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Stacy Allison        

Businesswoman, Adventurer, Author, & Motivational Speaker; First Woman to Summit Mt. Everest

Stacy Allison brings a vast range of experiences and knowledge to her energetic and dynamic presentations. Ms. Allison is best known as the “First American woman to summit Mt. Everest.” Stacy Allison is also the president of her own residential building company. Ms. Allison serves on the Board of Trustees of National University and is the Chairperson for The Oregon Lung Association’s fundraiser, Reach the Summit. She is also a successful author and committed mother of two.

At the age of 21, Stacy Allison began major alpine climbing and achieved rapid success. Within a year, she 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 achievements, including the ascent of the tallest peak in the Russian Pamir Range, as well as her first Everest challenge.

On her first attempt on Mt Everest, Stacy Allison did not summit. Stacy later returned to Mt. Everest with the Northwest American Everest Expedition, and on September 29, 1988, after twenty-nine days on the mountain, Stacy Allison became the first American woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain at 29,028 feet.

Stacy Allison 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, Ms. Allison 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.”

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