Businesswoman, Adventurer, Author, Motivational Speaker First American Woman to Summit Mt. Everest
Stacy has climbed the world’s most famous mountains; now she is helping organizations around the globe scale their own monumental challenges.
Mountains, though seemingly a planet apart from the world of business, are a rich source of practical insights for executives, managers and individuals alike. They are high-altitude laboratories for leadership, team dynamics, risk-taking, vision, and change management. Stacy combines her mountain experience with her business knowledge to create keynotes that consistently hit the mark to inspire and motivate people to move beyond their limitations to reach for their dreams.
Stacy Allison is best known as the First American woman to summit Mt. Everest. At the age of 21, Stacy began major alpine climbing. Within a year, Stacy reached the top of Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, the highest point in North America. Next she was part of the first successful women’s ascent of Ama Dablam, the 22,495 foot peak known as Nepal’s Matterhorn. These accomplishments provided the groundwork for even greater accomplishments.
On her first attempt on Mt Everest, Stacy did not summit. She describes the challenge: “The worst storm in forty years trapped us in a snow cave at 23,500 feet for five days. Turning back can be the most important yet difficult decision of all, particularly when there is so much pressure to succeed.” Stacy reflects, “If you see yourself as trying to beat the mountain, eventually the mountain will win. As is the case with most ‘global’ challenges, you don’t conquer mountains, you cooperate with them.”
Stacy returned to Mt. Everest with the Northwest American Everest Expedition. On September 29, 1988, after twenty-nine days on the mountain, Stacy became the first American woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain at 29,028 feet.
Stacy then went on to become the leader of a successful K2 expedition, the world’s second highest mountain. Three of the team of seven made it to the top. In keeping with her view of teamwork and leadership, Stacy says, “In any endeavor, leaders should inspire members of the team with a passion for success, but within the framework of team effort. One of the most crucial things to realize, feel and remember is that when one team member succeeds, the entire team succeeds.”
Stacy’s experiences extend well beyond the mountains. She is president of Stacy Allison General Contracting, a residential building company and she serves on the Board of Trustees of the National University System.
In the spirit of giving back to her community, Stacy Chairs the American Lung Association fundraiser, Climb for Clean Air. She has worked on projects for Habitat for Humanity and also volunteers for Medical Teams International.
She is also an author and committed mother of two. In her free time, Stacy runs marathons, whitewater kayaks and mountain bikes with her two sons.
Stacy’s first book, Beyond the Limits: A Woman’s Triumph on Everest, is a triumphant story of her adventures. Her second, Many Mountains to Climb; Reflections on Competence, Courage and Commitment is a thought-provoking account of climbing challenges and their lessons for reaching your goals in both your personal and professional life.
Beyond the Limits; Lessons From Everest
Beyond The Limits; Lessons from Everest
Mt. Everest is one of the most unforgiving environments on Earth and decisions don’t get much starker. That’s why mountains, though seemingly a planet apart from the world of business, are a rich source of insights for associates, managers and executives alike. More than just symbols of upward strivings, mountains are high-altitude crucibles for leadership, team dynamics, risk-taking, vision, and change. Even though you and your associates may not experience arctic temperatures, hurricane force winds, or seemingly bottomless crevasses, you do face an increasingly competitive marketplace, a more dynamic and demanding customer base, and the challenge of consistently delivering results while balancing profitability and growth. Running a successful organization is like climbing a mountain. Just like an expedition, you must forge an inspiring vision, build an accomplished team, overcome obstacles and stay focused, to consistently be your best and stay on top. Each team member’s leadership, teamwork and motivation play critical roles in this success.
Stacy combines her business acumen and her spirit for adventure to show her audiences how to thrive in their organizations through courage, leadership, vision, teamwork, risk taking, and personal accountability. Stacy’s high content, personalized, dynamic presentation will encourage and inspire you to take a visionary look at opportunities and move beyond your limits. The future will never look the same!
Many Mountains to Climb!
Many Mountains to Climb!
