Explorer Jan Reynolds raised the bar for skiers worldwide when she completed the highest ski descent from a summit nearly 25,000’ in the Pamirs, sponsored by National Geographic in 1980, and set the high altitude skiing record for women for almost a decade. Esquire Magazine honored Jan as athlete of the decade; as top biathlete, in the first women’s World Cup Championships 1984, and for skiing on the grueling Everest Grand Circle expedition, in winter in the Himalaya. Jan was the only woman on these expeditions, chronicled in her book, The Glass Summit: One Woman’s Epic Journey Breaking Through. Beyond setting world records, Jan’s expeditions were first to garner corporate sponsorship, elevating and expanding the sport internationally. Jan was also one of the first 2 athletes ever hired by The North Face, creating a new professional occupation for climbers and skiers in the U.S.
Finishing among the top men in the arduous ski triathlon “Mountain Man”, and leading imaginative expeditions using all forms of equipment from skate, telemark, rondonee skis, even snowboards, landed Jan on the cover of Outside, Ultra Sport, and Women’s Sports and Fitness magazines with headlines, “Is There Anything She Can’t Do” and “This is Jan Reynolds who loves doing things no woman has ever done.” As journalist/photojournalist Jan took skis worldwide; solo over Himalayan Nangpa La for National Geographic and pushed equipment limits using skating skis on 23,000’ Mera peak, writing for Ski, Powder, Outside, Backcountry, Snow Country and creating 20 award winning books, including Vanishing Cultures series.
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JILL HAYNES GIDGE
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Jill Haynes Gidge was an agency principal in an independent insurance agency, Gidge Insurance Services, Inc., marketing all lines (P&C, LAH) for over 30 years. She founded Insure-Ed, an independent insurance education consulting and training company, in 1996 and has been instructing insurance education and leadership programs since 1992. She serves an instructor for: The National Alliance for their Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) program; The Institutes for their Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), Associate in Insurance Service (AINS), and Associate in Underwriting (AU) national designation programs, and was recognized as an Outstanding Course Leader in 2008, and a Gold Level Course Leader in 2018; The Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters Society (CPCU); and various state insurance agents’ associations. Jill is a member of the NH Chapter of the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters’ Society (CPCU), and the Society of Insurance Trainers and Educators (SITE), Society of Certified Insurance Counsellors (CIC) and Society of Certified Customer Service Representatives (CISR). She also does in-house training for insurance carriers and agencies and has done expert witness work for errors and omissions cases.
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