David Lengyel, co-founder of Venture Up, is a hands-on leader involved in creating and implementing motivational corporate training and team building events. Having traveled to more than 50 countries, David has led mountaineering expeditions on three continents. Trained as a plant biochemist and researcher, David’s diverse background is an asset to our clients in science and technology, as well as for multi-cultural and cross-functional teams.
His international experience led to extensive opportunities in global consulting. He has worked with government agencies in India, Romania, Argentina, Chile, Poland and Russia.
Working with Shell Oil in Siberia’s Sakhalin Island, David implemented a series of team building and training programs for hundreds of expat engineers. In Moscow, he consulted with the All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences regarding an international crop testing program, similar to one he helped run in Mexico. He was also part of the Prime Minister’s Innovation Council to discuss a leadership development site near the Altai Mountains. He has also consulted with commercial and film production companies, and TV shows, including Survivor and the Amazing Race.
In the early years of Venture Up, David became the first to descend Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest peak, on Telemark skis in winter. He later led a team through the Mexican jungle to “drop” Golindrinas, the deepest cave in the world — which also requires the world’s longest free rappel.
David also has many first winter mountaineering ascents in Canada and the Alps of Europe, including the Triolet and the 6,000 foot North face of Les Droites in Chamonix.
Venture Up’s involvement overseas inspired a series of professional development models in leadership, diversity training, conflict management, business etiquette, and intercultural communication.