Our accountability to ourselves and others defines our character. It determines our success and our ability to adjust to the challenges, changes and risks confronting us in today’s world. Stacy demonstrates how the principles involved in climbing mountains apply to our everyday lives and how all of us can tap into our abilities to produce real results that have a positive impact on others and the bottom line.
Undaunted in Daunting Times!
Undaunted in Daunting Times
In our stark new reality, individuals and organizations must examine their situations honestly and objectively, discover opportunities and act with courage. Stacy’s experience in extreme environments gives her first hand insight on how to succeed in daunting times. Stacy will help you call on your core values to reestablish a firm foundation and to remain optimistic while you navigate turbulence and climb into the future with confidence and courage.
We Can Get There Fom Here; Teamwork, It Works!
We Can Get There From Here, Teamwork, it Works!
It’s true for any team project—cooperation works! More than an idea, teamwork is essential for your organization’s success and survival. Learn how to create a team environment that will improve the quality of life and level of performance for you, your co-workers and your organization’s bottom line.
“Stacy was fantastic. She crafted an engaging presentation that not only taught our audience, but did so with an entertaining and comedic panache that kept our clients on the edge of their seats. Her presentation was only outdone by the grace and patience she showed our guests as she signed over 200 copies of her book, Many Mountains to Climb, following the event.”
–Kevin Daigle, Marketing Specialist
– Marketing Specialist, Picis, Optuminsight
“…No other speaker has ever tied his or her presentation to our community and culture as Stacy has done. Stacy went beyond motivation-she created passion. Our conference did not end-it continues in the hearts and minds of our participants.”
–Michael Goeden, BB& Six Sigma Champion, SKF USA
– BB&Six Sigma Champion, SKF International
“I’ve heard nothing but positive things about your keynote speech. It was WONDERFUL. Even the most gruff refinery-boys who usually perceive these meetings as “fluffy” were very impressed (and touched) by your speech. As a matter of fact, one of them stayed up until 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning READING YOUR BOOK FROM COVER TO COVER.
–Brenda Erickson, Senior Consultant, Talent Management and Development
– Senior Consultant, Talent Management and Development, ConocoPhillips
Comcast (National Sales Meeting)
“Your story touched the entire audience. The standing ovation
is an indication of the enormous impact you had on them.”
–Filemon Lopez, Senior Vice-President of Sales
– Senior Vice-President of Sales, Comcast
Microsoft (Recruiters Meeting)
“…we’ve had many speakers in the past, you are by far the best…you really made your experiences come alive & mirrored our own “problems”. I know that everyone there was very impressed.”
– , Microsoft
“The fact that you incorporated SunTrust jargon into your presentation made your message so much more relevant and inspiring to our employees. I had so many requests for more information about you, I posted a link on our corporate sales management website.”
–Susan Bossert, SVP, Corporate Director Sales Management
– Senior Vice-President, Corporate Director Sales Management, SunTrust
Thank you Stacy for your very moving presentation at our sales meeting…Your presentation was just what I need to hear…it resonated in so many ways but most notably when you reached the top of the mount, you need to go back down and set some new goals. I recently completed my Ph.D. (which was my arduous climb) but I seemed ready to sit on the sidelines. Not anymore! I have set some new goals and I remembered what it is like to really want something and to go after it. Thank you so for the excellent presentation. You made a difference!
– , Boehringer-Ingelheim
TEMPO Leadership Summit
“Stacy Allison provided a moving experience all leaders deeply connected with along both personal and professional dimensions. She provides riveting and visual scenarios that motivate leaders to evaluate their commitment, resilience and learnings no matter where they are in their leadership journey… Stacy delivers beyond a typical “speaker”… She enables and coaches provocative thought that also creates a sense of urgency in the pursuit of your next leadership growth opportunity!”
