He shares motivating keynotes and workshops on personal resilience, resilient teamwork and resilient leadership. Jim has scaled high peaks from Argentina to Nepal, from Bolivia to Tibet. The US National Park Service has commended Jim twice for volunteering for successful high-altitude rescues in Colorado and Alaska.
While first attempting to ascend Mt. Everest in 2015, Jim and his partners survived massive earthquakes and avalanches. He shared his incredible experiences and insights with CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, Smithsonian Channel, PBS and more. Jim returned to Everest in 2017 and summited safely.
For 20 years. Jim worked as a hydrogeologist (B.S. & M.S. degrees) and ran his own environmental consulting firm. Earlier he worked as an industrial painter on high-voltage electrical towers carrying 230,000 volts.
Jim co-authored the New York Times best-selling survival memoir, The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival. The Ledge won the National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature, and was picked one of the Best Books of the Year by Amazon. His epic survival story was featured in an international TV episode of I Shouldn't Be Alive on the Discovery Channel.
- Everest Resilience: Overcoming Adversity and Reaching High Goals
During his first Everest attempt in 2015, Jim and his team were trapped at Camp 1 by massive earthquakes and avalanches. After recovering from this setback, he trained even harder and returned in 2017 to summit Mt. Everest. Work, life and climbing always include change, challenge and uncertainty. Struggling up Mount Everest reveals how resilience allows you to overcome adversities and can reach high goals. In this thrilling keynote, Jim shares hard-won resilience lessons on how you can:
-Adapt to change
-Recover from setbacks
Jim’s resilience was also tested by a tragic mountaineering accident that forced him to climb alone up an overhanging ice wall to escape from an 80-foot deep glacial crevasse. Jim’s survival epic was made into an episode of the hit TV series I Shouldn’t Be Alive (Discovery Channel), and it was shared in Jim’s New York Times best-selling book The Ledge. From his intense experiences, Jim distills how to:
-Cultivate a resilient mindset
-Leverage your personal resilience
-Increase your resilience through post-traumatic growth
-Persevere and become more