LIVE Industry Breakfast
Systemic Change: What Might That Look Like in the Outdoor Industry?
Systemic racism is embedded into all facets of our society, including the outdoor industry from our tradeshows, our boardrooms, our marketing and in our parks and trail systems. The Black Lives Matter movement has sparked a deep desire to learn, understand and take action to be a part of systemic change. Please come to the OIA Industry
Breakfast to hear and learn from Angelou Ezeilo, one of our country’s most dynamic social entrepreneurs and environmental activists.
Angelou is working to change the face of conservation in the U.S. and help young people find meaningful careers in the outdoors. She is the founder and CEO of the international nonprofit, Greening Youth Foundation, that was created to engage underrepresented youth and young adults while connecting them to the outdoors and careers in the outdoors, conservation and the environmental movement.
She is the author of a new book, Engage, Connect, Protect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders. Angelou will talk about her work and her book. She will deliver a wake-up call for businesses, activists, educators and policymakers to recognize the work of grassroots activists in diverse communities and create opportunities for engaging with diverse youth as the next generation of stewards of the outdoors.
Angelou will be joined by a group of Greening Youth Foundation interns that will share their experiences and thoughts on the future.
Watch the recording:
Jeremiah Edwards is a graduate of Hampton University with a Bachelor’s degree in History from Snellville, Georgia. He currently works with the Greening Youth Foundation at Everglades National Park where he independently prepares and presents ranger talks, facilitates a variety of tours, and issues backcountry permits in compliance with park regulations. Using the critical thinking and data analysis skills he sharpened as a Ronald McNair Scholar, Jeremiah also assists with project development at Everglades National Park. Previously, he used his public speaking abilities and communication skills to give interpretive talks at Minute Man National Historical Park before which he exercised his creativity, attention to detail, and flexibility as an event photographer and Hampton University’s Marching Force Announcer.
Lauren (she/her) is a senior at Yale University majoring in Environmental Studies & Urban Studies. Through her work as an environmental justice peer mentor, organizing with farmworkers, and building food forests in Taiwan, she advocates for an intergenerational and inclusive climate movement. She prioritizes the voices of frontline communities in her organizing & research and plans to pursue graduate studies in climate resiliency and disaster mitigation. Lauren participated in the Greening Youth Foundation & The North Face’s Womxn of Color Environmentalist Program. She is a 2020 Udall Scholar, 2018 Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, and the 2018 Project Green Challenge Co-Champion. Lauren is a geographer, jewelry maker, and aspiring traditional healer & kelp farmer.
Kiana Leveritte is a 2018 graduate of Tuskegee University in Alabama where she earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management. In school she was actively involved with MANNRS, the NAACP, the Wildlife Conservation organization, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. Raised in Illinois just outside of Chicago, she cultivated a passion for working with children, bridging environmental equity gaps and bringing nature into her everyday reality. Since moving south, she has woven her passions into making literal change by finding creative ways to bring nature accessibility and education to a diverse set of audiences. She has done environmental research with Kansas State University department of ornithology, which led her to also coordinate outreach initiatives and media programs for the Atlanta Audubon Society as a Greening Youth Foundation. She also spent time working as a Greening Youth Foundation with the Chattahoochee Oconee National forest as is the Community and Development and Partnership Coordinator for the Georgia Mountain Children’s Forest Network. Kiana is a Project Learning Tree, Georgia Project WET and Georgia Project Wild certified educator. Her current position is the Education Program coordinator for the Georgia Audubon Society.
The first 50 people to register for the OIA Industry Breakfast will receive a free copy of Angelou Ezeilo’s book Engage, Connect, Protect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders.