steve gieseckeThe Seventh Summit

Navigating Logistical & Project Management challenges of a Climbing Expedition to Antarctica

In early 2011 Steve completed his final step in the completion of the Seven Summits; the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents. There are only a few hundred people in the world that have accomplished this feat. An undertaking of this magnitude requires many skills, not the least of which is project management. Steve will present images of his Vison Massif expedition and relate the various project management skills he employed to ensure a safe and successful trip.

The Seven Summits include:

  • Denali 20,320 (North America)
  • Aconcagua 22,841' (South America)
  • Elbrus 18,510' (Europe)
  • Everest 29,035' (Asia)
  • Kilimanjaro 19,340' (Africa)
  • Carstensz Pyramid 16,024' (Oceania)Vinson Massif 16,050' (Antarctica)

Steve Giesecke

Steve teaches courses in health care policy, project management, and information technology at PLU. He received his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and has an undergraduate degree in Management Science from Duke University. Steve served as a career health care administrator and hospital commander in the U.S. Air Force. He also managed IT projects for DoD and served as the deputy CIO of the military health system. Steve has consulted for a broad range of public and private organizations in health care IT, performing new system feasibility studies, delivering project management services and conducting compliance evaluations. His hobbies include mountain climbing and flying his vintage Cessna Skyhawk


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