Stacy Allison Profile

  • The first American woman to climb Mt. Everest.

  • Chairperson for The American Lung Associations fundraiser, Climb for Clean Air.

  • Owner and President of Stacy Allison General Contracting, a residential building company.

  • Her keynotes challenge and motivate audiences to push through boundaries to reach their full potential in leadership practices, team building, risk-taking, and achieving success.
  • Someone who has literally scaled the peaks as the first American woman to summit Mount Everest, Stacy Allison brings the lessons of a lifetime of challenging the greatest mountains in the world to advising corporations and organizations worldwide how they can reach peak performance. Stacy is president of Stacy Allison General Contracting, a residential building company specializing in high-end restoration, a member of the Board of Trustees of National University and Chairperson of the Oregon Lung Association fundraiser, Reach the Summit.

    Starting to climb seriously from the age of 21, Stacy rapidly conquered Mount McKinley, the highest point in North America. She then went on to join the first all-woman team to ascend Ama Dablam, “Nepal’s Matterhorn.” After her successful attempt on Everest she led a successful team attempt on K2, generally acknowledged as the most difficult climb on earth. Three members of her team made the summit, but in keeping with her philosophy of leadership Stacy sacrificed her own chance of success in order to shepherd an injured colleague back down the mountain.

    Stacy has published two books: Beyond the Limits: A Woman’s Triumph on Everest tells the thrilling story of her successful record-breaking climb, and Many Mountains to Climb: Reflections on Competence, Courage and Commitment takes a number of exciting anecdotes from her climbing career and applies the lessons learned from them to personal and business success. Stacy believes in challenging people to accept full responsibility for their lives so that they can go forward and take risks. No climber ever succeeds without a first-class team behind them, and she encourages her audience to value every contribution to a successful endeavor.

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      The First American Woman to Climb Mt. 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 summit Mt. 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 Oregon Lung Association′s fundraiser, Reach the Summit. 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.

      Stacy was the first American woman to top Pik Communism, at 24,600 feet, the tallest peak in the Russian Pamir Range.

      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 restoration. Stacy and her team, steadfastly preserves 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 Oregon’s largest fundraiser, Reach the Summit.

      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.

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    Stacy Allison's Speech Descriptions

    Stacy Allison delivers keynote speeches that draw on her incredible experiences as one of the world’s top female climbers to demonstrate how, just like a climber, success in business requires vision, focus, agility and perseverance. She uses a stunning multimedia presentation to show you how the only limits you have are those you impose upon yourself.

    Nowhere is teamwork more important than in the mountain environment, and Stacy encourages her audience to learn from her how to build trust, respect and communication to the benefit of every single team member. Finally she can explain just how and when we can take risks, focusing first on taking full responsibility for our lives and building a solid base of courage, accountability and discipline, which will allow us to launch ourselves towards our own personal summits.


    Lessons From Everest

    "Our sense of adventure keeps us alive, and through challenge - pushing ourselves beyond our limits - we grow."
    — Stacy Allison

    Stacy′s signature keynote delivers a powerful message on Vision, Focus, Agility, and Perseverance.

    Stacy′s breathtaking multimedia presentation will sweep you to the top of the world. It′s a journey that will inspire you to apply the lessons of risk, motivation, challenge, and change learned at high altitude to the down-to-earth aspects of everyday life. Her message invites you to reconsider your own possibilities both personally and professionally.

    Before Sir Edmond Hillary and Tensing Norgay stood on top of Mt. Everest in 1953, climbing to 29,028 feet was thought to be impossible. Now this formidable mountain has come to symbolize human achievement.

    Mt. Everest evokes a powerful metaphor. It is one of the most unforgiving environments on Earth. For every three people who reach the summit, one dies trying. When the stakes are this high, each team member plays a critical role, not only in the team′s success, but its very survival.

    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 dynamic and demanding customer base, and the challenge of consistently doing more, better, faster. Running a successful company is like climbing a mountain. Just like a climbing expedition, you must forge an inspiring vision, build an accomplished team, overcome obstacles and stay focused, to consistently be your best and reach the top. Each team member′s leadership, teamwork and motivation play critical roles in this success.

    Stacy will show you how to thrive in your workplace through personal vision, relationship building, clear communication, and accepting responsibility for choices, actions, and outcomes. Stacy′s presentation will encourage and inspire you to take a visionary look at opportunities and move beyond your limits.

    Teamwork, it Works!

    "If you see yourself trying to beat the mountain, eventually the mountain will win. You don′t conquer mountains, you cooperate with them."
    — Stacy Allison

    • Trust
    • Respect
    • Communication

    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.


    "Only when we take full responsibility for our lives will we have the confidence and courage to risk."
    — Stacy Allison

    • Courage
    • Accountability
    • Discipline

    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 and climb into the future with confidence and courage.

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    If you ever wanted to learn about success in the face of adversity, Stacy's your gal.


      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

      WindRiver (Worldwide Sales Meeting)
      “Stories about “Taking time to take tea”, “water bottles” and others are now part of Wind River′s culture.”

      International Association of Administrative Professionals (Annual Convention)
      “Wonderful!… articulate and awesome. Best keynoter in my 12 years at the convention!”

      — IAAP Convention Participant

      GlaxoSmithKline (NeuroScience Division Annual Sales Meeting)
      “…you tied your experiences in with our ever-changing environment and sense of urgency to meet the challenges that we are facing…”

      — Dawn Brehm, Vice-President Sales, NeuroScience Division

      Nike (Product Design Department Annual Retreat)
      “…you held us spellbound!!”

      — Larry Eisenbach, Director of Footwear Product Design

      NW Natural (Conference)
      “…you have captured the ideals of corporate America today; teamwork, empowerment, goal setting, organization, and motivation.”

      — Linda Williams, Northwest Natural Gas

      Boise Cascade Corporation (White Paper Division)
      “…you went the extra mile… you are a true Olympian-a gold medal winner!”

      — Carol L. Moller, Manager, Recruiting, Development and Diversity

      Nationwide Insurance (Chairman Life Council Members)
      “Excellent content… excellent delivery.. thoroughly prepared.”

      — Shirley Mertz, Meeting Planner

      Illinois Education Association
      “The warmth, energy, and enthusiasm… entertaining, motivating and inspirational… will be long remembered.”

      — Larry Lawlyes, Director of Program Development

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    Books by Stacy Allison:

    Beyond the Limits: A Woman’s Triumph on Everest
    If you’ve ever felt stretched beyond the limits, you don’t want to miss this inspiring account of how Stacy Allison, first American woman to climb Mt. Everest, built the physical and mental strength and skills needed to rank her at the top of the community of elite climbers. Her riveting account of her climb, and its resulting impact on her ability to leave an abusive marriage and regain confidence and optimism, inspires courage and hope in others facing personal and business challenges. Join Stacy on a personal journey that will place you on the slopes of the world’s tallest mountain, and help you discover that there are truly no limits to what you can do.

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