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Key Points for Samantha Gash

  • As a World Vision Ambassador Samantha Gash ran 3253 kilometres in 76 days from the West to East of India. Raising over $150K to fund education focused programs and creating a global digital campaign raising awareness to the barriers to quality education for children across India.
  • Samantha was the co-founder of Freedom Runners – a 1968km expedition run along South Africa's Freedom Trail that raised funds to support an initiative that addressed feminine hygiene management and education. The 32 day expedition was used as a vehicle to raise attention to the high cost and inaccessibility of feminine hygiene products for women in sub-Saharan Africa and it's detrimental link to female participation in school.
  • Samantha Gash was the first woman and youngest person at the time to complete the Planet’s Four Desert Grand Slam. This race involves competing in four 250km desert ultramarathons in the hottest, driest, windiest and coldest deserts in the world. Her journey was captured for the big screen in the award-winning film Desert Runners.
  • Samantha was the finalist in the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards twice; in 2016 in the Agenda Setter category and 2014 in the Inspirational Leaders category.
  • In 2016, Samantha was selected as a delegate for the Australia India Youth Dialogue.
  • She has also been a Pride of Australia Medal nominee as well as a NAB Women’s Agenda Awards finalist.
  • Samantha Gash is currently writing her memoirs with publishers Macmillan in NYC.
  • In 2021 Samantha raised $265,000 for India Covid-19.
  • Samantha is starring in Network 10's Australian Survivor Season 7 - Blood v Water, airing February 2022. 

Topics for Samantha Gash

  • A story about life beyond the comfort zone
    Find the values, risks and benefits of a life outside your comfort zone - illustrated by Samantha’s example of crossing India. True growth lies in pushing your boundaries - Samantha explains what can make you - and break you - on the paths that lie outside your comfort zone.
  • Composure and resilience under duress
    Find out Samantha’s formulae for maintaining clear team goals in extreme, and sometimes dangerous settings. The ultimate lesson on leading (and following) in chaos.
  • Successful teams - Building and leading a highly functional team
    Identifying and empowering your ‘support team’ can be the key in enabling you to achieving goals outside of your comfort zone. Find out how Samantha created a world class ‘misfit’ team of non-runners, family, friends, and mavericks that supported her push to world record runs. Diversity, hilarity and hi-jinks were ever present in these endeavours, and you might find some gems in her approach to team building.
  • Transformation
    Samantha challenges people's assumptions about their mindset limitations. Offering practical examples about how to exceed their capabilities and achieve outstanding goals.
    Samantha uses her 3000km from the West to East of India as an example of how to combine purpose, passion and process to create sustainable and impactful change.
  • Extension
    Her talk EXTENSION explores the ultra mindset as a tool for moving forward. Ultra running is a microcosm for life. In these races, life is compressed based on the psychological challenges you experience in a relatively short time frame: fear; self-doubt; inadequacy; failure and burnout.
    ‘Extension’ is a state of being where we exist in an endeavour that is well beyond what we know and are comfortable with. Samantha debunks the limits to growth through personal stories and practical steps from her childhood and career as an endurance athlete and social impact entrepreneur.

Testimonials for Samantha Gash

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.
Wine Australia

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.
Cricket Australia

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.
Event Manager
Commonwealth Bank

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

So relatable.
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.
Program Director

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.
Asset Management

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.
Chartered Accountants

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.
Bupa Australia

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.