Talks 2017-09-23T08:14:12+00:00

Climb Your Everest

The Singapore Women’s Everest Team (SWET) is about the experience of realizing a dream and the possibilities created by passion. After five years of training, climbing, intensive fundraising and weathering setbacks, the team knows that Mount Everest is more than just a quest for the summit.

Reaching the summit of Mount Everest symbolizes the pinnacle of human achievement. Our journey can be expressed as a universal metaphor for personal development, and as an inspiration for overcoming insurmountable odds with success.

The planning, managerial and technical dexterity, as well as the sheer determination required to execute an expedition are synonymous with skills essential for success and are necessary for anyone with a view to climb his or her own “Everest”.


(The team) had the audience enthralled as they recalled their adventures during their history-making expedition to the summit of the world’s tallest mountain. From crossing crevasses in the dangerous Khumbu Ice Fall, close calls with avalanches on the steep Lhotse Face, equipment malfunctions in the “Death Zone”, through to the final exhilarating steps up the infamous Hillary Step to the summit platform, the ladies had the audience on the edge of their seats.

Furthermore, not only did they recall their exploits climbing the world’s tallest mountain, but they also gave the audience a unique insight into what motivated them to attempt such a daunting task and ultimately become the first Singaporean women to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. The ladies recollections of overcoming incredible odds including a lack of corporate sponsorship, a sceptical media and public, and the obvious obstacle of training in a country with no snow or ice where the tallest mountain is only 166 metres, illustrated that their journey was just as fascinating and challenging as their destination.

I would like to congratulate the NATAS Singapore Women’s Everest Team on their incredible achievement and thank them for making the event such a great success. The quality of their presentation incorporating stunning photographs, the detailed Q & A session from an enthusiastic audience, and the time they generously spent interacting with inspired guests after the presentation all contributed to a very special day for everyone involved.

Mathew R. Boylan, President & CEO, Asia-Pacific Zone, Matador

Thank you so much for taking time to share the experiences of your journey at our camp last Saturday. Looking at how interested and enthusiastic my students came forward in asking questions, I am sure they were inspired by your team’s effort and positivity in achieving the eventual goal. And certainly sparked some interest of mountaineering too. I hope we can continue to collaborate in the near future on similar camps.

Miss June Phoon, Student Development Officer, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

What made your presentation particularly motivational was that while professional, you also took a deeply personal approach in relating your stories. A special point of your presentation was the illustration of how important good leadership is in achieving collective success…

Dr Thomas Meier and Mr Wilfried Kofmehl , Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd.

We’ve Spoken at Over 100 Institutions To Date:

50 Organisations
Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA)
Andrew & Grace Home
Ball Watch Singapore
Boys’ Town
Broadridge Financial Solutions
Canon Singapore
Credit Suisse Women’s Network
Deutsche Bank
Dimension Data
Everest Foundation
Fuji Xerox Singapore
Geylang Serai Community Centre
Immigration Checkpoint Authorities (ICA)

Julius Baer
Keppel Corporation
Keppel Land International
Lee Foundation
Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS)
Ministry of Education (MOE)
Nike Singapore
NTUC Income
Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute
Outdoor Education Association
Philips Lighting

Procter & Gamble (P&G)
Rotary Club of S’pore
Singapore Bowling Federation
Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation (SCWO)
Singapore Sports Council
Standard Chartered Bank
Thomson Reuters

60 Schools
Anderson Junior College
Australian International School
Bartley Secondary School
Bedok View Secondary School
Catholic Junior College
Cedar Girls Secondary School
CHIJ Kellok
CHIJ St Theresa’s Convent
Christ Church Secondary School
Chung Cheng High (Yishun)
Chung Cheng High School (Main)
Commonwealth Secondary School
Crescent Girls’ School
Deyi Secondary School
Dulwich College
Dunman High School
East View Primary School
Eusoff Hall (National University of Singapore)
First Toa Payoh Secondary School
Grace Orchard School

Greenridge Secondary School
Haig Girls’ School
Hong Kah Secondary School
Hwa Chong Institution (College)
ITE Simei
ITE Tampines
Junyuan Primary School
Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School
Methodist Girls’ School
Millenia Institute
Nanyang Girls’ High School
Nanyang Junior College
Nanyang Primary School
Nanyang Technological University
National Institute of Education
National Junior College
National University of Singapore
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Ngee Ann Secondary School

Northlight School
Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School
Raffles Girls’ Secondary School
River Valley Secondary School
Republic Polytechnic
Sembawang Secondary School
Serangoon Junior College
Singapore Management University
Singapore Polytechnic
Singapore Sports School
St Anthony’s Canossian
Swiss Cottage Secondary School
Tanjong Katong Girls’ School
Temasek Junior College
Temasek Primary School
Yale-NUS College
Yishun Secondary School
Yuhua Primary School
Zhenghua Primary School
Zhenghua Secondary School

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