What Susan's Clients Have to Say

Susan’s client list comprises several Fortune & Global 500 corporations: Aflac, Allianz, Allstate, AT&T, Boeing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chevron, Cisco Systems, Eli Lilly, Fidelity Investments, HP-Hewlett Packard, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, MetLife, Microsoft, Nestle, Novartis, PepsiCo, PNC Bank, Roche, Shell, State Farm, T-Mobile, Unilever, Verizon, Vodafone, Wells Fargo, as well as, mid-size corporations to start ups.

“Susan, Congratulations on your ‘Ascent’… thanks for helping with ours!”

Performance Fibers

“As they were leaving, our guests one after another kept saying, ‘This was the best presentation ever.’”

Bank Calumet

“The audience feedback was unanimously overwhelming positive!”

Director Global Sales Training
Biomet 3i

“You are wonderful! You made a HUGE difference for 2500 folks and we will be forever indebted.”

Chief Operating Officer
FedEx Office

“Susan – It was great to meet you last week. Your message was amazing and inspiring to our team at Adeptus.”

Chief Operating Officer
First Choice Emergency Room

Susan was fantastic.  The feedback from the audience was overwhelmingly positive…  The book was also a BIG hit… ”

Managing Director – Marketing Communications & Investor Relations
Hunt Mortgage Group

“Thank you so much Sue…You were great…you made a big contribution to the event being well received.”

Senior Leadership Symposium

“Susan truly knows what it takes to succeed in business and life and this book will inspired you to reach new heights. Susan’s ability to connect with everyone she speaks with comes through loud and clear. I am certain you will find renewed strength in your approach to tackling adversity and preserving  on your way to achieving your most important goals.”

CEO of Miller Heimen

“I’m happy to report that we’ve successfully completed the CA Technologies NA Sales Kickoff and Susan was a BIG BIG part of that success!!!!!”

Senior Director, Channel Marketing
CA Technologies

“It was great meeting you at the recent CWT NORAM (North American) Leadership Summit in Utah …your talk was very inspirational!”

Vice President, Global Sales
Carlson Wagonlit Travel

“We have gotten rave reviews from our customers and from our staff about this year’s Executive Forum.  Thanks for making our event so special for our customers.”

Vice President Sales and Marketing
Daikin Inc.

“She was totally awesome! Thanks so much for recommending Sue. She’s not only a great and interesting person, she’s also an expert at dazzling her audience.

Event Manager

“Sue, thank you for the fantastic job you did for us at the CEO Conference! Your story was just amazing and inspirational and really demonstrated how one can achieve their goals.”

Vice President, Treaty Account Executive
Gen Re, (A Berkshire Hathaway Company)

“Thank you for your wonderful speech at our Conference.  Our partners were all fascinated by your story.  You have simply moved them!”

Partner in Charge

“Absolutely fabulous. Susan is great… great mix of inspiration and motivation… mixing personal and business!!! Home run!”

M&T Bank

“You are just as charming on stage as you are in person and you have a wonderful gift for storytelling.”

National Account Executive

“You inspired me and you were inspirational to all of us!  I so appreciate you taking the time out to join us and share with us your story and your determination. Thank you again!”

General Manager Worldwide Partner Group

Your speech was awesome!  Really liked how you tied everything from your climb back to business.”

Meeting Planner & Leader

“Sue – thanks again for the great presentation today.  The group absolutely loved it and it really aligned so nicely with our messages.”

Director of Human Resources
Moss Adams

“I still believe that your speech and experience was one of the best motivational speeches that I have seen for a sales team.”

VP of Sales
MSX International

“We got great reviews of your presentation at our Leaders Conference. Thanks again for your inspiring presentation.”

Director, Global Events
Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc.

“Hello Susan, I was involved in getting you to speak for our event at New York Life, Seattle. You did an amazing job and I was very impressed.”

New York Life

“Susan, you were definitely the highlight of our meeting.  People were quoting and referencing you all week in their presentations.”


“Dear Sue, Thank you so much for attending our Annual Sales Kickoff. Your presentation was inspirational! We really enjoyed it.”

Persistent Systems

“Sue, Thank you for a wonderful presentation.  The feedback has been great on your presentation. You were the highlight of the conference. Thanks again.”

Senior Vice President
PNC Bank

Thanks again for a wonderful presentation. I’ve received nothing but positive feedback about your segment in our busy schedule last week.”

Director of Operations

“Thanks again for your participation in our meeting today.  I was very pleased with the way things turned out and the way your presentation complemented what we are all about.”

