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 feats.
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 lead a successful K2 expedition, the world’s second highest mountain, one of the most difficult peaks on Earth to climb.
Stacy’s experiences extend well beyond the mountains. She also owns and operates her own contracting company. She and her team of builders specialize in high-end home restoration, preserving the charm and integrity of classic old homes.
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 book, 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’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.
Stacy actively volunteers and supports a number of charities, including Habitat for Humanity, American Lung Association, Medical Teams International, and more.
- Many Mountains to Climb
- Daunted in Daunting Times
- Reaching New Heights Risk Taking
Our accountability to others and ourselves 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.
- We Can Get There From Here - Teamwork, It Works!
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.
- Beyond the Limits Lessons From Everest
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.
-Canon Solutions America, Inc.
“We had to take a moment to send a very special thank you to Stacy. Our team was absolutely blown away by her amazing story. She made her journey come to life so vividly that it almost felt like you were there on the mountain with her. She was so inspiring and we have received incredible feedback that she was the highlight of our HR Summit. Our guests were also very excited to receive her book, and were floored when they saw that it was also signed by her. That was really very generous of her to sign so many books. For someone who has accomplished so much, Stacy is incredibly down to earth and truly a pleasure. Please extend our warmest gratitude to Stacy.”
-Canon U.S.A., Inc