All people deserve equitable access to the joy, wonder and benefits of the outdoors, yet barriers persist. This is an injustice. Climate change is among these barriers – threatening a healthy outdoor experience for all and in particular, marginalized communities, who shoulder a disproportionate burden of climate impacts, and may not have equal access to the benefits of climate action. These are societal and business imperatives we all seek to address but cannot solve alone. Now is a pivotal time for outdoor business leaders to unite, and ally with our partners in social justice, climate, and outdoor equity to seize the opportunity to demonstrate leadership and build authentic purpose-driven value.
The Summit will convene outdoor business executives, community-based partners, policy makers and other influential voices for an intimate two-and-a-half-day event to collaborate and commit to act on the most pressing issues – and greatest opportunities – of our time: climate change and outdoor equity, with intentional focus on the intersections between the two.
In this meeting, leaders across the outdoor ecosystem will come together to make bold commitments toward a shared future that is inclusive, equitable and climate positive.
Together, we will:
- Learn about the inextricable links between climate change, equity, and inclusion, and why they are vital to securing the future for our families, communities, businesses, and society.
- Empower and equip outdoor executives to lead on making progress toward these outcomes: identify opportunities to expand audiences, connect with customers beyond the transaction, and demonstrate our industry’s values and capacity for doing good.
- Amplify the leadership power already evident in the work of outdoor community-based organizations and forge new win-win partnerships.
- Build leadership capacity for candor and risk-taking to deepen relationships, develop trust and spur innovative approaches within and across our organizations.
- Co-create a shared vision for our future outdoor ecosystem that is inclusive, equitable, and climate positive, commit to meaningful action and lay the groundwork to hold each other accountable to deliver progress.
DAY ONE: COnnecT
Facilitator: Amy Horton, Senior Director, Sustainable Business Innovation, Outdoor Industry Association
7:30 AM Arrival + light breakfast
8:30 AM The land we’re on
We will honor the Indigenous peoples who were traditional stewards of the land where we’ll gather in Washington, D.C., which sits on the ancestral lands of the Nacotchtank (or Anacostans), and neighbors the ancestral lands of the Piscataway and Pamunkey peoples. In doing so, we show appreciation for the culture and contributions of all Indigenous peoples — past, present and future, and welcome our responsibility to consider what it means to acknowledge the history and legacy of colonialism as a nation, as a community and as individual leaders.
- Jaylyn Gough, Founder/Executive Director, Native Women’s Wilderness
8:35 AM Welcome remarks from OIA Executive Director Lise Angeenbrug and Outdoor Foundation Executive Director Stephanie Maez
8:40 AM Opening keynote
Historian and award-winning journalist Jelani Cobb will break down the complex dynamics of race and racism in America — relating the country’s history of inequality to today’s issues, including climate change. Cobb will tell us why he believes the levers of justice are in our hands, and how we all — in particular, outdoor leaders working in partnership with communities — can move them in the direction we see fit.
- Jelani Cobb is a staff writer at The New Yorker, writing on race, history, justice, politics, and culture, as well as Columbia University’s Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism.
9:10 AM Panel discussion: What do equity, inclusion and climate action have to do with each other, and why are they vital to securing our shared outdoor future?
We know our customers, employees, retailers, and investors increasingly expect business to do more for people and planet. So, what’s stopping us from accelerating meaningful progress? Jelani Cobb will join a diverse mix of outdoor leaders to reflect on relevant data and trends shaping our future and explore the ethical and business imperatives for addressing climate, equity and inclusion in the outdoors and beyond. Each bring their own unique personal why and call to action but have a common message for us all: bold steps can be daunting, but the risks of inaction far outweigh the risk of failure.
