I was excited to host Majka to Authors@Google. Her passionate talk opened up a country and culture we seldom have the time to think of. There are some thought provoking details in the coffee story. Majka’s ability to deliver an intimate picture of Ethiopia, its people’s and its challenges is no short of remarkable. She held the attention of the audience from start to finish and was able to connect with some of the most analytical and technical minds in the world. The feedback from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive. Majka’s talk was a gift to our Authors@Google series and an inspiration to continue with our volunteer work.Google
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“Majka went above and beyond to accommodate our needs.  From the start, she was easy to work with and eager to exceed our expectations.  Majka fit right in with our team of physicians, dentists and nurses and was able to deliver a keynote lecture that inspired our diverse group of multi-specialists from across the world.  It was special that she attended and was embraced by all at our special events. Her burning passion for climbing and writing is authentic and real. The feedback from her talk has been fantastic- one of the best speakers we have had! We would highly recommend Majka as she is a quality speaker.  If you have the privilege to meet her and attend her lectures you will be amazed as her excitement, enthusiasm and benevolence is infectious.”Harvard Medical School
“Majka Burhardt’s speech was incredible. Her message had instant impact and, judging from the conversations following the event, is clearly going to have lasting impact. Majka’s speaking style is the definition of dynamic and she is exceptionally inspirational, entertaining, and elucidating. Add to that her approachability and honesty and you have a rare storyteller who can inspire action. The Commonwealth Club sees the best speakers in its doors and Majka is clearly part of this group.”The Commonwealth Club
“In a crowded and often highly scripted corporate speaking field, Majka Burhardt brings a unique perspective and highly personal approach to her work. Her passion, hands on involvement and anecdotal style delivers a clear sense of authenticity. Her enthusiasm and confident style is clearly contagious and effective in driving home her message. It’s nice to engage an industry speaker who clearly has something important to say and an inspiring message for her audience to act upon.”Wayne Morrison Executive Sales Manager

“Insightful, inspiring, powerful – thank you for presenting the keynote session at the 26th Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Conference. Attendees were engrossed – a perfectly delivered presentation through vivid images, video, and a dynamic speaking. Your talk was able to transcend, literally, a global message and to a rapt audience who reflected on how they, too, will pursue their own “additive adventures”. Thank you!”Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Conference
“Majka Burhardt’s presentation was a universal hit with both our student audiences at TEDxKIDS and the adults at TEDxSMU — a huge feat! Her energy and passion allows her to connect with her audiences to share her story and make you feel like you’re along for the ride. She was a truly wonderful addition to our program, and also a joy to get to know.”TEDxSMU
“I want to thank you so much for your most amazing presentation. It was magical and inspiring – I was mesmerized. As was everyone else in the audience. I have had an overwhelmingly positive response from everyone I’ve spoken with.
You are a true storyteller. You weave a beautiful web of words and images in your pitch perfect delivery. Wow.”Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

“Majka Burhardt represents the finest traditions of exploration.”The Explorers Club
“Majka’s a dynamic speaker who has a great story to tell. She engaged our audience and challenged them not just to learn about Ethiopian culture but to get involved–an appeal that moved them immediately. I look forward to hearing more about Majka’s work and seeing her back at Town Hall.”Town Hall Seattle
“In a conference like Sintercafé where business and the market are the main theme, Majka added a unique and necessary view of the coffee producer. When she speaks she passes on her enthusiasm and her willingness to acknowledge a more human side of the coffee industry beyond the NYSE and the Futures Market. Everyone related to coffee should take the time to read her book Coffee Story: Ethiopia and to hear her speak about how coffee impacts the global community.”Sintercafe

“Majka Burhardt was a big draw for our most recent fundraiser in support of Ethiopian schools and a big part of its success. She is a dynamic, passionate and captivating speaker with great stories and IMAGES to go with them. Most important was the feedback I received from people after the program; Majka’s program spurred further personal discussions in cars on the way home, over meals and other places about Ethiopia and how their lives can connect with people there.”PRIDE (Partners for Rural Improvement and Development in Ethiopia)
“Majka Burhardt spoke to a rapt audience about what she had learned as a writer, a climber, and a human being in Ethiopia. Burhardt’s extraordinary personal honesty drew the audience into her story and provided a context for much of the information she presented. Her connection with this place is profound.”Cleveland Council on World Affairs
“I’m so glad Majka was able to speak at the Bell Museum of Natural History. Her message was not only informative, but thought provoking. As a museum we seek to inspire curiosity and foster learning in our visitors, and Majka’s presentation was an excellent fit. And entertaining as well—filled with incredible photography and engaging stories. I loved standing among our visitors after the presentation and hearing discussions going on all around me – the ideal benchmark for an event’s success!”Bell Museum Of Natural History

“As a public lands organizer working for the Colorado Environmental Coalition in western Colorado I was immediately intrigued by Burhardt’s interest in the interface between our culture’s adventure seeking and environmental/conservation sensibilities. This issue, this need to move beyond an anthropocentric view of our surrounding landscapes, is one that consistently arises in the field of non-profit conservation work. For me specifically, the question becomes how can CEC encourage the burgeoning population of outdoor enthusiasts to come to understand, appreciate, and work to protect nature on nature’s own terms. Burhardt’s answer; tapping into the universal ‘love of landscape’ that permeates and connects the kayaker to the rancher, the hiker to the farmer, and the 33 year old Burhardt to a new Himba mother in Northern Namibia. Majka Burhardt is not to be missed.”Colorado Environmental Coalition
“I would highly recommend Majka’s presentation to anyone and everyone. In less than 45 minutes one can learn so much, one can get inspired and have fun while doing so. Now, what more can you ask for?”World Affairs Council of Oregon
“Majka gives a rousing presentation and helps her audience look deeper to see the beauty of adventure in the world.”Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum
“Majka Burhardt is an excellent storyteller who delivers with candor, energy and humor.”World Affairs Council of Houston
“We were ecstatic about bringing Majka Burhardt. She incorporates an eclectic mix of photography, immersion in foreign culture, geography, human rights, and adventure into a presentation which illuminates just how original this experience was.”Bowdoin College
“There is a short list of exceptional presenters, and Majka is on that list. Her presentation was one of the best I have seen.”Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI)

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