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Achieving Peak Performance: Applying outdoor lessons to indoor challenges

Berkeley - HAN SF

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

San Francisco, CA

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Haas Alumnus Ended $20.00 $1.99
Guest of Haas Alumnus Ended $20.00 $1.99
General Public Ended $30.00 $2.49
Current Haas Student Ended $10.00 $1.49

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Sports Basement is now an exclusive sponsor of the event. All attendees will receive a Sports Basement discount coupon - hope that gets everyone started on their Peak Performance adventures

Achieving Peak Performance!

The same characteristics that make a strong climber also make a successful businessperson. Don't miss this inspirational event designed to take you higher in your aspirations, personal and professional. Emilie Cortes is a Berkeley MBA alum who will share the amazing parallels between the business and mountaineering worlds complete with breathtaking photography and thrilling personal experiences.


Emilie Cortes, MBA, CFA, CAIA

Emilie Cortes, MBA, CFA, CAIA, is an avid high-altitude glacier mountaineer. Her previous climbs include Makalu, Mt McKinley (Denali), Mt Rainier, Mt Whitney, Mt Baker, Mt Shasta, Mt Sill, Kilimanjaro, Mexico Volcanoes and Ecuador Volcanoes, among others.

Emilie runs an all women’s adventure travel company called Call of the Wild Adventures, Inc.  She recently left her finance career to align her passion and vocation – empowering women through positive experiences in the outdoors. Emilie’s 16-year career in financial services has spanned business valuations, quantitative risk analytics for equity and fixed income investors and Structured Credit transactions.   

Emilie received her MBA in Finance from UC, Berkeley and her BSBA in International Business from American University, summa cum laude.  Emilie holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation, as well as certificates demonstrating business proficiency in French and Spanish.

Emilie has served a Director on the Board of the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA), President of the San Francisco Chapter of NAWMBA, and as Chair of the Sierra Club Peak Climbing Section.  She is currently a leader of the Sierra Club Snowcamping and Peak Climbing Sections and is a member of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco.

Emilie speaks frequently on investments, leadership, and adventures in the big mountains.  Emilie blogs at and is also a regular contributor to Sierra Journal and The Scree.  She can be contacted at



“You inspire people to have a full and adventurous life- both professionally and personally. You do rock!” – Michelle Alberda, Financial Adviser and Past-President, FWA SF


I co-presented “Best Practices in Credit Risk Management” at the National Association of Independent Sureties Annual conference, and was impressed by her comfort in front of an audience. She was articulate, had firm command of the content, and engaging. She had the crowd eating out of her hands – despite the somewhat dry subject matter.  - Bill Quadrini, Moody’s KMV


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When & Where

Bryan Cave
560 Mission St
25th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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