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Ann Bancroft

Ann Bancroft

Keynote Speaker: Pioneering Polar Explorer; Educator & Dyslexia Advocate; Activist for Women & Girls

Ann Bancroft Biography

Ann Bancroft is a polar explorer and an internationally recognized leader. She is passionate about inspiring women and girls worldwide to pursue their dreams. Bancroft, an explorer, educator, and public speaker shares her experiences of outdoor adventure to motivate her audiences. She also teaches at Wilderness Inquiry and co-owns an exploration company, Bancroft Arnesen Explore, alongside Liv Arnesen.

Bancroft's leadership and teamwork skills have been tested during her polar expeditions, providing her with opportunities to challenge female stereotypes. Her tenacity and courage have earned Bancroft worldwide recognition. She has been named among Glamour magazine's "Women of the Year" (2001), inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame (1995), named Ms. magazine's "Woman of the Year" (1987), and honored with numerous other awards for her accomplishments. Bancroft's expeditions have included crossing the Ganges River in India, traversing Greenland, traveling to the North Pole, and crossing the South Pole. She was the first woman to reach the North Pole on foot and by sled and led the first all-female expedition to the South Pole on skis. Notably, Bancroft and Liv Arnesen became the first women to ski across Antarctica. Furthermore, she has participated in expeditions to draw attention to global issues such as global warming.

Bancroft is the first known woman in history to cross the ice to the North and South Poles. In 1986, Bancroft dogsledded 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from the Northwest Territories in Canada to the North Pole as the only female member of the Steger International Polar Expedition. In 1993, she led the American Women’s Expedition to the South Pole, a 67-day expedition of 660 miles (1,060 km) on skis by four women. In February 2001, Bancroft and Norwegian polar explorer Liv Arnesen became the first women in history to sail and ski across Antarctica’s landmass – completing a 1,717-mile (2,747 km) trek in 94 days. During these journeys, she maintained contact with children worldwide via the internet.

Bancroft's additional achievements include founding and leading the Ann Bancroft Foundation, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the existing and potential achievements of women and girls. The foundation, established in 1991, supports the Wilderness Inquiry group. She has also participated in the Great River Race organized by Wilderness Inquiry. As an author, Bancroft has written several books, including "Four to the Pole!" and "No Horizon Is So Far." Her work has been recognized by being included in the 2005 Amelia Bloomer List.

Diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, Bancroft appeared in Ennis’ Gift, a film about learning differences. The film, produced by the Ennis Cosby Foundation, features celebrities who have dealt with learning disabilities. Bancroft is openly bisexual and has campaigned against a proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriages or civil unions. She also has been featured in various publications and media outlets, including an appearance on NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" show.

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Ann Bancroft Speaking Topics

Taking Risks to Achieve Your Dreams

The Challenge of Adapting to Change

Lessons from the South Pole: Leadership and Teamwork

Ann Bancroft Videos

2019 Women's History Month Speaker Ann Bancroft
Exclusive interview with female polar explorers

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What topics does Ann Bancroft speak about?

Ann Bancroft is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Adventure, Sports Motivation, Inspirational, Human Resources, Family & Parenting, Teamwork & Teambuilding, Motivational, Athlete, Health, Social Activism, Non-Profit & Association, Personal Growth, Diversity, Disability, Business, College, Education, Sports, Leadership, Sports Coaching, Outdoor Sports & Recreation and Travel.

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Ann Bancroft is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Adventure Speakers, Sports Motivation and Inspirational. The estimated speaking fee range to book Ann Bancroft for live events is $20,000 - $30,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Ann Bancroft generally travels from Minnesota, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Robyn Benincasa, Neal Petersen and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ann Bancroft for an upcoming event.

Ann Bancroft Speaking Topics

  • Taking Risks to Achieve Your Dreams

  • The Challenge of Adapting to Change

  • Lessons from the South Pole: Leadership and Teamwork

Ann Bancroft Videos

2019 Women's History Month Speaker Ann Bancroft
Exclusive interview with female polar explorers

Ann Bancroft News

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