One day a particularly ill-prepared hike triggered Olga’s curiosity about being in the mountains. It was the beginning of a long journey to many summits, including that of Mt Everest. However, her most precious discoveries were not the summits themselves, but the acquired world view of what is important in life and how not to die, literally and figuratively, while pursuing one’s wildest dreams. Now that Olga is the mother of twins and facing her biggest challenge yet, she hopes that she can pass on the lessons learned on her long treks upwards.

Olga Kotova is a business developer, aviation entrepreneur, and personal development coach. Her successful business development experience of over 20 years stretches across the value chain from manufacturing to retail, leading projects internationally. After a successful career in the corporate sector, Olga took to the skies and launched her own business in aviation. She owns and leads Baltic Commercial Aviation Training, specialising in professional pilot training and aviation consulting for customers in Europe, CIS countries, and Asia. Olga Kotova is a member of the Steering Committee of the New Door NGO, and co-author of the program for the New Door Social Business Accelerator. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship as a method to move society forward. She gets her energy from climbing mountains and shares her knowledge and passions through mentoring, as a visiting lecturer at Riga Business School, and leading personal development workshops together with IR magazine.

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