Keynote Speaking and Thought Leadership

What do you learn from two decades of climbing up and snowboarding down the world’s highest, most challenging mountains?  What do you learn from trying – and failing – to summit Mount Everest and snowboard down?  What do you learn from surviving an avalanche with broken legs and a broken back?

You learn something about grit.  You learn something about teamwork.  You learn how to handle failure. As a leader, you have to be willing to make decisions faster and make bigger bets than ever.

That means that the lessons Stephen Koch learned in the mountains are needed more than ever before. As a thought leader and keynote speaker, Koch analyzes the world of high-stakes decision-making and failure, sharing the gold that has resulted from tragedy as he connects with audiences worldwide.

Keynote Speaking Topics

Leadership in Extreme Times

What does success mean when its price may be too high?  Stephen Koch faced this question in extreme conditions on the rarely climbed north face of Mount Everest. His insights in leadership in extreme times hold audiences enthralled and teach them about the prices and perils of decision-making and teamwork.

Creating a Team for Action and Results

Leading teams into danger in the mountains — and bringing them back alive — teaches you about what people need to do to form a successful team.  What does it take when the stakes are high?  Stephen Koch shares his experiences in the mountains with his audiences, alternating compelling stories of near-death experiences and deep insights into how to create great teams.  Stephen’s keynote is a must-do experience for any team seeking success in today’s hyper-competitive business environment.

Decision Making When It Counts

In this speech, Stephen Koch reveals his experiences of decision-making as a leader under extreme duress at high altitudes on unforgiving mountains — and draws lessons that are precisely applicable to today’s competitive business climate.  How do you decide quickly when you don’t have all the information you need and it’s life or death?  What do you do when the options are dwindling and less than perfect?  When is the original goal still the right decision to make?

"Stephen added immense value to our offsite client marketing event.."


American Capital

"Stephen captivated the audience with his humility and humor."


Managing Director - Investments Wells Fargo Advisors

"Stephen's stories translate into what it takes to ready yourself for any challenge."


QTG Canada

"Stephen was our keynote speaker for our National Sales Conference.

He tells an amazing story and was a pleasure to work with throughout."


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