Dr. Jeff Salz, CPAE, discovered his love for adventure early on, escaping his home in the suburbs of New Jersey and –unbeknownst to his parents – over-nighting in the remote corners of Central Park, befriending the homeless and sleeping on park benches. At age thirteen, he discovered the real wilderness, backpacking and rock-climbing in the Tetons of Wyoming and studying the ancient lore of the Hopi and Plains Indians. At the age of sixteen he was attending Prescott College, in Prescott, Arizona where he later graduated with a degree in Outdoor Education with an emphasis on Wilderness Leadership. At age 17, he 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.
In 1977, Jeff received his Masters Degree in Experiential Education from International College and in 1981 his Ph.D. in Cultural Education from Ryokan College. At the age of 23, Jeff was invited to join the faculty of San Diego State University where he was later recognized as “Outstanding Professor”. For ten years he was the Executive Director of YBI, Inc. an adventure-based learning organization focusing on “cross-cultural and executive training expeditions” in the Nepali Himalaya, the Tien Shan Mountains of Western China and the Sierra Juarez of Baja California.
In 1990 he founded Salz and Associates – now Way of Adventure, Inc. – a speaking and training company. For two years he participated in largest customer service training ever completed – an event for over 100, 000 members of the U.S. Postal Service – bringing his unique philosophy and experiences to audiences from Juneau, Alaska to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Over the last 20+ years, Jeff has become an internationally respected speaker and leadership coach, regularly presenting at prestigious leadership events around the world - from St. Petersburg, Russia to Phuket, Thailand. His book, "The Way of Adventure, Transforming Your Life and Work with Spirit and Vision," has been called “an operating manual for every aspect of your personal and professional life” and is considered the ‘definitive word on adventure’. Jeff is an award-winning speaker, inducted into the NSA Speaker Hall of Fame.
Jeff’s work as Founding Contributor for Escape magazine has sent him all over the world on adventures and led to a series of investigative anthropological documentaries on the Travel Channel, the Discovery network and, most recently the History Channel. To date he has led over one hundred wilderness, mountaineering and anthropological research expeditions around the world, including a number of first ascents of summits in the remote Western Himalaya of India. His lifetime of experience has brought him title ‘leadership guru’ to top executives at forward thinking organizations like Microsoft, Google, eBay. Motorola and the Walt Disney Company. ACROSS WORLDS: Jeff also presents a special play format with Alepho.
- THE ADVENTURE OF CHANGE: Leading in Turbulent Times
- ACROSS WORLDS: A Tale of Two Lives of Adventure
- INTO THIN HAIR: The Adventure of a Lifetime (leaving a legacy)
- HIGHEST COMMON DENOMINATOR: Vision, Wisdom, Vitality, Courage: Awakening the Human Potential (workshop)
- ADVENTURE ADVANTAGE TRAINING (1/2 or Full Day): Driving Life & Work Transformation with Spirit & Vision
Adventure, Change, Leadership, Team Building, Motivation, Risk
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"When it comes to building effective leadership teams by connecting individuals through their highest values... Jeff Salz is superb! " - Microsoft
"With one of your core messages centered on ‘being of service’ and, as you know, our meeting focused on creating ‘experiences’ for our clients. You provided a great service for our organization and helped us create a memorable experience for our employees, which also had important take-away value. I still hear them talking about it today! You really helped us enhance our efforts in driving our organization to the next level.” - Allscripts Healthcare Solutions
“When we put this conference together we had a list of attributes we wanted from it, a learning experience, enjoyable, different and so on. We got stuck on one word, inspirational. How glad we are now that we chose the exceptional rather than the safe, conservative options. Your presentation truly lifted the sight of the whole conference and made it something altogether better than we anticipated. Inspirational? Definitely. Exciting? Without doubt. I look forward to sending you a report on our achievements in the Autumn. Thank you for the gift of inspiration.” - British Energy
"I was totally engaged and inspired by your speech - you took me to another place altogether and helped me to put into perspective a number of changes happening not only in our business but in my personal life as well. Your speech was not only entertaining and energetic, but your ability to connect emotionally with the audience far exceeded my expectations and to be honest is something I have rarely seen in other guest speakers at similar events. I received nothing but positive comments about your talk and many were still quite emotional about your stories well into the evening. We had an excellent discussion the following morning on leadership - and how your concept of "service to others" is really what leadership is all about - made possible by your talk. Thanks again for making our conference a special and memorable event for all!" - Imperial Oil Limited
"When it comes to speakers, find out why meeting professionals rate Dr. Jeff Salz…The Best of the Best!" - Insurance Meetings Management Magazine
“Superb! If top CEO’s are your audience, then Jeff Salz is the man for your meeting.” - IBM
"Another big hit. Jeff was very well received. Thanks for your help as always." - AIG
"Jeff was great and well received" - FSC