Trailblazing Boeing leader took ‘little steps’ to become first African American to summit Everest

In 2006, Sophia Danenberg became the first black woman and first African-American of any gender to summit Mount Everest. (Photo courtesy of Sophia Danenberg, taken by her Sherpa, Pa Nuru) Sophia Danenberg is happy to go it alone, to grab a thread of interest and see where it leads her. Danenberg’s openness and curiosity (plus hard work and determination) led her in 2006 to become the first black woman from any country and the first African-American of any gender to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Those qualities sent her on a professional path to become the aerospace industry’s top expert in the use of regulated chemicals and materials in airplane production. As the lead of international environmental policy analysis at Boeing, she’s a liaison between the company and intergovernmental organizations, national governments and trade associations worldwide. Her thoughts and analyses are incorporated into United Nations treaties. Danenberg didn’t […]

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