Eric Simonson

Eric Simonson’s background as one of the world’s premiere mountaineering expedition leaders provides him with a wealth of experience, knowledge and perspective on the topics of leadership, planning, execution and success. He addresses these themes in keynote speaking engagements to corporate, educational, civic and non-profit groups around the world. Drawing upon real-life adventures in settings where the physical survival of climbers depends upon his personal skills in leadership, preparation and execution, Eric shares with the audience his own formulas for success.

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Eric will customize the content and emphasis of each speaking engagement to meet the needs and expectations of his hosts. His own goal in each case is to inspire and motivate his listeners to believe in themselves and their ability to accomplish that which may seem impossible, to be willing to risk failure in order to achieve success, and to move toward their goals well-prepared and ready for the challenge.

Eric can modify the duration of his presentation to meet each group’s requirements. Typically he will speak for about 45 minutes and then offer a Q & A session that may continue for 15-30 minutes. He has found that evening appearances following group meals are often enhanced with audiovisual content, which he can include.

Eric is happy to provide a list of references for his presentation services upon request. Previous appearances and addresses by Eric Simonson to corporate, educational, civic and non-profit organizations include:

  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • DaimlerChrylser
  • J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
  • U.S. Army – Natick Soldier Systems Center
  • The Boeing Company
  • State Farm Insurance
  • The U.S. White House
  • National Geographic Society
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • U. S. Department of the Interior
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • DuPont Worldwide
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • Banff Film Festival
  • The 10th Mountain Division
  • Outward Bound School
  • The American Alpine Club
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
  • The Young Presidents Organization
  • American Himalayan Foundation
  • Citadel Corporation
  • Wilderness Medical Society
  • Wired Magazine
  • Portland and Olympic Mountain Rescue
  • The Explorers Club
  • Carleton College


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