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Discover how to

hike your own hike

Whether exploring the power of intentional quitting, learning how to reinvent yourself or discovering how to access the creative muse, Alison Young offers a unique perspective that will make you think, make you laugh, and spark positive and actionable change.

“Engaging, great analogies and stories. Very relatable, emotional, educational and easy to listen to and learn from!”  

“I loved the different examples that were relatable to different people in the audience. Alison Young’s casual appearance allowed you to imagine her hiking and also made her presentation feel approachable and personal.”

“Such a new concept for us to explore! Make us really think about quitting gracefully! Thank You!”

“Thought provoking and Inspiring!”

“Alison Young was the best speaker in my WBB time! Very relevant for business and life. Absolutely fabulous!”

Women’s business bridge | stillwater, minnesota chamber of commerce

Hike Your Own Hike

the fine art of reinvention

Transitions are hard.

Whether we like it or not, failures, setbacks, and ‘cosmic rip-offs’ happen and when they do, they can leave us feeling ungrounded, like we missed a waypoint and are walking the wrong trail. 

Yet oftentimes, these moments are opportunities disguised as loss, opening us up to alternative paths on our life journey.

Alison Young is an expert at reinvention. 

With a variety of identities from world-class professional musician to syndicated radio host to professional backpacker walking over 12,000 miles on six continents, she is uniquely positioned to speak on the subject. 

Using hiking – plus spectacular images – as the setting, Alison is the guide to harnessing powerful emotions for positive action as well as visualizing a wider path and making the mental shift needed for success. 

Educational outcomes:

  • Understand how the dark, difficult moments can be tools for empowerment.
  • Explore 3 ways risk-taking builds resilience.
  • Shift the thinking surrounding regrets to motivate change.

Ideal for:

  • Leaders at the crossroads in their careers needing motivation to change. 
  • Teams undergoing restructuring and changes in mission. 
  • Organizations ready to pivot the potentials of their teams.

Quit with Grit

intentionally letting go as a key to success

So many of us know the “secret to success” mantra – quitters don’t win and winners don’t quit – but sometimes, quitting is exactly the right course of action

In fact, quit and grit are two sides of the same coin. Developing the skills to know when to say “no” can open us up to better opportunities to explore more, do more, and find the right things worth sticking to. 

As a long-distance backpacker, Alison Young shares her adventure experiences oftentimes in life-threatening situations, where understanding the biases and blocks to quitting helped her find more success and deeper gratification on and off the trail.

Educational outcomes:

  • Identify 5 biases that block intentional quitting.
  • Explore the mindset of setting flexible goals to manage uncertain outcomes.
  • Discover how getting to ‘no’ faster is a powerful skill.

Ideal for:

  • Leaders who want to develop teams that are more resilient.
  • Teams developing discernment skills and flexible goals.
  • Organizations ready to maximize the potentials of their teams.

At the Speed of Andante

capturing the creative muse

Andante (on-DON-tay) is a musical term that means “at a moderate walking speed.”

Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Bach are just a few of the classical composers who walked in natural settings to capture their muse and compose some of the most enduring music ever written.

What they discovered intuitively was that walking is not separate from creativity – it’s largely responsible for creativity.

Composers and other artists may not have known why walking worked, but there’s scientific evidence to back it up.

This came as welcome news to Alison Young who lives a dual life as a professional musician and long distance backpacker. She shares her enthusiasm for the intersection of classical music and walking as well as ways to tap into your own creativity. 

Educational outcomes:

  • Learn about “impact retrograde” and the power of slow walking.
  • Find out how forests feed the mind.
  • Discover how to enhance your own creativity.

Ideal for:

  • Leaders who want to become more creativity and solve problems.
  • Teams who want to be more innovative but don’t know how.
  • Organizations that want their teams to think differently. 

Hike Your Own Hike

the fine art of reinvention

the fine art of reinvention

Transitions are hard.

Whether we like it or not, failures, setbacks, and ‘cosmic rip-offs’ happen and when they do, they can leave us feeling ungrounded, like we missed a waypoint and are walking the wrong trail. 

Yet oftentimes, these moments are opportunities disguised as loss, opening us up to alternative paths on our life journey.

Alison Young is an expert at reinvention. 

With a variety of identities from world-class professional musician to syndicated radio host to professional backpacker walking over 12,000 miles on six continents, she is uniquely positioned to speak on the subject.

Using hiking – plus spectacular images – as the setting, Alison is the guide to harnessing powerful emotions for positive action as well as visualizing a wider path and making the mental shift needed for success.

Educational outcomes:

  • Understand how the dark, difficult moments can be tools for empowerment.
  • Explore 3 ways risk-taking builds resilience.
  • Shift the thinking surrounding regrets to motivate change.

Ideal for:

  • Leaders at the crossroads in their careers needing motivation to change. 
  • Teams undergoing restructuring and changes in mission. 
  • Organizations ready to pivot the potentials of their teams.

Quit with Grit

intentionally letting go as a key to success

intentionally letting go
as a key to success

So many of us know the “secret to success” mantra – quitters don’t win and winners don’t quit – but sometimes, quitting is exactly the right course of action

In fact, quit and grit are two sides of the same coin. Developing the skills to know when to say “no” can open us up to better opportunities to explore more, do more, and find the right things worth sticking to. 

As a long-distance backpacker, Alison Young shares her adventure experiences oftentimes in life-threatening situations, where understanding the biases and blocks to quitting helped her find more success and deeper gratification on and off the trail.

Educational outcomes:

  • Identify 5 biases that block intentional quitting.
  • Explore the mindset of setting flexible goals to manage uncertain outcomes.
  • Discover how getting to ‘no’ faster is a powerful skill. 

Ideal for:

  • Leaders who want to develop teams that are more resilient.
  • Teams developing discernment skills and flexible goals.
  • Organizations ready to maximize the potentials of their teams.

At the Speed of Andante

At the Speed
of Andante

capturing the creative muse

capturing the creative muse

Andante (on-DON-tay) is a musical term that means “at a moderate walking speed.”

Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Bach are just a few of the classical composers who walked in natural settings to capture their muse and compose some of the most enduring music ever written.

What they discovered intuitively was that walking is not separate from creativity – it’s largely responsible for creativity.

Composers and other artists may not have known why walking worked, but there’s scientific evidence to back it up.

This came as welcome news to Alison Young who lives a dual life as a professional musician and long distance backpacker. She shares her enthusiasm for the intersection of classical music and walking as well as ways to tap into your own creativity. 

Educational outcomes:

  • Learn about “impact retrograde” and the power of slow walking.
  • Find out how forests feed the mind.
  • Discover how to enhance your own creativity.

Ideal for:

  • Leaders who want to become more creativity and solve problems.
  • Teams who want to be more innovative but don’t know how.
  • Organizations that want their teams to think differently. 

Watch Alison in Action

“Alison Young struck a wonderful balance of allowing us to participate and experience her presentation and presenting us with concrete ideas, theories, and strategies to apply. Her activities were well chosen and tightly knit with her content in tangible ways. Alison, thank you for your enthusiasm, vulnerability, and expertise!”

JAY ZARR | PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING