What Inspires You?

My son and I had the privilege of meeting Sylvia Earle in 2006 when I was working at a seminar in Paris, France, Humanity and the Biosphere (I'm on page xiii :-)).  I appreciated our conversations throughout the week, and my son and I enjoyed a lovely dinner with her near the end of our stay.

One of her many accomplishments is she holds the record for the deepest solo dive.  She's previously held high-level positions such as the Chief Scientist of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), but at the time we met her she held the awesome title of Explorer-in-Residence at National Geographic.  Could there be a cooler job title than that, especially at 70 years old?!?  (She's now 77.)

I think she was my son's favorite person there; I know she was mine.  She's definitely an inspiration and one of the most interesting women I've ever had the pleasure to meet.


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