Allison Larsen

TadZo Founder & Empowerment Superhero


Helping people to improve communication, innovation and teamwork is a calling for Allison. She's genuinely dedicated to help others find their confidence to do great things. From growing up in rural Northern California to a national award-winning salesperson at a Fortune 100 “Most Admired” Company and successful entrepreneur, Allison seeks to learn from every situation. She even put herself through college by raising a flock of sheep. 


  • 17 years consulting
  • 21 years in economic development
  • 10+ years in international business management and sales
  • 5 years EDC management and recruiting, yielding 9,000+ new jobs


  • University of California Davis
  • University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute
  • California Agricultural Leadership Program, Class XXIV
  • Facilitation Training: UC Davis; The Grove (San Francisco); Liberating Structures (Seattle & Austin)

Professional Affiliations

  • International Economic Development Council
    • Board Member
    • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD)

Did you know?

Allison climbed Half Dome in Yosemite, hiked up river at Zion's The Narrows, and really enjoys hiking almost anywhere. Just out of high school she served a year as California State FFA President (as in Future Farmers of America). She's also a fan of college football, watching ESPN Game Day every week of the season. And a little secret... she loves to watch weather news, especially radar.



Twitter:          @allisonTadZo

Allison Larsen speaking on economic development for National Economic Development Week