Regional Sales Director

Your presentation was inspiring and really captured the theme of our event. You couldn’t have been a better fit! We received so many compliments. Thanks again for sharing your story.”

Board President & Property and Inland Marine Broker
Surplus Line Association

“Susan, Thank you for an inspiring speech at our NAKO meeting! We appreciate your suggestions, ideas and spirit. We are all still wearing our Puja string! Thank you for your leadership.”

Vice President, Sales Surgical Division

“Susan it was both an honor to have you at our event and a pleasure to hear you speak in person, I absolutely love your remarkable story!”

I/T Technical Manager

“Thanks so much for joining us for our All Staff meeting at Visa.  You were a wonderful addition and I received many favorable comments.”

Chief Marketing Officer
Visa, USA

“The first couple ever to scale all Seven Summits, and they saved the toughest one for last: Mt. Everest… Made History!”

Diane Sawyer

The couple that climbs together stays together. What began as a time to spend quality time together turned into a historic and life altering goal. Inspiring story that becomes even more inspirational…

Lester Holt
Today Show

I can’t thank you enough for joining our team and telling your incredible story. Team members were coming up to me all afternoon/evening to express how much they enjoyed and learned from your remarks. You are a true inspiration. Thanks again!!”

Product Manager
Bristol-Myers Squibb

“It was a pleasure hearing some of your amazing stories!  Not only did we accomplish our goal of motivating the team, I was personally very inspired by you and your accomplishments.”

U.S. Commercial Lead
Bristol-Myers Squibb

“I was privileged to be in Dallas at the Leadership Forum.  Your testimony on the challenges of climbing Mount Everest and the lessons learned from it, the application to Team Management were truly inspirational.”

Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Americas
Cathay Pacific Airways

“Hi Susan, thank you for doing a wonderful job at our sales conference! The feedback has been exceptional! You connected on many fronts with the team from business, to the summits, to family. The photos and stories were so appreciated and enjoyed by everyone!”

SVP of Sales
Dealertrack Technologies

“We hope that you had as much fun learning about our organization as we had learning more about you!  It truly was a joy having you there and we hope you will consider working with Deloitte in the future!  Thanks again for your time and Commitment!”

National AERS WIN Leaders

“Thanks again for joining us at our Sales Kickoff Meeting. Your presentation was so inspirational and extremely well received. Everyone I talked to said it was clearly one of the highlights of the conference. I also really appreciate you staying for dinner and mingling with the team.”

Leadership, CEO

“Dear Sue, On behalf of all of us here at Kaiser, thank you for your participation in our physician offsite. I heard such great feedback from the physicians about your talk and it was perfect for the message we were trying to convey. Thank you again for coming to San Diego!”

Physician Director of Physician Networking and Development

“Susan Ershler was a hit and a great fit with our marketing group!  She did such an amazing job on stage relating her experiences and successes to the goals of our meeting. The audience was very engaged in the stories and tools she shared during her presentation.”

Meeting Manger
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

“Susan – I was one of the participants at this week’s Leadership Development session for MetLife in Morristown, NJ.  THANK YOU for an outstanding presentation.  Your passion and commitment were obvious and your ability to relate your experiences to the corporate world was excellent.  Thank you again for being at our offsite.”

UCS Dental

“Thanks for speaking to the group.  Just looking at the crowd while you were speaking, they were very engaged with what you had to say.  It also provided a good close on the personal leadership section. Thanks again.”

Chief of Staff to CFO

“Susan understands better than anyone how reaching the pinnacle of sales success requires the same mental discipline and strategy as scaling Everest. If you love climbing mountains of any kind, Susan’s message will guide and inspire you to reach your personal peak.”

Tom Hull, Vice President Sales Americas

“Sue received one of the highest scores ever as our keynote speaker.  We would have wanted nothing to be different.  Perfect mix of business and her experience on the mountain and incredible photos. Audience so engaged throughout, no talking even in the back, unusual and a very good sign!”

Communication Department Leader
Premera Blue Cross

Sue was fantastic. So genuine and generous in sharing her story–from pre to post climbing. It really resonated with our people. She was very on point and did a great job of building the story and the message is so inspiring. And it was practical and straightforward.”

VP of Talent Management

“Susan, coming to work this morning was fantastic. Our employees are very happy with yesterday’s event. Great to see my company starting to work right away. You can proudly say everyone has put one foot in front of the other. We are on our way to the top. Thank you for your part in all this.”

CEO (Iceland)

“I heard many raves about you throughout the rest of the meeting, and they continue to flow.  Your message resonated with our audience.  We especially appreciate the fact that you stayed for dinner on Wednesday evening.  Our guests were delighted at the honor of dining with you.”

