Joby Ogwyn Taking Flight
World Record-Holding Mountain Climber and Legendary Wing-Suit Pilot
- Became the youngest person in the world to climb the “Seven Summits” at age 26
- Holds the world record for the fastest ascent of Mt. Everest
- Shares jaw-dropping stories and photos of his trips around the world
- Ignites a passion within audiences to live and perform at the highest levels
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- Only person in the world to climb Mt. Everest in a single day
- Only person in the world to fly next to Mt. Everest in a wing-suit
- Only person to ever fly all the way around the Matterhorn in a wing-suit
- Formerly the youngest person ever to climb all Seven Summits
Joby Ogwyn is world-renowned for his prowess as an adventurer, high-altitude mountain climber, BASE jumper, and wing-suit explorer. Known for his many firsts and unique feats, Joby summited Mount Kilimanjaro when he was just 18. When he first summited Everest in 1999, he was the youngest American to ever do so. A famed top-speed climber, in 2004 Ogwyn beat the ascent record of the Tibetan peak Cho Oyu, reaching the 27,000 foot summit in just eight hours. Four years later, he climbed Mt. Everest in nine and a half hours (it takes most people six days to complete the trip), setting the world record for the fastest ascent. For most climbers, reaching the summit of Everest is the ultimate dream, but for Ogwyn it was only the beginning. Joby has produced and starred in television shows and documentaries with National Geographic and Discovery, and has appeared in commercials for brands including Mastercard and Oakley. He has appeared many times on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the Today Show, Morning Joe and more to discuss his incredible adventures. Profiled in People, Men’s Journal, GQ, Sports Illustrated, and Playboy, and exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Joby’s speeches are an inspiring and often hair-raising look at the values and principles that allowed him to turn ambitious goals into realities—and how he’s kept himself alive in the process.
In presentations, Joby shares jaw-dropping stories and videos from trips around the world while igniting in his audience a passion to live and perform at the highest levels. Joby knows firsthand how to walk boldly into unknown and unfamiliar environments, as well as how to manage radical change and shifting challenges. He has spoken in front of clients including Deutsche Bank and Merck, and shares insights on what it takes to succeed—having a vision, creating a plan, fully committing to it, and preparing tirelessly. As Joby says, there is no “try” when it comes to jumping off a mountain. Joby went from never having worn a parachute to successfully completing the most iconic BASE jump in the world in only 30 days–a feat professionals said was impossible. Sharing lessons on what it takes to be successful, his speeches resonate as he encourages audiences to embrace the future, challenge themselves, and never look back.
With more than 30 global expeditions completed, Joby also holds the world speed record for his ascent of Ama Dablam in Nepal. By age 26, he became the youngest person in the world to climb the “Seven Summits.” With a passion for human flight, he was also the first person to fly next to Mt. Everest and around all four faces of the Matterhorn in a wing-suit. Finally, he holds the world record for three BASE jumps from the Eiger north face in one day as well.
The Himalayas, Karakoram, and Patagonia continue to be a playground for Joby’s adventures and he is currently at work with IMAX on a documentary about human flight, The Dream of Flight. He formerly teamed up with National Geographic to make the television show Adventure Wanted.
Make It Happen: What It Takes To Get To The Top. Joby Ogwyn is the only man to ever climb Mt. Everest in one day, a record that seemed impossible until he broke it. With this talk, Joby pulls back the curtain on what it takes to make his wildest dreams and most ambitious goals come to life, plus how he finds the drive to see them through. A speech for anyone who has ever been called “crazy” for having audacious goals, Joby reviews every aspect of the process from idea conception to flawless execution with his trademark charisma and humor. Joby shares “the business of being a wing-suit pilot” and explains how he turned death-defying jumps and mountain climbing expeditions into his life’s work. With his signature awe-inspiring visuals and stories that have the most seasoned audiences on pins and needles, Joby shares his secrets for finding inspiration as well as building team consensus with sponsors and the TV networks that document his incredible feats. Touching on fighting through failure and mitigating risk, Joby motivates audiences facing seemingly insurmountable odds to succeed.
On Top Of The World. In an inspiring, and often hair-raising speech, Joby Ogwyn takes his audience though many of his adventures and helps them understand and embrace the values and principles that made them successful. A man who has many “firsts” associated with him, Ogwyn knows what it is like being faced with the unknown, unfamiliar environments, change, and challenges. His shares insights on what it takes to be successful – the most paramount steps of which are having a vision, creating a plan for success, and then committing to it fully. With stunning visuals, Ogwyn encourages audiences to embrace the future, challenge themselves, and never look back. While most people never climb Everest or take flight in a wing suit, the themes and lessons that have made Joby Ogwyn one of the world’s premier adventurers are relevant to everyone.
No Risk, No Reward. It usually comes as a shock when Joby Ogwyn reveals that he is afraid of heights. But, as he explains, it is precisely that fear, and a desire to overcome it, that drove him to discover his life’s passion: Human flight. At a time when many Americans have never felt more unsure and risk-averse, Joby explains why leaning into fear, and embracing the opportunities presented by risk, can lead to incredible results. An honest and raw look at his journey to greatness, this talk encourages anyone grappling with doubt or fear to push themselves to the edge of their potential, and unlock the spirit within.
“Just wanted to let you know that Joby was the perfect speaker for our meeting—a huge win! His stories and messages had perfect alignment with the themes we were conveying to our team. His visuals were equally amazing and people were literally hanging onto every word. Thank you for all of your help in choosing a speaker—nailed it!!”
“It isn’t often that a keynote speech can have such a profound connection to the strategy and vision of the team who is fortunate enough to receive the address. Vision to plan to commitment, given the transformation we are taking our team through, really hit home. Joby’s message could not have been more on point, and the feedback has been awesome!”
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