Best known as the first (and so far only) woman to row solo across the world’s “Big Three” oceans – the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian – Rosalind Roz Savage inspires us to think again about what is possible, and encourages us to step up fully into the potential of our highest selves.
After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in law, Roz spent the first eleven years of her career working as a management consultant, braving nothing more intrepid than rush hour on the London Underground, before an environmental epiphany led to a radical personal transformation into a world class adventurer.
During the seven years of her ocean rowing career, Roz Savage had more chance than most to explore the far horizons of courage. Spending up to five months alone at sea on a 23-foot rowboat, thousands of miles from land and humanity, at the mercy of winds, waves and currents, she evolved from a nervous novice adventurer into the world’s foremost female ocean rower.
While crossing a total of fifteen thousand miles of ocean she had to redefine her comfort zone on a daily basis, and reach deep into her inner sources of strength, self-discipline, and commitment to her goal. She discovered the vital importance of keeping a cool head in life-endangering situations, to optimize her capacity for smart decision-making, accurate risk assessment and creative problem-solving.
She now combines her self-taught life skills with principles from neuroscience, psychology, personal development and leadership theory, to inform and inspire corporate audiences. Roz has spoken to tens of thousands of people across six continents and has appeared on numerous TV channels globally. She has been featured in a wide range of newspapers and has written for a number of magazines and websites.
A documentary based on her Atlantic voyage, “Rowing the Atlantic”, was screened in 32 countries as a finalist in the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Roz Savage has authored three books: “Rowing The Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean”, “Stop Drifting, Start Rowing” and “The Gifts of Solitude: A Short Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Isolation”.
In 2010 she was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic. In 2012 she was a World Fellow at Yale. In 2013 she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honors for service to fundraising and the environment. In 2017 she took up a position at Yale, lecturing on Courage in Theory and Practice.