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Don Nguyen

Founder of Climbers of Color & Mountain Guide

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Don Nguyen Biography

Don Nguyen is a first-generation Vietnamese-American and founder of Climbers of Color, where he and his associates provide supportive mentorship, technical training and access to key resources including gear and scholarships to help close the adventure gap. His parents were refugees of the Vietnam War, and his ancestors fought against the nation and culture of people that invented mountaineering, the French who are still the leaders of it today. Nguyen is one of few outliers in the mountain guiding industry that in the U.S. would be described as majority Caucasian male.

Among many other reasons, the historical events in POC and marginalized community history plays a big part in why the mountains and crags are less diverse than the population of this country, otherwise known as the adventure gap. Seeing these colonial parallels across many people's history beyond the Vietnamese is what inspired Nguyen to help found Climbers of Color, a Washington State non-profit established in 2017 that aims to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the climbing and mountaineering community by developing leaders of color. The mountaineering community is modeled upon a mentor-mentee approach to pass on knowledge from one generation to the next, making it exceedingly difficult for people of color to start climbing. Instead of someone spending their entire career trying to catch up, Nguyen's program prepares outdoor leaders from grassroots diversity and inclusion organizations to be successful within their current leadership roles as outdoor guides and educators. Nguyen defines success as this: "I’m going to train the mentors so they can mentor someone else."

Nguyen was also a contestant in 2015 on the Reality TV show “Naked and Afraid” in Namibia.

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  • DON NGUYEN & CLIMBERS OF COLOR ARE CLOSING THE MOUNTAINEERING GAP

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Don Nguyen Biography

Don Nguyen is a first-generation Vietnamese-American and founder of Climbers of Color, where he and his associates provide supportive mentorship, technical training and access to key resources including gear and scholarships to help close the adventure gap. His parents were refugees of the Vietnam War, and his ancestors fought against the nation and culture of people that invented mountaineering, the French who are still the leaders of it today. Nguyen is one of few outliers in the mountain guiding industry that in the U.S. would be described as majority Caucasian male.

Among many other reasons, the historical events in POC and marginalized community history plays a big part in why the mountains and crags are less diverse than the population of this country, otherwise known as the adventure gap. Seeing these colonial parallels across many people's history beyond the Vietnamese is what inspired Nguyen to help found Climbers of Color, a Washington State non-profit established in 2017 that aims to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the climbing and mountaineering community by developing leaders of color. The mountaineering community is modeled upon a mentor-mentee approach to pass on knowledge from one generation to the next, making it exceedingly difficult for people of color to start climbing. Instead of someone spending their entire career trying to catch up, Nguyen's program prepares outdoor leaders from grassroots diversity and inclusion organizations to be successful within their current leadership roles as outdoor guides and educators. Nguyen defines success as this: "I’m going to train the mentors so they can mentor someone else."

Nguyen was also a contestant in 2015 on the Reality TV show “Naked and Afraid” in Namibia.

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  • How to book Don Nguyen?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Don Nguyen for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Don Nguyen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Don Nguyen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Don Nguyen?

    Booking fees for Don Nguyen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Don Nguyen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Don Nguyen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Don Nguyen for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Don Nguyen for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Don Nguyen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Don Nguyen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Don Nguyen is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Don Nguyen for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Don Nguyen generally travels from WA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Shelma Jun, Alex Honnold, Hazel Findlay, Jordan Romero and Jimmy Chin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Don Nguyen for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Don Nguyen News

  • DON NGUYEN & CLIMBERS OF COLOR ARE CLOSING THE MOUNTAINEERING GAP

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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