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Jim Davidson, Speaker Managed
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Jim Davidson

    • Resilience Expert
    • Survived Two Mountain Disasters, including the Deadliest Day on Mt. Everest
    • Top-Rated Speaker - Change Management & Leading Teams
    • Expedition Leader, Everest Summiteer, NYT Best-Selling Author
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Jim Davidson Speaking Reel | Adventure Keynote Speaker

Jim Davidson Speaking Reel | Adventure Keynote Speaker

Jim Davidson | Virtual Demo 2023

Jim Davidson | Virtual Demo 2023

Jim Davidson Speaker Biography

Jim Davidson is a resilience expert who has survived not just one epic mountain disaster, but two. From his real-world survival experiences, he distills hard-won lessons about forging the resilience to overcome change, challenge, and uncertainty.

While climbing Mount Everest, Jim and his team survived massive earthquakes and avalanches on what became the mountain’s deadliest day ever. Jim later returned to Everest and summited successfully. His riveting survival stories have been featured in documentaries for National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, Netflix, and Discovery’s hit show, “I Shouldn't Be Alive". Jim has been featured on NPR, CBS, CNN, and hundreds of other media outlets.

From his 42 years of adventures, Jim shares compelling stories and practical tips about how to persevere and how to endure uncertain times through resilience strategies and post-traumatic growth. Davidson provides motivating keynotes and interactive workshops on resilience, teamwork, leadership, and change management. His energizing messages have been shared in-person and virtually with audiences in more than 35 countries.

Jim has scaled high peaks from Argentina to Nepal, and from Bolivia to Tibet. While leading expedition teams around the globe, Jim has guided his teammates through storms and setbacks to reach lofty summits. The U.S. National Park Service has commended Jim twice for volunteering on successful high-altitude rescues in Colorado and Alaska.

His latest book, The Next Everest, was published in six international editions and was selected as an Amazon Editor’s Pick. Jim’s survival memoir, The Ledge, was a New York Times bestseller. He worked for twenty years as a hydrogeologist and managed his own environmental consulting firm. In his youth, Jim worked for his father painting high-voltage electrical towers carrying 230,000 volts.

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EVEREST RESILIENCE: Overcoming Adversity and Reaching High Goals
Work, life, and mountain climbing always include change, challenge, and uncertainty. From his four decades of adventures around the globe, Jim Davidson shares hard-won wisdom about forging resilience, encountering setbacks, and still achieving high goals.

In this riveting keynote, Jim shares his real-world survival experiences of:
• Enduring the deadliest day ever on Mount Everest, when huge earthquakes and avalanches trapped Jim and his team at 19,900 feet.
• Recovering from this disaster and returning two years later to summit Mt. Everest.
• Escaping from the 80-foot-deep hidden glacial crevasse that swallowed Jim and killed his climbing partner on Mount Rainier.

Your attendees will learn practical lessons on how they can:
• Cultivate a resilient mindset for managing change.
• Spark resilience in each other during stormy times.
• Provide resilient leadership, even when the path forward is unclear.
• Rebound from setbacks even stronger than before, through post-traumatic growth.

Jim will inspire your team to be ready and resilient for the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Keynote is 30 to 75 minutes. Offered live or virtual.

CLIMBING MOUNTAINS OF CHANGE: Elevating Your Team’s Resilience
Many businesspeople feel overwhelmed by global changes, resource challenges, and market uncertainties. All of these, combined with high client expectations, can create fatigue, stress, or burnout. To keep climbing these mountains of change, professionals need to elevate their resilience.

From his 42 years of high-altitude climbing experiences (including Everest), expedition leader Jim Davidson shares field-tested tips for building a resilient mindset. He shares practical tips and techniques on how your team can:
• Accept uncertainty.
• Adapt to changes.
• Endure the inevitable storms.
• Stay summit-driven while avoiding dangerous “summit fever”.

In this compelling keynote, Jim reveals resilient teamwork and leadership techniques for:
• Being trustworthy.
• Amplifying resilience in others.
• Preparing for false summits.
• Nurturing Post-Traumatic Growth for the opportunities ahead.

NOTE: This keynote connects especially well with fiscal services organizations and high-level sales teams. Since 2006, Jim has spoken to hundreds of such teams, both nationally and internationally, because the traits that make great high-altitude climbers also make excellent sales professionals.
Keynote is 30 to 60 minutes. Offered live or virtual.

As an expedition leader, Jim has encountered many intense teamwork and leadership challenges. During remote climbs and rescues, the pressure increases, uncertainty grows, and team dynamics can become strained. High-performing organizations face these same teamwork and leadership conditions in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world.

By examining real-world mountain rescues, that Jim has conducted, he facilitates an invigorating, interactive workshop that has your team working together to resolve complex leadership and teamwork challenges. Some of the difficult rescues that Jim has been on include:
• Solo mountaineer critically ill at 19,200 feet on Denali (Mt. McKinley).
• Hiker severely injured by falling 70 feet off a cliff at 13,000 feet in Colorado.
• Climbers trapped by earthquakes and avalanches at 19,900 feet on Everest.

In this hands-on session, Jim uses engaging storytelling and powerful visuals to bring these amazing experiences to life for your attendees. Then, he guides the participants to analyze the situation and distill crucial resilience lessons that they can use to be better team members and leaders. Your team will:
• Debate what traits make a team member resilient.
• Identify characteristics that a resilient leader should display.
• Examine their own resilience strengths and weaknesses.

