OIA Outdoor Retailer

Outdoor Retailer Snow Show

January 10-12, 2023

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Check out OIA’s education lineup

Outdoor Industry Association provides education sessions at Outdoor Retailer that help our industry take action to strengthen their businesses, welcome more people outside, and protect our planet. At Outdoor Retailer, we provide insights and opportunities for action on the topics that matter most to our community.


Industry Breakfast

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Time: 7:30 am – 8:45 am

Location: Hyatt Regency — Salt Lake Ballroom

Emotional Intelligence (EI) and a strong commitment to personal values are integral to effective leadership. Leaders with these skills are keenly aware of their emotions and the emotions of others, and they use those insights to lead, engage, and empower those around them. Impactful leaders are those who can use emotional intelligence as a tool to successfully work with others and make a difference.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Abe Bakhsheshy, Professor and Lecturer of Organizational Behavior, University of Utah David Eccles School of Business

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OIA: The Need-to-Know on PFAS Policy and Phase-Out: Industry Update

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: Hyatt Regency — Salt Lake Ballroom

As state lawmakers gear up to begin 2023 legislative sessions, the outdoor industry can expect that chemicals management will be a hot topic. Over the past several years, state governments have become increasingly focused on a phasing out of chemicals often utilized by our industry to ensure product performance. Join OIA, OIA members, and subject matter experts as we discuss the implications of current and future regulatory and legislative actions around PFAS. This conversation will provide highlights and updates on PFAS policy from across the country, as well as provide attendees with immediately actionable steps they can take to ensure that their company will be in compliance with relevant laws and regulations in the future. To wrap up the session, we will take time to answer attendee questions and reinforce key action items for outdoor businesses.

OIA INDUSTRY LUNCH: Building on Historic Wins: What’s Next for the Outdoors and the Outdoor Economy Following the 2022 Elections

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: Hyatt Regency — Salt Lake Ballroom

In 2022, the outdoor industry celebrated passage of the most ambitious provisions to combat climate changeas a part of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The passage of this historic achievement could not have happened without the advocacy of countless outdoor companies and outdoorists across the country. Following consequential elections at the state and federal levels in November, we have a new opportunity to come together once again in support of an ambitious policy agenda in Washington, D.C., and at the state and local levels for the outdoors and the outdoor economy in 2023: implementing the IRA, new initiatives on climate, public lands, and expanded recreation opportunities for all Americans, as well as taking a fresh look at America the Beautiful, the effort to conserve 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030. Join OIA, outdoor companies, members of Congress and the administration, and state and local officials for a comprehensive conversation about what we can achieve for the outdoors and how you and your company can help.



OIA Tools of the Trade: How to Leverage Trade Policy to Increase Global Competitiveness for SMEs

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: Hyatt Regency — Salt Lake Ballroom

Small- and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the outdoor industry and the $689 billion outdoor recreation economy. Yet they often bear the brunt of challenges that make it difficult to bring new, innovative outdoor apparel, footwear, and equipment to customers around the world, from rising shipping costs and high tariffs to uncertainty around U.S. federal trade policy and competition for sourcing opportunities. Join panelists from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of the United States Trade Representative, and the U.S. Commercial Service to learn about available federal resources and trade policies that small-and medium-sized outdoor companies can take advantage of to expand business and maximize global competitiveness. Tools to effectively navigate evolving supply chain challenges and trade opportunities on the horizon will also be addressed.

OIA INDUSTRY LUNCH-Thriving Together with Collective Impact: Supporting the Outdoor Equity Movement

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: Hyatt Regency — Salt Lake Ballroom

2022 marked the 22nd year of operations by the Outdoor Foundation. Since our launch of the Thrive Outside Community Initiative in 2019, we have connected 49,855 youth and their families to the joy, wonder, and myriad benefits of the outdoors. 

In this session, Outdoor Foundation Research Director Kelly Davis will discuss how Thrive Outside grant-making—utilizing a collective impact approach—is working to get tens of thousands of kids outdoors. Find out how Thrive Communities have broken down barriers to participation, including lack of access due to built environment, lack of transportation, and lack of awareness, among many other issues that stand between kids and outdoor recreation. Also, learn how Thrive Outside helps to build lasting connections and a culture of collaboration within each community to maximize the impact of all programs across the Thrive network. 

Speakers and panelists will share the strategies and components of collective impact that drive equity and systems change on regional and national levels in the outdoors, connecting youth and families from historically marginalized communities with nature, and addressing the outdoor equity barriers that exist in communities. Through the Thrive Outside Initiative, the Outdoor Foundation is helping to champion new ways to engage outdoor participants and invest in making the outdoors accessible and welcoming to all Americans. Together, we can help bring individuals and entire communities outside and inspire them to build life-long relationships with the outdoors!


OIA Industry Lunch: Winter 2022 State of the Outdoor Market

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2023

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: Hyatt Regency — Salt Lake Ballroom

A presentation on outdoor economics and participation including a deep dive into consumer insights, market dynamics, and a wrap-up of holiday spending trends in a post-pandemic economy. Attendees will learn what the data is telling us about spending during a period of historic inflation, and how consumers and the market are perceiving these changes and behaving. Attendees will learn about new consumer behaviors in winter outdoor and how the journey into winter outdoor may have shifted. We will discuss changing dynamics in the buy-sell cycle, winter trends uncovered by the holidays, winter weather and participation, and social trends that are impacting outdoor. Attendees will walk out of this presentation with a clear view of current activity in the outdoor market and will know what the future likely has in store for outdoor market players over the next year.

OR AND OIA: Read the Q+A

The Outdoor Retailer trade show is moving to Salt Lake City beginning in 2023. You may have been asking yourself: “Where does OIA fit in all of this?” Read answers to a few of the top questions we’ve received.

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Your membership matters

Together we are a force. As an OIA member, you gain access to insights, advocacy, and opportunities for action that support the long term success of the outdoor industry. Learn how we work to provide meaningful benefits to help your business thrive.

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