Lene Gammelgaard

Mountaineer, Adventurer and Author

Lene Gammelgaard is a pioneering authority in leadership and innovation, with unparalleled expertise in motivating visionary performance, particularly in the field of organisational transformation. As the first Nordic woman who successfully conquered Mount Everest and survived, Lene has gained a rare insight into how to deal with unpredictable and life-threatening situations.

'We must adjust to life as life will not adjust to us.' Lene Gammelgaard

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  • The Power and Secrets of Motivation
  • Three Simple Steps to Success
  • The Language of Success
  • Pursuing Excellence
  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Turning Crisis into Success
  • Climbing High: Breaking Barriers
  • The Everest Way
  • Decency Leadership & Human Innovation


She presents in English, Danish and German.

How she presents

With a balance of passion and realism she animates her adventures and subsequent studies. As a motivational speaker, her value is heightened further by a unique stage-presence and harmonious liaison with audiences.

Books & Media

  • The Choice is Yours
  • Victory of Hope Only available in Danish
  • Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy
  • Mental Survival Skills: 10 Leadership Skills for Radical Times
  • To the Summit and Safe Return: Your Personal Strategy to get to the Top "The Everest Way"

In Detail

Lene Gammelgaard reached the summit of Everest in 1996, as part of an expedition led by Scott Fischer, who tragically lost his life on the mountain. These profound experiences served as the foundation for her bestselling book ‘Climbing High’. Lene is passionately advancing 'The Everest Way,' a visionary approach emphasising commitment and mental resilience to inspire leaders and employees in safeguarding companies during turbulent times worldwide. In recognition of her pioneering concepts and excellence in innovative, sustainable corporate strategies, she was honoured with the EU's Business Award in 2019. Additionally, in 2020, she was appointed as a Peace Ambassador for the Universal Peace Federation.


A truth-seeking person, Lene reveals how to improve your success rate by looking at the interrelationship between success and failure. Although driven by discovery in a much-explored world she shows you the benefits of any discovery being new to you.


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