Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Events at Outdoor Retailer

July 12, 2018

Diversity, equity and inclusion are at last receiving the attention they deserve around the outdoor industry. On each day of the show, you’ll find several events focused on changing the status quo and creating an outdoors for all. Here’s a day by day guide to some of the sessions to help you plan your calendar. You’ll find many other DEI related events on our main events and education calendar and on the Outdoor Retailer website.

Day Zero – July 22

Spark 2020

McNichols Civic Center, 144 West Colfax Ave
All Day

Organizer: Elyse Rylander
Sponsors and partners: Jaylyn Gough (Native Women’s Wilderness), Jolie Varela (Indigenous Women Hike), Ava Holliday & Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin (The Avarna Group)
Invitation Only: Contact elyse@outthereadventures.org
Who should attend: Those who identify as change makers as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoor and environmental space.

The 2020 Leadership Retreat will bring together stakeholders of the Outdoor DEI community to connect, network and share their resources. Providing an intentional space for those engaging in DEI work creates an incredible opportunity to continue to cultivate a common narrative on collective liberation within the outdoors. Our mission is to honor the individual pursuits of non-profit organization founders, developers of youth educational programs and environmental advocates while also supporting their united efforts to ensure an equitable future for our industry.

4th Annual Pitchfest

Silverton Ballroom – Embassy Suites, 1420 Stout St, Denver, 80202
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Organizer: Camber Outdoors
Sponsors: The REI Foundation and Perkins Coie
RSVP Recommended
Who should attend:  Anyone

Pitchfest is the can’t miss event driving cutting-edge innovation, entrepreneurship, and thought leadership in the active-outdoor industries. Seven high potential companies: Bold Betties, Gearo, Handful, Heather’s Choice, HEROCLIP, Pace Match, Western Rise– will take the stage and pitch their business to industry leaders and influencers.

Tribal Nations Summit

7:00 -10:00 p.m.

Organizers: Ernest House, Jr. Executive Director of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs; Luis Benitez, Director Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office; Dr. Len Necefer, CEO of NativesOutdoors.
Sponsors: John Echohawk & Native American Rights Fund
Invitation Only
Who should attend: Invited tribal representatives and current attendees include: Pawnee Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Kewa Pueblo, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, San Juan Paiute Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Facilitators and organizers will also be in attendance, but NGOs, media, and federal officials will not be present for this event, as this is a space for tribes.

In light of recent changes to national monuments, we believe in the power of partnership, dialogue, and elevating the voices of Native Nations who have demonstrated success in stewarding lands for generations. The benefits of using public lands for outdoor recreation have measurable impacts on Native communities by promoting health and wellness; cultural revitalization and preservation for youth; and sustainable economic development. Our objective is to produce a working document that articulates a shared vision in each of these key areas among participating tribes in order to guide and scale future tribal, outdoor industry, and government partnerships.

Day One – July 23

Breaking a Paradigm: Why Focusing on Women is Not Enough

The Camp (Booth 56117-UL)
1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.

Organizer: Camber Outdoors
Registration: Not needed
Who should attend:  Anyone

Camber Outdoors will facilitate a conversation on the show floor to explore why industry efforts aimed at inclusion must be intersectional. Research and experience show that companies that focus exclusively on women are often met with limited success in broader inclusion efforts. By understanding where white women and women of color overlap and diverge in experiences, we will begin to broaden our perspective and framework for the next generation of Camber Outdoors’ work.


Day Two – July 24

Panel on Outdoor Afro Kilimanjaro Expedition

The North Face Booth on the Show Floor
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Organizers: The North Face and Outdoor Afro
Registration: Not needed
Who should attend: Anyone

Fresh off an expedition up Mount Kilimanjaro, hear highlights and stories from Outdoor Afro’s 2018 expedition, the first all-black US group to climb Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. This panel discussion shares their story. Chaya Harris, Ray Smith, Brittany Leavitt, and Leandra Taylor will present. James Edward Mills, author of “The Joy Trip Project”, will moderate.

