On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership

Session Description:

Imagine yourself on the highest mountain in the world. You have to deal with the physiological effects of extreme altitude–along with bone-chilling temperatures, battering winds, and a climbing team that’s counting on all of its members to make smart decisions. There’s simply no room for poor judgment — one mistake or misstep can result in an “unrecoverable error.” In any situation where lives are on the line or the stakes are exceptionally high–there’s no better training ground for leaders than settings where people are pushed beyond their perceived limits. Drawing on her experience as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, Alison Levine makes a compelling case that the leadership principles that apply in the world of extreme adventure also apply to today’s rigorously competitive business environments.

Alison Levine

Leadership expert, and history making polar explorer and mountaineer.

Alison served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the highest mountain on each continent and skied both the North and South Poles which only 20 people in the world have achieved. Her success is noteworthy given she has had three heart surgeries and suffers from Raynaud’s disease which leaves her at extreme risk for frostbite. Alison served as an adjunct professor at the US Military Academy and is a board and faculty member at the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point and serves as a Senior Fellow at the Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at Duke University.