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Bonita Norris's story is one that never fails to inspire. Encouraging all to rise to a challenge and take control of their own life, Bonita offers a glimpse of her extraordinary life and pursuits that have seen her become a sought-after exploration speaker.Book Bonita Norris Today!
Testing herself to the limit, in some of the harshest conditions on earth, Bonita ensured her place in the history books. Prior to beginning as a mountaineer, she had little to no experience. And she didn't start small either, summiting Mt Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world in 2009. 6 months later she was back at it - this time in the shadow of the world's largest mountain.
In 2010 Bonita attempted to summit Everest. A seemingly impossible journey was undertaken, but one that would end with Bonita becoming the youngest British woman to have ever climbed Mt Everest.
Adventure was by this time a pre-requisite for Bonita and she hastily planned her next trip. Not resting on her laurels, she joined an expedition in the North Pole, skiing the length of it in extreme cold. Next, she would go on to climb the most technically difficult mountains around. Mt Lhotse. Considered one of the most dangerous mountains in the world, Bonita was told her chances of reaching the top were slim. Undeterred she reached the summit, describing it as the 'toughest mental challenge' of her life.
Energetic, passionate and go-getting, Bonita is able to help all to make marginal gains and enjoy great success. A beacon of light for both women and men, she has become a speaker that engages audiences at all events.
Having headlined corporate events for the likes of Bentley Motors, Right Move, PWC, Shell, Zurich and Marks & Spencer, her experience as a speaker is second to none. With eight years of covering conferences and awards ceremonies with her keynote address, she is well-received at events all over the world.
Also the author behind The Girl Who Climbed Everest, a gripping tale of her personal journey, there are many strings to Bonita's bow. Thus she is an outstanding choice to engage one and all as your university event entertainment.
"One of the most inspirational speakers I have met. Totally applicable experience for a leadership programme. Eloquent and modest she totally drew the listeners in. Some of us forgot where we were, we were so enthralled. Absolutely fantastic.” - Thales Learning and Development
"Bonita’s visit exceeded all of our expectations. She was warm and friendly with an incredible story to tell. The children were hooked from the minute she started speaking (as were all of the adults present). Her amazing photographs added to the story. She talked passionately for an hour – the children did not move. They were truly mesmerised. Overall it was a very special afternoon. Bonita was extremely engaging and her determination to achieve was evident. She was passionate yet realistic. Her motto ‘Aim High’ really resounded with us all. I can honestly say that everyone at our school who was part of this event was touched by Bonita and her incredible journey.” - Southway Primary School
“I have seen many speakers over the years and less than a handful have been able to capture an audience for an hour without anyone realising that time had passed. She was funny, articulate and somehow humble even given her achievements and whilst the word is used rather too much these days, she was genuinely inspirational.” - Capabilities & Consulting TT&C
“I sat through her presentation and thoroughly enjoyed it. I spoke today to so many colleagues who also really loved it. She provided the students with so many stories, humorous anecdotes that I am sure they will always remember and most importantly, with tips for motivation. She truly is an inspiration!” - Invicta Grammar School
“I have taught in London for ten years and then been at Charlton for the last seven. Never have we had, nor have I seen a better speaker. I have seen almost every type of speaker at all functions….Bonita made people sit up and take notice. It was absolutely amazing and afterwards, I spoke to so many students who were so buzzing because of what she said. Kids (and parents) need people like her to raise their spirits, hopes and overall game.” - Charlton Academy
“Bonita is a rare combination of qualities – she is determined yet humble, really human yet clearly incredibly driven – she made our course delegates feel that if she could achieve what she had from such a standing start they could too. She particularly connected with the women in the audience; young, female and super-successful she was a genuine role model for our talented women.” - Marks and Spencer
“I want to say thank you so much to Bonita for the talk that she gave to the 300 young people on Friday evening in Loughborough. Her story and presentation style resonated fantastically well with the themes of the camp and we were able to use excerpts from what she told us about her experiences throughout the weekend. The audience of talented young athletes and coaches were gripped from start to finish and I am certain that they will take away some really significant learning and influence from the session.” - Youth Sport Trust
“You have beat me to my thank you to Bonita and yourself!! She was absolutely perfect. Please share our heartfelt thanks (although I assure we did in person yesterday as well). What an impressive individual in every way.” - Duracell
“Bonita was absolutely fantastic! We were so pleased with her presentation, it couldn’t have been any more fitting for our conference if we’d planned it. It is always risky organizing for someone to speak at a large event like our conference particularly when they are not directly linked to the focus of the conference and you haven’t heard them present before but both her delivery and presentation were fantastic. Please can you pass on our thanks to her. We would recommend her without a doubt.” - Partners In Learning, Teaching School Alliance
“Bonita did a fantastic job, I can’t thank her and yourselves enough! I’ve had so much positive feedback about her from both our people and our senior leaders. She did such a good job winding in our needs to her speech and wow is she inspiring!! Please pass on my thanks to her, she really did great.” - Royal London
“The students really enjoyed Bonita’s presentation. We even had one student who was about to ‘drop-out’ of the NCS programme, but after listening to Bonita, decided that she would go, and face some challenges. They are now back from their residential trip and the student had a fantastic time, and so glad she went.” - Harlow College
“The event went very well thank you – with lots of very positive feedback about Bonita’s session from many of our guests. Bonita was lovely to work with and I believe we sold around 30 of her books, which is great news. Many thanks for working with us to ensure the event’s success.” - Smith Partnership
“She went down a storm and the feedback was excellent so very happy.”- Proximity
“Feedback has been very positive and Bonita was certainly very inspiring in her delivery. She clearly has a passion for what she does and her determination both before she got to the mountain and then whilst on it was incredible.” - Brit Insurance
“In sum Bonita was fantastic, her talk was from the heart and held relevance to the style of leadership that we are trying to instil and expose our Officer Cadets to, she held the whole of the Playfair Library and the relaxed manner of her delivery was exactly what I had envisaged. The whole evening was a total success and Bonita’s talk added the ‘wow’ factor I wanted. Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to Bonita, thanks again for all your assistance.” – City of Edinburgh Universities Officers’ Training Corps
“Bonita was absolutely inspirational and incredibly motivational! We were hooked for the whole hour. Fabulous context, fabulous photos which had my knees knocking! She taught us a lot about team work and just concentrating on taking small steps to reach your ‘mountain’. Couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the conference.” – HM Treasury
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