Alan's keynotes take audiences through an emotionally charged
roller-coaster by climbing to the top of the world, Mount Everest, and K2, known
as the most dangerous and difficult high-altitude peak. He combines these challenging
experiences with the tragic story of Ida's, his mother, death from Alzheimer's
Disease. Audiences laugh, cry, gasp, and leave with tools to help them adapt
and cope with the challenges of everyday life.
"... Thank YOU for joining us yesterday as well as for
the uplifting and encouraging message you shared. We had so many wonderful comments
regarding the presentation and our team members remarked that this was our best
meeting to date."
Kyle Dufford, CIC, ARM
Agency Operations Manager
Alan's Approach to Speaking
Alan's mixture of his own high-quality climbing photographs and videos along
with his casual approach creates a comfortable environment for any audience.
His ability to connect to each person with his speaking style and presence
helps everyone become part of the event and take away something special for
He is not the standard speaker with a tightly memorized script. He interacts
freely with his audience throughout the event welcoming questions
and comments. Audiences leave with a new sense of what it is like to
be on the summit of Mt. Everest in the harshest of conditions or to sit
across from their parent as they slowly go away or dealing with obstacles.
Sponsors are pleased that their messages got through.
Each presentation is customized for the event's goals and audience. Alan
has a deep commitment to every engagement and personally works with the
team for a successful event.
This is a video of one of his recent presentations on behalf
of Alzheimer’s using his mountain climbing as the metaphor. It was at
the Circle of Care Conferences by the Alzheimer’s Association California & Nevada.
K2: Fighting for the Summit and Life
for Corporate, Outdoor audiences;
Alan ties his summit of K2 in July 2014 with the struggles and achievements
of a seemingly impossible goal.
On his 58th birthday, Alan made history by becoming only the 18th and
oldest American to summit the second highest mountain in the world,
K2 in Pakistan. This unbelievable presentation has videos never before
seen from K2 as Alan candidly talks about four times he had deadly go/no
go decisions. He drew deep to find the strength to continue making the
summit at 8:30am with his team.
This presentation takes audiences through a journey of difficulty, doubts,
challenges, obstacles and eventually success but Alan paid a price for
his summit. Audiences are saying this is the best mountaineering talk
ever plus the lessons are timeless yet meaningful for today.
Lessons from Alzheimer's: From the Summit of Everest
Designed for Alzheimer's Caregivers, families or anyone impacted
by this disease; Alan brings home the realities of Alzheimer's with his candid presentation
about his mother's struggle.
This is a one hour presentation that starts with Alan introducing his mom,
Ida, through a brief video and several poignant stories of how he and his
family discovered she was sick with Alzheimer’s and not simply aging.
He talks about how it shook him to his core and compelled him to think in
large terms on how he could make a difference. As a result, he set the goal
of climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents to take
a message of hope, need and urgency to people around the world that the current
Alzheimer’s environment was simply unacceptable and must change.
He then takes audiences through a world wind tour of the mountain climbs
showing startling pictures, videos and telling amazing stories that inspire
the audience. He uses the questions of “Is it hard or impossible?” and
the mantra of “1000 reason to stop and only 1 to go on.” to ask audience
members to consider their own personal struggles, to find hope and the strength
to push on each day in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
He goes in depth on climbing to the summit of Mt. Everest showing the audience
amazing pictures and videos revealing the extreme conditions. His video
of making a dedication to his mom from the summit brings the entire presentation
into an emotional focus.
He concludes with a series of funny videos and his personal thoughts on
his Alzheimer’s journey with points about “If I knew then what I know now”
and “What I would have done differently”.
This is the perfect address for an annual meeting or fund raising event.
Purpose and Passion: Making Your Mark on the World
Alan’s high impact multimedia presentation for corporate
audiences. What’s your passion, you purpose?
Alan's presentation takes audiences
to the summit of Mt. Everest to answer these questions. Along the
way, he shares his humorous and startling first hand accounts of
surviving a fall into a crevasse, extreme illness near the summit
and burying a teammate high on the mountain. Audiences consider these
dilemmas: Is this hard or is this impossible?, Are you hurt or are
you hurting? and a 1000 reasons to stop and only 1 to go on.
Alan's Leadership presentation touches on these points:
understanding the challenge
staying focused on the goal
attention to the smallest detail
commitment in tough times
fact based decisions
learning from experience
leadership and followership
Alan summited Mt. Everest at 5:00AM on May 21, 2011 with Kami Sherpa
of IMG. Alan uses this video in his presentations. It was taken by Panuru
Sherpa who climbed with Karim Mella, the first Dominican to summit Everest.
