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Susan Ershler

Susan Ershler

Susan Ershler

  • Inspirational Keynote speaker and Author helping others aspire to reach new heights
  • History Making Mountain Climber as First Couple to Scale Seven Summits on Seven Continents
  • Award Winning Fortune 500 Sales Executive


Reach New Heights: Be Your Personal and Professional Best

Susan Ershler will inspire and motivate your team and audience to achieve seemingly impossible goals through focus, discipline, teamwork and solid determination. Her leadership message begins with visualizing a goal, no matter how difficult or out of reach.  She concludes with a passionate affirmation of the value of life and thrill of celebrating your success from the top of the world.Susan Ershler is the real deal.  She capped a 23 year corporate career as a successful sales executive winning presidential awards and top sales honors while exceeding up to $600 million in sales goals. Sue and her husband Phil also made history by being the first couple in the world to conquer the Seven Summits (the highest mountains on each of the world’s seven continents) together, which they concluded by standing on top of the world on Mount Everest!  Susan’s optimistic outlook coupled with her natural ability to engage and entertain audiences cultivates a desire  in audiences not only to reach for but to actually achieve their very best in life and on the job.You will be riveted to your seat when Sue shares her electrifying life-risking, eye-opening mountain climbing stories and eloquently ties them back to her life and success in the corporate world.  Her captivating life experiences and sales successes solidify her credibility in both the business world and in mountain climbing circles.  Sue will brilliantly enthuse and guide your team towards excellence!“Together on Top of the World” is the Remarkable Story of the First Couple to Climb the Fabled Seven Summits. A Saga of Love and Courage by Phil and Susan Ershler with Robin Simons. On Top of the World

Sample Keynote Speeches or Workshops (customized upon request):


Fit for Business™

How do you achieve your dreams in both your personal and business life — especially the ones that seem impossible? Susan shares her mountain-tested methods for combining a demanding job with a fulfilling life, while still achieving all that you desire.Sue Ershler on Everest

Reaching New Heights: Everest & Beyond™

You can reach new heights! Learn how to set seemingly impossible goals and reach them despite the odds. When Phil and Susan stood on the top of Mount Everest in 2002, they shared in the realization of a dream that had begun more than a decade before. Susan illustrates her presentation with slides and stories from their climbs of the highest  mountains on each of the seven continents.

Personal Best, Professional Best™:

Personal and professional successes go to those who show up and do the work- until they reach their goals! Susan learned an important, simple truth from her quest to reach the top of Everest: to achieve something that seems impossible, you have to first set the goal, then prepare, then keep going until you get there. Susan and her husband Phil were the first couple in the world to climb the Seven Summits not because they were superhuman, but because they were humans who kept going. You can do this too- that’s what achievement is made of.

Seven Summits of SalesTM:

“We don’t climb alone, and we don’t sell alone.”  Before climbing mountains Susan climbed sales ‘summits’ for over 20 years, culminating in $600 Million sales goals as a Vice President in Sales. Her mission is to help others avoid the crevasses and achieve their professional and personal dreams. This presentation focuses on the particular challenges of sales teams with stretch goals to meet and how to help them reach the top year after year.

About Susan Ershler:

Susan’s record would be remarkable even if it only detailed her business achievements. During her 23-year corporate career, she has held a series of increasingly responsible executive positions in the sales divisions of Fortune 500 companies. She has led teams to new sales records while beating quotas from $1 million to $600 million. As a vice president of sales for a multi-national telecommunications corporation, she was responsible for their fast-growing Internet division. During her business career, she earned 11 annual President’s Club sales awards- the top honors awarded to sales representatives in these companies. Susan and Phil became the first couple in history to climb the Seven Summits together.Susan has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, and The New York Times, in addition to experiencing coverage from dozens of local newspapers, television programs, and radio stations.