Event Planner
Avnet – HP Partners Conference

Motivational and engaging, Sue weaved a captivating story of reaching summits and exceptional sales goals that inspired our customers and partners to take on bigger challenges and face them head on. She gained instant credibility with the audience, having walked in our shoes.  And she provided valuable tools to help all of us reach our goals.”

Attenex Corp – CEO
Attenex Corp.

“Susan’s experiences in successfully climbing mountains both in the corporate world and on the seven summits are among the most captivating and inspiring stories I have ever heard.  She kept our audience captivated during her entire presentation, and I would highly recommend her to any corporation large or small.”

Senior Vice President
Banner Bank

“The feedback on you from our meeting attendees was great Sue. You killed it! You inspired…It was a pleasure meeting you and learning about your adventures! You and Phil are a remarkable team. I truly admire what you have done in your career and with your life. Thanks for making us think differently.”

Chief Growth Officer
EverBank Commercial Finance

“It was a real thrill to have you tell yours and Phil’s story and my clients loved the session. Thank you, this made our kickoff a great success. Also could not help but notice the personal touch that you provided, personally taking the time to talk to every person who stopped by, really made an impact and a huge impression.

President, Workforce Information Solutions

“Susan, thanks so much for speaking at our VTN Invitational in New Orleans. You have an incredible story and it was well received by our resellers. I really enjoyed your book…after reading about the ordeal you would routinely face when leaving your tent on any of the mountains you climbed. Needless to say your book has me motivated… Thanks for the inspiration.”

Vice President
Ingram Micro

“First and foremost, I wanted to thank you again for speaking with our group, in our initial data pull from our post survey you were rated the highest portion of the general sessions! Thank you again for coming in to talk with our group. Your message was one that I know our associates will be talking about well beyond the three years of this program.”

Services Corp.

“Sue’s presentation was an outstanding story where we share the excitement of her journey to the summit and how this experience is related with our business, specifically in terms of setting goals and teamwork.  Sue performed flawlessly and the team was pleased and really motivated by this absolutely great keynote.  She is truly an inspiration for all of us!”

Business & Marketing Officer (Caribbean Countries)

“Dear Susan, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation for your speech today at our Microsoft international women’s day community event. Your accomplishments and perseverance to dream big and work hard to achieve your goals resonated very much with me and the team… Thank you for sharing your story and insights, passion, and perspective.”

Vice President of Worldwide Small and Mid-market Solutions and Partners

“Thank you so much for coming to our meeting and inspiring us all to focus on our goals and not quit. I have had such great feedback from everyone and it has quickly spread around to other teams within the organization. Little did we know how timely your talk would be in assisting us in staying focused on our plans as New York is under this terrible threat.”

Regional Business Director

“I must tell you again how motivational your speech was.  You should have heard everyone’s enthusiasm levels once we left the conference room.  I am sure that part of why you do these speeches is to help people live their lives in a different way; a way that reinforces that we are only here once (as far as we know) and we need to make the most of it!”

National Account Director Insurance

“Susan, you came to Minnesota recently and spoke to our State Farm Women’s Symposium. I bought a few of your books for me and my agent colleagues. I’ve had a chance to read your book – PHENOMENAL! You are a true inspiration – I’ve shared the book and your story with a wider circle of friends – thank you for your great message!”

Financial Consultant
State Farm Women’s Symposium

“I am so inspired by and proud of your presentation today. It was awesome and brilliant. I knew you were the right person the day I met you for helping our team of 500 leaders. Tony referred to your story and key points and how they are related to our work throughout the training today.

Please accept our sincere thanks and appreciation for your inspiration.”

Chief of Staff AISR/ASW Systems

“Susan Ershler, the Conference’s Keynote Speaker, lifted the aspirations of the Crown Club members with a message of ambition, hard work, dedication, perseverance and a total commitment to excellence. Her discussion on the Seven Summit experience exposed her ability to relate to the challenges and risks with paying off in attaining impossible goals. Sue’s leadership message began with visualizing a goal, no matter how difficult or out of reach. Her story was filled with trial and triumphs. And, all through her presentation, Sue’s positive attitude came through brilliantly.”

Top Producers Sales Convention
Crown Capital Securities

“I’ve had the pleasure to hear Susan share her wisdom and experience in the secrets to conquering the seven summits and the lessons learned to aid in the personal achievement of peak performance. Now Susan and her co-author have put these ideas into a book that we can all share. I recommend it to anyone who wants a better view on how to instill commitment and success in your personal and business life.”

Vice President Strategic Planning
Daikin America, Inc.

