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2018 Keynote Speakers

Levine_A-Photo_(High_Res_HEADSHOT)Alison Levine 

First American Women's Everest Expedition Team Captain & Author of The New York Times Bestseller "On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments"
Unleash your potential in today’s competitive business environment with unconventional leadership concepts that the MBA experience and corporate America can’t – and won’t – teach you from Alison Levine.
Alison served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the Seven Summits and skied to the North and South Poles. A history-making adventurer who also spent time in the business world, she has survived sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force winds and sudden avalanches – and that was while climbing the corporate ladder! 
In her New York Times best-selling book, “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments,” Alison asserts that the principles that apply to the world of extreme adventure also apply to demanding business environments. A former part-time faculty member at West Point, Alison understands what it takes to lead teams through challenging situations.
On stage, she uses stunning imagery from her various expeditions to demonstrate how progress can be made going backward, why egos are a good thing, and how complacency can kill you. One of today's most in-demand speakers, she inspires audiences to push themselves further than they ever thought possible.


Don Gossman, SRA

Don Gossman is a certified residential appraiser with 40 years of experience. He owned his own appraisal business for 28 years, where he valued homes in the Kansas City market. He has valued nearly 20,000 homes over the span of his career, many being high value properties. Currently, he is the Chief Appraiser for Pendo, a national appraisal management company.

In 2006, he worked with the FBI and US Attorney’s office to break up a mortgage fraud ring in Kansas City, Missouri which involved 61 properties worth 16.9 million dollars and causing losses of 6.3 million dollars. The Federal case resulted in 9 persons pleading or being found guilty. 

Don has served on numerous industry boards such as the Missouri Appraiser Advisory Council and the Kansas City Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. In addition, he is the author of My Client the FBI and national speaker on appraisal compliance and standards.


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