Business Webinar | NO BARRIERS – Building your legacy with Neal Petersen 

9 September 2021


Top International speaker Neal Petersen – South African born, world-class and history-making extreme adventurer, Neal completed two amazing journeys in his life: a single-handed yacht race around the world, 27,000 miles, 9 months at sea, alone, around Cape Horn, and in the smallest, least funded yacht he designed and built himself, and an even more arduous and eventful trip of overcoming racial prejudice during the harsh Apartheid era in South Africa, economic hardship, and a childhood physical disability, just to make it to the start line!

Today, Neal challenges global leaders to make decisions that will affect people, the planet and the next generation with a purpose to lift everyone up. His awe-inspiring presentations redefine human potential and a No Barriers – Only Solutions mindset. Neal inspires corporate and government leaders and teams around the world to navigate the stormy seas of business. His list of clients is impressive and long. He is also an award-winning author of No Barriers, Journey of a Hope Merchant, and the subject of a PBS documentary.

Based in the USA and Dominican Republic, as an adventurer, author, global investor, and round-the-world sailor, diamond diver, boat builder, crosser of oceans and motivational speaker Neal has lived an extraordinary life ruled by those two little words. What if? Born without a left hip socket, Neal couldn’t run and play like other kids, instead he read books. At 17, working on oil rigs, and as a diamond diver off the coast of Africa, he managed to save up money to start building his own boat. In his talks Neal addresses the creation of winning strategies, embracing diversity, conquering fear in order to achieve the impossible, while continuing to raise the bar. Using a well-crafted personal story of overcoming all odds of prejudice, economic hardship and physical disability to complete the longest and most arduous sporting event, solo racing around our planet, Neal assists clients in moving their workforce and customers forward into positive action.

Working with financial services companies, governments, technology, healthcare, insurance and more, Neal inspires leadership growth, creation of long-term vision, while re-focusing on the ability to keep navigating towards being the industry leader. PNC Bank needed their leadership team to navigate a growing future as their organization expanded among banking reform. They turned to the leadership experiences of Neal’s sailing adventures, using the life and death choices he had to make on the high seas. As Municipal and City Governments had to tighten their belts and do more with less and needed a business speaker who could take a long term vision from concept to inception with limited financial means, they turned to Neal.


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A huge thanks to our Sponsor, Delta Air Lines for making this event possible!