“Everyone was really excited about meeting Sue and purchasing her book. Sue’s keynote was exciting and kept us on the edges of our chairs….eager to learn what would happen next. I’m so happy we had the opportunity and the privilege of having Sue speak at our Summit.  Her story left many, if not all, of our attendees feeling excited about reaching their goals and not being defeated.   This weekend’s summit was a huge success!”

Marketing Leader
Guardian Life

“The audience of 600 attendees was thrilled with the tales of your quest to complete the Seven Summits.  Furthermore, your ability to relate the challenges, risks, and rewards of climbing to the business world were invaluable.  As we set out to reach new peaks as a team, we will reflect upon your words of encouragement and structured approach to reaching our goals. Thank you again for the value you provided to our team.”

Regional Vice President

“For those of you who have not hired Sue to share her story of climbing the seven summits with husband Phil, you’re missing a chance to inspire and motivate sales and client professionals… Sue then joined Phil and shared her saga climbing the seven summits with 300 brokers that we hosted when I was serving as regional CEO for United Healthcare. President George HW Bush even got a signed copy of their book that night. Looking for a different and accomplished speaker, look no further than Sue.

Regional CEO
United Healthcare

“Few people have made it to the top of the sales world with Fortune 500 companies. Very few have climbed the seven summits. But, Susan Ershler is the only person I know who has done both. Susan’s ability to translate her climbing lessons into business lessons is truly impressive. On more than one occasion, I have listened, spellbound, as Susan captivated her audience with her incredible climbing and business experiences. And it’s clear that she is equally skilled as an author. I dog-eared so many pages and made so many notes in the margins that I’ll have to buy a new copy”

Troy Peple, CEO

“Susan delivered her inspiring presentation to over 300 of our sales managers and the results were outstanding.  Her accounts of courage and determination definitely put our challenges as a sales force in perspective.  Susan’s message proves that any goal, no matter how difficult it may be, can be achieved through proper planning and determination.  I recommend Susan as a speaker for any company that wishes to motivate and build teamwork within their organization via a very interesting story that is exciting and “outside the norm” of traditional motivational/business speakers.”

Marketing Director

“I want to thank you for putting us in touch with Sue Ershler for our Inventor Recognition Program.  Sue’s presentation, without question, was the highlight of the evening.  I have heard from several attendees who have expressed their fascination with Sue’s engrossing stories about her accomplishments in the mountain climbing.  In addition, Sue’s warm and easy-going personality allowed her to engage with individuals before and after her program.  That effort also left lasting impressions with many people.  I was both touched and moved by Sue and her presentation. 

I strongly recommend Sue to all of your clients and encourage you put them in touch with her…they will certainly enjoy a most fascinating individual.”

Chief Intellectual Property Counsel
Danaher (Fluke)

“We are pleased to say that Susan exceeded our expectations and provided an excellent presentation.  Susan’s discussion on the Seven Summit experience, culminating with climbing Mt. Everest, was presented in a fashion of setting a seemingly impossible vision and then breaking down the task into manageable steps and activities.  Susan integrated the highs and lows of making progress and experiencing setbacks and rewarding experience of maintaining focus on your goals, hard work and perseverance. The feedback from our customers was over-whelming positive citing both an entertaining and aspiration experience.  Susan has the highest recommendation from us and would be expected to deliver an excellent presentation for future events.”

Vice President

“Susan was able to relate to our organization through her experiences in sales while also inspiring us with her resolve to climb all 7 summits.  The team used her speech as a catalyst to reach beyond what you thought was possible.  Susan has demonstrated that achieving goals requires teamwork, resolve and a plan. A true inspirational story and person.

Employing Susan’s story as metaphor, we used “Climbing to the Summit” as our theme to our Sales Meeting and had charts built to look like mountains which we used to track our progress on our climb to the summit.  She was the inspiration that motivated us to achieve the profit plan and exceed our sales goals.”

President of Wholesale
Yankee Candle Company

“The focus of our meeting was geared to revisiting our goals. I chose Susan to be our keynote speaker for several reasons.  Her recent Mt. Everest accomplishment would be very appealing to my entire staff and she is a very effective businesswoman with great communication skills.  I wanted my staff to hear her story of what it took in terms of goal setting preparation, follow through and discipline in order for her to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.

Susan did a great job in her presentation of drawing the parallels of what it took for her to be successful in her climbing and relating it back to the successes in her business life. Her presentation was extremely well received by our management team and my entire staff.  It was very beneficial as she took them through her goal setting process, gave them a good idea of the discipline in training required and perhaps the most important part was her determination.”

Regional Vice President