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Sunny Stroeer on women’s empowerment through mountaineering, extreme career changes, and pursuing a life of passion

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Sunny is a record-setting adventure athlete; an esteemed photographer and a vocal advocate for women’s empowerment. Sunny holds a BA and an MBA from Harvard University and worked in consulting until 2015, when she quit her corporate job, moved into her van, and began trail running and rock climbing full-time. Sunny holds the fastest known times on the Anapurna circuit; in the Colorado Rockies, and on Mount Aconcagua, which is the highest mountain outside of Asia. Her outdoor photography has been featured in National Geographic, Trailrunner Magazine, Outside Online, and Forbes. The founder of AWE expeditions and the Summit Scholarship, Sunny leads all-women’s mountaineering trips and works to empower women from all walks of life with the opportunity of mountaineering.

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