Brigitte Muir OAM

From caving in high school to scaling the world’s highest peaks, Brigitte’s life has been one of pushing her limits, and inspiring others. She was a member of nine expeditions to 8000m high peaks, climbed seven continents and crossed Australian and Antarctic deserts.

In recent years, she has given her heart towards positive change in her beloved Eastern Nepal, creating inspirational documentaries and leading treks for ongoing capacity-building programs such as Women Literacy, combined skill exchanges and with personal development. She also shares her creativity and experience through subscription-based platform Patreon.

Emphatic teamwork, inspired leadership

Brigitte can engage your organization or audience about the challenges of leadership, team work, resilience and problem solving, illustrating her teachings with striking real life experiences and stunning visuals of Mount Everest footage and photos

She is available to schools, businesses, councils, community groups, anyone who wants to engage, entertain and inspire their audience to have fun solving problems through experience and outside the box thinking.

Keynote topics

  • Live your Dream, Don’t Dream your Life
  • The Thinking Heart
  • Communication
  • Belonging
  • Experience is knowledge
  • The Mountains in our lives

Awards and citations

1997 Australian Geographic Award for Excellence

1998 Australian Achiever Award Australia Day Council

2000 Order of Australia Medal for Services to Mountaineering

2001 Member of the First Victorian Honour Roll of Women

2003 Centenary of Federation Medal

What audiences say…

“I was particularly impressed at your ability to link your goal setting and experiences mountain climbing with the theme of the conference, and make it especially relevant to the audience. Your ability to relate your experiences to the experiences and needs of those emergency service workers was outstanding. Your presentation was ‘down to earth’, hugely interesting and most importantly, inspiring to all who had the good fortune to be there that night. The key messages will stay with the audience for a long time.”

Bruce Esplin, Former Emergency Services Commissioner

“Brigitte held the delegates in the palm of her hand telling her story of resilience in conquering Mt Everest with humility and humour. There is no doubt, in my mind the depth of Brigitte’s strength and quiet achievement is to be admired and mirrored. Thank you for closing our 2015 National Conference on an inspiring note.”

Fiona Keough, Austcontact Chief Executive Officer

“Your life experiences as a woman in male-dominated environment had a positive impact on our women workforce, often presented with challenges of being a minority group in the non-traditional occupations. Your talk went well with our theme by sending a message to women on how to realize their potential, reach their goals and stop being afraid to climb the highest peaks!”

Olga Dolezalova, Rail Corp Sydney

“Brigitte Muir addressed an assembly (Years 5 to 12) and without doubt it was one of the most enjoyable and inspirational addresses we have had.

Brigitte’s interesting story of how she came to be such an outstanding mountaineer was interspersed with photos and video footage of her life, especially some of her mountaineering adventures. She is a very lively and entertaining speaker and her message of ‘live your dreams don’t dream your life’ struck a strong chord in our students.

Many staff and students have commented to me since just how much they enjoyed the presentation and how they wish she could have stayed longer as many wanted to ask questions. We are privileged to have had the opportunity to hear Brigitte and I hope she can return to the School in the future as we would particularly like to hear more about the film she is making of the Sherpa families and also about her work in schools in Nepal.”

Suzy Chandler, Principal, Fintona Girls School