At 56 seconds in the video Alan is shown on the summit making an audio
dispatch to this website.
Learning by never giving up: Becoming an overnight success through a thousand
In this presentation designed for small business,
entrepreneurs and anyone
striving to build a business or meet a challenging goal, Alan takes his
audience thru his flat-land youth in Memphis, Tennessee to the summit of
Mt. Everest and then to become the oldest American to summit K2, the world's
hardest peak, at age 58.
He emphasizes how he learned from every climb. He viewed each “non-summit”
as a lesson and not as a failure. He learned to choose his partners carefully
as well as his guides. He learned the hard way about making investments
that failed to result in achievements.
Halfway through his 37 climbs over 20 years, Alan refocused his efforts
to serve others when his mom, Ida, died from Alzheimer's disease. This event
changed his life and propelled him to achieve summits he never dreamed possible.
Understanding and accepting the IMPACT of those in your life
Life BALANCE helps achieve the impossible
SURROUND yourself with the best in order to learn (and teach)
HIRE the best to minimize risk
Balance AMBITION with REALISM to progress faster
LEARNING from ‘Failure’ is the key to growth and learning
Knowing when to QUIT is a path to success
RECOGNIZING the need to CHANGE is the difference between success and
PUSHING the limits is the only way to break thru
Accepting REALITY is sometime hard but also the only way forward
LIFE LESSONS for learning to Never Give Up
Everest for KiDs
Alan takes his inspirational and educational Mt. Everest multimedia presentation
and helps children of all ages learn about the culture, geography and opportunities
of taking on a huge challenge like climbing Mt. Everest. His presentation
of Everest for KiDs is used
in school curriculums across the world today and now Alan takes it on the
road to present to schools. Teachers, parents and administrators all agree
that his ability to relate to the children is special.
He took early retirement in 2007 from Hewlett-Packard to oversee the
care of his mom as she entered the final stages of Alzheimer's. During
his nearly 30 year career, his roles ranged from general management to
marketing to R&D and sales. He uses this experience in his corporate
Leadership Lessons from Mt. Everest presentations.
Alan began climbing at age 38 with a summit of Mont Blanc. From there
he went on to climb some of the world’s highest peaks including to the
summit of Mt. Everest in 2011 at age 54. He now has completed over 36
major expeditions around the world, and summited all 54 of his Colorado
14ers which is a surprise to his friends and family in Memphis where
he was born. Read
more on Alan's mountaineering.
Alan shares his experiences though social media channels and on his website alanarnette.com.
He is sought out to comment on mountaineering and Alzheimer’s events for
global media outlets. He is a regular contributor to Rock and Ice plus Outside
Magazines on mountaineering subjects. His followers total over 1 million
Alzheimer’s changed Alan's life when it took his mother, Ida, after an 9
year battle in 2009. It also has taken two of his aunts. Today he is an advocate
for everyone impacted by this devastating disease through public speaking,
his website and fund raising events. Read
more on Alan and his mom's Alzheimer's.
In 2011, he completed the 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer's: Memories
are Everything® to raise $1M for research and increase
Alzheimer's awareness. He partnered with the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, Alzheimer's
Association and the National Family Caregivers Association plus, International
Mountain Guides. The Alzheimer's Immunotherapy Program (AIP) of Janssen
Alzheimer Immunotherapy and Pfizer Inc. funded the campaign. Read
more on the 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer's
Today Alan is a professional speaker, Alzheimer's Advocate,
journalist and mountaineering. His last expedition was to the summit
of the world's 2nd highest peak, K2 at 28,215 (8611m) in Pakistan
on July 27, 2014 making Alan the oldest and 19th American to summit the
world's most difficult mountain.
"... we are quite pleased with the end result and
you were definitively
the best Keynote speaker the event ever had!"
Director of Marketing, Abila, inc.
"What a wonderful presentation last evening!! The
way you engage the audience and tell your story with Alzheimer's while
describing your climbs is absolutely amazing! You are such a great
advocate for our cause"
Chief Development Officer, Alzheimer's Association of Colorado
"We just completed the most amazing Caregiver Conference
of the last nine years. The information we shared was vital, to both
caregivers and their loved ones ... Personally, the most powerful speaker
was Alan Arnette. He showed how he and his mother communicated with music
and humor during the most devastating time of her disease process."Albert
Chavez EdS, CFLE, Regional Director, Alzheimer's Association - Desert
Southwest Chapter, Southern Nevada Region
"Thank you so very much for speaking at our senior living
community. The response from those in attendance was extremely favorable.
