Samantha Gash Book as a speaker/entertainer for your next event
Key Points for Samantha Gash
- Samantha Gash is an accomplished lawyer turned endurance athlete and social impact leader, inspiring others to push their boundaries and create lasting impact.
- Samantha has completed grueling challenges, including being the first woman and youngest person at the time to complete Racing the Planet's 4 Deserts Grandslam. Her endurance capabilities drive social impact initiatives.
- Samantha's resilience shines through her engagement of thousands to raise funds for bushfire relief efforts and support during the She recently completed a 50-day unsupported traverse of Nepal's Great Himalaya Trail, supporting vulnerable women and girls in rural Nepal.
- Samantha founded Her Trails, empowering women through adventure programs. As an international speaker, she uses authentic storytelling and footage to inspire individuals and teams to embrace discomfort, pursue passions, and create positive change.
Topics for Samantha Gash
- Teams & leadership: Building, collaborating and leading a high-performance team
Building and leading high-performance teams in uncertain and complex times requires cohesion, connection and a willingness to see challenges as opportunities.
Leading teams can mean engaging team members remotely, across countries/time zones, industries and cultures. It is imperative to cultivate a team that can drive performance and change whilst sustaining commitment.
Samantha has crafted and led teams in challenging and high-pressure environments. Collaboratively these teams have helped redefine human potential, have innovated solutions in support of disaster relief initiatives and have galvanised the broader community to feel invested in these small team and brand movements.
Samantha discusses how leaders & teams can:
- Develop trust.
- Encourage a sense of belonging and team unity.
- Prepare for difficult conversations from pre-mortems to giving/receiving feedback.
- Sustain team commitment through celebrating success.
- Resilience & Grit: Essential ingredients for achieving your goals
The ability to develop the mindsets and capabilities needed to ensure high levels of resilience have been a secret to Sam’s success. Ultramarathons are essentially life condensed due to the number of psychological challenges experienced.
Sometimes nothing will go right in big ventures, but the ability to adapt, persevere and learn are critical to developing resilience and achieving the end goal.
Hear some of Samantha’s biggest wins (and failures) in this field and how she adopts a ‘small steps’ mindset to achieve ambitious goals. She will draw from her experience in the desert carrying 25% of her body weight on her back, to her run across India for World Vision and most recent venture to cross the Himalayas on foot to support Movember (Resilience in Motion).
Samantha discusses how to build resilience by:
- Developing and building one’s emotional awareness.
- Fostering a support team.
- Reframing perceived failure and past narratives.
- Seeing challenges as gifts in disguise - for growth and adaptation.
- Understanding HOW to relentlessly pursue forward motion.
- Setting boundaries to allow time for investing in personal care.
- Unlocking innovation: Defeat limiting beliefs and pursue new opportunities
The ability to innovate includes the willingness to grab opportunities as they arise, and an acceptance of the risk of failure. It also requires dropping of the ego, knowing how to build a diverse team and pushing past limiting beliefs.
In 2020, Samantha built the ‘Relief Run’ platform to raise $1.3m in less than 12 days for bushfire victims in Australia. At the beginning of the pandemic Samantha created a female adventure platform for women that focused on the pursuit of holistic trail running programs as a means for growth, resilience, interconnectedness and play.
This rapid innovation at small team level with cross functional and separated teams will hold key insights for you and your teams to grasp innovation and opportunities as they arise in turbulent times.
- Extension alongside mental health and wellbeing
Today’s workplace is under high stress and constant demands to be capable of more often with less resources. Humans are designed for growth and ‘Extension’ but this can be best facilitated when individuals and the business understand the need to support one’s mental health and wellbeing. No one can leap into the unknown of shaky ground. Hear Samantha’s approach for maintaining high levels of mental health as you progress through turbulence in the workplace.
- Understanding the need for growth.
- Managing overwhelm.
- What is and the relevance of the ‘next best plan’ strategy (please refer to Samantha’s TEDx talk on this topic).
- How to support our 6 drivers for wellbeing.
- Purpose with process
Samantha illustrates through practical tips and storytelling the power of purpose and process to push teams to the edge of the world.
A strong sense of purpose has been linked to high performing teams and increased levels of resilience. Yet having a purpose isn’t enough. Not only does it need to be effectively communicated and your team needs to connect to it on an individual level, but there needs to be a process to achieve it. One that can be adapted to the set of circumstances that arise. That process will only further create focus, creativity and motivation.
- Resilience in motion
In today's rapidly evolving and uncertain business environment, resilience and adaptability are more critical than ever. Samantha Gash, a successful business leader, endurance athlete, and social impact entrepreneur, understands the importance of cultivating a resilient mindset in the face of change. Her keynote presentation, Resilience in Motion, is a must-see for corporate audiences seeking to embrace discomfort as a means to achieve personal and shared goals.
Samantha inspires resilience and enduring mindsets in individuals and teams through engaging storytelling and expert insights. Her personal journey, which includes world-class endurance expeditions and social impact initiatives, provides relatable and tangible examples of how to cultivate resilience and embrace discomfort. She emphasizes the importance of capturing failure through extension and how it can be a powerful tool for growth and learning. Samantha also highlights the strength in synergy, showing how creating and leading high-performing teams can take individuals to the edge of the world to make a positive impact. Through her experiences as a business leader, Samantha demonstrates the power of purpose in driving individuals and teams towards their goals, and how maintaining a balance of being is crucial to achieving sustainable success.
Using authentic storytelling and dramatic documentary footage, Samantha weaves together her message, inspiring audiences to cultivate resilience, interconnectedness, and creativity. Overall, her keynote presentation is a powerful call to action for individuals and teams to adopt a resilient mindset and create positive change in today's ever-changing and unpredictable business landscape.
