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Ann Bancroft

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

Born in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, Ann’s love of the outdoors began early in life. Aside from the two years she spent with her family in Kenya, East Africa (in fifth and sixth grades), Ann was a student of Minnesota’s vast wilderness.

Along with Liv Arnesen, Ann sets the stage for girls and women to make a positive difference in the world by collaborating with global leaders and change makers. Their non-profit organization, Bancroft Arnesen Explore, breaks down barriers that have inhibited youth, especially girls, from maintaining an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

Ann is a spokesperson for the Learning Disabilities Association, Wilderness Inquiry and Girl Scouts of the USA. She serves on the board of Youth Frontiers, co-chairs the Wilderness Inquiry capital campaign and is a judge for the Nuclear-Free awards and the National Women’s Hall of Fame inductions.

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