Alison Levine Overcame Daunting Physical Challenges to Break New Ground in Arctic, Antarctic and Business Fort Lauderdale, FL — March 4, 2010 —
Alison Levine is no stranger to risk-taking. She has survived sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force winds, sudden avalanches, and a career on Wall Street. This June she will face an eager and appreciative cruise industry audience of thousands when she delivers the keynote address at Cruise Lines International Association's (CLIA) cruise3sixty conference, June 2-6 in Vancouver. The conference is dedicated to honoring women who have made major contributions to the world of business and the cruise industry.
Levine served as team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition and skied across the Arctic Circle to the geographic North Pole. In January 2008, she made history as the first American to complete a 600-mile traverse from west Antarctica to the South Pole following the route of legendary explorer Reinhold Messner. All this after being born with a life-threatening heart condition that precluded even walking up stairs until she was 13 and a neurological disease that causes the arteries that feed her fingers and toes to collapse in cold weather. At the same time, Levine was pursuing a two-decades long career in business that eventually led to her being named deputy finance director for Arnold Schwarzenegger in his successful bid to be governor of California.
"All of us in the cruise industry pride ourselves on our success in overcoming adversity and challenging times but I cannot imagine anything more inspiring than Alison Levine and her remarkable story of accomplishment. I know I speak for the entire industry in saying thank you to our presenting sponsor, American Express, for hosting Ms. Levine and we eagerly await her keynote address at cruise3sixty," said Terry L. Dale, CLIA's president and CEO. Levine will speak on Saturday, June 5 during the general session of cruise3sixty at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Levine is the subject of the PBS documentary "Living Courageously" (2007) and has appeared on numerous media outlets, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, CNBC, FOX, CBS' Evening News, and other national programs. She is featured prominently in the book More Than 85 Broads (J Hanson, McGraw Hill), the book that captures the efforts of women on Wall Street to find success and take risks on their own terms. Her accomplishments are also featured in other books including Smart Moves (Curran & Greenwald, Ten Speed Press) and In Extremis Leadership (T Kolditz, Wiley & Sons). Her story has been the subject of articles in Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, Entrepreneur, Sports Illustrated, Outside, and other publications.
Levine's professional career has encompassed healthcare, technology and finance. After earning her MBA from Duke University she moved to New York to work for investment banking firm Goldman Sachs. In 2003, she left Wall Street to work for Schwarzenegger. In 2005, she founded the Climb High Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of jobless women in Africa by training them to be trekking guides and porters in their local mountains. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership. She also has her own consulting firm, Daredevil Strategies, which specializes in organizational effectiveness, leadership development and team dynamics. By drawing parallels between staying alive in the mountains and thriving in a fast-paced business world, Levine focuses on the topics of leadership, teamwork, overcoming odds, taking responsible risks and dealing with changing environments.
Promising to be another record sellout, registrations for cruise3sixty have already topped 1,300. Over the course of the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to take part in extensive educational programming – 15 CLIA seminars – a massive trade show, diverse and insightful product and destination workshops, dynamic general sessions featuring leaders from the cruise and other industries, and ship inspections.
In addition, cruise3sixty participants have the opportunity to explore Vancouver and British Columbia on a variety of FAM's and excursions and, of course, enjoy the CLIA Hall of Fame Dinner on June 5 recognizing the leaders who have made distinctive contributions to the success of the cruise industry. The internationally acclaimed Blue Man Group, presented by Norwegian Cruise Line and 42Five, presented by Celebrity Cruises representing the best in cruise line entertainment will perform.
For more information about cruise3sixty and to register without delay, visit www.cruise3sixty.com.