- Moderator: Kelly Davis, Director of Research, Outdoor Industry Association
- Jelani Cobb, Staff writer, The New Yorker
- Dr. Carolyn Finney PH.D. Author, Storyteller and Artist/ Scholar-in-residence Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College
- Chris Speyer, Vice President of Merchandising and Co-op Brands, REI
- Bri’Anna Horne, Founder and Director of Operations, Pigtown Climbs
10:10 AM Break
10:30 AM A fearless outdoor ecosystem
We have an opportunity to continue to embark on a profound journey to address climate change and become inclusive authentically. Our livelihood depends on it. Therefore, we must create an environment that allows individuals to contribute as their best selves, be candid, inspire change and witness the innovation that blooms. In this session we will address and model inclusive behaviors, psychological safety, and collaborative efforts that optimize the gains from new perspectives. Together we will display real-life examples of what it means to build a fearless outdoor ecosystem.
- Dr. Gerilyn Davis, Founder/Chief Inclusion Officer, Inclusion on the Slopes
11:15 AM Intros + table discussion
11:45 AM Thriving people and planet – for whom?
As we prepare to chart our path forward as organizations and as a broader ecosystem, whose lived experiences are we including? This session will build awareness of historical context that has led to present day inequities and planetary distress from two leaders at the nexus of equity, climate, and community. Indigenous perspectives on public lands, climate, and America’s outdoor spaces. Redlining, tree equity and the crisis of our under-natured cities.
- Erik Stegman, CEO, Native Americans in Philanthropy
- Brigitte Griswold, Executive Director, Groundwork Hudson Valley
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Community engagement experience with Thrive Outside partners on the Anacostia River
Travel to Anacostia Park Skate Pavilion. Transport will be provided from The Eaton to venue and back.
To realize transformational change, we must go beyond the boardroom, away from hotel ballrooms and directly into the communities where impact is happening and the implications of our collective actions (or inaction) is felt. During this segment of The Summit, participants will meet D.C. grassroots community leaders and program participants who know all too well the impacts of climate change and equity barriers to the outdoors. Through this experience we hope for all participants to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones (with the community and each other), see our collective work with a different perspective, as well as inform the remainder of The Summit and beyond. Hosted by a community leader and Thrive Outside Director, Akiima Price in partnership with the Friends of Anacostia’s Executive Director, Richard Trent, we will enjoy the transformative benefits of nature while engaging with the community.
- Stephanie Maez, Executive Director, Outdoor Foundation
- Akiima Price, Community Leader and Thrive Outside D.C. Director
- Richard Trent, Executive Director, Friends of the Anacostia
7:30 PM The Summit Social: Dinner, drinks, and conversation at Long View Gallery
We may experience inclement weather during the event, especially on Tuesday. Therefore, we have moved The Summit Social on Tuesday night indoors to Long View Gallery. Transport will be provided from The Eaton to Long View Gallery and back.
DAY TWO: CO-CREATE + COMMIT
7:30 AM Arrival + light breakfast
8:30 AM Opening reflections + frame the day
- Teresa Baker, Founder, Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge
8:40 AM Opening keynote: Is the world better off because your business is in it?
If not, you need a new strategy to thrive. Halla Tomasdottir, CEO + Chief Change Catalyst of The B Team and Ryan Gellert, CEO, Patagonia will paint a picture of why business-as-usual is no longer an option and how exciting and rewarding running a purpose-led business can be. Our speakers will leave platitudes aside and share practical guidance on a new leadership model that places humanity at its heart. Successful stewardship of our businesses can exist alongside responsible stewardship of our communities and planet, and the pathway to get there may not be as undefined or inaccessible as it first appears. Spoiler alert: we must seek strength and scale in the collective.
- Halla Tómasdóttir, CEO + Chief Change Catalyst, The B Team
- Ryan Gellert, CEO, Patagonia
9:30 AM Act on climate like your business depends on it
Climate change is not just a math problem: It’s a social justice issue and a threat to the outdoor experience for all. Radical and accelerated transformation to a cleaner, healthier, low-carbon future requires radical and accelerated action by every sector of the economy. While taking bold action to decarbonize your business and supply chain may appear daunting, anything less perpetuates a dangerous status quo of injustice toward communities who have contributed the least to climate change yet suffer the most. But while the path isn’t easy, the societal and business rewards for climate leadership are numerous. In this session, outdoor industry leaders and experts will offer candid perspectives on the toughest questions and biggest benefits of bold climate action. What are the pathways to reduce? Can we even meet our target? What are my peers doing? What’s leading? How much does it cost? And how can we finance it? What do our retailers and consumers really expect of us? Can our industry make a meaningful difference?
