David Breashears is an accomplished filmmaker, adventurer,
author, mountaineer, and professional speaker. Since 1978, he has combined his
skills in climbing and filmmaking to complete more than forty film projects.
In 1983, Breashears transmitted the first live television pictures from the
summit of Mount Everest, and in 1985 became the first American to reach the
summit of Mount Everest twice.
In the spring of 1996, Breashears co-directed and co-produced
the first IMAX film shot on Mount Everest. When the now infamous blizzard of
May 10, 1996 hit Mount Everest, killing eight climbers, Expedition Leader
Breashears and his team were in the midst of making this historic film. In the
tragedy that soon followed, Breashears and his team stopped filming to provide
assistance to the stricken climbers. After returning to Base Camp, Breashears
and his team then regrouped and reached the summit of the mountain on May 23,
1996, achieving their goal of becoming the first to record IMAX film images at
Earth's highest point. Breashears has said that if there is a lesson to be
learned from the May 1996 tragedy, it is that for him, success that year was
not to be found in reaching the summit, it was that everyone on his team
returned safely. The film, titled EVEREST, premiered in March 1998.
n May of 1997, Breashears performed the first live audio
WebCast from the summit of Mount Everest for the PBS science documentary
series NOVA. Breashears is the recipient of four National Emmy Awards for
achievement in filmmaking. Breashears best-selling memoir High Exposure: An
Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places (Simon & Schuster)
documents his life as a mountaineer and filmmaker. He co-authored National
Geographic's best-selling book Last Climb which documents the disappearance of
George Mallory and Andrew Irvine on Mount Everest in 1924. Breashears wrote
the afterward and was a contributing photographer for National Geographic's
book Everest: Mountain Without Mercy which documents the story of the 1996
Everest IMAX expedition. His IMAX film, Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa, is
the subject of a National Geographic book of the same title.
n the spring of 2004, Breashears reached the summit of Mount
Everest for the fifth time while shooting his film Storm Over Everest.
Equipped with a 35mm motion picture camera, Breashears made his fifth ascent
of Everest while leading his handpicked filmmaking team to the summit.
Breashears most recently produced and directed the feature-length documentary
Storm Over Everest about the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. The film was
acquired by NBC Universal and is scheduled for broadcast on the PBS series
FRONTLINE on May 13, 2008. The documentary includes dramatic interviews with
the survivors of Mount Everest's deadliest storm, and strikingly realistic
re-creations of the ferocious storm that killed eight people in May 1996. The
film also tells the story of the climbers who perished in that storm, marking
the worst climbing tragedy in Mount Everest's history.
Breashears is an accomplished, highly
sought-after professional speaker who has delivered his presentations
throughout North America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. His lectures are closely
tied to his ascent of Mount Everest in 1996 as expedition leader and
co-director of the IMAX film team. He conducts quarterly lectures each year on
leadership, planning and team building at the Advanced Management Program at
INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France; widely recognized among the world's top-tier
business schools as the most innovative and influential. He also speaks about
"Leadership in an Unpredictable World" six times annually to groups of
Admirals and Commanders at the Naval Post-Graduate School's Center for
Executive Education in Monterey, California.
David Breashears' presentation is a compelling blend of
first person story-telling illustrated by breathtaking and rarely seen images
from the 1996 Everest IMAX filming expedition. He has delivered his
presentation throughout North America, Canada, Europe and Asia. David's
extraordinary real-life leadership experiences, observations, practical
knowledge, and expertise in many areas allow him to precisely target and
interact with his audience. He speaks on a range of topics including
leadership, motivation, teamwork, team building, and safety.
In addition to David's corporate speaking engagements, he
conducts quarterly lectures each year on leadership, planning and team
building at the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau,
France. INSEAD is widely recognized as the most innovative and influential
among the world's top-tier business schools. David also speaks six times
annually to the nations Admirals and Commanders at the Naval Post-Graduate
School's Center for Executive Education in Monterey, California. The subject
of his presentation is "Leadership In An Unpredictable World."
For more than a decade, David Breashears has addressed
audiences from all over the world as keynote speaker, seminar leader, guest
lecturer, and dinner speaker. To enquire about a speaking engagement or for a
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