Debra Searle

Completed a 3000+m Row Across The Atlantic, Founder of Shoal Projects & MIX Diversity

  • Founder of Your Speaking Career & The Well Hung Art Company
  • Appointed MVO & MBE by HRH The Queen
  • Named the 3rd Best Motivational Speaker in the World by Global Gurus
  • Won a Gold medal in the European Dragon Boat Championships
  • Completed the L’Etape du Tour Bike Race

Discover Debra Searle’s biography of published work below.

Rowing It Alone Debra Searle
Rowing It Alone
The Journey Debra Searle
The Journey

When Debra Searle is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Choose Your Attitude – It’s Not Magic, It’s Mindset
How to Guar Your Mental & Physical Wellbeing When the Pressure is On
Achieving Seemingly Impossible Goals
Personal Motivation Ideas for When the Journey Only Seems to be Getting Harder
Teamwork – Even When Miles Apart
Mindset Strategies for Not Just Coping But Excelling During Periods of Change
Practical Tools for Building Resilience

Debra Searle stands out as an epitome of grit, resilience and unwavering determination. Her trajectory from a challenging childhood, marked by adoption and academic struggles, to the zeniths of adventure and entrepreneurship, is nothing short of inspiring. One of the most vivid chapters of Debra’s life story is her daring solo row across the Atlantic. Initially, she embarked on the 3,300-mile journey from Tenerife to Barbados with her husband. But fate intervened, and ailing health forced her husband to abandon the voyage, leaving Debra to face the vastness of the ocean alone. Despite being a novice rower and confronting daunting challenges, from isolation to violent weather, Debra did not merely endure; she prevailed. This journey, documented candidly via camcorder, was later spotlighted by the BBC, bringing her heroics to millions.

The Atlantic row wasn’t an isolated event of audacity. From leading an all-female expedition in the Arctic Circle to securing Gold at the European Dragon Boat Championships and cycling missions, Debra’s adventures frequently embody the spirit of women empowerment in sport. Beyond adventure, Debra has showcased exceptional acumen as an entrepreneur and media personality. Having founded five successful companies, including the award-winning MIX Diversity Developers LTD, she champions the imperativeness of inclusivity. Furthermore, with 42 programmes under her belt, Debra transitioned seamlessly from being a media focus to presenting it, encapsulating her multifaceted talent. Her books, Rowing It Alone and The Journey: How to Achieve Against The Odds, resonate deeply with readers, offering insights into her incredible adventures and invaluable life lessons.

Debra’s honours, including the MBE and MVO awarded by HRH The Queen, alongside her role as the youngest trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, further solidify her stature as a remarkable achiever. Her speaking engagements further amplify her influence, recognised as the third-best motivational speaker globally by Global Gurus in 2021. Debra has galvanised audiences of giants like Microsoft, Google, and JP Morgan. Rooted in her experiences, her talks elucidate how to mould one’s attitude for success, navigate tumultuous change, and empower individuals irrespective of gender, race, or ability. Debra Searle isn’t just a speaker; she’s a living testament to the human spirit’s indomitable nature. Those fortunate enough to hear her speak embark on a transformative journey, inspired to reshape their mindsets, cultivate resilience, and conquer their personal ‘Atlantics’.

Official Testimonials

Debra Searle is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“I thought she was fantastic and brought in some really useful tools to use when choosing your mindset and facing challenges. She has such an inspirational story, great to hear all the details first-hand. We’ve been getting great feedback all day, she was very well received.”


“What an outstanding job! The feedback on your session has been incredible. I think the note sent to me by our Global Head of Customer Success sums it up best… ‘She is amazing and this is so the most unbelievably timely presentation ever!!!!’.”

Seth, Global Head of Sales Enablement, Data & Analytics, London Stock Exchange Group

“Debra’s speech went down tremendously well thank you, the feedback was awesome. What a truly astounding story she has to tell. Her experiences were very relevant to many of the emotions we all share amongst the team at the moment too and she offered the tangible examples of how to deal with these, as we were hoping.”


To enquire about Debra Searle for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via or call a booking agent on 0203 0070 320.