Your inspirational presentation was spellbinding for our audience of
seniors. We appreciate your efforts in helping fight Alzheimer’s by
getting the message out and by raising money to find a cure. You have
made a difference in the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s and
we thank you." Jan Jones,
Director of Marketing, Dayton Place and the Cottages at Dayton Place
"Thanks for speaking to us! I'm still getting people coming
up to me/texting/calling say how amazing you were. I think you inspired
a good portion of my group (to do all kinds of things). So for that,
I thank you." Robin, Alpha Kappa Psi, CU Boulder
"I thought it was fantastic. The girls were very impressed
with the presentation and want to raise money for Alzheimer's. We all
learned more than what can be taught in a classroom. Thanks for all
you’ve done, not only for us, but for the world." Todd,
Kentucky Educational Leader
"You are a gift to this world!!! I cannot begin to thank
you for sharing your story with us at MorningStar of Applewood. I hope
that through your efforts that great strides will be made in research,raising
of funds and, of course,that ultimately that a cure for Alzheimer’s
will be found. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your kindness
and generosity to me and to our community!"Marketing
Director Morningstar Senior Living of Applewood
"I can't thank you enough for your time. Your stories and
message will leave a long lasting impression on these students." -
Jim, Hatboro-Horsham School District
"You were AWESOME! I had one caregiver tell me if the event
had ended with your presentation she would have felt completely satisfied
with the information she walked away with! You did an excellent job
and really hit home with the audience." Susan Frederickson,
Area Agency on Aging of the Permian Basin
"It was a great slideshow and very impressive how you compressed
a year of climbs into a concise and to the point show. The pics were
wonderful and the Alzheimer's information was very informative. Kristine
and I came away really thinking about the disease, which is I'm sure
is what you want people to take away from your presentation." -
Brandon from the Vail 7 Summit presentation
"Thank you Alan. We very much enjoyed having you as part of
our Symposium. Our managers certainly expanded their horizons by learning
about the challenges you have dealt with and overcome." Jean
Sammon, Training Coordinator - BLM National Training Center
“This is terrific! I really think you have an incredible
gift!” - Glory Burns, Vice President, First Western
“Alan is one of the most genuine, authentic, sincere leaders
I had the pleasure to work for. He struck a great balance between decisiveness,
inspiration and analytical rigor.” – Morris Wallack,
“Thank you again for your great presentation last night. Your
photos were just magnificent and now I can picture future references of
the journey to Everest. Thank you so much for your efforts on behalf of
the Alzheimer's Fund. With the gruesome statistics of this disease,
time is of the essence for all of us.” – Marianne
"Thank you for taking the time to call my students. They were
mesmerized. I think they are all fascinated by what you are doing, and
you are inspiring them." Anthony Garcia, Boltz Jr. High School
Alan lives in Colorado and can be reached at
. He is available for individual presentations or multi-day workshops
including team building, business consulting or individual coaching.
More information about his climbing adventures with extensive pictures,
videos and essays can be found on this site.
Contact him today with any questions or ideas. He welcomes all engagements. He
speaks to audiences from corporate to non-profit to education.
San Francisco/Napa - Alzheimer's Association Northern California & Northern
Albany, NY - Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New
Mesa, AZ - Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter Keynote
Portland, OR - Alzheimer's Association - 15th Annual McGinty
Great Falls, MT - Benefis Health System Foundation - Mayfaire
Gala Keynote Dinner Speaker
New Haven, Connecticut - Yale University Masters
Knoxville, TN - Summit Foundation fund raiser, Keynote
Denver - Alzheimer's Association Annual Education Symposium, Closing
Las Vegas - National Association of Social
Workers, Nevada Chapter, Opening Keynote
Colorado Alzheimer's Association event, Keynote
Cure Alzheimer's Fund webinar
Denver, CO - Community Care Organization
Colorado - Retail store Grand Opening - Leadership
Lessons from Mt. Everest
Littleton, CO - Community Care Organization
Denver, CO - Community Care Organization
Las Vegas - Alzheimer's Association Annual Caregiver’s Conference,
Evening workshop at Colorado State University - Leadership
Lessons from Mt. Everest
Boulder, CO - Alpha Kappa Psi at University of Colorado
Loveland, CO - Community Care Organization
Kentucky Educational Event via Skype
London, England - Alzheimer's Disease International
UK Corporate Event - Corporate Event - Leadership
Lessons from Mt. Everest Keynote
Denver, CO - Morningstar Senior Living
Pennsylvania Educational Event via Skype
Vail, CO – Vail Public Library Community room
Midland Texas: Area Agency on Aging
Ireland Corporate Event
Ft. Collins, Co – Colorado State University Outdoor Adventure
Warsaw, Poland – European Alzheimer’s Conference
Denver, CO - Community Care Organization
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