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Kevin Vallely

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Adventurer, Author, Motivational speaker, and Architect.

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"Kevin was a fantastic speaker. His visuals were engaging, his stories fascinating, and most of all his message was inspiring and applicable to a broad audience. All of our delegates who attended Kevin's session left the room feeling ready to conquer their own personal adventures. We would not hesitate to recommend Kevin as a presenter for any occasion"

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This extreme adventurer uses his experiences to inspire audiences and teams on positive, creative ways to infuse leadership into your organization. He encourages businesses to remain resilient, embracing failure, and becoming inspired. Using his unique background as a dynamic explorer, Kevin is able to connect and engage audience members to step into their fullest full potential. Speaker Kevin Vallely is an extreme adventurer, world-class explorer, and architect. Speaker Kevin Vallely uses positive and inclusive examples for company, and individualized growth.

Why you should book speaker Kevin Vallely

  • Kevin has a unique exploratory background, he showcases how business and adventure are similar in many ways, and when implemented together, it creates a world class team of motivation and individual growth.
  • He is resilient. Kevin thrives in adverse conditions; he shows companies how to use creative thinking and innovation within your company and not make decisions through fear. 
  • He connects. Speaker Kevin Valley knows what it means to be part of an elite, high-performing team operating in a challenging, ever-changing environment. He connects his experience to your company’s current pain points and helps you make changes. 

Speaker Kevin Vallely successfully juggles his life as a registered architect, leadership mentor, author, keynote speaker, and father and still finds the time to become an internationally recognized explorer. Kevin was named one of Canada’s leading explorers in 2001 and has been building onto his resume ever since. Speaker Kevin Vallely is both a business professional and world-class explorer. He fully understands how the ‘wild-wisdom’ garnered in the adventure world maps directly to the challenges faced by the modern business professional because he’s lived through it.

Kevin works for the leadership development company The AIP Group based out of California, as a facilitator, storyteller, and keynote speaker. They focus on building leadership among executive leadership teams using adventure to inspire performance. Clients include Microsoft, Google Cisco, HPE, Aruba, Dell, The Wonderful Company, Deloitte, Time Warner, Blackrock, and many other Fortune 50/500 companies.

Kevin’s adventuring career spans nearly two decades, with one of his many highlights happening in 2009 when he and two teammates broke the world record to the South Pole. Speaker Kevin Vallely is a member of the esteemed Explorer’s Club and was honored as an Explorer’s Club Flag recipient for my expedition to the Northwest Passage in 2013.

After spending nearly twenty years testing the limits of human endurance in the most inhospitable environments on the planet, Kevin has developed a sixth sense, ‘wild wisdom,’ that allows him to succeed at everything he does. “There’s nothing special about me,” he says steadfastly when asked, “I don’t have some hidden talent or gift, I just know how to get things done.” He inspires audiences with his core belief that all of us are capable of achieving big goals

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Wild Success

In his Wild Success keynote Kevin Vallely shares how the wild wisdom garnered in the adventure world is just as valid for the business professional as it is for the extreme adventurer. As a world class explorer and business professional himself, Vallely skillfully combines insights from the adventure world with innovative research from the field of neuroscience to provide unique and invaluable leadership lessons.

In his highly interactive session, Kevin draws on insights from his new book Wild Success: 7 Key Lessons Business Leaders Can Learn from Extreme Adventurers to reveal that the secret traits demonstrated by elite adventurers are, in fact, accessible to us all.

Key take-aways:

  • Learn how to quickly re-frame difficult experiences for better outcomes.
  • Understand how to recognize challenge as a growth opportunity and as a means to
    becoming stronger.
  • Discover that optimal performance is directly linked to balance in life.
Keynote by speaker Kevin Vallely

The 3 Key Elements of Resilience

Kevin’s interactive keynote on the 3 Key Elements of Resilience speaks to passion and perseverance and one’s capacity to move forward regardless of setback. The keynote builds around a question Kevin was asked by a young offender while skiing to the South Pole in 2009.

On January 7th, 2009, Kevin and two teammates skied into the South Pole faster than anyone in history, breaking the world record by over 5 days. Kevin has cultivated his level of resilience and understands what it takes. His answer to the question “How do I keep going? Why don’t I quit?” will inspire and empower your audience.

Key take-aways:

  •  The necessity for partnership and teamwork in achieving our goals.
  •  A positive mindset will make the difference between failure and success.
  •  You have the choice how you perceive life. Perspective is everything.
Keynote by speaker Kevin Vallely

Bravery: The Art of Risking Failure

Bravery, for Kevin, means acting despite of fear.

In his multi-media presentation Kevin Vallely discusses that bravery is not a fixed attribute that we’re born with but rather a skill that can be learned, strengthened and practiced. Bravery is not about being a risk taker but rather a risk mitigator. He describes through his own personal
experience how, just like building a muscle, bravery and courage can be grown. Bravery will not guarantee success but achieving success will be impossible without bravery. We all have the capacity to be brave.

Acceptance:

  • Acknowledge and validate your fears
  • Name it / journal it
  • Focus on what you can control

Build Capacity:

  • Challenge yourself
  • Build a strong team
  • Confront negative thoughts

Take Action:

  • Make a stand – help others
  • Risk failure
  • Fake it until you make it
  • Know when to quit
Keynote by speaker Kevin Vallely

On Thin Ice

Through his own eyes Vallely was witness to the changes being brought upon by rapidly warming global temperatures. Just a generation ago, traversing the Northwest Passage was nearly impossible in a steel hulled icebreaker. Today, Valley and his 3 teammates undertake the journey in a 25ft rowboat without sail or motor. The preposterous nature of his attempt speaks to the profound changes happening there. No one has traversed the Northwest Passage under human power because no one could of, until now.

Key take-aways:

  • Climate change is real – facts
  • Voices of the indigenous
  • A call to action

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    "Kevin was a fantastic speaker. His visuals were engaging, his stories fascinating, and most of all his message was inspiring and applicable to a broad audience. All of our delegates who attended Kevin's session left the room feeling ready to conquer their own personal adventures. We would not hesitate to recommend Kevin as a presenter for any occasion."

    Golden Key Canadian Regional Summit 2015 Team

    “Kevin Vallely's presentations at The Great Outdoors Show were exceptional! Kevin connected with his audience immediately and entertained and inspired with creative multi-media presentations that were delivered complete with humorous stories, videos and anecdotes about his adventures that kept the audience glued to their seats!”

    Murat Olcay, President, Encore Exhibitions Inc.

    “Kevin Vallely presented at our Get Active Penticton Series and ‘Knocked it out the Park’. His enthusiasm to encourage your inner adventure was infectious. Kevin has that unique ability to tell an incredible story but still appear like a ‘regular guy’ - this is what inspires others to take that first step to ‘be your own hero’. It was a pleasure to work with Kevin. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more feedback on this outstanding individual."

    Bob Pope, Active Living Recreation Coordinator, The City of Penticton
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    5 out of 5 stars

    "Kevin was a fantastic speaker. His visuals were engaging, his stories fascinating, and most of all his message was inspiring and applicable to a broad audience. All of our delegates who attended Kevin's session left the room feeling ready to conquer their own personal adventures. We would not hesitate to recommend Kevin as a presenter for any occasion"

    Golden Key Canadian Regional Summit 2015 Team See all references

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