Karla Wheelock is a famed Mexican climber. She has dedicated her professional life to linking high-performance sports with excellent performance in the corporate environment through motivation, training, and the development of people in leadership positions.
She is also vastly involved with environmental and social causes concerning the younger generation. Her appointments as General Director of W Consultores and as President of the KW foundation have allowed her to lead projects with a positive impact on entrepreneurs and young people for more than twenty years.
A member of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Communication Committee, Karla Whitlock has been able to keep up with initiatives on the care and conservation of the environment. She is also a National Councilor of Scouts and a member of Women for the Conservation of CAPLAC. Her work life has seen her work in different public institutions, including the Presidency of the Republic, the National Women’s Institute, and the Ministry of Commerce and Industrial Development. She has also made vast inroads in the private sector.
Concerning her education, Karla Wheelock obtained a law degree from the Autonomous University of Coahuila. She also sports a Master’s degree in Socio-Environmental Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Environmental Law and Public Policy. The Inter-American Senate awarded her a Doctor Honoris Causa in 2017.
An avid mountaineer, Karla Wheelock became the first Ibero-American woman to climb the highest mountain peak on each continent in 2005. She was also the first Latin American to reach the top of Mount Everest via the northern slope. She achieved this remarkable feat in 1999. Besides winning various awards in recognition of her achievements, she is also a bestselling author who, in recent years, has promoted various projects involving children. She aims to help develop sustainable ethical leaders.
Karla Wheelock currently works for W Consultores as a consultant and lecturer. The company aims to train and deliver talks to various government entities, universities, and businesses across the globe. She is also involved in projects on environmental education, leadership development, and the empowerment of women.
A sought-after conference speaker, Karla Wheelock focuses on merging what she has learned as a successful mountaineer with business, environmental responsibility, and entrepreneurship. She lives in Mexico City and speaks and presents in Spanish, English, and Italian.
"It was a pleasure working with all of you to have Karla speak to our group as a closing keynote after a very long but successful conference. As I told you after the session, you have found a way to describe your challenges and lessons learned in a way where the audience immediately relates it to part of their life, without having to say: think of how this applies to your life. To me, one of the best indications that a presentation has hit the mark is when people continue to talk about it afterwards. I had several very rich conversations about the value of the session and how it related to people’s live and work experiences. Thank you."
“This conference left a great message of life. I think it is a very good talk that is worth more people to listen to and it truly left its mark on the students.”
“Karla Wheelock is one of the most determined women I have ever met.”
“Karla Wheelock’s life experience includes a story of perseverance, resilience, optimism, self-efficacy and tenacity, which she shares, inspires and motivates the listener. Karla found her mountain and the means to reach the top and our students. Leaders of Tomorrow, at the Tecnologica de Monterrey, have made the analogy with their student life and are motivated by their exciting narrative to visualize the end of their professional studies as their mountain to reach. We have integrated their conferences, as part of our program of training to develop the psychological capital of our students, based on the acronym HERO by Youssef and Avolio (2007) that considers as basic tools hope, effectiveness, resilience, and optimism, elements present in the experiences and challenges lived by Karla.”