The Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy

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An immersive leadership experience for the next generation of outdoor industry ambassadors and game-changers.

The Future Leadership Academy is a six-month program to prepare, unite and amplify the voice of future outdoor industry leaders. The academy will help prepare 32 outstanding and committed individuals to assume industry leadership positions in the years ahead. These individuals will receive personal and professional development opportunities that include education about important outdoor industry issues, leadership training and mentoring from industry veterans.

Application Deadline: September 24, 2018

Benefits to Academy Participants

  • Amazing community and connection with industry sages and emerging leaders
  • Learn about the industry via cross-functional perspective
  • Develop important leadership and character attributes
  • Build a more robust resume
  • Have a unique and exclusive career-building experience

Education Tracks

Individual Focused Learning

Personality Assessments

Excellent Leadership Training from Inside and Outside the Outdoor Industry

Facilitation and Conflict Resolution Training

Focus on Personal Core Values, Mindfulness and Character Development

Outdoor Industry Focused Learning
Community Leadership

Board Service
Civic Engagement

Supply Chain Responsibility: People, Planet and Product

Supply Chain Management Overview
Cross Collaboration
Innovation: Systems and Product Design

Advocacy Reporting and Storytelling

Recreation and Conservation Laws and Advocacy 101
Recreation of the Future
Business and Legacy of Recreation

Market and Consumer Insights Research

Today’s and Tomorrow’s Outdoor Consumer
Research Tactics to Solve Business Problems
Practical Applications to Strengthen Business Strategy

2018 Gathering Schedule


As part of the program, industry sages will serve as cohort Guides to the candidates. They will mentor, teach and provide support in various ways over the six-month period.  Guides involved in the program will be announced in January.

Cost of the Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy

The program cost is $2,995. Payments plans are available.  This includes:

  • ORWM overnight orientation (food and lodging included)
  • A four-day ‘Camp’ offsite retreat (food, lodging and travel to/from DIA included)
  • Personality assessments and in-person learning
  • Online learning, webinars with industry leaders and robust curriculum
  • The Futurist Project

*Travel costs to be covered by participants. Time off for the participants can either be covered by the company or PTO, to be arranged between employer and employee.

Application Deadline: September 24, 2018

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