- Moderator: Michael Sadowski, Independent Advisor
- Alison Hill, CEO, LifeStraw
- Jennifer Silberman, Vice President, Environmental, Social and Governance, YETI
- Ali Kenney, Chief Strategy Officer, Burton Global
10:30 AM Break
11:00 AM From “ally” to “accomplice”
Stand in the shoes of some of the most influential people and organizations transforming the future of outdoor participation as they share the struggles and successes overcoming barriers to the outdoors — in service of thriving planet, thriving people and thriving business. They’ll highlight best practice examples and real-life partnerships that demonstrate the win-win-win of engaging beyond the transaction and supporting alongside, rather than from behind, to build a truly inclusive, sustainable outdoors for all.
- Moderator: Stephanie Maez, Executive Director, Outdoor Foundation
- José González, Founder & Director Emeritus, Latino Outdoors
- Lesford Duncan, Associate Executive Director, Outdoor Outreach
- Bryce Phillips, CEO, evo
12:00 PM Outdoor advocacy can make a difference on climate and equity, part 1: The view from Capitol Hill
Despite a crowded legislative calendar and the prospects of mid-term elections, Congress still has an opportunity to pass the most groundbreaking climate provisions we’ve seen. The $550 billion in funding contained in the Build Back Better plan will, among other things, establish a Civilian Climate Corps, bolster climate resiliency, invest in natural climate solutions, make clean energy more accessible and widespread, and increase access to the outdoors for all Americans. Outdoor leaders have rallied together in support of these historic investments and stand ready to help push them across the finish line. How do we get there? Join us for an in-depth conversation with some of the key players on Capitol Hill on what it will take to navigate a challenging political environment to get this bill to the president’s desk and how we can help.
- Moderator: Richard W. Harper, Jr., Director of Government Affairs, Outdoor Industry Association
12:45 PM Moving Mountains with Money
Lunch + conversation, in partnership with Bank of the West
Finance is a key ingredient in the recipe for climate action. Many companies are setting ambitious sustainability goals across their operations and evaluating supply chains in support. While those efforts are important, greening your financial supply chain (e.g., evaluating relationships with financial institutions) is one of the most powerful things a company can do for the planet. Why? Because money in a bank doesn’t just sit there. That money goes out into the world to finance things — some things that will help build a healthy and thriving society, and other things that may be directly at odds with a company’s stated mission and sustainability objectives. So, while a company makes progress on its bold social and environmental sustainability goals, its money may be undoing its good work. This session will help leaders realize the powerful role your bank and financial service providers play in their overall impact on the world, and how to take action.
- Moderator: Kate Williams, CEO, 1% for the Planet
- Melissa Fifield, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bank of the West
- Emily Robichaux, VP, Sustainability, Amalgamated Bank
- Ravi Mikkelsen, Co-Founder, Atmos Financial
- Shoren Brown, Government Affairs & Advocacy Director and Interim Executive Director, The Conservation Alliance
2:00 PM Outdoor advocacy can make a difference on climate and equity, part 2: The view from The Biden Administration
The outdoor industry has had a unique opportunity to partner with the Biden administration in support of the outdoors and the outdoor economy. And there’s more to come. After holding the line against threats to our planet and shared spaces, we can continue to help the administration take proactive and ambitious steps to preserve our public lands, combat climate change, make investments in green infrastructure, promote environmental justice, and ensure that the outdoors are open and accessible to all. From implementing the Great American Outdoors Act and the bi-partisan infrastructure package to enacting the climate provisions in Build Back Better and conserving 30 percent of our land and waters by 2030 under the America the Beautiful Initiative, we can help make a difference for generations of outdoor enthusiasts from all backgrounds to come. Hear from top representatives of the administration on what lies ahead and how your voice matters.
