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Bonita Norris is an inspirational speaker and was the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest and the North Pole.

She has undertaken record-breaking expeditions to the world’s highest mountains, often becoming the youngest Brit to reach the tops of the world’s highest peaks. As a woman, she understands what it feels like to be an outsider in a male dominated world. Through her journey from beginner climber to high altitude mountaineer Bonita learnt the importance of ‘success by smallness’- that if you want to climb the world’s highest and toughest mountains, you have to focus on the small things, and do the small things well.

Bonita Norris is highly sought after motivational speaker with more than 650 talks to her name and 12 years experience on stages large and small. Her talks focus on the theme of ‘success by smallness’ and the mindset you need when the challenge ahead feels impossible- which she calls the ‘mountain of the mind’. Bonita speaks internationally for the world’s largest corporations, including Microsoft and Google, and adapts her story for after dinner, award ceremonies, conferences and team meetings. Bonita has worked time and time again with clients who have seen first hand the impact of Bonita’s keynote on their workforce.

Bonita’s story, though awe-inspiring and spellbinding, is also relatable- Bonita is the ordinary person who did something extraordinary, who managed to turn a vision into reality not with talent, but with dogged determination. The lessons in Bonita’s talks of ‘success by smallness’, ‘focus not fret’ and ‘mountains of the mind’ are applicable to businesses and individuals struggling with seemingly insurmountable challenges ahead. Audience members leave Bonita’s talks feeling not only inspired and motivated but also with memorable take-aways designed to unlock their potential and become more resilient.

In 2022 her memoir The Girl Who Climbed Everest became a mountaineering bestseller, detailing her journey from beginner climber at the age of 20 to the soaring highs and terrifying lows of pushing her limits on various expeditions in the death zone. Bonita Norris now lives in London with her husband and two children.


In her talks, Bonita Norris passionately and humorously tells of how she woke up one morning and decided to climb Mt Everest, despite no prior experience. Failure seemed inevitable, and there was so much uncertainty ahead, but Bonita had a clear vision and showed up for her goal, no matter how many times others around her told her what she was doing was impossible.

She focussed on the process and let progress look after itself. In doing so, she taught herself how to climb, found a team and became the youngest Briton to reach the summit of the world’s 8th highest peak in the Himalayas. She then raised £50k in corporate sponsorship during the global financial crash to cover the cost of her Everest expedition, despite having never worked in sales or sponsorship before.

Just getting to the base camp of Everest was one of Bonita’s proudest achievements- she had started from scratch, with no mountaineering skills, no team and no money. She had put all the pieces of the jigsaw in place not because of any great talent, but because she was willing to put herself out there, fail and pick herself back up. In her own words, “Everest was my dream and my responsibility. Nobody was going to climb that mountain for me.”

Great support from mentors and team-mates was fundamental too, as Bonita says, “It’s amazing what you can do when you have people around you who believe in you.”

On Everest Bonita had to climb through the treacherous Icefall, riven with crevasses and head up toward the death zone above 8000m. Here she speaks about the ‘mountain of the mind’– how despite the physical challenge being huge, it was the mental challenge that was the hardest to overcome: fear of failure and death, uncertainty and huge risk all wrapped up with the pressure of knowing this would be her only shot at the top of the world.

Bonita was able to navigate these challenges with her mantra of ‘focus not fret’, and also used reflection, perspective and humour to give her the resilience she needed to keep going all the way to the top of the world.

If you are interested in booking Bonita Norris as a motivational speaker please email us on enquiries@scampspeakers.co.uk


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