Blind mountain climber to keynote Mines Leadership Summit Jan. 28

GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 26, 2012 – Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind man in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest, will be the keynote speaker for the fourth Colorado School of Mines Leadership Summit to be held Jan. 28 on the university’s campus in Golden, Colo.
Weihenmayer made his historic Mount Everest summit in 2001. In 2008, when he stood on top of Carstensz Pyramid, the tallest peak in Austral-Asia, he completed his quest to climb the Seven Summits – the highest peak on every continent.
This year’s program will focus on the importance of effective communication in leadership situations. Leaders can have a grand vision and well-designed strategies to achieve it, but without strong communication skills, they will be challenged to achieve the alignment and commitment of the various stakeholders necessary for success.
The Leadership Summit began in 2008 as a project led by the Mines student government with faculty and staff support. Hundreds of students have benefited from the event’s great speakers, focused team building and breakout sessions. Mines has felt the positive impact of these student leaders through their involvement in clubs, activities and academics.
For more information and the full schedule, see the Leadership Summit website.
David Tauchen, Public Relations Specialist / 303-273-3088 /
Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations / 303-273-3541 /
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