The mountain within: Leadership lessons and Inspiration for your climb to the top.
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The Mountain Within: Leadership Lessons and Inspiration for Your Climb to The Top.

After having to turn back during her first attempt at climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Herta Von Stiegel vowed to return a decade later in a big way. For her 50th birthday, Von Stiegel paired a group of seven people with disabilities with able-bodied climbers to benefit Enham, a non-profit that empowers people with disabilities.

The emotionally charged climb to the top was captured in her award-winning documentary The Mountain Within. She also wrote a book about the experience, The Mountain Within: Leadership Lesson and Inspiration for Your Climb to the Top.

The book weaves a dramatic narrative of the gripping Kilimanjaro climb with personal stories of other mountains met and mastered; stories about the obstacles some of the world’s most influential leaders face in knowing themselves and their values, being true to both while ascending the highest peaks. Full of practical wisdom, courage and inspiration, The Mountain Within expands our understanding of what achievement means and the roads we can take to get there.

Von Stiegel’s second attempt was a success. She learned that life may be full of obstacles, but it is the mountain within that most often needs to be conquered. Her story reveals several invaluable lessons for today’s business leaders:

  • Ruthlessly prepare
  • Use failure as a stepping-stone for success
  • Hang on to your vision
  • Know when it's time to come down from the mountain

"It’s the mountain within that needs to be conquered one day at a time." Herta Von Stiegel

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Join us for a special evening as Herta shares her award-winning documentaryThe Mountain Within and outlines the leadership lessons learned during her journey on Mount Kilimanjaro and in her conversations with an elite group of global leaders. Von Stiegel knows that no matter what your challenges are or where you are on your climb to the top, the evening’s experience will help you become a resilient leader capable of guiding yourself and your team to achieve even the most harrowing goal.

Herta Von Stiegel is founder and CEO of Ariya Capital Group a fund management firm focusing on sustainable investments in Africa. A U.S. tax lawyer by training, Herta has held senior positions at Citibank, JP Morgan and AIG. A popular and highly sought-after speaker, she has been featured on CNBC, Fox, BBC, Bloomberg and in financial print media including the Financial Times. She lives in London, England.

Her climb was featured in the Huffington Post.

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