Everest mountaineer, filmmaker is Annual Meeting keynote speaker

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​David Breashears, co-director and photographer of the first-ever IMAX film shot on Mount Everest and a senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, will be the keynote speaker for the MMA Annual Meeting on Jan. 19 in Boston.
 
An acclaimed explorer, author and four-time Emmy winner for filmmaking, Breashears served as expedition leader for the film crew of the documentary “Everest” that found itself caught in the May 1996 blizzard that killed eight climbers. His team stopped filming to provide assistance to other climbers before regrouping and reaching the summit 13 days later. The film premiered in March of 1998.
 
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in presentations to groups around the world, from students at France’s INSEAD business school to admirals and commanders at the Naval Postgraduate School in California, Breashears speaks about leadership, planning and team building based on his experiences scaling the highest mountain in the world.
 
Since 1978, he has combined his skills in climbing and filmmaking to complete more than 45 film projects, including directing “Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa” and “Storm Over Everest,” which revisited the 1996 storm.
 
In 1983, Breashears transmitted the first live television pictures from the summit of Mount Everest, and in 1985 he became the first American to reach the summit of Everest twice.
 
Breashears’ best-selling memoir, “High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places,” was published in 1999. He also co-authored National Geographic’s best-selling book “Last Climb,” which chronicles the disappearance of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine on Mount Everest in 1924.
 
Breashears wrote the afterward and was a contributing photographer for National Geographic’s book “Everest: Mountain Without Mercy,” which documents the 1996 Everest IMAX expedition, and his Kilimanjaro film is the subject of a National Geographic book of the same title.
 
A resident of Marblehead, Breashears, 61, is also the founder and executive director of GlacierWorks, a nonprofit organization that uses art, science and adventure to raise public awareness about the consequences of climate change in the Greater Himalayan Region.
 
According to the organization’s website, since 2007, “GlacierWorks has undertaken 12 expeditions to document the current state of the glaciers, retracing the steps of pioneering mountain photographers in order to capture new images that precisely match the early photographic records. Over the past five years, they have recorded losses and changes to glaciers that are inaccessible to all but the most skilled climbers.”