Matt McFadyen | Adventurer: A JOURNEY to LEADERSHIP

Matt McFadyen


Matt McFadyen

From dragging heavy sleds to the North Pole to sailing small yachts through some of the world's deadliest oceans. Adventurer Matt McFadyen has been there and done that.

As an adventurer Matt has pushed himself and others to the ends of the earth, testing the limits of human potential. He has been part of three record-breaking expeditions to the North Pole and two long-haul sailing expeditions to Antarctica. He has been part of and led teams in some of the toughest conditions on the planet.

In 2004 accompanied by 4 like minded individuals, 22 year old Matt set sail onboard a 43 foot yacht bound for Antarctica, the 54 day expedition would take Matt and the crew across one of the deadliest and dangerous oceans on the planet The Great Southern Ocean. Storms of mammoth intensity would engulf the small yacht for days on end, testing the resolve of the 5 weary sailors.

A near fatal knock down on their return home was the catalyst for change in Matt's life and the driver to continue raising the bar.

18 months after returning from Antarctica Matt became the youngest Australian to reach the North Pole. Matt has since returned to the North Pole on 2 more occasions as an expedition leader.

As a keynote speaker and facilitator Matt has worked with organizations all over the world to engage, align and inspire leaders and their teams. As a storyteller, he is world class. Inspirational. Relevant. Memorable

Using his unique personal experiences in the adventure world Matt has delivered over 500 presentations on 4 continents and partnered with organizations across all sectors of business to help:

- Drive and lead through change
- Implement and embed high-performance cultures
- Attract and retain key talent
- Inspire and align teams

Matt's passion for life, his overall presence and above all his unique ability to connect with any audience make him a must-see individual and speaker.

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ANTARCTICA - Journey to the end of the earth

As a 22 year old, Matt and 4 others set sail aboard a 43 ft yacht bound for Antarctica on a 54 day expedition across one of the deadliest and dangerous oceans on the planet.

On the return voyage Matt and his team faced the full strength of the ocean battling a hurricane strength storm that almost took the lives of the 5 souls on board.

Matt’s presentation focuses on building a high performing team, overcoming extreme adversity and executing under pressure

Matt’s and the teams heroic fight for survival sparked a change in Matt’s life and the event became the foundation of his leadership journey.

NORTH POLE - Sitting still means going backwards

Matt’s brush with death in the icy waters of the Great Southern Ocean ignited a passion to lead others to the ends of the earth. Matt became the youngest Australian to reach the North Pole, returning as an expedition co-leader on 2 more occasions.

Surviving -45°C to battling ice drifts that move the team backwards while dragging heavy sleds, Matt knows the perseverance needed to lead a team through challenge, change and ambiguity.

Matt’s presentation looks at how to build resilience both personally and professionally how to inspire others to achieve their full potential


In 5 short years Matt went from being a 22 year old novice adventurer to co leading his 3rd expedition to the North Pole & partnering with PricewaterhouseCoopers on an 18
month firm wide engagement program.

This top talent focussed presentation looks at how to leading self, lead teams and lead the organization. This is a must have for any organization that wants to accelerate the leadership journeys of their next generation of leaders.

BEYOND THE CIRCLE - The Beauty of Failure

In the summer of 2013, Matt attempted to row, sail and drag a 17.5-foot open boat across 3000 miles of ice choked waterway known as the North West Passage. After 41 days of the coldest summer in decades having covered 1500 miles Matt and his team mate Cameron were unable to continue due to the severe conditions.

After 2 years of planning preparation and hard work both Matt and Cam struggled to deal with this looked upon failure…But with Failure comes opportunity and incredible learning.

Failure is inevitable in all aspects of life but how we process, analyze and learn from failure is a skill.

Matt looks at failure through a positive lens and challenges the audience to embrace failure, learn from failure and most importantly thrive from failure

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