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Luncheon with Dierdre Wolownick - Thursday, October 5th, 2023, 12:30 pm

  • 05 Oct 2023
  • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Cercle de l'Union Interalliée
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  • One couple member. Please add other spouse as a guest (at member rate).

is pleased to invite you to a luncheon with special guest


Dierdre Wolownick


Teacher and Musician

Marathoner and Rock Climber

Mother of world-famous rock climber Alex Honnold

and so much more...

I can't stress enough how idiotic it is to listen to that voice in your head

that says you're too old to do something.

Join us for the chance to listen to the incredibly inspiring story of Dierdre Wolownick who has re-invented herself many times by embarking on numerous transformative journeys throughout her life. From a 44-year career spanning 3 continents and 5 languages, Dierdre has been an independent publisher, multi-lingual tour guide, orchestra founder and conductor, airline personnel at JFK, performing musician, amongst numerous other endeavors.  

In 2009, inspired by her world-famous adventure and solo-ascent rock climber son Alex Honnold (of the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo), Dierdre started rock climbing. Then, in 2017, at age 66, she became the oldest woman to scale El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park, a journey she shares in her book The Sharp End of Life (2019) about a life of learning, acceptance and spirit, and finding new strength, happiness, and community in the outdoors.

In 2021, to mark the celebration of her 70th birthday, she climbed it for a second time and even camped on the summit. The documentary about her life, Climbing Into Life, will be released later this year. 

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this captivating talk as Dierdre shares her intimate journey with us, revealing how her climbing achievements reflect a much broader story of courage and persistance.

Thursday, October 5th, 2023

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Cercle de l'Union Interalliée

33, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

75008 Paris

Members: 70€

Non-Members: 85€ 

Register Now!

The French edition of Dierdre's book The Sharp End of Life, Toujours Y Croire (Les Éditions du Mont Blanc) 
will be available for purchase and personal dedication at the publishing price of € 22.

And to learn more about Dierdre ahead of our event, we invite you to:

visit her website and blog

watch the trailer to her documentary "Climbing into Life"

listen to one of many podcasts

and follow her on Instagram.

Dress Code

Tenue de ville.

The Cercle de l’Union Interalliée requires men to wear jacket and tie

Jeans and sports shoes are not permitted.

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