Featured News

Hero Mountain Climber Visits British High Commission


Mayor Bill de Blasio Awards O’Brien for Outstanding Service


O’Brien Successfully Completes Boston Marathon


Featured Videos

Vanessa O’Brien joins Gillian Joseph and Stephen Dixon to discuss the film Everest, climbing and risk on Saturday September 19, 2015.

This video was created by Emily Zendt for The Boston Globe and illustrates my final preparations as I leave the United States for Pakistan to attempt to climb K2 in the summer of 2015.

Featured Speaking Events

“Vanessa touched hundreds of hearts when she spoke at Women Achievers Congress in Westminster, London in the presence of the British Home Secretary Rt Hon Theresa May and hundreds of high achiever women from various disciplines. The audience loved her analogy of conquering the mountain vis-e-vis scaling the corporate ladder. Her passion and enthusiasm were termed infectious.”

Arif Anis Malik
Arif Anis MalikExecutive DirectorWCOP

“The focus of my activity was to give women an open and safe environment for physical activity that is not only good for their health but also for their psychological development. Vanessa O’Brien’s presence and the support from the PUAN leadership have been instrumental in making this project a success.”

Ms. Shah Rukh
Ms. Shah Rukh10,000 Women Project ArtemisU.S. State Department & Pakistan

“Vanessa is a dynamic story teller, putting you right on the mountain with her. She effectively related how key business concepts like teamwork, adaptability and leadership are skills that apply to just about any scenario – even navigating in high altitudes and deep crevasses. She had our group focused and engaged until the very end.”

FleetEnterprise Data ManagementCapital One

“Using the metaphor of climbing, Vanessa took us on a tour of some of the most challenging and remote places on the planet. She illustrated how preparation, teamwork, staying focused to avoid risks, and applying a success-oriented mindset differentiate the winners from the losers – not just on the mountain but in business and in life.”

Senator Lesil McGuire
Senator Lesil McGuireAlaska State LegislatureAlaska Women’s Summit

“Vanessa’s recent visit to Cape Henry Collegiate was nothing short of remarkable. Her presence and style engaged students while her story and message inspired them. The time she spent with our community before and after her presentation provided all with an opportunity to ask questions, and learn about the life lessons of risk taking, decision making, and goal setting.”

Kathleen K. Sharp, M.Ed., Ed.S.
Kathleen K. Sharp, M.Ed., Ed.S.Director of Academic AffairsCape Henry Collegiate

Featured Educational Lectures

Vanessa talks about the Seven Summits and the Death to Summit ratios during a presentation to Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

Vanessa recalls her 2012 Ascent of Everest and during a guest lecture session at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.