Katie-Jane L’Herpiniere is proof that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, she explains this by claiming ‘we just need to be bold enough to begin’. Her talks as a motivational speaker at events captivates audiences and provides a highlight to your event.
A former successful model for M&S and Alexander McQueen, Katie-Jane L’Herpiniere always took opportunities that were presented to her. Katie even had experience in the film-world, working as Cameron Diaz’s body double in ‘The Holiday’. It was when Katie met renowned explorer Tarka L’Herpiniere that things began to change.
Tarka suggested Katie-Jane joined him on a major expedition, before she knew it she had began a 6 month trek of the Great Wall of China, the longest and most complete journey along the wall ever undertaken. Describing her times on this gruelling journey amongst others, Katie-Jane is an engaging and intriguing motivational speaker.
Having The Courage to Change
Staying Motivated in Tough Times
Setting & Achieving Goals
Katie-Jane’s inspiring choice to take on this epic challenge was not an easy decision. Committing herself to endurance training meant gaining three stone in weight and preparing and motivating herself mentally for the challenge. During the trek she was sent to hospital twice and lost an inch in height due to the weight of her backpack. Katie-Jane faced blizzards, frostbite, exhaustion, dehydration and starvation. The Great Wall of China expedition is a wonderful example of peak performance and overcoming adversity in the harshest of environments, two attributes she describes in length as a motivational speaker.
Despite the incredibly hostile environment, Katie-Jane completed this great journey from the West to East, through the Gobi Desert and sub-zero temperatures of the mountains. Completing 4,500km in 167 days, the equivalent of 102 marathons – this was a world first.
Katie-Jane has gone on to complete the first major crossing by a woman of the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap, this involved surviving Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, facing extreme storms, crevasses, avalanches, snow blindness and surviving five days in a shelter after her tent had failed. In addition she has cycled Africa on bike bought in the Sahara with no brakes or gears. Raced her bike unsupported 3200Km across Europe in just 11 days. Lived in a floating tent at -50C for two months on the Arctic Ocean and more.
As a speaker, Katie-Jane’s fascinating story tells every listener that you can embrace change, survive tough times and leave our comfort zones behind. Achieving what seems impossible is Katie’s passion; her talks truly awaken the potential in others.
"Katie-Jane!... What an inspiration! Her strength of character and courage left us all, I think, speechless and emotional. A brilliant lesson in embracing change, surviving tough times and achieving the impossible."
"Tarka and Katie went down a storm – they were fantastic and I am really pleased we chose them as our speakers for the evening. Feedback was all extremely positive. They were both such lovely down-to-earth people, wanting to share their experiences – and the story is amazing. Certainly made the audience think (including me!) about ‘what’s next’ in life."
"Tarka and Katie gave an inspirational talk about their journey to our international conference. All those who attended rated them exceptionally highly (with top marks) on their feedback forms at the end of the conference. The presentation was so inspiring, thought provoking, motivating, and interesting.... the short DVD clips at the end almost had our most hardened delegates having to push back tears. Excellent. Really, really, really, really brilliant. I was (as you can probably tell) very pleased."
"Katie-Jane and Tarka’s presentation was entertaining and uplifting and yet still delivered a very relevant message. The photographs and video footage were stunning. The way they interacted with each other to tell their story was great. Friendly, informative and humorous."
"It was a really enjoyable talk full of interest and good humour, full of great anecdotes and adventures, good stories and excellent photography. I thought their massive achievement was modestly understated and I found myself seriously impressed by the distances covered through hostile conditions. It really was a most enjoyable lecture."
"Engaging, inspirational and humbling. Katie's story portrays the life and journeys of unique and driven individuals, testing their bodies and mental strength in some of the most hostile environments known to mankind. Whilst many of us can only marvel at the physical achievements undertaken, the real message is in the focused approach to tasks that can be accomplished and only excuses will prevent you from achieving."
"Katie gave an excellent talk with some wonderful photographs. She must have tremendous courage. A most enjoyable night. (There were very few seats left in the lecture room: the busiest night we have had for a long time!)"
Royal Scottish Geographical Society
"Katie is an amazing person and a natural presenter, the delegates really warmed to her. A truly excellent presentation, really inspirational and motivating, making people believe the impossible is possible. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Katie and definitely would use her again."
"What an amazing story! Katie's journey from model to adventurer shows that the only barrier to fulfilling our dreams are inside our own minds, or perhaps you just need to meet a Frenchman skiing uphill. Thank you again."
"I just wanted to say how truly inspirational Katie’s presentation was - absolutely fantastic."