Bonita Norris is a British mountaineer who has tackled some of the most challenging peaks and environments in the world. A truly inspiring woman, Bonita has achieved what many can only dream of, and now she inspires others with her stories. From Mount Everest to the North Pole, Bonita has faced countless expeditions and, in many cases, has been the youngest and first female to do so, making them all the more impressive. As a speaker, Bonita is captivating using her journey as a female climber to empower other women to achieve their ambitions.
Making headlines in 2010, Bonita became the youngest British woman to summit Mount Everest, a feat she competed aged only 22. Having found an interest in climbing and the natural world after attending a Royal Geographic Society lecture, Bonita set her sites on conquering some of the most difficult peaks globally. She has since become the third British woman to climb Mt Lhotse, which is the fourth tallest in the world, and completed six expeditions to the greater ranges across seven years. In addition to her mountaineering, Bonita has also faced the harsh climate of the North Pole, making her the youngest person to reach both Everest and the pole.
Since gaining international recognition for her remarkable achievements, Bonita has published ‘The Girl Who Climbed Everest’ which documented the highs and lows of experiences at the peak. Additionally, she has transferred her knowledge to the small screen as a presenter for Red Bull, fronting their Cliff Diving on Dave programme, another adventure sport Bonita has been involved with. Equally passionate about supporting good causes, Bonita dedicates her time to charities such as Forces Children’s Trust and the Global Angels Foundation.
When she’s not planning her next ground-breaking expedition, Bonita can be found at more than 70 events across the world each year. As a speaker, Bonita is booked to discuss her adventures, and the qualities led to her success including resilience, determination and a strong mental attitude. Previously, she has spoken for the likes of M&S, Duracell and HM Treasury and is credited with her ability to empower every audience member through her presentations.
Bonita Norris is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“I have seen many speakers over the years and less than a handful have been able to capture an audience for an hour without anyone realising that time had passed. She was funny, articulate and somehow humble even given her achievements and whilst the word is used rather too much these days, she was genuinely inspirational.”
“Bonita is a rare combination of qualities – she is determined yet humble, really human yet clearly incredibly driven – she made our course delegates feel that if she could achieve what she had from such a standing start they could too. She particularly connected with the women in the audience; young, female and super-successful she was a genuine role model for our talented women.”
“Bonita was absolutely inspirational and incredibly motivational! We were hooked for the whole hour. Fabulous context, fabulous photos which had my knees knocking! She taught us a lot about team work and just concentrating on taking small steps to reach your ‘mountain’. Couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the conference.”