Jim Davidson

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Resilience Expert | Speaker | Best Selling Author | Expedition Leader

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Jim Davidson Resilience Expert & Keynote Speaker

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During his first Everest attempt in 2015, Jim and his team were trapped at Camp 1 by massive earthquakes and avalanches. After recovering from this huge setback, he trained even harder and returned in 2017 to summit Mt. Everest.

Work, life and climbing always include change, challenge and uncertainty. Struggling up Mount Everest reveals how resilience allows you to overcome adversities and can reach high goals.

In this thrilling keynote, Jim shares hard-won resilience lessons on how you can:

  • Adapt to change
  • Face uncertainty
  • Overcome challenges
  • Recover from setbacks

Jim’s resilience was also tested by a tragic mountaineering accident that forced him to climb alone up an overhanging ice wall to escape from an 80-foot deep glacial crevasse. Jim’s survival epic was made into an episode of the hit TV series “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” (Discovery Channel), and it was shared in Jim’s New York Times best-selling book The Ledge. From his intense experiences, Jim distills how to:

  • Cultivate a resilient mindset
  • Leverage your personal resilience
  • Increase your resilience through post-traumatic growth
  • Persevere and become more

This motivational keynote will captivate your audience and inspire them to reach their highest goals.

Buried alive inside a glacier. Trapped alone 80 feet down inside a dark crevasse, with no rescuers coming. Jim Davidson barely survived after a snowbridge suddenly collapsed beneath his feet, dropping Jim and his partner deep inside a hidden glacial crevasse. Somehow, he had to climb up an overhanging ice wall of the crevasse before time ran out.

How does someone face tremendous challenge? How can you overcome adversity?

When you experience Jim’s compelling, inspirational presentation, you learn valuable lessons about:

•Persevering through overwhelming difficulties

•Rallying resilience to overcome adversity

•Confronting setbacks as you reach for your summits in work & life

From this epic experience, Jim shares an uplifting message that inspires organizations and audiences to be resilient and triumph over life’s crevasses. This riveting story is featured in a one-hour TV episode of I Shouldn’t Be Alive and in Jim’s NYT best-selling adventure memoir called The Ledge.

On icy mountains all over the world, strong climbing partnerships accomplish great deeds and fuel incredible survival feats. As a high-altitude climber for 33 years, Jim Davidson knows first-hand about powerful partnerships.

This  invigorating keynote shares mountain-tested techniques for being a solid partner, so that you and your teammates can reach your highest goals. You will be energized and inspired to develop great partnerships.


igh-altitude expeditions and rescues face rapidly changing conditions, limited resources and uncertain team dynamics – just like today’s fast-paced business world. By examining some exhilarating mountain rescues that Jim and his teammates did in Colorado and Alaska, Jim facilitates a unique, interactive leadership presentation on:

•Developing resilient leadership skills

•Promoting engaged teamwork

•Adapting to change while reaching your goals


“Jim was truly an inspirational speaker. He was warm, engaging, and was able to focus his talk so that it was geared toward our organization’s mission. He was very professional and we would recommend his talk to any large group focused on resilience. Thank you from Donor Network West.”

— Donor Network West

“It is a rarity to find such a casual, yet professional presenter. It’s a great mix and I definitely look forward to working with you in the future. I can’t thank you enough for making my job so much easier…”

— CMP, Meeting Manager , Industrial Supply Association

“The post-event surveys are in and, as I expected, you got top marks from everyone. The only complaints were that I didn’t schedule you for a longer session, earlier in the workshop. But that just means we’ll have to bring you back!”

— CMP, Vice President-Meetings and Trade Shows, Self Storage Association

“Jim Davidson’s keynote presentation and incredible personal stories of resiliency set the tone for our entire three-day National State Insurance Trade Association Conference. Our group of insurance association and company executives are in the business of dealing with adversity and Jim used his compelling life lessons to inspire our attendees to reach for new personal and professional heights. We all regularly hear from motivational speakers, but the feedback we received on Jim’s presentation was that it uniquely resonated because it was about taking real risks and surviving in the face of impossible odds.”

— Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association

“Jim was very quick on the uptake during our pre-event meetings and showed from the beginning an understanding for the client’s strategic focus for the conference. From their main values and cue words, Jim connected his experiences with the purpose of the event. Inspiring, educational and very value-creating presentation!”

— Project Coordinator, Eventually, Denmark

“After Jim Davidson spoke at our event, a participant later said to me, “The best speaker I’ve heard was at your conference. Jim had the most relevance to advising than all of the speakers I’ve heard.” Jim was very easy to work with, he was very organized, and made a lasting impression on the participants. We have since used his book, The Ledge, in our local literacy program; the students are on the edge of their seats while reading it.”

— Student Services Coordinator, Carbon County Higher Education Center

“This is the second time we have had Jim as a keynote speaker. Jim’s Resilience keynote tied right into the emphasis we wanted as a take away from our meeting. Jim’s ability to assimilate and shape the keynote to our business and provide methods/tools to help each of us moving forward was remarkable. We are grateful to Jim for providing both an inspirational message but more importantly, specific ideas and process that we can begin using immediately to improve ourselves and our business.”

— President & CEO, University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors, Inc.

“We will be facing challenges of a different nature in the coming year, challenges of new and dynamic growth. The key to our success will lie in our ability to execute: exactly the problem you had to deal with inside the glacier if you were going to survive. I will be stressing the importance of execution as we embark on these adventures; reminding them of the power of your talk and calling on them to reach inside and go beyond their perceived limits. I believe that they will rise to the occasion as never before. Many thanks for helping us to see beyond ourselves!”

— CEO, Underground Locators, LLC

“We had an inspiring, invigorating and very meaningful presentation from mountain climber Jim Davidson. Jim helped us with a great send off by using our challenges as analogies to correspond with his mountain climbing experiences. It worked wonderfully!”

— CMM, CMP – President of Meeting, Professionals International, Rocky Mountain Chapter

“What an incredible story. You could hear a pin drop during his presentation.”

— Caesars, Bally's, Harrah’s

“Jim gave me the motivation to go forward with a project I have been struggling with for a year. Now I have inspiration to do it!”

— AMC Institute attendee
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