Today on Business Rockstars, Ken Rutkowski talks with Johnny Strange, who at 17, became one of the youngest people to climb the Seven Summits – including Mt. Everest. Later on the show, Ken discusses the importance of women as entrepreneurs and leaders with the CEO of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles Chapter (NAWBO-LA), Jane Pak.
At age 12 Johnny Strange climbed his first world class peak, Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica. This began his journey towards climbing all 7 of the world’s highest peaks, a goal which he achieved at the young age of 17. This feat put him in the record books as the youngest person to successfully summit the highest peaks in the world. Since then, he’s gone on countless adventures all over the globe.
For Johnny Strange, adventure is a way of life and he seeks it out whether it’s base jumping into the Grand Canyon, surfing 30 foot waves in Hawaii or skateboarding down the side of a mountain, Johnny Strange is a man who exemplifies courage, strength and excitement. What really makes him so successful, however, is that he lives his life with purpose. Everything he does is dedicated to helping raise awareness about Parkinson’s Disease and bringing about an end to genocide all over the world. Johnny Strange is an adventurer in the truest sense of the word but he is also an avid humanitarian who is deeply passionate about the causes he supports.
Jane Pak joined of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles Chapter (NAWBO-LA) as the Chief Executive Officer in January 2009. Ms Pak is responsible for the development, oversight, implementation, communication and evaluation of all strategies and activities related to the day-to-day administration of the organization. NAWBO-LA is one of the largest and most dynamic of the 83 nationwide chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners, NAWBO-LA represents the interests of an estimated 543,000-plus privately held, 50% or more women-owned firms in the greater Los Angeles region, employing over 692,000 people and generating nearly $125 billion in sales.
Prior to joining NAWBO-LA, Ms. Pak spent over 10 years in various capacities in the public and private sectors. Best known as a solutions strategist, she spent nearly 4 years as a consultant specializing in brand and business development strategies around global citizenship profiles. Prior to private practice, Ms. Pak served as the youngest Asian-American Presidential Appointee to serve the U.S. Small Business Administration. As Director of External Affairs, she created and implemented national strategic alliances with major national and regional business trade associations delivering sound and measurable directives for robust agency engagement with key business and community stakeholders. With the 43rd Administration, Ms. Pak served as a liaison to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans; a Presidential Advisory Board and later as an advisory council member to the Race and Ethnic Advisory Committee (REAC) to the U.S. Census Bureau. During her tenure, more Asian Americans were appointed by the President to serve the 43 rd Administration than all past Presidential Administrations combined.