In 1977, Jeff received his Masters Degree in Experiential Education from International College and in 1981 his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and Folklore from Ryokan College. At the age of 23, Jeff was invited to join the faculty of San Diego State University where he was later recognized as “Outstanding Professor”. For ten years he was the Executive Director of YBI, Inc. an adventure-based learning organization leading “cross-cultural and executive training expeditions” in the Nepali Himalaya, the Tien Shan Mountains of Western China and the Sierra Juarez of Baja, California.
In 1990 he founded Salz and Associates – now Way of Adventure, Inc. – a speaking and training company. Over the last twenty three years, Jeff has become an internationally respected speaker and leadership coach, regularly presenting at prestigious leadership events around the world – from St. Petersburg, Russia to Phuket, Thailand. His book The Way of Adventure, Transforming Your Life and Work with Spirit and Vision has been called “an operating manual for every aspect of your personal and professional life” and is considered the ‘definitive word on adventure’.
Jeff’s work as Founding Correspondent of Escape magazine has sent him all over the world on adventures and led to an invitation to create and co-host investigative anthropological documentaries on the Travel Channel, the Discovery network and, most recently the History Channel. To date he has led over one hundred wilderness, mountaineering and anthropological research expeditions around the world, including a number of first ascents and first solo- ascents of summits in Southern Patagonia and the remote Western Himalaya of India.
He is the author of the popular book, Way of Adventure: Transforming Your Life and Work with Spirit and Vision, published by John Wiley and Sons.
In 2013 he was awarded the greatest honor of the speaking profession – induction in the the National Speakers Association “Speakers Hall of Fame”.
Acclaimed “America’s leading anthropologist/adventurer” by the Discovery Network and the History Channel, Dr. Jeff is equally at home sharing stories with gauchos around a campfire in Patagonia… leading C-Suite executives around a boardroom table in Silicon Valley … or coaching young presenters on a stage in his home town of Encinitas, California.
His latest book, The Age of Adventure – A Unique Exploration of the Aging Process will be published by Blooming Twig books in the Fall of 2016.