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Jeff Salz, Ph.D. creates the foundation for adventurous thinking in any organization by presenting a unique perspective on taking risks. It's not the adventure that only occurs at rarefied air that he talks about—it is the adventure that occurs everywhere, every day. Dr. Salz shows audiences that our life must consist of adventure for a truly meaningful workplace.
At age seventeen Dr. Salz was already traveling the world alone, ice climbing in the Southern Alps of New Zealand and living on vampire bats in the jungles of New Caledonia. His nineteenth year was spent exploring the Andes of South America and completing some of the toughest climbs on the continent from Peru to Patagonia.
Since that time Jeff has led over one hundred wilderness, mountaineering and anthropological research expeditions around the world, including a number of first ascents of summits in Southern Patagonia and the remote Western Himalaya of India. He has served CBS News as adventure expert for the Survivor television series, created and co-hosted investigative anthropological documentaries for the Travel Channel, Discovery Network and History Channel.
A Ph.D. in cultural anthropology earned him a full-time position on the faculty of San Diego State University where he was awarded the distinction of ‘Outstanding Professor’. As an internationally respected speaker and leadership coach, was recently inducted into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame and is a much sought after presenter at major events around the world for C-suite executives at thought-leading organizations such as eBay, Microsoft, Google and the Walt Disney Company.
With strategies from his best-selling book The Way of Adventure, Dr. Salz gives audiences clear instructions that enable them to put the passion and commitment of adventure to work in their organizations and daily life.
In 1987, when Alephonsion, (Alepho) Deng was seven years old, his village in Southern Sudan was attacked by his own government troops. To avoid capture he ran into the night with many other young boys. Without food, water, shoes or parents, he crossed 1,000 miles of lion and crocodile infested territory. After five years of fleeing war, starvation and wild animals, he reached Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and began his education.
Nine years later, in 2001, the U.S. Government welcomed Alephonsion Deng as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.
After a nine-month stint as at Ralphʼs grocery store in San Diego, Alepho was cast in the Russell Crowe movie Master and Commander. In a sudden and unusual juxtaposition, this young African man spent six months on the set in Rosarito, Mexico where he learned to sail a tall ship, fire a cannon and swordfight.
Alepho has spoken to over 100 schools, universities, clubs and organizations about his extraordinary story of survival in Africa, adapting to his life in the United States and his hope for peace in the world.
His memoir, written with his brother, Benson, and cousin, Benjamin, entitled, They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky was a Los Angeles Times Bestseller and has won many awards including the Christopher Award and Washington Post’s Top 100 books of the year.
"My story is not one of sorrow, pity or feeling bad. In fact, it is a celebration of the spirit of mankind, of the goodness in the world, and of fortitude, faith and caring. As my journey has taught me, you cannot change what has happened but you can create your own future.”