2:45 PM Break
3:00 PM Our shared vision + commitments for a future outdoor ecosystem that is inclusive, equitable, and climate positive
Equipped with new insights and relationships generated over the past two days, The Summit culminates in a dynamic and collaborative session where leaders across the outdoor ecosystem will define our path forward on climate, equity and inclusion — putting a stake in the ground on our collective vision and desired outcomes for the next several years. In service of making our collective vision a reality, participants will generate their own personal leadership and organizational commitments, and share what it will take to be successful. The outputs of this session will inform OIA’s future strategic planning and programming in order to best support our members to deliver on bold action. Finally, we’ll lay the groundwork to hold each other accountable through subsequent milestone meetings and other structures to ensure progress is real and measurable.
4:50 PM Meeting close
5:30 PM Unwind + mingle on The Eaton rooftop
DAY Three: optional
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Light breakfast available. Space will be provided for ad hoc meetings and networking. No programming on this day.
What to know
Where is the event? How do I get there?
All event programming, with exception of the community engagement experience and The Summit Social, will be held at Eaton DC. We recommend Uber/Lyft, taxi, and public transportation for getting to and from the airport. Limited parking is available onsite. Transportation to the community engagement experience and The Summit Social will be provided to and from the Eaton.
What will the weather be like?
Spring will be in full effect come May in Washington, D.C. The weather is generally warm with lots of sunshine and some chance of rain. Expect temperatures into the low to mid-70s. Below is the forecast for the week of The Summit.
What do I wear?
We encourage all attendees to come as they are. Outdoor business casual attire is welcome.
- During event sessions at the Eaton: We will be seated indoors for the majority of the day. Please dress comfortably.
- During the community engagement experience at Anacostia Park (Day 1): Please come prepared to participate in outdoor group activities. We will be gathering on grass and footpaths. Comfortable outdoor shoes are recommended. Please bring layers for extra warmth and a rain jacket for inclement weather.
- At the Summit Social: Outdoor business casual attire is welcome.
What sessions should I attend?
Consistent engagement at all parts of this event is essential to achieve our desired outcomes for The Summit. As such, this event is not designed for attendees to pop in and out and we ask that you plan to attend all sessions, on both days.
What should I bring?
Bring your collaborative energy and an open mind. OIA will provide all attendees with water bottles, notebooks, pens, and other materials. In an effort to minimize screen time and maximize discussion and connection, please leave your laptop in your hotel room unless you require it for accessibility reasons. You will not need your laptop and table space will be limited for computers.
What about food and drinks?
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with plenty of snacks and beverages, will be provided on days one and two. Breakfast will be served on day three. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options will be provided.
Media and communications
The Summit is a closed event that will be held under Chatham House Rule in order to create a trusted environment, promote candor, and generate solutions to complex challenges. Please read below for important information about confidentiality, media, photography, and videography.
What is Chatham House Rule?
The Chatham House Rule is used around the world to encourage inclusive and open dialogue in meetings. Its guiding spirit is: share the information you receive, but do not reveal the identity of who said it. You can read more here.
Will media be present?
Media may be present at explicit sessions and may conduct interviews in the designated media room throughout the event. Attendees will be notified if and when media is attending a session, and media representatives will wear designated credentials.
Can I post on social media about what I hear at The Summit?
We encourage attendees to share their ideas and reflections about their experience at The Summit with their community, however, please follow Chatham House Rule when communicating externally about the event. This means no attribution of direct quotes without the person’s consent.
Can I take photos at this event?
OIA will be taking photos throughout the event and we welcome you to do the same, but please be careful not to share photos of speakers or participants that might allow people to identify who said what, and when, and please always ask for permission from the subject of your photo before sharing. What about video? We ask that attendees not make audio or visual recordings of our sessions while at Eaton DC. Videos from The Summit Social and community engagement experience at Anacostia Park are welcome.
Will this event be recorded?
Table discussions and attendee report-outs will operate under Chatham House Rule and will not be recorded. OIA will be recording education sessions and panel discussions where we have received specific permission to waive the Chatham House Rule, and we may publish these recordings on our website and in external marketing collateral to reach a wider audience. We will also be recording The Summit Social and the community engagement experience at Anacostia Park.