–Jayne Hladio, SVP, Regional Market Manager, Wisconsin, US Bank
– Senior Vice President, Regional Market Manager, Wisconsin US Bank, US Bank
U.S. Bank Senior Women Leaders and Pinnacle Member Group, Payment Division
”Your leadership messages interwoven with your personal story riveted our groups. The photos and videos added a sense of what it would be like to be on Mt Everest. I have heard nothing but fantastic comments since your presentations. I would suggest that anyone move mountains to hear you speak! Thank you.
– Senior VP, Payment Services, U.U. Bank
Celebrity Cruises (Annual Sales and Marketing Meeting)
It was a pleasure to meet you, you absolutely “nailed it” with your motivational life story at the National Sales and Marketing Meeting, Well Done!
– Vice President of Field Sales, MCC, Celebrity Cruise Lines
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
“We invited Stacy Allison to speak at our National Sales Meeting in the year following a major realignment of our sales teams. The teams have been resistant to some of the changes that we made, and they have been struggling to gain ground in their new roles. Stacy and I spoke prior to her engagement, and she asked me a number of questions regarding our culture, the dynamics of our organization and the scope of the realignment. I was extremely impressed by the way that Stacy crafted her address to have significance to our sales teams. Her stories and accomplishments are fascinating and held everyone at the edge of their seats, But the presentation became inspirational as the audience began to relate meaning to their own experiences. I could not have asked for a better result.”
–Mary Ann Loustaunau, Vice President of Sales, Legal Markets Group
– Vice President of Sales, Legal Markets Group, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
“Some aspects of work can be an uphill battle. Drawing from her many years of successful mountain climbing, Stacy Allison inspired our leadership team to overcome challenges through leadership and teamwork. She’s a captivating speaker who takes her audience on her journey, but leads them to their future success.”
– , American Transmission Company
“Stacy did a great job. It was clear that she had done her homework (i.e. reviewed all the speakers’ slides and the worksheet I filled out). I heard nothing but positive comments at the meeting about her presentation. She wove key points of the retreat in, offering up “teasers” about what was in store for them – they loved that.
We all were extremely pleased.”
– Risk Management, Optima Healthcare Insurance Services
“Stacy’s remarks were applicable and relevant to our conference theme, which was “Achieve More”. We found Stacy’s presentation to be engaging, entertaining, motivational and well received. The delivery of her material was a good fit for our organization. She renewed the spirit of our attendees to reach goals and expectations. Stacy was prepared and delivered what we had expected and discussed. Her presentation and energy contributed to making our event a success.”
– Senior Vice President, Global Alliance Management, Brookfield Global Relocation Services
“Stacy was spectacular. We’ve already received a number of positive comments on her address, and many people noted how she took the time to relate her experiences and her decisions to what project manager’s face.”
– PMP, County of San Diego Project Management Office, Project Management Professionals
“…exceeded our expectations. Your preparation prior to the engagement was spot on. By doing this, you specifically related aspects of your story to our business.”
– Division Sales Manager, Genentech, Incorporated
“…from front line managers and patient caregivers to corporate executives, from nurses to Harvard MBA’s, Stacy’s presentation was loaded with content and kept the rapt attention of all 900 attendees. We laughed, cried and learned!”
– Vice President of Training, DaVita
“Stacy Allison led off our conference with a motivational message of commitment and determination injecting energy that carried through the entirety of our program. Without exception, attendees expressed their appreciation of our bringing in a speaker of such a high quality. Your presentation was exceptional and I have heard nothing but the highest praises from attendees.”
– Executive vice President, Willis Re, Incorporated
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- TESTIMONIAL Conoco Phillips
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- TESTIMONIAL SKF International
- TESTIMONIAL Microsoft
- TESTIMONIAL Comcast
- TESTIMONIAL Kellogg’s
- TESTIMONIAL Habitat for Humanity
- PHOTO Stacy Allison
- PHOTO Ladder crossing on Mt. Everest
- PHOTO Summit of Mt. Everest
- JACKET Many Mountains to Climb; Reflections on Competence, Courage and Commitment
- JACKET Beyond the Limits; A Woman’s Triumph on Everest
- DOC Many Mountains to Climb!