Round-the-world yachtswoman, adventurer and business leader
3rd British and 14th woman to ski to the South Pole
Best-selling author, "Boat to Boardroom" (2009); "The 7 Racing Rules" (2012)
“I have seen quite a few sportsmen/adventurers as business speakers now, but Paula was amongst the best at making her experiences relevant to the business needs of the members present.” – Chair, Academy of Chief Executives
Paula Reid is an inspirational speaker, adventurer, and best-selling author. Combining these experiences with over 20 years’ in the business world, she gets under the skin of business objectives and then drives home the messages with intelligence and fervour.
Paula has achieved 109 things on her “Things to do Before She Dies” list. Notably, with two months notice and no sailing experience, Paula was a core crew member of the Global Challenge 2004-05: the “World’s Toughest Yacht Race.” Paula raced 35,000 miles the “wrong way” around the world in a race that lasted for ten months, including 187 days at sea; 75 days were spent in the notoriously freezing and dangerous Southern Ocean.
Having journeyed to over 57 countries around the world, other adventures include walking coast-to-coast across the UK, paddling down the Mekong, walking on hot coals, running the London marathon and kayaking the length of the Thames.
Most recently Paula became the 3rd British and 14th international woman to ski the full distance to the South Pole. The trip involved pulling an 80kg pulk in one of the most inhospitable environments of the world; uphill all the way, she climbed 11,000 feet (3350 metres) with temperatures below –40°C plus severe wind chill and storms.
Paula is a best-selling author, using her adventures as extreme case studies, referencing them to provide memorable and unique lessons, advice and practical exercises in high performance leadership and teamwork. These include “Boat to Boardroom” (2009), “The 7 Racing Rules” (2012), and “The World’s Most Dangerous Jobs” (2012).
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