At a glance:Debra is a professional adventurer and serial entrepreneur. Her expeditions have taken her across the Atlantic, around Antarctica, up to the Arctic Circle and everywhere in between. She has also launched five companies, is a published author, has presented for the BBC and is a trusted corporate speaker. The movie of Debra’s Atlantic story is currently in development in Hollywood.
Debra first hit the headlines when she set out to row across the Atlantic with her husband. Unfortunately, he had to be rescued so Debra, a novice rower, continued alone without a support boat and rowed 3000 miles from Tenerife to Barbados. It should have taken them six weeks, but Debra ended up spending 3 ½ months at sea alone, encountering 30′ waves, sharks, and force 8 squalls in her 23-foot plywood boat. It was on this journey that Debra developed the mindset tools & understanding of positive psychology which she now shares with business audiences across the globe.
Yet Debra is more than your usual sports speaker. Debra has founded 5 companies including MIX Diversity Developers, a Diversity & Inclusion consultancy and training company. She has presented 40 programmes for the BBC and had 3 books published, most recently The ‘Choose Your Attitude’ Journal. Her spirit of adventure gained her an MBE from Her Majesty The Queen and she was delighted to be appointed a Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, spending a decade working alongside His Royal Highness Prince Philip and His Royal Highness Prince Edward.
In 2020 Debra was ranked in the Top 30 Motivational Speakers in the world, alongside the likes of Jack Canfield, Simon Sinek and Tony Robbins and the World’s #1 Female Motivational Speaker outside the US. The movie of Debra’s solo Atlantic row is currently in development in Hollywood.
Choose Your Attitude!
Mental Resilience & Wellbeing
Taking personal ownership as an individual while performing as part of a team
Strategies for not just coping but excelling during times of adversity
Leading through change
Women In Leadership
You did an amazing job!!! Thank you for the effort to tailor your story to fit with our team.
Debra was so great and I love her enthusiasm. She's an amazing virtual speaker - her camera framing and way of articulating and using her non-verbal were some of the best I have seen
We provided feedback forms to all participants and asked for a rating between 1 (poor) and 5 (excellent). Debra scored a ‘5’ from every single respondent. This is unheard of!
Debra clearly had a massive impact as people are still talking about it! ''The best thing about the event? Two words: Debra Searle.'' We’ve never had feedback like it for a speaker!'