Keynote Speaker – Neal Petersen

Keynote speaker, adventurer and author, Neal Petersen, completed two amazing journeys in his life: a single-handed yacht race around the world, 27,000 miles, nine months at sea, alone, in a small yacht he designed and built himself; and an even more arduous and eventful trip—overcoming racial prejudice during the Apartheid era in South Africa. Neal endured poverty and a childhood physical disability just to make it to the starting line!

Neal’s extraordinary life story and powerful personal messages, subject of a PBS documentary, inspire new hope and a determination to break down barriers, confront adversity head-on and demonstrate that with determination and hard work, you can achieve your goals. He has also participated in a TEDx presentation as the closing speaker at TEDx Reno, NV in 2014.

An award-winning author and extreme adventurer, Neal Petersen is an inspirational keynote speaker, a thought-leader, and a master story-teller, sharing real life examples of how he overcame insurmountable barriers by turning “perceived” disadvantages into advantages—and then into opportunities. His captivating and empowering “No Barriers – Only Solutions” keynote demonstrates to others how success is realized—through innovation, balancing risk against return and being flexible enough to adapt to shifting winds. In these challenging times of uncertainly, fear and insecurity, many feel like solo sailors, adrift, grasping for survival. Using his life story, Neal lays out the importance of a clearly communicated vision, followed by detailed planning, preparation, passion and execution. Neal Petersen has challenged thousands to prevail against their own formidable barriers and setbacks. Neal “wows” international audiences with his life-story and how he relates it to their own challenges. He receives extraordinary rave reviews and consistent standing ovations. Neal Petersen’s keynotes are suitable to all types of meetings including opening keynote addresses, incentive and spouse / family events.


tedx3Neal Petersen, having lived and traveled in many parts of the world, is an informed global investor who understands many cultures, owns homes in the USA, Dominican Republic and South Africa. An in-demand adjunct professor, Neal teaches leadership and macroeconomics at the College of Charleston’s International MBA Business Program.

Clients say:

“Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought-provoking speakers you will ever witness; he is mesmerizing.”

Dee Costa, President of Asset Marketing Systems has this to say about Neal. Watch the 1 min video clip.

“Neal is unique compared to other speakers as he offers so much more than a keynote; he is the best of the best.  He is PREPARED!  He digs deeper and goes out of his way to gain an in-depth understanding of where we are as a group, where we want to be, and what it will take to get there. Neal is truly a leader and he teaches genuine leadership by example in all aspects of what he represents. He hits it out of the park!” 

Neal Petersen offers keynote addresses, book-signings, leadership forums, break-out sessions, and discussion panels. He actively engages audience members in conversations post keynote to provide an extraordinary, connected experience while on-site.