Presenting an Evening with Blind Adventurer Erik Weihenmayer

 

SEATTLE – Despite losing his vision at the age of 13, world-class athlete and adventurer Erik Weihenmayer has conquered the Seven Summits – the tallest peak on each continent – and is the only blind man in history to summit Mount Everest. He has also dedicated his time to under-served youth, veterans, and people with significant challenges of all kinds, from Seattle and and throughout the world. Wimmer Solutions, GeoEx and the AFAR Foundation welcome Erik Weihenmayer to Seattle on April 25 to share the outlook that enabled his adventures and inspired his work to help others overcome the barriers in life. He will also focus on the value of Learning AFAR, the flagship program of the AFAR Foundation, and how the Northwest business community can help the kids who participate move past barriers and transform their lives. Embracing the No Barriers Mindset: An Evening with Erik Weihenmayer will benefit the boundary-pushing organizations No Barriers and Learning AFAR.

  • Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Location: Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Tickets: VIP and general tickets are available here. Ticket pricing ranges from $35-$80

While in Seattle, Erik will also speak to students at the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) Academy. Students from TAF have participated in a series of expeditions curated by LearningAFAR and non-profit partner Global Explorers. Wimmer Solutions’ partnership with Global Explorers and the AFAR Foundation supports low-income and minority students at TAF Academy with travel scholarships. Wimmer employees also volunteer as mentors to the program and support students in their ten-day service-learning expeditions to Costa Rica. “Programs such as Learning AFAR are critical in giving exemplary but under-served students the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of a different perspective of the world through travel. They return with a new sense of purpose to proactively inspire change in our community and to lead and serve others,” said Matt Sauri, founder and CEO of Wimmer Solutions. “We encourage Northwest business leaders to join us in supporting students financially and as volunteer mentors to further instill the No Barriers mindset that Erik Weihenmayer will speak about at this event,” Sauri added. About No Barriers The mission of No Barriers is to unleash the potential of the human spirit. Through authentic, immersion experiences that push individuals outside of their comfort zones and challenge them intellectually, emotionally or physically, participants are able to shift the perspective of how they see and navigate the challenges of life. We call this perspective and the tools that enable it, the No Barriers Mindset; we are dedicated to providing a support community and resources for individuals who endeavor to live the No Barriers Mindset with us. Our programs serve target groups of youth, veterans, individuals with disabilities and anyone who desires to face the journey of life with a positive, community-focused outlook. For more information on No Barriers, please visit  ww.nobarriersusa.org. About AFAR Media AFAR is the multi-platform travel brand that inspires and guides those who travel the world to connect with its people, experience their cultures, and understand their perspectives. Headquartered in San Francisco, with an office in New York City, the company launched in 2009. Its platforms include the award-winning AFAR magazine, AFAR.com, the AFAR mobile App, the non-profit AFAR Foundation; and immersive travel series AFAR Experiences. About GeoEx A pioneer of travel to remote and challenging destinations since 1982, GeoEx (Geographic Expeditions) provides handcrafted cultural tours, treks, safaris, and journeys by ship and train to the world’s most astonishing places. GeoEx high-end adventure travel company gets to know  travelers’ passions, style, and travel preferences. They then use  destination savvy, in-country connections, and travel-planning expertise to arrange a journey suited exactly to clients, carefully choosing from the widest array of far-flung destinations and hand-selected, authentic experiences. Visit www.GeoEx.com to learn more about the specialists in award-winning tours and custom trips to the world’s most remote, challenging, and awe-inspiring destinations. About Wimmer Solutions Wimmer Solutions is a Seattle-based consulting, staffing, and managed services company that offers comprehensive expertise and top-level technology talent. Whether clients require an individual expert or an entire team of specialists, Wimmer Solutions provides innovative, high value solutions to address a variety of business and technology challenges. Everything Wimmer Solutions does is based on a belief that Care Creates Community: Wimmer cares about empowering and strengthening relationships with clients; about supporting employees and helping them to build meaningful careers; about making an impact on the broader needs of the community. For more information, please visit wimmersolutions.com.