This engaging workshop includes interactive modules with small-group discussion, large-group facilitation, and individual self-reflection. Jim’s well-refined process enhances mutual understanding and relationship-building among work colleagues. Each person walks away with an individual written self-analysis and specific ways that they can enhance their resilience at work or home.

Also, by recording all the key traits identified during the discussions, the process distills your team's collective ideas on what makes a resilient team member and a resilient leader. This critical insight can be used later in internal communications and for enhancing corporate culture.

Attendees vigorously engage with the process because these are real challenges (not board games or simulations). Jim regularly facilitates this energizing program for top-quality organizations like Marriott, Credit Suisse, US Army, Kia Motors, and many more.
Interactive workshop is 1.5 to 4 hours.



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April 17, 2024

Jim was phenomenal; a great addition to our event and such an interesting, authentic storyteller.

Atmosera, Inc.

March 6, 2024

Jim Davidson is an exceptional speaker, who is able to inspire sustainably, both in- and outside of work. A key aspect to highlight is his fantastic, innovative presentation style which creates a feeling of being in the same room with him and which adds to a lasting learning experience.

Deloitte Consulting GmbH

February 7, 2024

Jim was a hit with our team! His presentation was engaging, and he did an excellent job relating his experience to specifics within our organization. I would highly recommend.

NSK Dental

November 17, 2023

October 4, 2023

“I have been to a lot of conferences, and Jim is the best keynote speaker I have heard. We invited him to speak to our group of about 400, and you could hear a pin drop in there, participants were so engaged. He took care to customize his message to our group, which he did just perfectly. Jim shared so many lessons that our attendees could apply, both in their professional lives and personally.” -Kerrie Vanden Bosch, Municipal Employees' Retirement System of Michigan CEO

MERS of Michigan

August 29, 2023

Jim is an inspirational person. His presentations are so personal and engaging. I was riveted from start to finish!

City of Fort Collins

May 16, 2023

May 16, 2023

We were very fortunate to have Mr. Davidson speak at our annual Administrative Operations Meeting and feedback from the group was extremely positive. The leadership tools and lessons in resilience were particularly supportive to our roles as Administrative Officers. I would highly recommend Mr. Davidson as a speaker for any federal or private sector speaking engagement. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow from the experience of Mr. Davidson's presentation and speaking engagement, it was the best part of our weeklong meeting!

ARS Plains Area

November 2, 2022

Jim brought incredible energy and insight to our employees at our recent goals rollout meeting. His experience, wisdom, and heart for others really spoke to our audience.

Deere & Company

October 21, 2022

Jim's presentation was wonderful! Our attendees all commented on how great it was!

MCG Energy Solutions, LLC

June 7, 2022

April 11, 2022

March 7, 2022

Jim was very well received by our audience and he totally understood our goals in having him speak, adjusting his presentation to the audience. Fantastic presentation!

Rotary of the Far West President Elect Training Seminar

February 11, 2022

January 19, 2022

Jim Davidson's presentation was riveting and relevant. The perfect combination of storytelling and application to any real world experience where resiliency needs to be fostered.

St. George’s Independent School

November 17, 2021

October 12, 2021

September 23, 2021

It was the second time that we used Jim at our annual Safety Summit. We brought him back because of his initial popularity with the employees and he knocked it out of the park. The feedback we have received has exceeded his initial appearance. A premier storyteller!!!

ITC Holdings Corp., A Fortis Company

September 2, 2021

Thank you to Jim for speaking at our FleetCon event! What an amazing journey you have had. Thanks for sharing with our Fleet Members and relating it to all they do!

Fleet Pros

June 9, 2021

Great to work with. Great story to share and Jim is very willing to make your program a success.

Ohio Hospital Association

May 5, 2021

I really appreciated working with the speaker and ESB team. Everyone was responsive and pleasant, and Jim did a great job!

Gold Stars Speakers Bureau

January 26, 2021

January 22, 2021

Jim was engaging as well as entertaining. He had a great message that resonated with our group. Although we were virtual, the way he used the monitor in his talk to run his videos made it seem more "live" rather than looking at a talking head on Zoom. We received rave reviews about him.

Keller Williams Realty, Southeast Region

March 3, 2020

Excellent speaker who modified his talk to include our present health care challenges. Loved his handouts and activities to support building resilient leaders and teammates.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center

February 25, 2020

Jim has a remarkable and gripping tale. Tales, in fact. He engages and connects with his audience in a powerful way. It is clear he has thought in depth about "lessons learned" and translates his life lessons into powerful transferable concepts for anyone and everyone.

Chemex Modular, LLC

February 7, 2020

January 26, 2020

Such an inspirational story and great audience experience. Jim is amazing!

Atlanta Apartment Association

January 24, 2020

My firm hired Jim Davidson to speak to our team about resilience and overcoming challenges. Through his personal experience he relayed a powerful message to all of us about pushing our own limitations. He is captivating, empowering, and it truly was an honor to be in the presence of a man with such adventure. I highly recommend Mr. Davidson as a speaker.

Bisnar Chase

December 11, 2019

Engaging. Kept the audience's attention. Inspiring story and delivery.


December 10, 2019

Jim was truly an inspirational speaker. He was warm, engaging, and was able to focus his talk so that it was geared toward our organization's mission. He was very professional and we would recommend his talk to any large group focused on resilience. Thank you from Donor Network West. San Ramon CA

Donor Network West

September 26, 2019

Jim captivated our audience from the beginning to the end of his speech. His use of personal experience, climbing equipment, and video were amazing. I believe every person in the room stopped by to shake his hand and receive a copy of his book. Jim is world-class!



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