Roz Savage MBE

GBS Roz Savage MBE

An Oxford-trained lawyer, Roz spent the first eleven years of her career working as a management consultant, braving nothing more intrepid than rush hour on the London Underground before an environmental epiphany led to a radical personal transformation into a world-class adventurer.

During the seven years of her ocean rowing career, Roz Savage had more chance than most to explore the far horizons of courage. Spending up to five months alone at sea on a 23-foot rowboat, thousands of miles from land and humanity, at the mercy of winds, waves and currents, she evolved from a nervous novice adventurer into the world's foremost female ocean rower, having rowed - solo - across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

While crossing those 15,000 miles of the ocean she had to redefine her comfort zone on a daily basis and reach deep into her inner sources of strength, self-discipline, and commitment to her goal. She discovered the vital importance of keeping a cool head in life-endangering situations, to optimise her capacity for smart decisionmaking, accurate risk assessment and creative problem-solving.

Currently teaching a class at Yale - on courage, naturally - she also combines her self-taught life skills with principles from neuroscience, psychology, personal development and leadership theory, to inform and inspire corporate audiences. She has spoken on 6 continents, with clients like Google, Disney, Kaiser Permanente, National Geographic, and TED, plus numerous schools, universities and corporations.

In 2010 she was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic. In 2012 she was a World Fellow at Yale. In 2013 she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to fundraising and the environment.

Keynote Speaking Themes:

• Risk management and resilience in an unpredictable world
• Redefining the operative narrative - individual and collective
• Motivation and mind management
• The power of accumulation - the importance of daily course corrections 
• Redefining success for a healthier, happier, more sustainable future


Roz Savage MBE solo rower inspirational speaker at Great British Speakers

Speaking and Coaching:

Roz now speaks to organisations all over the world that are keen to find new ways to inspire and motivate more engaged, happy and purpose-driven individuals.

She shares stories from the epic adventures she has experienced and the lessons she has learned.

Her speeches help audiences to take more personal responsibility for their individual and collective success, find higher levels of resilience and courage, more effectively navigate the uncharted waters of change and invest more of themselves into every challenge they undertake.

This is one of Roz's Ted Talks about her Atlantic Crossing.


Heroic, epic, inspiring, historic.

Sir Richard Branson

Roz recently spoke to Gannett employees about ways to face stormy seas on the path to transforming our business. Her lessons in grit and perseverance will help anyone navigating today’s rapidly evolving business landscape.

Maryam Banikarim, Gannett Co., Inc.

Roz was energetic, passionate, engaging and real. Her connection with both our employees and our clients, and the dialogue it sparked both within the room and beyond was tremendous. Everyone left with a little optimistic spring in their step, inspired to make changes and live their lives a little differently. It was an amazing experience to share her world for that hour.

Jill Ford, Credit Suisse

Women were still talking about you after the conference ended. What a tremendous inspiration you were, and are, to all of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Amy Belivacqua, YaleWomen

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