In 2001 the first expedition of indigenous women reached the summit of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world just shy of 20,000 feet. Four Andean women (Warmis) and two American women all joined together to climb in celebration of women worldwide. I had the privilege of being one of the women on the expedition.
I began my time in Ecuador living 2+ years in an impoverished village located in the northern Andes of Ecuador. Living and working alongside the Warmis, I gained their love and respect as I experienced their moments of powerlessness and empowerment and I saw how women can address, overcome, motivate and achieve what they want when they put their minds to it.
I learned about mental strength from some of the 'toughest' women on the planet. As a program director, leadership coach, and endurance athlete, I continue to apply those teachings to everyday life. The Warmi Project women walk bold and brave leading positive change. We have used the mountain, adventure, and triathlon as a tool to strengthen the leadership skills in ourselves and of others.
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