Lene Gammelgaard is a Danish author, lawyer, journalist, psychological counsellor, mountaineer, expedition leader and leading inspirational speaker. On the 10th May 1996, she successfully summited Mt. Everest and became the first Scandinavian female to do so but disaster struck on the way down and many of her team were tragically killed in a storm. Lene’s mantra prior to the climb had been “to the summit and safe return,” and this event would change her life forever.
When she was 22 years old, she lost one of her brothers in an accident, which propelled her into a rough confrontation with some of the unpredictability and unfairness of existence: formulating the quest; ‘Get busy living or get busy dying. If you were to die in 24 hours are you then living life the way you find meaningful? If not what are you willing to do to change it? Your life is not going to improve until you do’.
Lene is not someone who only talks the talk. She walks it as well. By means of using the strategies for survival formulated from the disaster during her 1996 Everest climb that took the lives of eight of her compatriots, Lene has, for over ten years, worked with management and leaders globally in order to develop potential. He clients include some Fortune 500 companies.
The bestselling author of Climbing High, her book about the dynamics that lead to both triumph and tragedy during the 1996 Everest expedition, has been translated and released in thirteen languages. She is also the author of To The Summit and Safe Return, and the more recent The Choice is Yours.
Lene credits her survival during the Everest Climb to the brain programming strategies she developed in order to conquer Everest. She also accredits these strategies to her continued success.
“What divides brilliant individuals and those who get to the top – is a decisive quest for meaning – pooled with insistent durable determination. Individuals who generate impact in life – discipline willpower – they pause when necessary, but – Never give up!” – Lene Gammelgaard
Lene owns and operates her own business and is often published in German and Danish newspapers and magazines.
The internationally acclaimed speaker and consultant spends much of her time raising funds for the Lapka Sherpa Educational Foundation. The aim of the foundation is paying for the education of deceased Sherpa mountaineers in Nepal.
Lene is an expert in what is known as ‘neuroleadership’, a concept whereby the brain’s physiology is taken into account and applying it to organizational practices by using proven neurological science strategies.
Lena Gammelgaard believes in using aspects of neuroscience to programme the brain to overcome challenges, lead, and to attain your goals. She believes that when one takes the time to programme your brain, you are able to be successful both in your personal and professional life.
Her intense keynotes are not sugar-coated but take things into perspective, thereby helping you accomplish what you define as success. Lene’s passion is facilitating people and organisations to change their vision of what they think is possible.
Amongst her many clients, she includes the likes of B&O Chicago, BBE Retail Experts, BHB Marketing GmbH, Bilfinger Berger GmbH, BMW, Boston Consulting Group, Capvis, Capvis Zürich, Colombus IT, COOP, Comlux Aviation Spain, Continental, Daimler Chrysler, Danica, Dafolo, Danish Business Counsil Dubai, and Dansk Supermarked.
“Risk is imperative for sustainable innovation. Are you in the world to change the world?”- Lene Gammelgaard.
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“Lene was our key note speaker at our annual conference. She delivered a powerful, heartfelt presentation in regard to personal and professional leadership. Her dynamic style commands the attention of everyone in the conference hall. She struck me as a very warm, caring individual who is extremely committed to helping others achieve their dreams and aspirations. I would highly recommend Lene as a speaker and coach to any organization or event. She will make a tremendous contribution to any endeavor in which she is involved.”
"Holding the attention of a multicultural audience is hard enough. Leaving us with new ways of attacking our business areas is professionalism. Lene’s dynamic presentation style made the session truly valuable and was absolutely right for the audience and occasion.”
“Lene Gammelgaard was our keynote speaker at our event “Move On” – an event for 60 selected, ambitious career women. Lene Gammelgaard imparted courage and ambition to the participants. Her enthusiasm and motivation made an important contribution to the success of our event. The participants expressed absolutely positive opinions of Lene and were galvanized by her open and inspiring talk. We thank Lene Gammelgaard for her contribution and we are pleased that she will join us as speaker again for our next “Move Ahead” event.”