Alison Levine has climbed many mountains in her life, from war-torn peaks in Uganda to Wall Street’s rocky terrain. Through her many challenges, she has learned how to use each journey — whether it ended in success or failure — to improve her next attempt to the top.

 "A lot of lessons that I learned in the mountains, really helped me in the business world. And on the flip side, a lot of the lessons I learned sitting at my desk, really helped me stay alive in some sketchy situations in the peaks," explained Levine, the team captain of the first American women's Everest expedition to a room full of benefits professionals at the 25th Annual Benefits Forum & Expo in Phoenix on Sunday night.

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