About This Event
On the morning of May 23, 2021, 26-year old Ben Veres posted:
Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. At 9:00 am local time this morning, I reached the summit of Mt Everest. As I took those final steps to the top of the world, I cried. I cried for a lifelong dream realized- a dream I had envisioned and struggled with for so many years. I cried from pure exhaustion. I cried for my dad who passed away this winter. He was my biggest supporter and will never get to share this with me.
Seeing the world from above as the early sun illuminated the Himalayas was more beautiful than I can put into words. I am so grateful for all of my friends and family who supported and inspired me. I’m coming home.
Join Ben and mountaineering writer and teacher Ty Gagne- both sons of New England- to hear the story of Ben’s ascent and the preparations and motivations that led him to the top of the world.
About Ben Veres & Ty Gagne:
Ben Veres is an experienced strategic consultant with an analytical background and a passion for the 'future of mobility' space. Ben is currently working on autonomous vehicles at Aurora where he has helped to develop a commercialization plan as well as provide cross-functional support to vehicle operations, people operations, and finance.
Prior to joining Aurora, he worked at McKinsey & Co. where he developed deep expertise across the automotive sector including electrification, shared mobility, and autonomous vehicles. Ben also has exposure to the capital markets through his work at Goldman Sachs and Citadel.
He is on the Board of Directors for FairPlay, a female-founded non-profit that focuses on making play accessible for children with disabilities through adapted toys.
In high altitude mountaineering Ben has been recognized by the Himalayan Times for the first ascent of Nupla Khang in Nepal and has received an award from the American Alpine Club and The North Face for his summit of Cho Oyu (6th tal