Mary-Claire takes you into the mountains, connects mountaineering with business and hopes to motivate and inspire you to reach your own peak and create your own success.
Everyone climbs his or her own mountain, but how do you make sure you reach the top successfully? What makes you reach a goal or not, and what do you encounter along the way? At high altitude, conditions tend to be extreme, and you are guaranteed to encounter setbacks. How do you deal with them? And how do you perform under pressure? With breathtaking photo’s, Mary-Claire takes you into the mountains, connects mountaineering with business and hopes to motivate and inspire you to reach your own peak and create your own success.
Mountains are our true mirror and sometimes the mountain that needs to be conquered is you.
Mary-Claire got her double degree in Allied Medical Care, magna cum laude and specialized within anesthesia and emergency medical care at the ambulance care. In addition to her job and mountaineering career, she is studying Law at the Open University. A position as a public prosecutor therefore lies ahead in the future and no mountain is too high for this ambitious 27-year-old.
At the end of the day, we won’t remember the quick and easy wins, but the hardest and biggest challenges that we won.
As an alpinist, Mary-Claire knows how important strong and healthy muscles are to reach the top! This is why she dedicates herself, together with ‘Spieren voor Spieren’, to children with muscular diseases. She has also treated many children with muscular diseases while working in the Children’s ICU. With her climbs, she hopes to raise as much money as possible to contribute to a bright future with healthy muscles for all children.
In the mountains you literally climb to new heights, with each step being a confrontation with yourself and overcoming obstacles. Reaching the summit represents not only a triumph over the rugged terrain, but also a personal victory and the pushing of physical and mental limits.
Both in the mountains and on the job, the process of pushing boundaries is steeped in perseverance. Whether climbing to a summit or pursuing professional success. It is those who are willing to challenge the status quo and themselves who often achieve the most rewarding outcomes.
Dealing with setbacks when you don’t achieve your goal, such as reaching the summit, takes resilience and a positive mindset. Instead of getting discouraged by the setback, it provides an opportunity for self-reflection and growth. Every expedition comes with high and lows. Accepting failure as part of the process and maintaining a positive attitude leads to new opportunities and ultimately to longer-term success.
Team functioning, whether in the mountains or on the job, is put to the test in extreme conditions. In mountainous terrain, where conditions are often unpredictable and challenging, effective communication is essential. A good team anticipates change, works together to overcome obstacles, and shares the heavy load evenly. The same is true at work, where teams are under pressure to meet deadlines or face unforeseen challenges. In both scenarios, trust in team members is crucial, as everyone plays a specific role that contributes to collective success. During extreme circumstances, teams can learn to be flexible, make quick decisions and support each other, which not only improves performance but also strengthens the bonds between them.
Climbing a mountain requires motivation and discipline. Motivation is the force that arises from the desire to reach the summit and the fuel that moves you forward in moments of physical exhaustion. Discipline, on the other hand, emerges when the way up becomes steep and demanding. The combination forms a powerful tandem, allowing mountaineers not only to push their physical limits but also to overcome mental obstacles on the way to the summit.
Both in the mountains and at work, physical and mental health play a role in achieving success. Physical preparedness is crucial to face challenging terrain and altitudes, requiring a combination of strength, endurance and acclimatization. At the same time, mental resilience is put to the test, confronting yourself and your team through nature in the most extreme conditions. At work, mental resilience is crucial for navigating stressful situations, promoting teamwork and maintaining a positive work environment.
Combining sports and studying is challenging. It requires a commitment to intensive training schedules and expeditions. At the same time, academic success requires consistency, focus and time for study and assignments. Mastering both requires strict planning and discipline. Nevertheless, this combination also offers valuable life lessons, such as the ability to set goals and priorities. Successfully combining sports and studying requires not only athletic talent, but also a determination to excel in the mountains as well as at the University.
Mary-Claire is on her way to becoming the first Dutch female mountaineer to reach the so-called ‘Explorers Grand Slam’. These are the famous ‘Seven Summits’ – the highest mountain on each continent – and skiing to the last degree of the North and South Pole. This journey has already taken her to the summits of Kilimanjaro, Elbrus and Kosciuszko, and during her Elbrus expedition she even became the first Dutch mountaineer to climb both the east and west summits. She is currently preparing to face Aconcagua, Denali, Vinson and the South Pole in 2024. And to complete this mission, she will climb Mount Everest and ski to the North Pole in 2025.
"It has been a distinct pleasure for us to have had the opportunity to get to work together with you on our Professional Development Conference this Maren at the Vogue Hotel! We have received a lot of strong positive feedback following the success of the inaugural conference series and support for future events like it. This was the first year that we had organized an event like this and had taken careful steps to ensuring that we selected the most relevant and knowledgeable speakers to present at our event. Your opening presentation was a perfect start to the day's events and set the stage for an engaging, poignant and humorous approach to learning on how to be an effective negotiator! And we could not be more pleased!
One of the most memorable stories you shared with us was your interaction with your daughter at the shopping mail and how you were able to buy eternal love for the price of a Barbie doll! Or your interactions with your father-in-law! We absolutely love all your stories and your amazing sense of humour. You left an unforgettable impression on us and we wanted to thank you for it! You make negotiating seem simple, fun and natural! Your expertise on the issue has contributed to a large part of our successes this year and your teachings are an absolute gift to all those who are lucky enough to experience it! We look forward to dealing with you again in the future and wish you the very best in all your future endeavours!"
"What an inspiring evening! Mary-Claire spoke vividly and enthusiastically about her passion, purpose and how she got to this point. Being taken into the magic of the mountains, thinking in ...
"What an inspiring evening! Mary-Claire spoke vividly and enthusiastically about her passion, purpose and how she got to this point. Being taken into the magic of the mountains, thinking in possibilities and following your passion out of the box gives everyone personally another boost to look at the world this way too! Nice to see all the gear needed on expedition, the beautiful pictures and Mary-Claire's openness to answer questions afterwards. Many thanks, on behalf of each of the ladies for whom she spoke, we definitely recommend her!"