National Geographic Explorer and Bestselling Author Helen Thayer

          * Keynote Programs for Corporate and Civic Groups *

New Zealand born Helen Thayer's life is a testament to setting goals and achieving them.
Her list of historical expeditions and accomplishments includes:
  • First woman to travel alone to any of the world's Poles when she skied at age fifty to the Magnetic North Pole without dog sled, snowmobile, resupply or support.
  • First woman to walk 4,000 miles across the Sahara from Morocco to the Nile River.
  • In another world's first, Helen walked 1,600 miles across the Gobi Desert at age sixty-three.
  • Kayaked 2,200 miles of the Amazon River.
  • In a unique study in the wild, Helen lived near a wolf den above the Arctic Circle for a year.
  • Helen won the American national luge championship and represented three countries in international track and field.
  • She has climbed some the world's highest mountains.
  • The Explorer's Club awarded Helen the Vancouver Award for Excellence in Exploration.
With presentations to audiences worldwide, she has addressed countless organizations in the last two decades -- from one-room schools in the Amazon to the White House.

Her Books: A bestselling author, Helen writes about her explorations in the books: Polar Dream, 3 Among the Wolves, Walking the Gobi. Her books have been translated into nine languages.

Her future goals: Helen will continue to explore the remote corners of the world and create educational material for students, kindergarten to grade twelve, based on her adventures.

Why choose Helen Thayer as your keynote speaker

In the scope and significance of accomplishments achieved by women, Helen Thayer stands alone. She travels without guides or support teams. At times she has overcome incredible obstacles to reach her goals through dedicated planning and problem solving. In a career that spans the planet north to south and east to west, her diversity and experience are without compare. Named one of the Great Explorers of the Twentieth Century by National Geographic and honored in a ceremony at the White House, Helen is truly “one-of-a-kind.” She uses her vast experience to convince young and old that all great triumphs are realized by total commitment to a goal, to planning for success and finally determination to reach the top. She explains, "I've been there and here's how I did it."


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Helen & Bill Thayer have been receiving attention in China for their Gobi Journey. Helen's book, based on the Gobi experience, Walking the Gobi, has been translated into Chinese and is being used in classrooms in China.

In addition, several articles about the Thayers have appeared in popular Chinese outdoor magazines. READ MORE about the Chinese Connection.



. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


  Helen spoke at our retreat. Her ability to use her amazing journeys to illustrate goal setting, problem solving, excellent planning and overcoming difficult challenges relates perfectly to the corporate world. Her program was an invaluable addition to our retreat. Her story encourages us to look to new successes and look beyond our personal horizons. In our after-the-event-evaluation, Helen's program rated the highest we have heard in the last 16 years of this annual event. We look forward to inviting her again.
. . . . Regency Blue Cross


View short video preview of Helen Thayer's Keynote Presentations


View short video preview of Helen Thayer's Polar Dream Presentation


READ the Alaska Airlines Magazine article about programs underway at Adventure Classroom.

READ the recent article about Helen Thayer in Women's Adventure Magazine.
MORE ARTICLES


READ how Bill and Helen Thayer have strengthened their lifelong bond to each other by sharing seemingly impossible challenges. Here in Helen's words are descriptions of two adventures they shared together.