Alison Levine

Alison Levine

Author of ON THE EDGE: The Art of High Impact Leadership

San Francisco Bay Area
Higher Education

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Alison Levine's Overview

  • Advisory Board Member at Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics
  • President at Climb High Foundation
  • Consultant at DareDevil Strategies
  • Investment Professional at Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Marketing Manager at Iridex
  • International Marketing Manager at Humphrey Instruments/Carl Zeiss Medical
  • Madison Meadows School

500+ connections


Alison Levine's Summary

I am a first-time author and my book ON THE EDGE: The Art of High Impact Leadership will be released on January 7, 2014.

I currently work with the Thayer Leader Development Group (TLDG) which is the benchmark in leadership development, providing world-class instruction and access to the top scholars and field practitioners in leadership education today. The mission of TLDG is to help organizations better handle business challenges in a rapidly evolving business climate. TLDG presents this opportunity in the unsurpassed venue of the luxurious and historic Thayer Hotel at West Point, which provides a great environment to “Build Your Leaders the West Point Way”:

In 2009 I joined the adjunct faculty at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership. I am honored to have the opportunity to teach and to learn from the USMA Corps of Cadets.

Alison Levine's Experience

Author of ON THE EDGE: The Art of High Impact Leadership

Grand Central Publishing

August 2013Present (1 year 2 months)

Leadership book due out on January 7, 2014. Currently available for pre-order wherever books are sold.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Higher Education industry

2010Present (4 years) West Point, NY

Adjunct Instructor

United States Military Academy

Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; Military industry

January 2009Present (5 years 9 months)

Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership

Educational Institution; 11-50 employees; Education Management industry

2008Present (6 years)


Climb High Foundation

February 2005Present (9 years 8 months)

Recruit and train jobless women to become trekking guides and porters in the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda. My work is featured in the PBS documentary "Living Courageously -- The Spirit of Women."


DareDevil Strategies

May 2004Present (10 years 5 months)

Develop and deliver customized presentations for companies in the areas of risk-taking, team-building, leadership development and organizational health.

Investment Professional

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; GS; Investment Banking industry

August 2000April 2004 (3 years 9 months)

Marketing Manager


Public Company; 201-500 employees; IRIX; Medical Devices industry

January 1996March 1998 (2 years 3 months)

International Marketing Manager

Humphrey Instruments/Carl Zeiss Medical

19911995 (4 years)

Territory Manager


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; AGN; Pharmaceuticals industry

19891991 (2 years)

Alison Levine's Publications

  • ON THE EDGE: The Art of High Impact Leadership

    • Grand Central Publishing (Jan 7, 2014)
    Authors: Alison Levine

    A history-making adventurer, Levine has conquered the highest peak on each continent, served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, and skied to both the North and South Poles. In On the Edge, she chronicles the ups and downs of her expeditions and 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. Both settings require you to make critical decisions when the conditions around you are far from perfect. Your survival—and the survival of your team—depend on it.

    Levine currently serves as an adjunct instructor at West Point and on the board of the Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics at Duke University. The advice she offers throughout the book comes not only from her own experiences in life or death situations, but also from lessons she learned from decorated military officers, successful business leaders, and legendary sports heroes. Much of it is flat-out contrarian and flies in the face of what you’ve been told by well-known management gurus and highly-paid executive coaches: encourage big egos, go backward – away from your goal, ignore the rules, ditch the plan, deprive yourself of sleep, and reward failure. But it worked for her. And it can work for you too. Levine’s approach is candid, direct, and perhaps even politically incorrect, because that’s how people tend to talk when there’s no one from human resources around.

    On the Edge provides a roadmap to help you scale whatever big peaks you aspire to climb—be they literal or figurative—by offering practical, humorous, and often unorthodox advice about how to reach your potential as a leader.

Alison Levine's Skills & Expertise

  1. Leadership
  2. Marketing
  3. Marketing Strategy
  4. Recruiting
  5. Sales
  6. Sales Operations
  7. Time Management
  8. Teaching
  9. Program Management
  10. Strategic Planning
  11. Investments
  12. Corporate Development
  13. Entrepreneurship
  14. Management Consulting
  15. Organizational Development
  16. Team Leadership
  17. Start-ups
  18. Cross-functional Team Leadership
  19. Mergers & Acquisitions
  20. Financial Modeling

Alison Levine's Education

Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business

MBA, Finance


Go Blue Devils!

University of Arizona

BA, Communication, Minor in Marketing


Proud Wildcat!

Central High School

Lowest graduation rate in the state of AZ. Let's change this!

Madison Meadows School

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