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Majka Burhardt ’98

Majka Burhardt

Majka Burhardt is an author, professional climber, filmmaker and conservation entrepreneur. She has spent over two decades creating unusual connections between adventure, risk and impact. She is the founder and executive director of Legado, where she works to protect the world’s most threatened mountain ecosystems by working hand in hand with the people who call them home. Legado originated during a pioneering climbing and conservation research expedition to Mozambique. Burhardt is also the author of “Coffee Story: Ethiopia and Vertical Ethiopia: Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa” and executive producer of films “Waypoint Namibia” and “Namuli.” She has a MFA in Creative Writing from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and received her BA in Anthropology from Princeton. She is a professional climber sponsored by top brands such as Patagonia, Petzl and Julbo. She lives in the New Hampshire’s White Mountains with her husband and two-year old twins.


Heart-to-Heart: In-Depth Dialogues with Pioneering Princetonians

Saturday, October 6

Majka Burhardt ’98, Professional Climber and Executive Director, Legado, interviewed by Julia Boorstin Samuelson ’00, CNBC Senior Media & Entertainment Correspondent

Meet Majka Burhardt, author, professional climber, filmmaker and entrepreneur and hear how her passion, purpose and pursuit of excellence have taken her around the globe.

McCosh Hall, Room 10


Gabrielle Sulzberger ’81, General Partner of Fontis Partners, interviewed by Kim Goodwin ’81, CEO, Avanico Holdings

Meet Gaby [Simms] Sulzberger, one of the first women of color in private equity investments. Gabrielle has served on corporate boards since 2003.  She chaired the board of directors for Whole Foods, defending the company from activist investors and overseeing the company through Amazon’s acquisition in 2017.

Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium


Helen Zia ’73, Author and Activist, interviewed by Melanie Lawson ’76, News Anchor and Reporter, KTRK-TV ABC-13

Meet Helen Zia, a child of the civil rights era, who quit medical school to work as a construction laborer, auto worker, a feminist community organizer before finding her life’s work as an author and activist. Her passion for journalism and activism led her to Ms. magazine and global encounters.

McCosh Hall, Room 50