Lei Wang

First Chinese Woman to Climb the World’s Seven Summits and Ski to both the North Pole and the South Pole

Growing up in Beijing, Lei Wang was a typical city girl, who spent her youth buried in books and excelling in schoolwork. She holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Tsinghua University in Beijing, an M.S. degree in Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill and an MBA degree in Finance and Marketing from the Wharton School. She was on track for a promising career in information technology until one day in 2004, when she discovered her passion for mountaineering and set her dream on the World’s Seven Summits and Two Poles.

Lei had no athletic training in her previous life, she started with running, from one mile to a marathon, to build the basic fitness foundation and learning the craft of climbing from scratch. She gave up a normal life to dedicate all of herself to this undertaking and overcame many physical and ideological challenges with her commitment and determination.

Her remarkable journey culminated at the top of Mount Everest on May 24th, 2010. With that climb, she became the first Chinese woman who has successfully climbed the highest peak on each of the seven continents and skied to both the North Pole and the South Pole.

Her story of courage and dedication has earned world-wide media attention, including CCTV, CNN and numerous others.