Businesswoman, Adventurer, Author, Motivational Speaker
First American Woman to SummitMt. Everest
Stacy’s climbed the world’s most famous mountain, now she’s helping organizations across the globe scale their own monumental challenges.
Stacy Allison brings a vast range of experiences and knowledge to her energetic and dynamic presentations. Stacy is best known as the First American woman to summitMt. Everest. She is also president of Stacy Allison General Contracting, a residential building company. She serves on the Board of Trustees of National University and is the Chairperson for The American Lung Association of the Pacific Mountain Region's fundraiser, Climb for Clean Air. Remarkably, she is also a successful author and committed mother of two.
At the age of 21, Stacy began major alpine climbing in earnest and achieved rapid success. Within a year, Stacy reached the top of Alaska’s Mt.McKinley, the highest point in North America, and 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 much 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. 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, considered to be the most difficult peak on Earth to climb. Three of the team of seven made it to the top; after an accident to the third, in keeping with her view of teamwork and leadership, Stacy and the others descended. "In any endeavor, leaders should inspire members of the team with a passion for success," Stacy says, "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 also owns and operates Stacy Allison General Contracting. She and her team of builders specialize in high end restorations. Stacy and her team steadfastly preserve the charm and integrity of classic old homes, while achieving financial success.
In the spirit of giving back to her community, Stacy Chairs the American Lung Association of Pacific Mountain Region’s fundraiser, Climb for Clean Air.
Stacy’s first book, Beyond The Limits: A Woman’s Triumph on Everest, is a suspenseful, triumphant adventure story. Her second , Many Mountains to Climb; Reflections on Competence, Courage and Commitment is an exciting anecdotal account of climbing challenges practically applied to help you plot your way more surely to professional and personal success. Stacy also contributed a chapter on Leadership in the book, Upward Bound, published by Crown Publishing.
Stacy’s mission is to motivate people to move beyond limitations and reach for their dreams. She challenges her audiences to lay the foundation for risk taking by accepting full responsibility for their lives. She also emphasizes the importance of recognizing and valuing everyone’s contribution as a team member in life’s pursuits.
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 provide tremendous take home value.
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!
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.
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.
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.
"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
“...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
“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
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
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.”
“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
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!
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
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.
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!
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