Louise McEvoy, Director, U.S. Channels, Trend Micro, On Life Journeys 

McEvoy reached the top of Mount Everest on her first attempt, but her journey didn't end at the summit, she told the audience. McEvoy moved to the U.S. from Canada 18 years ago for work and proceeded to join different groups in order to "have something to do on the weekend." She became very interested in mountaineering and, after getting laid off, she decided to take her newfound passion to the next level by visiting Katmandu, Nepal, for two weeks. She made herself a promise that if she ever got a chance to climb Everest, she would. McEvoy spend the next 14 years taking every course she could and doing a number of climbs to prepare herself. After a rope accident nearly killed her and her team on a practice climb, she cancelled her Everest trip. But her passion proved to be too strong. She rebooked her trip two weeks later.

"My journey is continuing, I just don’t know where it's going," she said. "I had to get laid off, I had to move [between] countries, and someone else had to pull me into a crevice. Take one of those experience away, and I don’t make that summit. We are all on a life journey and the universe is talking."