Do you have further questions about media and communications? Contact Andriana Rogers, Director of Marketing Communications at email@example.com.
Lise Aangeenbrug: Lise Aangeenbrug has served as the executive director of Outdoor Industry Association since 2020. Prior to her position at OIA, she served as the executive director for the Outdoor Foundation, the philanthropic arm of OIA. Before joining the Outdoor Foundation, Aangeenbrug was the executive vice president of the National Park Foundation, playing a key role in the organization’s strategic plan and direction. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund. In that capacity, she was responsible for the overall management and operation of Colorado’s constitutionally chartered fund which benefits the state’s rivers, trails, parks, and open spaces. Her experience includes working with a 17-member governor-appointed board, grantmaking, managing an 18-member staff, fundraising, and governmental affairs. Aangeenbrugbegan her career in natural resources as a field biologist in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and has held positions as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the California Department of Fish and Game. She earned her Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and her Bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University. Aangeenbrug is a board member of the Land Trust Alliance, Resources Legacy Fund, and Global Dental Relief.
Teresa Baker: Founder of the In Solidarity Project, Co-founder of The Oath. Teresa’s main focus is to engage underrepresented communities in matters of environmental protection in hopes of fostering a shared sense of stewardship of the land. Teresa spends the majority of her time working with outdoor agencies, organizations, brands and retailers, on ways to welcome a more diverse audience to their boards, staff and campaigns. She does this through outdoor events and speaking engagements across the country.
Shoren Brown: Shoren Brown is the interim executive director of The Conservation Alliance. Shoren grew up exploring the swamps of Tangipahoa Parish in southern Louisiana where he developed a strong connection with rural people and places, fishing, wild country, and New Orleans Saints football. He has a long history of building and running successful campaigns that include people from all walks of life and both sides of the aisle. Shoren was the architect of the federal campaign to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska, ran the national field program for the campaign that protected the Arctic Refuge in 2005, and has worked on numerous other successful campaigns across the West. Most recently he was a consultant for NGOs, private corporations, and charitable foundations. Shoren earned a masters degree in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Conflict Resolution from the University of Montana where he studied as a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow. He earned dual degrees in Conservation Biology and Public Policy from the Evergreen State College. He currently lives in Missoula, MT with his wife and son and Dixie the dog.
Jelani Cobb: Dr. Jelani Cobb, New Yorker Staff Writer | Speaker on Race, History, Politics & Culture in America. With wit, style, and erudition Jelani Cobb is one of the clearest voices in current conversations about race. A staff writer for The New Yorker, he’s an expert on how race, politics, history and popular culture intersect in America, and is known sharing his brilliant opinions on current events in real time—for example, Jelani is featured in the hit Netflix documentary 13th, which explores the origins of mass incarceration in America. Author of highly-acclaimed book The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, he also writes on more pressing and somber issues, like police brutality, voter access, racial discord, and the partisan polarization. As the preeminent voice on these matters, Jelani eloquently explores how the past looms in our contemporary societal landscape and how we can collectively push towards a more equitable America.
Dr. Gerilyn Davis: As a published scholar-practitioner, Dr. Gerilyn Davis is an energetic HR executive who believes in inspiring change by guiding individuals to become inclusive authentically. As an influential talent advisor to C-suite execs, she maximizes organizational talent by utilizing her strong interpersonal communication skills; and her love for developing people. With over 18 years of lived experience and research, she has crafted the SWORD © Inclusion system as a segment of Inclusion on the Slopes. She utilizes a proven methodology that encompasses a systematic-holistic approach grounded in a strength-based perspective, positive psychology, and cohort style learning that makes inclusion accessible and approachable. Inclusion becomes embedded in all facets of business: strategy, marketing, operations, and finance. Therefore, equipping leaders to establish inclusion as the new normal in the snowsports and outdoor community. She is an ambitious, solution-focused leader who is ecstatic about Inclusion on the Slopes and eager to share the joy of inclusion.
