Will’s achievements have been covered by CNN, BBC, The Today Show, Discovery Channel, Voice of America, KDKA News and Talk Radio, and ABC, CBS, and NBC national affiliate stations. He has also appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Explorers Journal, and GQ. During 2003 and 2004, Will delivered an inspirational Public Service Announcement viewed by over 17 million people.* Will’s 2004 Mt. Everest expedition had a reach of over 37 million people.* In 2005, Will won the Media Spokesperson of the Year Award.

Will effectively manages his diabetes in the most extreme conditions, while facing many challenges such as irregular meals, extreme temperatures, unusual sleeping patterns, physical exertion, high risks of frostbite and dehydration, and less than ideal conditions in which to monitor glucose levels and administer insulin. Will seeks to get the message out that if he can control his diabetes in the most unlikely conditions, no one should feel hindered by diabetes.

Will’s memberships include the American Alpine Club, Royal Geographical Society, Explorers Club, and the American Mountain Guides Association. He received a Gold Congressional Award for exemplary service to the United States, granted for his initiative, achievement and service. Will is a professional member of the National Speakers Association.

Will holds a Bachelor of Arts from Allegheny College, a Master of Science in Education from Duquesne University, and Secondary Principal’s Certification from the University of Pittsburgh, where he specialized in educational programs for troubled teens.


Outstanding Achievements
  • Crocs/Outside Inspiring Soles Award
  • Legendary Role Model Award, Mt Sinai Hospital
  • Completed the Peaks and Poles Challenge - summiting the highest
    peaks on all 7 continents and walking to the North and South Poles
  • Media Spokesperson of the Year
  • Pennsylvania Senate Citation
  • Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Citation
  • DESA/LifeScan’s Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Gold Congressional Award for initiative, achievement, and service
  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives Citation
  • Allegheny Gold Citation
  • Teacher Excellence Foundation Award
  • Thanks to Teachers Award
  • Principal's Certification, University of Pittsburgh
  • Masters of Science in Education, Duquesne University
Memberships
  • American Alpine Club
  • The Explorers Club
  • National Speakers Association
  • Royal Geographical Society



Will Cross motivates provides a consulting experience like no other. The consummate professional whether climbing a mountain peak or addressing a roomful of executives, Will Cross ensures that every facet of his program is tailored to the individual situation and delivered with the utmost impact.

Will Cross will:
  • Familiarize himself with your organization's mission, values, and objectives
  • Be accessible to event planners
  • Integrate his presentation into the overall theme of the meeting
  • Conduct a walk-through at least 30 minutes prior to the presentation
  • Meet with AV and set-up staff and other presenters to ensure coordination
  • Engage the audience
  • Deliver on-target information specific to the group's needs
  • Employ personal anecdotes, case histories, and humor
  • Use participants' terminology
  • Be accessible to the audience to address their individual questions
  • Be available for follow-up questions via phone, fax, or email; and
  • Contact event organization for feedback and recommendations
Among the topics Cross will address are:

Rethink for Peak Performance
  • Overcoming obstacles to success
  • Getting on with it when you don't want to
Leadership from Within
  • Find the explorer within
  • Kick-start your inner drive
Cross the Chasm of Doubt
  • Negotiate tough ideas with tough people
  • Risk assessment, management, and logistics under adversity
Presentation setup and audiovisual needs:
  • A lavaliere (clip-on microphone, wireless preferred);
  • A computer or laptop PowerPoint capable with CD
  • Projector with remote and speaker set up.

  • Seed Magazine
  • REI
  • Penn State
  • High Point University
  • Town and County
  • Carnegie Science Center
  • Mt. Sinai Hospital
  • CEO Forum
  • Human Resource Forum
  • Allstate
  • Tenzing Consulting
  • Northern Trail Association
  • American Diabetes Association, International Convention
  • AADE
  • CWD
  • Kingswood Oxford
  • JDRF Gala Events
  • Daimler- Chrysler
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • PA State Senate
  • Diabetes Educators Regional Leadership Forum in Miami, Boston, and Salt Lake City
  • Western Pennsylvania Field Institute Outdoor Festival
  • Outstanding Young Citizens Award
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • The James Caird Society
  • Royal Geographical Society keynote address to international press (BBC, CNN, London Times)
  • ICDE in Budapest, Hungary
  • Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland
  • Joslin Clinic
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • NovoNordisk Pharmaceuticals National Product Launch (Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta)
  • Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association Eastern Annual Conference
  • LifeScan National Sales Meeting
  • Walmart HQ
  • REI, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Pittsburgh
  • The Walnut Group
  • Raytheon
  • Lands End
  • Explorers Club
  • Animas
  • Kinney Drug Foundation
  • epocrates
  • Red Engine Events
  • N Dakota State Government
  • Tender Corporation
  • First Class Educators

  • 2014, 12,10, Makalu, Nepal
  • 2011, Manaslu, Nepal  8156m, 26,759 ft
  • Oct 2009 Successful Summit of Cho Oyu, Tibet (26,906ft/8,201m) 
  • Nov 2008 Ama Dablam
  • May 2009 Everest, coached client to summit
    Cho Oyu, to 7,000m
  • Sept 2009 Cho/Shisha double
  • 2008 Nepal Lhotse (Altitude: 27,940 ft//8,516m)
    Summit reached
  • 2007 Nepal Lhotse (Altitude: 8,516m/27,940 ft and Will made it to 8,200m)
  • 2006 Nepal Everest (29,035 ft./8,849 m.)
  • 2005 Russia Elbrus (18,481 ft./5,633 m.)
  • 2005 Nepal Everest (29,035 ft./8,849 m.)
    South Summit of Everest (28,900 ft./8,749 m.)
  • 2005 Australia Kosciusko (7,310 ft./2,228 m.)
  • 2004 Nepal Balcony of Everest (27,887 ft./8,500 m.)
  • 2004 Africa Kilimanjaro (19,335.6 ft/5,895 m)
    Western breach summit traverse
  • 2003 Antarctica Vinson Massif (16,067 ft./4,897 m.)
    Full summit traverse
  • 2003 Antarctica Geographic South Pole on foot
    First person with diabetes to walk to the South Pole (from Patriot Hills) 
  • 2002 Greenland First ascent of 15 peaks in unmapped, unclimbed region
  • 2001 Arctic Geographic North Pole on foot
    First person with diabetes to walk to the North Pole (from Borneo) 
  • 2000 Peru Alpamayo, Ferrari Route (19,511 ft./5,947 m.)
    Ishinca (18,143 ft./5,530 m.)
  • 1999 Alaska Denali (20,320 ft./6194 m.)
  • 1997 & 1998 Alps Matterhorn (14,691 ft./4,478 m.)
    Numerous classic alpine routes
  • 1996 Wyoming Grand Tetons and Wind River Range
    Numerous classic alpine routes
  • 1995 Argentina Aconcagua (22,840 ft./6,962 m.)
  • 1991 Africa Crossed Sahara Desert, Algeria
    Traversed Ruwenzori, Mountains of the Moon, Uganda
  • 1986 Patagonia Operation Raleigh by special permission from HRH Prince Charles