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Don Nguyen

Don Nguyen

Keynote Speaker: Co-Founder & Director of Mountaineering at Climbers of Color; Advocate for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice in Outdoor Education & the Climbing Community

Don Nguyen Biography

Don Nguyen, a first-generation Vietnamese-American, is the co-founder and director of mountaineering at Climbers of Color. Currently working as a full-time outdoor guide in Tacoma, Washington, Nguyen and his associates provide supportive mentorship, technical training, and access to key resources such as gear and scholarships to help close the adventure gap. The responsibilities of his position don't stop there; he also guides mountaineering trips in Washington during the summer, leads big game hunts in the Rockies in the fall, and guides ice climbing and expedition mountaineering trips in the winter.

Nguyen's parents were refugees of the Vietnam War, and his ancestors fought against the nation and culture of the people who invented mountaineering, the French, who are still the leaders of it today. This background and the understanding of the lack of diversity and inclusion in the climbing community led Nguyen to establish Climbers of Color, a Washington State non-profit established in 2017. This organization aims to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the climbing and mountaineering community by developing leaders of color. To achieve this, Nguyen incorporates a DEIJ (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice) focus into every aspect of the outdoor education provided through Climbers of Color, which also offers courses to teach climbing skills and leadership.

In order to make the mountaineering community more inclusive, Nguyen shares his climbing expertise with teachers, community leaders, and mentors within the POC space. He firmly believes in a mentor-mentee model to pass on knowledge from one generation to the next, preparing outdoor leaders from grassroots diversity and inclusion organizations to be successful within their current leadership roles as outdoor guides and educators. The measure of success, according to Nguyen, is in his ability to "train the mentors so they can mentor someone else." Nguyen's aim to make the climbing community more inclusive and supportive for everyone, regardless of their background, is a testament to his dedication and passion.

Aside from his work with Climbers of Color, Nguyen also made an appearance as a contestant in 2015 on the Reality TV show “Naked and Afraid” in Namibia.

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Don Nguyen is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Asian & Pacific Heritage, Diversity, Mountain Climbing, Climbing, Adventure, Social Activism, Sports, Motivational, DEI, Leadership and Teamwork & Teambuilding.

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Don Nguyen generally travels from Washington, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Don Nguyen is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Asian & Pacific Heritage, Diversity and Mountain Climbing. The estimated speaking fee range to book Don Nguyen for live events is Below $10,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Don Nguyen generally travels from Washington, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Shelma Jun, Lydia X. Z. Brown and Bernice Chao. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Don Nguyen for an upcoming event.

Don Nguyen News

  • Voices Heard | Changing The Face of Mountaineering

    With just three days left in his 23-day, reality television ordeal, Don Nguyen was the very embodiment of the show’s title, “Naked and Afraid.” Cold rain and winds pounded and compromised his primitive shelter in the Namibian wilderness.

  • Climbers of Color Brings Diversity to the High Alpine

    A black man, a Mexican American woman, and a Filipino American man walked into a park. On a gloomy April afternoon in Seattle, they’d been given a set of coordinates and were instructed to find each one, in sequence, using their maps, compasses, GPS apps on their mobile phones, and, on occasion, their wiles.


    Don Nguyen’s first commercial guiding trip out of Mt. Rainier did not go as planned. Midway up the mountain a slow moving client stopped suddenly in his tracks while clutching his chest in pain. He was having a heart attack. It was Nguyen’s first time in charge of a rope team on Rainier and one of his clients was in serious danger of dying.


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