Jim Whittaker


Jim Whittaker

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First American to Climb Mount Everest

"If you aren't living on the edge, you're taking up too much space. It has nothing to do with thrill-seeking. It's about making the most of every moment, about stretching your own boundaries, about being willing to learn constantly and putting yourself in situations where learning is possible - sometimes even critical to your survival. Being out on the edge, with everything at risk, is where you learn - and grow - the most."

There have been many 'firsts' in Jim Whittaker's life. He was the first North American to summit Mount Everest (1963). As the first manager and employee, and ultimately the CEO, of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), he led the company through years of record-setting growth. He organized and led the first successful expedition to summit K2 - the world's second highest mountain. In 1965 he guided Bobby Kennedy up the newly-named Mount Kennedy, helping him to become the first person to summit the peak. In 1990, he led the historic International Peace Climb, which put climbers the U.S., Russia, and China on the summit of Everest in the name of world peace.

Using his lifetime of climbing and business experience as the President of REI, Inc., Jim Whittaker's presentation emphasizes his unique philosophy of life, including the following themes:

Keeping Life Adventurous

Finding value in the pain of failure

Keeping life adventurous - a lifelong pursuit

Succeeding in business by "doing good"


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