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Motivational Speaker: Majka Burhardt

 

Motivational Speaker

 Explorer

Writer

Filmmaker

Majka Burhardt has traveled and guided throughout the world by bike, canoe, and more often than not, by foot. For the past two decades she’s journeyed from the Roof of Africa to the waters of the Arctic and told stories of singular and collective human relevance from these lands.

A respected writer and filmmaker, Burhardt is a columnist with Climbing Magazine and the author of two books, Vertical Ethiopia and Coffee Story: Ethiopia, as well as the Executive Producer of Waypoint Namibia.  Vertical Ethiopia was short-listed for the Banff Book Award and Burhardt was nominated for an EPIC Emerging Artist Award for her work as the Executive Producer of Waypoint Namibia. Burhardt’s writing regularly appears in publications, including Alpinist, AFAR, and The Explorer’s Journal. Her work has been featured on news programs, radio shows, magazines and newspapers, and in film festivals throughout the world.

Burhardt specializes in making the remote accessible. She seeks out first ascents in new climbing territories with complex historical settings and creates stories around their modern global relevance.  The result is a resume of intricate climbs, ranging from The Brandberg, Namibia’s highest peak, to explorations of fragile sandstone towers in the Ethiopia’s northern reaches.

 

 

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Featured Speaker

More than 60 events as featured speaker, include:

Explorers Club, TEDxSMU, Cleveland World Affairs Council, New York Citiy 92nd Street Y, Banff Film and Book Festival, Colorado Environmental Coalition, Seattle IMAX Theatre, Dartmouth University.

 

 

Education

Majka Burhardt has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and received her BA in Anthropology from Princeton University.  She is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and serves on the organization’s Board of Directors.

 

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Testimonials

Majka Burhardt represents the finest traditions of exploration.

Ken Kalmer, The Explorers Club

 Majka Burhardt spoke to a rapt audience about what she had learned as a writer, a climber, and a human being in Ethiopia. Burhardt’s extraordinary personal honesty drew the audience into her story and provided a context for much of the information she presented. Her connection with this place is profound.

Meredith Holmes, Cleveland Council on World Affairs

As a public lands organizer working for the Colorado Environmental Coalition in western Colorado I was immediately intrigued by Burhardt’s interest in the interface between our culture’s adventure seeking and environmental/conservation sensibilities. This issue, this need to move beyond an anthropocentric view of our surrounding landscapes, is one that consistently arises in the field of non-profit conservation work. For me specifically, the question becomes how can CEC encourage the burgeoning population of outdoor enthusiasts to come to understand, appreciate, and work to protect nature on nature’s own terms.  Burhardt’s answer; tapping into the universal ‘love of landscape’ that permeates and connects the kayaker to the rancher, the hiker to the farmer, and the 33 year old Burhardt to a new Himba mother in Northern Namibia. Waypoint Namibia is not to be missed.

 Kate Graham, Public Lands Organizer, Colorado Environmental Coalition

 

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