Sue Ershler Island Peak

Susan at Island Peak in Khumbu Valley of Everest

Audience Members Rave:“I can’t thank you enough for all you did to inspire our team. Your message was a perfect fit for Precor’s mission and creed, and it’s clear that you left a permanent mark on our audience. I’ve already received a flood of photos of Post-It notes  and I expect to see many more as the year wears on.”  VP of Sales America’s, Precor“Sue’s presentation was an outstanding  story where we shared the excitement of her journey to the summit and how this experience is related to our business, specifically in terms of setting goals and teamwork. She is truly an inspiration for all of us!“ Business & Marketing Officer, Microsoft“Your ability to relate the challenges, risks, and rewards of climbing to the business world were invaluable. As we set out to reach new peaks as a team, we will reflect upon your words of encouragement and structured approach to reaching our goals. Thank you again for the  value you provided to our team.” -Region Vice President, IBM“We are pleased to say that Susan exceeded our expectations. Susan’s discussion on the Seven Summit experience, culminating with climbing Mt. Everest, was presented in a fashion of setting a seemingly impossible vision and then breaking down the task into manageable steps. Susan  integrated the highs and lows of making progress and experiencing setbacks and rewarding experience of maintaining focus on your goals, hard work and perseverance. The feedback from our customers was over-whelming positive citing both an entertaining and aspiration experience.” Vice President, Westinghouse Electric Company“Sue received one of the highest scores ever as our keynote speaker. We would have wanted nothing to be different. Perfect mix of business and her experience on the mountain and incredible photos. Audience so engaged throughout, no talking even in the back, unusual and a very good sign! “ – Leader, Premera Blue Cross“Motivational and engaging, Sue weaved a captivating story of reaching summits and exceptional sales goals that inspired our customers and partners to take on bigger challenges and face them head on. She gained instant credibility with the audience, having walked in our shoes. And she provided valuable tools to help all of us reach our goals.” -Kim Hawley, CEO, Attenex Corp“Your presentation was absolutely fantastic and you made a lot of friends in Olympia. On a personal level, I have to tell you that you really made my day as program chair because I have been receiving compliment after compliment about what a great program I secured. ” -Chief Justice, Supreme Court-Washington“Sue’s presentation was a breath taking story of the conquest and beauty of extreme conditions and determination, but more importantly, an inspiring example of reliance on each other as partners, to train, trust and work together and sharing both strength and wisdom to create success.” –President, Arcus Innovation, Inc. “Climbing Mt. Everest seems like a feat for rough and rugged mountain men, but Sue Ershler dispels that myth the minute you see her. It seems that her tiny stature would blow off the mountain if not roped up, but Sue is as strong and tough as any mountain man is! Her story is filled with trials and triumphs, and throughout her presentation Sue’s positive, “can-do” attitude comes through. Her love of life and adventure shines through her words and pictures. She truly inspires others to live life to the fullest!” –High Tech Learning Centers“I have seen many presentations over the years, both motivational and business related. This was the best of both worlds. It was truly a great experience for all in attendance.”-Vice President Business Resources Development, Inc.“Spellbinding, it was as if you were right there with Sue and Phil.”-President, TCA, Telecommunications Association“Thanks again for joining us at our Sales Kickoff Meeting. Your presentation was so inspirational and extremely well received. Everyone I talked to said it was clearly one of the highlights of the conference.“ – iDirect Leadership

Susan Ershler’s client list comprises several Fortune & Global 500 corporations: Aflac, AT&T, Bellsouth, Boeing, Chevron Texaco, Cisco Systems, Danaher, FedEx, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Nike, Novartis, Northwestern Mutual, Qualcomm, Safeco, Shell, UBS, Unilever, and Wells Fargo, as well as, mid-size corporations to start ups.

Agile -Software Developers
Aflac (Multiple Events)
American Business Women’s Association
American Heart Association
American Library Association
Agile -Software Developers
Aflac (Multiple Events)
American Business Women’s Association
American Heart Association
American Library Association
Assurex Global
Attenex Corporation
Avid Technologies
Avnet (HP)
Axcan Scandipharm
Bank Calumet
Banner Bank
Blue Coat Systems
Boeing (Multiple Events)
BRG Sports (Bell, Riddell, Giro)
Business Clubs America
Capital Analysts, Inc.
CB Richard Ellis
Choice Advisory Services
Cisco Systems
City of Tacoma – Metro
Commercial Real-estate Women
CCFA – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
Crown Capital Securities
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical
Deloitte (Multiple Events)
Dennis Uniform
Department of Revenue
Department of Transportation
Destination Hotels
DLR Group
Eli Lilly
Farm Credit Council Services
FedEx Office (Multiple Events)
Fluke – Danaher
FSC Securities
Guardian Life Insurance
Graphic Arts Center
Hewlett Packard (HP)
Hindu Society of North Carolina
Honkamp Krueger
HUB International
IEX, Corporation
Ingram Micro
JEA Senior Living
Leith, Inc.
Leith Toyota
Lockheed Martin & Deloitte Consulting
M&T Bank
Magma Design Automation
Mass Mutual
Mercer Island Schools
Moss Adams
Municipal Employees Retirement System
MetLife (Multiple Events)
Miller Heiman
Microsoft (Multiple Events)
MSX International (Multiple Events)
MSX International (Germany)
Moss Adams
Moving Comfort
National Association Black Accountants
New York Life
Northwestern Mutual
Novartis & IBM Consulting
One Economy
Opis Management Resources
Oracle (Germany)
Pacific Edge Software
Pennsylvania Lottery
PNC Bank
Premera Blue Cross
Profiles International
Prostrakan (Pharma)
Prudential Fox & Roach/Trident
Reckitt Benckiser (Israel)
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
Safeco Insurance
Salix Pharmaceuticals
Scientific Games
Seattle Design Center
Shell Exploration & Development
Society of Plastics
Standard & Poor’s
Surf Summit – Board Retailers Association
Telecommunications Association
United Healthcare
United Federal Credit
United States Navy
University of Michigan
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
UBS – United Bank of Switzerland
Visa USA
Vistakon, a Division of Johnson & Johnson
Washington Fire Commissioners
Washington State Hospital Association
World President’s Organization (WPO)
Wells Fargo
World Sign Associates
Women in Financial Services
Women in Nuclear