Edwin Bernbaum, Ph.D., has designed and co-led the Wharton leadership seminar treks to Mt. Everest in Nepal for mid-career business executives for over ten years and has conducted leadership programs for the Wharton Executive Education Program in New York and California. He has given keynotes and conducted workshops for corporations and business organizations such as the World Economic Forum, Sprint, Gene Logic, the Association of Investment Management Sales Executives (AIMSE), Navigant Consulting, and the International Association for Management Education.  He also lectures to audiences such as the National Geographic Society, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Ed contributed a chapter on peak paradigms of leadership in Upward Bound: Nine Original Accounts of How Business Leaders Reached their Summits (Crown Business).  The first edition of his book Sacred Mountains of the World (University of California Press) won the Commonwealth Club of California's gold medal for best work of nonfiction and an Italian award for literature of mountaineering, exploration, and the environment. An updated new edtion of the book has recently been published by Cambridge University Press. His articles and photographs have appeared in numerous publications, and his photographic exhibit on "Sacred Mountains of the World" was one of the more popular exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution.

Ed initiated and directed a program at The Mountain Institute based on the inspirational meaning of mountains, working with National Parks such as Yosemite and Mount Rainier to enrich people’s experience of the environment and promote environmental conservation. He is featured in “Beyond the Mountaintops: Extraordinary Mountaineers, Extraordinary People,” an exhibit at the American Mountaineering Museum on eight climbers who have pioneered advances in climbing and humankind.  He has climbed around the world and done extensive research on mountain metaphors of leadership and teamwork.

Ed holds a B.A. in mathematics from Harvard College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley with additional graduate work in social psychology and anthropology at Harvard.

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