Ann Bancroft is one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers and an internationally recognized leader who is dedicated to inspiring women, girls and audiences around the world to unleash the power of their dreams. Through her various roles as an explorer, educator and sought-after speaker, Bancroft believes that by sharing stories related to her dreams of outdoor adventure, she can help inspire a global audience to pursue their individual dreams.

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Born: St. Paul, Minnesota

Hometown: Scandia, Minnesota

Education: B.S., Education

Occupation: Explorer/educator

Expeditions: First Woman to the North Pole across ice 1986. Led First American Women team across Greenland 1992. Led First Women’s team to the South Pole 1992/93. Became first woman to cross the ice to both Poles. First woman with Liv Arnesen to cross Antarctica 2000-2001

Favorite place to be: Outside just about anywhere

Best discovery: Living in East Africa as a child and understanding there is a big wonderful world to travel.

Favorite item to have in the field: Compass

Personal Hero: My older brother Bill

Hobbies: Farming, being with my nieces and nephews

Advice: Listen closely to what your heart tells you to pursue, and let it drown out the negative voices and step forward.

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