Paraclimbing: The Other Climbing Discipline

The RANGER Station (Booth VO358-SL)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

An interactive Workshop on climbing accessibility for people with disabilities featuring USA Climbing National, and International Federation Sport Climbing champions. Climbing is as diverse as its participants. Hear the stories of pro-athletes from Asia, Africa, and America that are very different, but all share one thing in common. Our world defines them as people with disabilities. But their accomplishments are out of this world. Also learn how to best to welcome climbers with disabilities on to your trail and training facilities. How should you set routes? What’s the language, how to guide a person who is visually impaired?

Next 100 Coalition Happy Hour at The North Face Booth

The North Face Booth on the Show Floor
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Organizers: The North Face and Next 100 Coalition
Registration: Not needed
Who should attend: Anyone

ORSM attendees will have the chance to mingle with Next 100 Coalition members and allies. Cash donations optional.

Elevate Conservation: Outdoors For All

Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, 200 South Kalamath Street, Denver, CO 80223
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Organizers: Conservation Colorado, Conservation Lands Foundation, The Infinite Monkey Theorem, Klean Kanteen, League of Conservation Voters, Montana Wilderness Association, New Belgium, Next 100 Coalition, The Nature Conservancy, NRDC, Outside Magazine, Patagonia, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, Western Resource Advocates, The Wilderness Society
Sponsors/partners: Others listed here: https://bit.ly/2J8p96h
Registration: https://bit.ly/2u9PVX7
Who should attend: Anyone

Join conservation, outdoor advocacy, and outdoor industry brands to celebrate and advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equitable access in the outdoors and the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Why are we bringing everyone together? This is a great opportunity to gather with diverse stakeholders, political leaders, and outdoor industry representatives to elevate conservation advocacy, diversity, equal access and inclusion in outdoor recreation, and protecting our public lands. We will be building the power of collaboration and activism through education, communication, and strengthening connections.

Day Three  – July 25

Camber Outdoors Thought Leader Keynote: From the Boardroom to the Backcountry

Embassy Suites, Silverton Ballroom, 1420 Stout St, Denver, 80202
7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Organizer: Camber Outdoors
Registration: https://bit.ly/2KOokFa
Who should attend: Anyone

Fast-paced and celebrating successes, Camber Outdoors Keynote features five thought leading speakers from a pioneer who has expanded and grown outdoor participation to a CEO who walks the talk by incorporating equity as a strategic business priority. Seating will be limited. RSVP required.

DEI Luncheon at OR

Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St., Denver, CO 80204
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Organizer: Kenji Haroutunian
Sponsors: Camber Outdoors, New Normal Consulting, Outdoor Blogger Summit, The Mountain Lab, REI
Invitation Only:Contact kenji@kenjiconsults.com
Who should attend: Experienced DEI leaders in Outdoor
To spread best practices and help industry organizations expand relevance

Workplace Equity Working Group (WEWG)

Organizer: Camber Outdoors
Sponsors: The REI Foundation and Perkins Coie
Registration: https://bit.ly/2m9bPpb
Who should attend: Interested stakeholders

Camber Outdoors is convening CEO Pledge companies and key stakeholders in the Workplace Equity Working Group (WEWG) to co-create an active-outdoor industries’ Index for what constitutes equitable and inclusive workplaces where a diversity of experiences and people lead.  Modeled after OIA’s sustainability working group that eventually created the HIGG Index, peers and competitors work together in collaboration and confidentiality to create an Index that is larger than any one company or individual.

Camber Outdoors’ organizational philosophy is that the way forward is to uncover bright spots, understand then duplicate them. Within the WEWG, Camber Outdoors will serve as a convener of participating companies, organizations, and individuals who engage and share with each other in order to identify and adopt leading-edge best practices.