Jim Davidson is a resilience expert and professional speaker who provides presentations about personal resilience, resilient teamwork and resilient leadership. He speaks to top-quality organizations like Marriott, National Geographic, US Army, Nokia, UPS, Nationwide Insurance, OppenheimerFunds, and more. Jim shares stories, lessons and techniques for overcoming adversity and reaching high goals. Jim has presented inspirational keynotes and workshops at international sales conferences, leadership retreats, and corporate meetings for 14 years.
Jim co-authored the New York Times best-selling survival memoir, The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival. The Ledge was picked one of the Best Books of the Year by Amazon and it won the National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature. The Ledge tells the epic story of how Jim escaped alone from being trapped 80 feet down inside a glacial crevasse. His survival story is so amazing that it was also made into a one-hour episode of the hit international TV show “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” on the Discovery Channel. Written with Kevin Vaughan, The Ledge is available in paperback, e-book and audiobook (narrated by Jim).
Jim summited Mount Everest in 2017. He has been a climber and expedition leader for over 36 years. Jim has climbed high peaks on five continents, from Argentina to Nepal, and from Tanzania to Tibet. With his teammates, Jim has conducted multiple rescues of sick and injured climbers. Twice Jim has been recognized by the US National Park service for his successful volunteer rescue efforts.
Jim survived earthquakes and avalanches on Mt. Everest in 2015. He shared his incredible experiences and insights from that with CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, Smithsonian Channel, PBS and many other media.
Before becoming a professional keynote speaker, Jim worked 20 years as an environmental geologist (B.S. & M.S. degrees) cleaning up oil and gasoline spills. Jim facilitated scientific workshops and training sessions for Shell Oil, U.S. EPA, BP and many other corporations & governmental agencies.
Jim helped teach about 800 elementary school kids how to rock climb. He has co-led university students on ice climbing trips and international expeditions. Originally from Massachusetts, he worked there as an industrial painter of high-voltage electrical towers. He is fortunate to have two adventurous kids and an enthusiastic hiking partner named Jake the Wonder Dog. Jim lives in Colorado with his very tolerant wife!
Jim has conducted virtual presentations for small companies, international corporations, and multi-location associations. His energetic presentations engage your virtual audience with compelling videos and unique props (climbing gear).
"Jim’s keynote was amazing. I know our entire group was blown away by his perseverance and his resiliency. I heard a couple of people talk about how he had set the bar so high and how they had nothing to complain about after listening to him. So I would say we really enjoyed it!! Thank you."
“The many times I have heard Jim speak I am always amazed at how he can completely captivate his audience. He gets his listeners to apply lessons from his story to their own life situations. I have recommended Jim to numerous groups and clients and all have been extremely pleased.”
“Several long term committee members commented
that this was the best retreat that they’ve attended. This is a hard group to please, so we are thrilled that your presentation was so well received.”
“What an incredible story. You could hear a pin drop during his presentation.”