Chris Warner has been teaching people how to exceed their perceived limits since 1982. In the early days, he took convicted felons from penitentiaries in New Jersey out into the woods. Now he prefers to take educators, MBA candidates and corporate groups through a similar learning process. Chris specializes in multi-media presentations, recounting his most epic climbs. His tales are riveting: with climbers falling though the air, being swept away by avalanches, plunging into icy crevasses, holding climbers as they breathe their last breaths, huddling on tiny ledges as blizzards rage, rescuing stranded partners and reaching wind swept summits. With a half dozen shows to choose from, Chris works with event organizers to best meet the needs of the group. A true strength of Warner's presentations is his ability to transfer the lessons of these extreme adventures to the challenges we all face. Unlike most adventurers on the speaking circuit, Chris owns a mid-sized company, with 175 employees. His experience as an entrepreneur provides him with practical solutions to everyday (and epic) problems.
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CLIENTS: Business Schools: Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University, Wharton School of Business, the University of Colorado (as part of a program that also included the infamous Ken Lay), the University of Maryland and the National Defense University.
Corporations: Cisco, Google, General Growth Properties, Charles Schwab, Deutsche Bank, International Council of Shopping Centers, Raymond James Financial Services, Allegis, Monumental Life, McDonald Bradley, Booz Allen Hamilton, Northrup Grumman, Panasonic, Global Rescue, Aegon, Smart CEO, and more. Chris has spoken to groups as big as 3500 and as discerning as the 500 executives at the Wharton Leadership Conference (speakers included Warren Bennis, the esteemed author and academic, as well as Arthur Salzberger, the publisher of the New York Times).
Outdoor Organizations: The Association for Experiential Education, REI, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Earth Treks Climbing Centers and at least 50 outdoor industry related venues.
Schools: Over 20,000 middle school and high school students in Maryland, through the Shared Summits Program that Chris co-founded in 1999. The Shared Summits team has received numerous awards and public praise ranging from the Governor of Maryland to the Maryland State Superintendent of Education, to the County Commissioners of Baltimore and Howard Counties and the Maryland State Senate and House of Representatives.
"At SmartCEO Magazine we put on about 12 events per year and have brought in more than 60 speakers over the last five years. Chris Warner's "Leadership Lessons from Climbing Mount Everest" was the most riveting event we have produced. No one left the room even for a moment. All eyes were glued to the front of the room from beginning to end. The lessons taught were presented in a manner that will be long lasting in the minds of the audience." SmartCEO
"Thank you for delivering such a powerful presentation at our meeting last week! People were talking about your story the entire weekend! You were definitely inspiring & motivational!" Monumental Life
"Blizzard conditions, battling personalities, dead bodies, life and death on a mountain, profound words of wisdom...Chris Warner's talks have it all and more. Students at Johns Hopkins were mesmerized by his tales of climbing some of the largest and most treacherous mountains in the world. Whether sleeping on the edge of a cliff on Mt. Shivling in India or trudging by bodies frozen in the snow on Mt. Everest, Mr. Warner's experience, clear head, and sheer luck have always brought him down safely. He shares with students what he has learned about leadership, teamwork, patience, and making the split-second decisions that can mean the difference between life and death.
As experienced and worldly as many college students are today, Hopkins students had never seen anyone with the energy and passion of Mr. Warner. He inspires his audiences to think about what they would do in impossible situations, to think outside the box, to come up with options. Climbers must use all these skills to get out of life-threatening situations. These are some of the same skills that will lead to success in business today. His audience will experience suspense...fear... disbelief... and finally intense admiration for him and what he has accomplished." Johns Hopkins University
"Thank you for an excellent presentation yesterday. The feedback from the Cisco team members was overwhelming and extremely positive. One account manager commented that "it was the best guest speaker he has seen in his 11 years at Cisco" - (That includes former Presidents). Your summary at the end of your presentation where you had outlined the 3 goals that your K2 expedition team had set before embarking on your trek was excellent. The achievement of your third goal in particular "of contributing to or pushing the sport of climbing along" in particular was a great tie-in to the "game changing" theme of our day. As a sales manager you gauge success of these types of day long events with the inspiration and value each of our team members take away with them. Thank you for helping to make our day such a success." Cisco