Ice Maidens Sandy Hennis & Sophie Montagne speak of their experiences as part of the first female team to ski across Antarctica using muscle power alone. In 2018 Sandy Hennis & Sophie Montagne were two of the six Ice Maidens who covered 1,704km in 2 months, setting three world records.
The Ice Maidens, Sophie and Sandy were a great hit with the Lloyds team and worked brilliantly together to deliver a fascinating and inspirational talk. The girls were very engaging and the presentation was very professional and superb. Both Sophie and Sandy stayed behind for a while for QA and had a queue of people wanting to talk further with them while many others within the team passed on complements.
Overall, the event was a great success and in no small part to the girls, so a big thanks you from Enterprise Programmes within Lloyds Bank.
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Read more about the Ice Maidens Sandy Hennis & Sophie Montagne
Sandy Hennis & Sophie Montagne were part of the first female team to ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica using muscle power alone. The team of six women covered 1,704km, endured temperatures of -56C and arrived 14 days earlier than planned, setting three new world records.
But the Ice Maidens expedition wasn't about racing or records, it wasn't about standing at the South Pole or achieving a lifelong dream - it was all about the team. Supporting each other through Antarctic storms, debilitating sickness, exhaustion and the ever-present threat of crevasses, those six women relied 100% upon each other. It wasn't about just a team, it was about the whole team getting to the finish.
Sandy and Sophie use their experiences in Antarctica to help bring new perspectives to the corporate sector. Combining Sandy’s military expertise with Sophie’s 10 years’ experience in the corporate world, they have analysed each lesson learned on their adventures, making it relevant to everyday lives both at work and at home. They pinpoint current business challenges and offer solutions, presented in the context of their time in Antarctica, on expeditions and on military operations.
They can present as a pair or individually, and tell their story with honesty, humour and humility, aiming to inspire more than impress.
Teamwork and Resilience - the following themes are emphasised within the context of life on the coldest, highest and most inhospitable continent on earth - teamwork, mental resilience, unity of purpose, embracing conflict, getting to know and knowing how to motivate your team.
List of clients
We have spoken at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, AECOM, Airbus, Arup, Trowers & Hamlins, Cannacord and The Institute of Directors.
“They [the Ice Maidens] are an inspiration to us all and are role models to young people across the country…We are immensely proud of them and what they have achieved.” Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State
“You have achieved your dream and performed an incredible feat of endurance physically and mentally,” HRH The Countess of Wessex
“I have had the pleasure of seeing Sophie and Sandy present on a number of occasions and I cannot recommend them enough. Their story is obviously very inspirational, but it’s their ability to bring the tale to life with honest and candid insight that makes their presentations so engaging,” Stefania Farrugia, AECOM
“Not all of us are able to cross Antarctica, but we all engage in projects that require planning and preparation, and an understanding of our team’s strengths and weaknesses. Their talk focused on the role teamwork plays in achieving your objective and this was a language we all understood,” Suzanna Joy, Arup
“AECOM was extremely proud and honoured to act as headline sponsor of the Ice Maidens expedition, and we have welcomed Sophie and Sandy to speak at company events on several occasions – always with great feedback. They are inspirational women, and the story of their journey across Antarctica is nothing short of extraordinary,” AECOM
TV and Radio appearances
The One Show, BBC2
BBC News 24 with Huw Edwards
Sky News with Kay Burley
BBC Radio 4