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David Breashears
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David Breashears
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  • As the first person to transmit live television from Mount Everest and the first American to reach the summit more than once, David Breashears is an accomplished mountaineer and filmmaker who knows what it takes to complete a goal under the most difficult of circumstances.
  • Years of successfully leading teams up earth’s highest peak gives him the expertise to train audiences how to excel in leadership and teamwork.
  • Calling on his numerous expeditions up Mount Everest, his customized sessions offer audiences practical, hands-on insight into strong leadership, effective teamwork and flexible goal setting.
  • He has made eight expeditions to Everest and reached the summit five times.

David Breashears transmitted the first live television from Mount Everest in 1983, and has been capturing the beauty—and danger—of that mysterious place ever since. He is an accomplished filmmaker, explorer, author and speaker, and the first American to reach the summit twice. He also is the founder and executive director of GlacierWorks, an organization that raises awareness about the consequences of climate change in the Greater Himalayan Region.

In 1996, Breashears and his team were in the midst of shooting the first IMAX film on Everest when the infamous May blizzard hit, stranding numerous climbers. Breashears and his team stopped filming to provide assistance, but in the end, the storm killed eight climbers. Breashears and his team reached the summit later that month, achieving their goal of becoming the first to record IMAX images from earth's highest point. “EVEREST,” co-directed and co-produced by Breashears, premiered in March 1998. Breashears said success that spring was not defined by reaching the summit, but that everyone on his team returned safely down the mountain.

A year after shooting that film, Breashears performed the first live audio webcast from Mount Everest for the PBS’s NOVA series. He has made eight expeditions to Everest and reached the summit five times. Breashears is the recipient of four Emmy Awards for achievement in filmmaking. His memoir High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places documents his life as a mountaineer and filmmaker. He also co-authored National Geographic's Last Climb, which documents the disappearance of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine on Mount Everest in 1924. He is also known for guiding Richard Bass to the summit of Everest, helping Bass complete his ascent of the highest summit on all seven continents.

Breashears is widely recognized among the world's top-tier business schools as an innovative and influential leader. He conducts lectures throughout the year on leadership, planning and team building at the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and to admirals and commanders at the Naval Post-Graduate School's Center for Executive Education in Monterey, California.

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Whether it’s as a keynote speaker, seminar leader or guest lecturer, David Breashear calls on his harrowing 1996 ascent of Mount Everest as an expedition leader and IMAX film co-director to fascinate, educate and inspire his audiences. His talks combine first person story-telling with breathtaking images from that film expedition. Breashear's extraordinary leadership experiences allow him to speak on a range of topics, including leadership, motivation, teamwork, team building and safety, while targeting his talk to the audience and its goals.

Vision, Courage, Passion: Leadership at 26,000 Feet
Breashears's leadership presentation is based on 25 years of experience as a mountaineer, adventurer and filmmaker. In telling about the infamous 1996 tragedy on Mount Everest, Breashears recounts the vision, courage and passion that helped his team reach the summit on May 23, 1996, despite insurmountable odds. His multimedia presentation includes breathtaking images from the IMAX “EVEREST” expedition. Breashears has said if there is a lesson to be learned from the tragedy, it is that success was not only being the world's first IMAX team to film on Everest's summit, it was also that everyone on his team returned safely from the mountain.

What It Takes to Climb Any Mountain
His years of difficult work on the unforgiving slopes of earth’s highest peak have taught Breashears that the interdependent keys to success are disciplined leadership, disciplined thought and disciplined action. Disciplined leaders engage in a disciplined thought process when choosing their team and designing a multi-dimensional, flexible plan. Occasionally, the environment for which the plan was devised is not the environment in which the plan unfolds, so disciplined action is required since the plan is only as valuable as the team’s ability to execute it. Without disciplined action and reliance on disciplined thought and leadership, great summits are rarely achieved.

Leading at the Edge of Possible; Leading Through the Storm
This presentation is a hands-on and practical session designed to help leaders assess their strengths and weaknesses. Breashears provides questions for leaders to ask themselves as they create and lead teams. He talks extensively about how leaders need to provide options for their team and not back them into a corner. He emphasizes the qualities of a great leader—intense curiosity, energy and humility—and talks about different ways leaders behave under pressure. He uses the example of the sherpa from his trips to and from the summit to talk about dignity within the team, and how selfish leaders can destroy a team.

Extreme Leadership in an Unforgiving World
Breashears says becoming a good leader and teammate is getting harder as the world becomes more complex and rapidly changing. In this talk, he explains why it is paramount for leaders to know their world, communicate a clear set of goals and mission, and have the commitment, conviction, and energy to lead your team to flawless execution. World-renowned Himalayan mountaineer and filmmaker Breashears knows what it’s like to lead in the world’s most unforgiving and often deadly environment of the high altitude slopes of Mount Everest. Similar to the corporate world, an Everest team needs to have supreme confidence in a leader’s expertise and ability so they know, no matter what, they will be safe through their own storm.

BEST-SELLING BOOKS

David-Breashears---High-Exposure High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places
For generations of resolute adventurers, from George Mallory to Sir Edmund Hillary to Jon Krakauer, Mount Everest and the world's other greatest peaks have provided the ultimate testing ground. But the question remains: Why climb? In High Exposure, elite mountaineer and acclaimed Everest filmmaker David Breashears answers with an intimate and captivating look at his life. For Breashears, climbing has never been a question of risk taking: Rather, it is the pursuit of excellence and a quest for self-knowledge. Danger comes, he argues, when ambition blinds reason. The stories this world-class climber and great adventurer tells will surprise you -- from discussions of competitiveness on the heights to a frank description of the 1996 Everest tragedy.

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