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Alison Levine Honored at Women’s Achievement Gala

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Alison Levine, adventurer, explorer, and world-renowned expert on leadership spoke to several hundred guests at the 7th Annual Padua Academy Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement on April 14th, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware.

She inspired guests as she spoke about her experiences as the team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, scaling the highest peak on every continent, and skiing to both the North and South Poles. Levine spent four years as an adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership. She is an advisor to the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point and is on the board of the Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at Duke University. She is the founder of the Climb High Foundation, which trains jobless women in western Uganda to work as trekking guides in the Rwenzori Mountains.  She is one of few who have presented at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Her New York Times best-selling book, On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments, was released in January of 2014.

She also made time to come to Padua and speak to the students on Friday morning before returning home. The students were equally inspired and surprised that such a petite women had conquered such grand endeavors. She told the girls that “failing is part of success and without it we never truly learn how to push ourselves to things we never thought we were capable of achieving.” Also, she told the girls that we “need each other and we should be leaders by helping one another be in the best situation for success.” She made an impact on our Padua community in so many ways and to so many people through her encouraging and inspirational words.

Padua’s Annual Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement recognizes the exceptional accomplishments of women who lead lives of faith, charity, leadership, and entrepreneurial innovation. Past recipients include: Rwandan Genocide Survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza; former United States Ambassador, Mary Ann Glendon; New York Times best-selling author Liz Murray; former First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush, the inspirational subject of “The Blind Side,” Leigh Anne Tuohy, and business mogul and philanthropist, Kathy Ireland. Voted one of America’s Top 50 Catholic High Schools, Padua offers a unique, cutting-edge, and transformational college preparatory education for young women.

Proceeds of the gala benefit the Padua Academy Annual Fund to help transform the lives of young women into the Christ-centered leaders of tomorrow.

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