Motivational Speaker; The first Asian Woman to climb the highest mountain on every continent and to ski to both the North and South Poles.
Growing up in Beijing, Lei Wang was a typical city girl who spent her youth buried in books and excelling in schoolwork. She holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Tsinghua University in Beijing, an M.S. degree in Computer Science from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and an MBA degree in Finance and Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was on track for a promising career in information technology—until she discovered her passion for mountaineering in 2004 and set her dream on reaching the peak of the world’s highest mountains on seven continents and skiing to the North and South poles.
With no previous athletic training, she started with running, from one mile to a marathon. She built her basic fitness foundation and learned the craft of climbing from scratch. She gave up a normal life to dedicate herself to this undertaking and overcame many physical and ideological challenges with her commitment and determination.
Her remarkable journey culminated at the top of Mount Everest on May 24, 2010. With that climb, she became the first Asian Woman to successfully reach the world’s seven summits and two poles. Lei Wang now shares her reflections and experience of both adventure and business to inspire others to reach their peak potential.
From an unathletic bookworm to the first Asian Woman to complete the Explorer’s Grand Slam, surmounting the highest peak in all seven continents and skiing to the South and North poles. Lei’s remarkable journey has inspired many to dream big and reach their highest potential. She often describes the joy of reaching Everest’s valley as far more rewarding than reaching its peak; and though her road to Everest seems short, her candid personality won’t hide the hard work behind her accomplishments—years of retraining her body, mind, and spirit.
Lei won’t give you the “key to success” or “guaranteed steps to a better life,” but her honest, unique, and real story will inspire you to take a leap of faith and find a path that is entirely your own.
Invite Lei for a forty-five-minute keynote address or a half-day workshop.