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Savage MBE

An Oxford-trained lawyer, Roz spent the first eleven years of her career working as a management consultant, braving nothing more intrepid than rush hour on the London Underground before an environmental epiphany led to a radical personal transformation into a world-class adventurer.

During the seven years of her ocean rowing career, Roz Savage had more chance than most to explore the far horizons of courage. Spending up to five months alone at sea on a 23-foot rowboat, thousands of miles from land and humanity, at the mercy of winds, waves and currents, she evolved from a nervous novice adventurer into the world's foremost female ocean rower, having rowed - solo - across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

While crossing those 15,000 miles of the ocean she had to redefine her comfort zone on a daily basis and reach deep into her inner sources of strength, self-discipline, and commitment to her goal.

She discovered the vital importance of keeping a cool head in life-endangering situations, to optimise her capacity for smart decisionmaking, accurate risk assessment and creative problem-solving.

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Currently teaching a class at Yale - on courage, naturally - she also combines her self-taught life skills with principles from neuroscience, psychology, personal development and leadership theory, to inform and inspire corporate audiences. She has spoken on 6 continents, with clients like Google, Disney, Kaiser Permanente, National Geographic, and TED, plus numerous schools, universities and corporations.

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Heroic, epic, inspiring, historic.

- Sir Richard Branson

Roz recently spoke to Gannett employees about ways to face stormy seas on the path to transforming our business. Her lessons in grit and perseverance will help anyone navigating today’s rapidly evolving business landscape.

- Maryam Banikarim, Gannett Co., Inc.

Roz was energetic, passionate, engaging and real. Her connection with both our employees and our clients, and the dialogue it sparked both within the room and beyond was tremendous. Everyone left with a little optimistic spring in their step, inspired to make changes and live their lives a little differently. It was an amazing experience to share her world for that hour.

- Jill Ford, Credit Suisse

Women were still talking about you after the conference ended. What a tremendous inspiration you were, and are, to all of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

- Amy Belivacqua, YaleWome