Karel Hilversum

(607) 254-7474

The Dan Tillemans Director, Cornell Team & Leadership Center. Co-Director, Cornell Outdoor Education.

Karel comes to Cornell University from his native Puerto Rico where he has been designing and delivering leadership workshops, challenge course programming, and outdoor adventure education for over 25 years. He has lead hundreds of team & leadership development programs to worldwide audiences. His past client lists includes Coca-Cola, Pfizer, Amgen, Nestle, GE, Welch's, Toyota, and Microsoft among many others. He is an accomplished outdoor leadership professional and explorer having successfully lead teams on expeditions to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mt. Cotopaxi in Ecuador, Rim-to-Rim crossing of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, trekking through the remote "lost world" of the Roraima Tepuy in the Venezuelan Gran Sabana, and to the depths of world renowned Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico. Karel holds an MS in Experiential Education and Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University at Mankato and is currently a PhD candidate in Organizational Leadership at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. His doctoral research areas include trust building, team learning, and diversity in leadership.