Q and A with Cheryl Bart

Aussie Adventure Queen, Cheryl Bart (AO), is a woman on top of the world. Of course in the business sense, she's at the top of her game, as a banking and finance lawyer who serves as a non-executive Director on the boards of the ABC, Spark Infrastructure Ltd, South Australia Power Networks, Football Federation Australia, Audio Pixel Holdings Ltd, Local Organising Committee of the Australian Asian Cup 2015, SG Fleet Ltd, and the Australian Himalayan Foundation. 

But Cheryl also has a wild side. Her and her daughter Nikki were the first mother-daughter team to complete the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each continent. Cheryl is also the first Australian woman to complete the Explorers Grand Slam, an adventurer's challenge to reach the North and South Poles as well as the Seven Summits. 

Who/what inspires you?

I am inspired by motivated, energetic, hard working people in every aspect of life. I am inspired by those who push boundaries, limits, who are innovative and entrepreneurial and think out of the box. I am inspired by those who are compassionate and work for the good of others. I am inspired by the people of Nepal who quietly, pragmatically  and with dignity are rebuilding their lives and villages after the earthquakes. In terms of business / political people I am inspired by Elon Musk, Aung Sung Suu Kyi, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill and Melinda Gates (esp their philanthropy), and Stephen Hawking.

What was it like to climb Everest with your daughter?

One of the greatest experiences and challenges of my life and I was especially blessed to share the adventure - the good bits and the difficult bits - with someone I love so much, my daughter ! We were always a great team, checking on each other's safety and gear, supporting each other with encouragement ... Or just being quiet at times. Was the best!

But as with all mothers and daughters we also had our "moments"- just imagine two months in a tent together! Haha!!

What do your family and friends think about your adventures? 

Haha some think I'm barking mad and aren't shy to let me know ... I just say " take a ticket "! Most are amazing and supportive and many others are inspired to do things outside their own comfort zone! My family has always been very supportive.

How do you manage to balance career and adventures? 

They are a natural balance and each helps and informs the other. I have learned so many lessons from my adventures which I apply in business ... And the business world has given me structures and process , even a way of thinking eg risk assessment and management - that has been useful in planning and executing my adventures. 

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