A former teacher, British yachtswoman Dee Caffari sailed into the world record book when she became the first and only woman to circumnavigate the world solo the ‘wrong’ way in 2006. Not one to stay in her comfort zone, Dee then became the first woman to sail single-handed, non-stop around the world in both directions by competing in a dramatic Vendée Globe (2008/09) – it is not called ‘The Everest of the Seas’ for nothing. On completing the dual-handed Barcelona World Race in 2011, Dee became the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world on three occasions. Dee has also lead teams in circumnavigations of the planet and to date, has sailed around the world six times. Dee retains a number of world-firsts and speed sailing records.
The issue of single-use plastics in our oceans and climate emergency has gained urgent momentum. Dee is now a prominent ocean advocate having seen the impact of our Oceans’ health first-hand at sea.
Dee led the crew of Turn the Tide on Plastic in the Volvo Ocean Race 17/18. Dee lead an international youth team with a 50-50 male-female split in this global, highly competitive race. During the race, Dee’s took this message to amplify the United Nations Environment’s Clean Seas campaign (supported by Sky Ocean Rescue as media partner) and raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans and inspire people to take action in their day-to-day lives. Alongside the sustainability focus, the messages around gender inclusivity and inspiring the next generation were key throughout the campaign.
Dee Caffari has proven herself to be a yachtswoman of the highest calibre and many are amazed to learn that she only began her sailing career in 2000.
Following her first world record, Dee was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list and she became an Honorary Commander in the British Royal Navy in recognition of her service to the sea, Britain’s maritime heritage and her work for charity.
Without doubt, one of Britain’s most inspirational women, Dee is an acclaimed international speaker. She tells her highly motivational story with great humour and insight.
Dee Caffari tailors each presentation drawing on her solo and team challenges in extreme ocean environments. A natural team leader, Dee engages audiences with her lessons won and her understanding of leadership, risk, high performance, resilience, diversity, inclusion and she is driven to inspire the next generation. (She was the only woman skipper in the Global Challenge 2004/5 and the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18.)
Thank YOU so much! We received amazing feedback across Criteo leadership and clients on your keynote, absolutely inspiring. I, too, was extremely inspired and instantly motivated.
Criteo, New York
The manager's conference is still in full swing; however, I wanted to reach out to you to thank you for the amazing story you shared with us. I was, like many others, inspired by your leadership lessons and will use many references in my speech later today. So many people commented on how unique your talk was and I really thank you for having been part of this event.
Dee Caffari was phenomenal! She exemplified grace in leadership. So admirable!’ ‘Dee Caffari really stood out for me. She's brave, determined and positive. Her resilient mind-set has inspired a lot.’ ‘Dee Caffari was an absolute inspiration! All the speakers were but Dee ended the conference on a really uplifting note, inspiring everyone to be better, to recognise strengths and weather their storms.
Global Leadership Forum
Our client - a major UK bank - wanted a fresh perspective on coping with isolation, resilience, remote leadership and adaptability in the face of disruption. Dee recorded a series of videos from her home that delivered on all fronts - understanding her audience and speaking with an authority and authenticity that really resonated.
We thoroughly enjoyed having Dee share her insights and leadership lessons with our London Business School alumni community. Engaging, thought provoking and humble, her story resonated so strongly with our community that we are already being asked to bring her back in person next semester!
London Business School
Contact us to get Dee Caffari's fees and availability for your next event
One of our consultants will get back to you soon