Josh Bernstein
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International explorer, photographer, author, and television host Josh Bernstein has traveled more than 500,000 miles by train, plane, bus, bike and camel to over 40 countries, exploring the biggest mysteries of our planet in pursuit of knowledge and discovery.

Josh has traced the Ark of the Covenant from the caverns of Jerusalem to the mountains of Ethiopia, searched for the Holy Grail in the bowels of Nazi Germany, and communed with tribal chiefs in the darkest jungles of the Amazon Rainforest. He has ventured deep underground with NASA scientists to explore the origins of life on Earth and has hunted with alleged cannibals by moonlight in the forests of Papua New Guinea-all in a quest to uncover some of the most fascinating mysteries of our planet.

Josh’s television career began in 2005, when he debuted as the host of a new adventure-archaeology series called Digging for the Truth on The History Channel. The series quickly became the highest-rated original series in the network’s history, and Josh continued to host Digging for two more record-breaking seasons. In 2007, Josh moved from The History Channel to Discovery Channel, where he has served as host and executive producer of Into The Unknown with Josh Bernstein.

In addition to his work on television, Josh is also the president and CEO of BOSS, the Boulder Outdoor Survival School. Based in the small town of Boulder, Utah, BOSS is the oldest and largest wilderness survival school in the world. Josh first attended BOSS as a student in 1987 and, over the past 22 years, he has advanced through the ranks, becoming president & CEO of the company in 1997. At BOSS, participants challenge themselves on survival courses up to one month in length, learning primitive skills like how to make fire without matches, build shelter from local materials, and turn river rocks into cutting edges. Under Josh’s direction, BOSS has consulted on many television and Hollywood productions, including a number of reality shows and all of the island survival scenes for Cast Away starring Tom Hanks.

Born and raised in New York City, Josh has two degrees from Cornell University (BA, Anthropology & Psychology). After graduating college, he spent a year in a post-graduate program in Jerusalem studying, among other things, mysticism and ancient texts.

Josh is a fellow of The Explorers Club and The Royal Geographical Society and a patron of the American Museum of Natural History. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Global Heritage Fund and the Board of Directors for The Explorers Club. He currently resides in Washington DC.

From the Amazon to the Arctic to the Alps, he’s witnessed some of the most amazing things and, as a result, he has a unique perspective that he’d love to share with your group or organization. If you are looking for a dynamic, engaging, relevant, and at times humorous keynote address about surviving and thriving in today’s ultra-competitive business environment, Josh is the your “must-have” speaker. All of his talks are fully-tailored to your organization, with full audio-visual support including some of the best photographs from his journeys.

Speech Topics

  • Peak Performance
    - Surviving vs Thriving: Making Yourself and Your Organization Better
    - Leadership: What Great Explorers Can Teach Us
    - Exploration Is A State of Mind
  • Amazing Stories
    - Around the World in 50 minutes - Stories and Photographs of My Travels
    - Great Explorers: A History of Exploration & Expeditions
  • Inspiration
    - Be Adventurous, Be Passionate, Be Present
    - The Importance of Happiness and Fulfillment
  • Conservation
    - Global Heritage & Archaeology: The Urgent Need for Conservation
    - Going Green: Sustainability vs. Profitability
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