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Alison Levine

Preeminent Business Leadership Expert, First American Women's Everest Expedition Team Captain, Faculty Member at the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point, New York Times bestselling author of On the Edge
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One of the top leadership speakers of our time, extreme adventurer Alison Levine shares invaluable principles for surviving—and thriving—in today’s toughest business environments.

Backing up is not the same as backing down. Alison Levine

Alison Levine understands what it takes to lead teams through challenging situations. Not only did she make history leading the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, scaling the “Seven Summits,” and skiing to the North and South poles, she also survived three heart surgeries… and a career on Wall Street.

A renowned leadership expert, Alison is able to draw relevant, authentic parallels between mountaineering and business because she has experienced both firsthand—on multiple mountains, in multiple organizations, and in multiple industries.

Climbing the corporate ladder in sales, marketing, and business development in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, she earned her MBA from Duke University and transitioned to finance, working in various positions for Goldman Sachs. She left Wall Street in 2003 to serve as Deputy Finance Director for Arnold Schwarzenegger in his successful bid to become governor of California.

Alison went on to author the New York Times bestseller, On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments, asserting that the principles that apply to the world of extreme adventure also apply to demanding business environments. She currently serves on the faculty of the Thayer Leadership Group and previously spent four years as an adjunct professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Alison is the recipient of the 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which recognizes individuals' accomplishments in their field and inspired service to our nation. The Medal has been officially recognized by both Houses of Congress as one of our nation’s most prestigious awards and is annually memorialized in the Congressional Record.

On stage, Alison uses stunning imagery from her various expeditions to demonstrate how progress can be made by going backward, why ego is a good thing, and how complacency can kill you. One of today's most dynamic and innovative speakers, she inspires audiences to push themselves further than they ever thought possible.

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