hannah tailors each talk following a telephone briefing call and uses images from her polar expeditions to illustrate her talks. 

What Clients Say

'We listened with rapt attention as Hannah, solo explorer with a track record in Antarctic solo endurance, recounted her experiences and fears as she hauled her sled to the South Pole.  Her sense of humour shone through.  By the end, you knew that you had been able to step out (a little way at least) with Hannah and experience the huge expanse of the lonely ice shelf and the sky and something of the inner drive needed to take it on successfully.'  
Vodafone Group

 

‘Hannah gave us a fascinating insight into her remarkable journey - proving that you can do almost anything if you have the spirit and courage to go out there and succeed.’
Bupa

 

‘Our thanks go to Hannah McKeand for her fantastic speech at our staff conference.  We have received some very positive feedback from staff as they got a lot out of her presentation, which she managed to tie in very well to the themes of our conference.  It was pitched at exactly the right tone and it really enhanced the event.’
Training 2000

 

‘Hannah talks with great candour, warmth and enthusiasm about the practicalities of her experiences, what they mean to her and, importantly, what they tell us all about the future of the planet. She gave us a fascinating insight into her extraordinary life as a polar explorer, both from an adventure point of view and from a business angle.  Her images and insight regarding climate change and its effects on the polar regions left no one in any doubt of the reality of the issues.  She is a powerful and impactful speaker, yet engaging on a personal level, and entertaining too. Her talks work on several levels, and I thoroughly recommend her.’
Bayer

 

‘Hannah painted the dangers of exploration and endeavour in such a way that any employer trying to enthuse their staff should consider using her at a motivational event.  It would probably make most of them pull their socks up!!  Enthusiastic.  Youthful.  The audience were full of admiration.’
P and A Partnership

 

'A fluent and inspiring speaker with a wholly engaging personality.  Delivered with great charm and humour, the talk left her audience full of admiration at her courage and resilience.  Her film clips, in which she speaks direct to camera with disarming honesty of her feelings, have an intimacy and a spontaneity that are both poignant and inspiring.  One cannot help but be amazed at her courage and inner strength as well as her practicality and resourcefulness, and yet she is cheerfully unassuming with a wonderfully self-deprecating sense of humour.  In short, Hannah is a truly British heroine!'
Hungerford Arts Festival

 

‘The accent of Hannah’s talk was on her training and subsequent unsupported and successful attempt to reach the South Pole, when she established a new world record.  It was illustrated by wonderful photographic images and documentary style video-clips spoken to camera in her tent, huddled in her sleeping bag, relating her daily adventures, surrounded by the basic things necessary for her survival.  There is something very special about Hannah’s personality, not only is she a gutsy girl who is willing to take on any challenge and seemingly unafraid, but in her dedicated preparations, disciplining her body and mind she still keeps us conscious of her own vulnerability.  She also recognises the importance of teamwork and knows that none of her challenges would succeed without the support of others.  However Hannah’s particular gift lies in her unique fluency to speak, write and communicate her adventures.  She brings her experiences very much alive.’
The Watermill Theatre

 

‘The talk from Hannah was memorable, stimulating and refreshing.   The members were full of admiration for a young woman who had pushed herself beyond the limits of human endurance with fearlessness and bravery.  Hannah is an excellent and natural event speaker and I would not hesitate in recommending her to anyone.  Hannah’s warm personality comes across the moment you meet her and in all the years that I have organised the conference I have never seen so many members flock to the front to have a word with a speaker at the close of the day.  She makes you wonder what you have done with your life!   We all dream of doing what she has done but don’t have the courage and determination to do it.   She isn’t my daughter but I felt so proud of her especially in the video sections when her confidence was wavering but she carried on.’
Scottish Women’s Rural Institutes

 

‘Fresh and filled with enthusiasm.  Hannah showed us that nothing is impossible and how women can excel in anything they desire.  Her passion and enthusiasm made us want to sit and really listen to her presentation.  Impressive.’
IBN International: Women of Independence Conference, Malaysia

 

 

Profile

Hannah McKeand, a polar explorer and endurance athlete became the fastest person ever to trek to the South Pole, solo and unaided in December 2006.  During this expedition, Hannah pulled a sledge that weighed 80kg (176lbs) at the start for 690 miles from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole. Despite a high fat diet including fudge and chocolate, Hannah lost 42lbs during her solo trek.  Completing her polar expedition in just 39 days, 9 hours and 33 minutes, Hannah broke the world record for the fastest solo, unsupported journey.  (And she remains the fastest woman to complete this route solo and unassisted.)

Hannah McKeand has now trekked to the South Pole from the coast six times - more than anyone else in the world.  A highly respected Polar Guide, Hannah continues to lead others to realise their polar ambitions in Antarctica. She is currently working in remote logistics and risk analysis, putting in camps and runways at remote locations such as sea-ice based emperor penguin colonies.

Hannah's leadership, energy, vitality, dedication and resourcefulness are clearly evident in her South Pole success. Focus, determination, positive visualization, excellent risk assessment and a will to face adversity are vital to survive in the polar environment.  

Hannah told the New York Times: ‘On Antarctica, the environment can be really ferocious but the main challenge is its vastness, its monotony and its relentlessly aggressive weather,’ she said. ‘Travelling through it is almost like a meditation exercise, trying to stay permanently in tune with it, calm and in control. It is as much a mental challenge as an extreme physical one.’

Hannah's inspirational story delivers powerful messages about extending your own limits, developing potential and effective teamwork for businesses across all sectors.  She is passionate about raising environmental awareness too where appropriate.

Hannah offers an entertaining and inspiring keynote talk with stunning images from the Polar environment and footage from her expeditions.  She is also in demand for after dinner speaking engagements. Her style is natural and engaging with self-effacing humour and her story is highly motivational as she seeks to encourage others to achieve their goals.

Hannah followed a degree in Classics with a Marketing career in theatre for seven years before following her passion for exploring.  Hannah has travelled remote regions in Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Afghanistan.  In 2004, Hannah joined a team to ski to the South Pole completing this trek in 56 days.  She’d never skied before.  (Extraordinarily, just two years later, Hannah set the speed record for the journey solo and unaided.)  After her first expedition to the South Pole, Hannah joined the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2005.  Hannah has also helped organise successful sailing expeditions from Australia to Chile and within the Antarctic region.  In 2010 she mentored 5 young people, running 8 marathons in 8 days across the Bolivian Salar di Uyuni. She is a highly respected and experienced Antarctic guide and has led many teams and individuals to achieve their dream of reaching the South Pole.

Hannah is a reporter from the outposts of our planet.  Audiences appreciate her personal insights on staying focused when it gets tough; leading teams as well as staying motivated during solo expeditions, and her individual perspective on environmental issues.  An inspirational woman with a natural and engaging style, Hannah greatly enjoys the opportunity to speak in schools as well as corporate events.  

Hannah divides her time between the USA, Europe and Antarctica.

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Interview with Hannah on Sky News talking about her experiences of Antarctica and why its preservation is so important.

 

Hannah on staying 'comfortably cool' in extreme cold conditions on expedition.

 

A short film introducing Hannah McKeand

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How to book Hannah?

Hannah is based in the United States but she does visit the UK and mainland Europe regularly.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check Hannah's availability and to discuss how Hannah can best tailor her talks to suit your client event.