The Impossible Row: Leadership lessons from the first ever row to Antarctica

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
5:30pm— 7:00pm
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RBC Plaza Building
60 S 6th St
Lower Level Conference Room B
Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States
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Organized by the Wharton Club.


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Join us on April 2nd at 5:30pm as Andrew Towne (Yale ‘05, Penn ‘15, WG'15) talks about his experience with the team that completed The Impossible Row, the world's first completely human powered ocean row across The Drake Passage. Known as the most dangerous 600 miles of open ocean on Earth, The Drake Passage extends from the southern tip of South America to the edge of Antarctica.


Andrew is an endurance athlete, speaker, lawyer and international business consultant. Andrew holds 5 world records in ocean rowing, US national championships in collegiate rowing and club running, and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has also climbed the tallest mountain on every continent (including Mt Everest). Passionate about international relations, Andrew advises multi-national corporations on strategic and organizational issues as a Principal in the Boston Consulting Group's Minneapolis office. Andrew has lived/worked in 8 countries, promotes intercultural exchange as the Vice Chair of Youth For Understanding USA and has served the US government in a variety of foreign policy roles. Andrew earned his JD/MBA from The Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a Morgenthau Scholar, Friedman Scholar, and Institute of Law and Economics Scholar. Andrew holds a bachelor's degree in political science with honors from Yale University and studied for a year at the University of Nairobi as an NSEP Boren Scholar.


A few links about the row:

Episodes 11 and 14 in the series highlight Andrew (and episode 3 introduces the Drake Passage)

Guinness Worlds Records:

National Public Radio Morning Edition:

Associated Press:

Minneapolis Star Tribune:


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