Jennifer Pharr Davis

 Jennifer Pharr Davis is an internationally recognized adventurer, sought after speaker, critically acclaimed author and successful entrepreneur who is able to translate her experiences into a path that allows people to better navigate their work and their world.

An expert on “what it takes to keep going,” Jennifer has covered more than 14,000 miles of trails on six different continents. In 2011 she set the overall record on the Appalachian Trail by finishing the 2,185-mile footpath in 46 days – an average of 47 miles per day. She is the first and only woman to hold this title.

Jennifer has backpacked for 700 miles pregnant, walked across North Carolina while still nursing her son and hiked in all fifty states with her tow-year-old daughter. She is a proponent of “moving women forward” in every season of life.

As a speaker, Jennifer has shared her original stories and outside-the-box insights with Fortune 500 companies, conferences, secondary schools, and universities. She is an example of endurance and excellence and is a thought leader for self-care in extreme environments. She is highly regarded for her ability to relate backcountry adventures to a variety of audiences and objectives.

Jennifer is an author who has published eight books, including her recently released “empowering blueprint on resilience” The Pursuit of Endurance (Penguin Random House) and her best-selling adventure memoir Odyssa. She has also written articles for The New York Times, Outside magazine and Backpacker.

As entrepreneur, Jennifer founded Blue Ridge Hiking Company in 2008. Her business strives to make the trails “enjoyable and accessible” through its Asheville based shop, Appalachian Trail Bunkhouse and professional guiding service. Jennifer has been named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, one of Men’s Journals 25 Most Adventurous Women of the Past 25 Years and is in the 2020 IMAX Film Into America’s Wild, narrated by Morgan Freeman, But more than her accomplishments, it is Jennifer’s capacity to connect with people and inspire them to engage positively with their work, their community and their environment that makes her…The Trailblazer.


Session Title:

Blazing a Trail – to Move Forward Together

Session Description:

An effective leader will guide the organization by creating alignment, fostering communication, and embracing discomfort. Jennifer Pharr Davis shares the lessons and challenges of solo hiking the Appalachian Trail and then going back to set a World Record on the famed footpath. Through her story, Jennifer highlights how to create a supportive team atmosphere that is ready and willing to achieve a common goal.