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Jim Davidson Resilience Expert; Expedition Leader; Everest Summiteer; NYT Best-Selling Author; Survivor of Two Mountain Disasters, including the Deadliest Day on Mt. Everest

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  • Everest Resilience: Overcoming Adversity and Reaching High Goals
  • Climbing Mountains of Change: Elevating Your Team's Resilience
  • Resilient Teamwork and Resilient Leadership

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  • 2021 The Next Everest: Surviving the Mountain's Deadliest Day and Finding the Resilience to Climb Again
  • 2013 The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival

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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