Testimonials for Samantha Gash
Samantha Gash was open, honest and authentic. She spoke of her experiences and the audience genuinely connected with her and let us know she was the best speaker we have had to date.
Sam was really great, highly engaging.
Samantha Gash was amazing. Inspirational, motivation, a beautiful kind heart with the determination to match. Loved her and her message.
Samantha came and spoke at our recent Blueprint Conference and to say she was a crowd favourite would be an understatement! Her presentation, right from the beginning, was captivating and inspiring. It was relevant to all the business owners in the room, and you could have heard a pin drop, as they were so involved in her story. I’ve booked literally 100’s of speakers over the past 10 years and I can honestly say Samantha was up there with the best we’ve ever had. The feedback from the participants was extremely positive and I wouldn’t hesitate to book Samantha again or recommend her to anyone looking for an amazing speaker.
I knew Samantha Gash would be brilliant … but she exceeded any expectations I had by a long way. It would be entirely feasible to couple personal challenges and achievements such as Sam’s with a platform of self-grandiosity. I guarantee you, Sam is not that person. Sam willingly gave all in her presentation. I can confidently say every single person in that room was enthralled by her energy, enthusiasm and passion. You could hear a pin drop. Critically, Sam’s ability to weave important professional and personal leadership messages through her personal story is a work of art. You will not be disappointed.
Samantha Gash was great for our event. She really got everyone feeling motivated.
Executive PA Media
Samantha Gash’s story was well told and inspiring for our audience. Our CEO was able to reference many of Samantha’s messages throughout her own keynote later. It fit perfectly with our theme of building for our future.
Vita Group Limited
Samantha was excellent. She was engaging and told her amazing inspiring story very well. It was a pleasure listening to her speak.
Samantha Gash was wonderful, she was on time and relaxed. There wasn’t anything that was too much, and the audience got the chance to meet with her afterwards. She was so engaging, the audience were enthralled by her tales, and energised by her message. Samantha was a big hit and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her as a keynote.
Samantha Gash was extremely well received, and an absolute delight to have at our event. Her experiences captured the imagination of our guests, and the advice she gave based on these experiences inspired everyone. Sam was receptive to understanding the context of the event and then demographic of the audience – a dream for any event manager trying to communicate key messages! Sam was warm, humble and passionate, and able to adapt to her surroundings to really speak our language...Thank you Sam for sharing your life lessons and encouraging us all to push beyond our comfort zone.
I’d like to personally thank you for serving as a speaker at our conference last week. The feedback we have had has surpassed previous conferences with regards to ratings of speakers, content and learnings from the sessions. Your willingness to share your insights and experience with our delegates played a significant role in the success of the event.
Executive Manager, Advice Solutions
Industry Fund Services
Cardinia Shire Council
Samantha Gash delivered an inspiring, captivating and emotional presentation to the future leaders of all industries. Her humility and bravery is not only aspirational for all, but she helped our delegates tap into their own bravery rather than have them admire that trait in someone else. It is the fourth time I have seen Samantha present and each time it has been an immense privilege. She was a favourite on the day.
I recently had the pleasure of listening to Samantha Gash speak at a financial services industry function and found her to be thoroughly engaging. It is very refreshing to hear someone speak so clearly and authentically about taking on extraordinary challenges. Samantha spoke without hesitation about her passion to make a difference and was compelling and inspiring. Her aim to make an impact on women’s lives in Africa while creating employment is at once creative and meaningful. Samantha’s talk did not fail to connect with anyone who understands the importance of young women needing confidence to take opportunity in life…starting with the basics. Her feats, this purpose and the way she connects, means time with Samantha Gash is very worthwhile.
Samantha Gash’s story is authentic, moving and inspirational. Her delivery was heartfelt and honest and had attendees glued to their seats. Samantha’s energy, positivity and passion is infectious and left the audience inspired by what can be achieved with determination, motivation and pushing yourself beyond where you thought you could not go.
Executive General Manager
I had the absolute pleasure of working with Samantha Gash on our flagship Business Forum conference. Sam is such a dynamic and engaging speaker that we were very lucky to have on our stage. Sam’s story is amazing and resonated with our audience, many of whom were members in business at the C-suite level. I have never seen so much immediate positive feedback, it left delegates feeling moved and inspired – and most importantly, actionable suggestions – on how to implement these valuable life session in corporate life.
Samantha Gash tells an incredible and personal story. Although her physical pursuits have been super-human, her messages to our teams are more about how much of a role the mind plays in setting and achieving goals – whether they be business or personal. She really helped my team put business issues into perspective, and helped them realise that ‘what’ we do as a business, is far less important than ‘why’ we do it.
Head of Financial Planning
Such an inspirational story that brought tears to many people’s eyes. Sam is a greatspeaker and has an extraordinary story to tell. She spoke about her physical and mental preparation & how she prepared for the unknown and there were many messages and takeaway tips for our people. I would not hesitate to recommend Sam.
Samantha is truly inspirational. I have seen many speakers over the years but Samantha's authentic presentation and incredible personal story has inspired me to succeed in several aspects of my life - both personally and professionally. I feel very fortunate to have heard Samantha present, she exceeded our expectations and would highly recommend her as speaker.
Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse
Sam delivered a brilliant and inspiring presentation. She was powerful and passionate, and delivered a strong message of courage and determination. Sam’s story of personal achievement and commitment to constant never ending improvement was the perfect empowerment for our team. Her ability to uplift an entire audience was enlightening, and everyone was thoroughly captivated by Sam’s amazing story.