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Peak Paradigms: Mountain Metaphors of Leadership and Teamwork

* * * Event postponed due to speaker's travel schedule. To be rescheduled for early December. * * *

  The WCNC would like to thank Carr & Ferrell
for sponsoring this event.

Innovative, dynamic leadership — developing a vision, articulating it, and inspiring others to achieve it — calls for a mastery of metaphor. As expeditions to Mount Everest vividly demonstrate, mountains and mountain climbing provide some of our most powerful metaphors for overcoming challenges and achieving personal and organizational goals. But there is more to climbing a mountain or succeeding in business than getting to the top. They can also be ways of building teams and establishing core values that allow an organization to survive and thrive.

In a presentation illustrated with spectacular photography, case studies, and personal anecdotes, Ed Bernbaum uses celebrated mountains around the world as evocative paradigms to highlight various key aspects of leadership and teamwork needed to complete short-term projects and build lasting organizations in today’s global marketplace of change and diversity. He shows, for example, how Mount Sinai focuses attention on the importance of instilling a sense of calling and service while Mount Fuji points to the necessity of developing corporate identity and stability. Some of the most striking lessons in the presentation come from the gripping story of an avalanche he was caught in on Annapurna, one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas.

Register Online [* * * Event will be rescheduled for early December. Event tickets already purchased may be used for the December event or refunded at the attendee's choice. * * *]
Date: Thursday, November 6th, 2008.
Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm. Check-in and informal networking reception with appetizers. 7:00-8:00 Presentation
Location: Carr & Ferrell, 2200 Geng Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303
Cost: $20 per person for WCNC members and their accompanied guests. $20 for members of affiliate clubs. $40 for non-member alumni and other guests. Registrations after 5:00pm Tuesday, Nov. 4th an additional $10, if available. Cancellations after 5:00pm Tuesday, Nov. 4th at the discretion of the WCNC.

 Edwin Bernbaum
Co-designer and leader of the Wharton leadership seminar treks to Mount Everest and the Himalayas, Edwin Bernbaum, Ph.D. is a mountaineer, scholar, and world authority on mountains as sources of inspiration and meaning. He has climbed and researched mountain metaphors of leadership and teamwork around the world and lectures extensively to corporations and audiences such as Gene Logic, the Association of Investment Management Sales Executives (AIMSE), the Wharton School, and the National Geographic Society. A Senior Fellow at The Mountain Institute, Ed started and directed a program based on the inspirational value of mountain environments working in remote regions of Central Asia and with National Parks such as Yosemite and Mount Rainier in the US. His award-wining book Sacred Mountains of the World was the basis for an exhibit of his photographs at the Smithsonian Institution and the American Museum of Natural History.

Ed and Mike Useem, Director of Wharton’s Center for Leadership and Change Management, are co-organizing and leading a Himalayan Leadership Seminar Trek to Mount Everest , April 24- May 10, 2009.

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