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Keynote Presentation

erik weihenmayer - keynote speaker for The NGA Show

Thank you to our Opening Keynote Sponsor:

kraft heinz - the nga show opening keynote sponsor


We were thrilled that Erik Weihenmayer was our Opening Keynote speaker for The NGA Show 2023, sharing his powerful message about harnessing the power of adversity as fuel for greatness.

Despite losing his vision at age 14, Weihenmayer became the first blind person in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 2001. Since then, he has been internationally recognized as an accomplished climber, paraglider, skier, kayaker, author, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker. Weihenmayer created the Adventure Team Challenge, a first-of-its-kind adventure race in which teams of disabled and non-disabled athletes compete. He is also the co-founder of No Barriers USA, a nonprofit organization that helps people of diverse abilities develop a No Barriers Mindset. Weinhenmayers publications include:

  • Touch the Top of the World, published in 12 languages and was made into an A&E movie
  • The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles Into Everyday Greatness
  • No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

Weihenmayer’s adventures have earned him dozens of awards, including an ESPY, Nike’s Casey Martin Award, and the Helen Keller Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also a frequent television guest who has appeared on programs including NBC’s “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Tonight Show.” He was featured on the cover of Time magazine, among others, and has also carried torches for both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

Stay tuned for an announcement of our NGA 2024 Keynote speaker!