Kelly Davis: Kelly Davis has more than 25 years of experience in Market Research including 11 years as the Director Research for SnowSports Industries America, and 4 years as the Senior Director of Research for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. In addition, she has worked with the Cross-Country Ski Areas Association, the Winter Wildlands Alliance, and the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association. Kelly is a methodologist with innovative leanings, she is always looking for more effective ways to gather and apply insights. Kelly likes to share interesting findings and insights and has been a featured speaker at industry events like the Snow Show. The focus of her work is helping industry stakeholders understand mechanisms that affect their markets. She has helped many brands understand and target participants more effectively, track their customers’ journeys, build clearer views of potential customers, and design products. Kelly has also helped many start-ups to find their footing in a variety of markets and she has helped businesses find their way when times are tough. When Kelly isn’t working, you will most likely find her skiing, running trail, SUPing, biking, hiking, skiing, longboarding, walking with her dogs, or just being
Lesford Duncan: Lesford Duncan, MPH, is the Associate Executive Director at Outdoor Outreach. Since 1999, Outdoor Outreach has helped over 18,000 youth explore their world, challenge themselves, and discover what they’re capable of, using the outdoors as a platform for youth development and resilience. Through their Leadership Program, Outdoor Outreach introduces and prepares diverse youth for career pathways in outdoor recreation, conservation, and advocacy. Through their public policy efforts, Outdoor Outreach youth and staff advocate to inform local, state, and federal policymakers on the barriers to outdoor access, equitable conservation and land management, and promoting the health of communities through outdoor recreation. Lesford has a career background in developing programs, partnerships, and policies that enhance the health and resilience of children and families. Prior to joining Outdoor Outreach, he consulted for youth development nonprofits, and worked in child welfare, cultural competency and behavioral health at the County of San Bernardino, California. Lesford received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Florida, and MPH in Health Policy and Leadership from Loma Linda University. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity, ultramarathon runner, and avid hiker and outdoorsman.
Melissa Fifield: Melissa Fifield is Bank of the West’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, where she is responsible for leading and reporting on the bank’s sustainability actions and other CSR commitments. She is a global sustainability leader who brings 20 years of experience leading domestic and international programs across social and environmental impact areas. In addition to spending 14 years at Gap Inc. in various sustainability and environmentally focused roles, Fifield also recently served on the board of directors of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and currently serves on the board of the Apparel Impact Institute.
Carolyn Finney: Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer who is grounded in both artistic and intellectual ways of knowing -she pursued an acting career for eleven years, but five years of backpacking trips through Africa and Asia, and living in Nepal changed the course of her life. Carolyn returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A. and a Ph.D. (she was a Fulbright and a Canon National Science Scholar Fellow). Along with public speaking, writing, media engagements, consulting & teaching, she served on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board for eight years. Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors was released in 2014. She is currently working on her new book (a more personal journey into the complicated relationship between race, land & belonging in the United States), and a performance piece entitled The N Word: Nature Revisited as part of an Andrew W. Mellon residency at the New York Botanical Gardens Humanities Institute. Along with being a columnist at the Earth Island Journal, she was recently awarded the Alexander and Ilse Melamid Medal from the American Geographical Society and is an artist-in-residence in the Franklin Environmental Center at Middlebury College.
Ryan Gellert: Ryan Gellert is chief executive officer (CEO) of Patagonia Works and Patagonia, Inc. Prior to his appointment to this global role, Ryan spent six years as Patagonia’s general manager of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During that time, he elevated Patagonia to a position of leadership in Europe’s outdoor industry and environmental communities, overseeing all sales, marketing, environmental and operational activities for the brand. Under Ryan’s stewardship, Patagonia launched its first global environmental campaign around a European initiative: Save the Blue Heart of Europe, an international crusade to protect the last wild rivers of Europe from over 3,000 planned hydropower projects. He also launched Patagonia Action Works in the region, an online tool to connect people with local and global environmental groups, allowing them to take action on causes they care about. Ryan has lived and worked in the United States, Asia and Europe. Before joining Patagonia, he spent 15 years at Black Diamond Equipment, where he held a number of roles, including brand president, vice president of supply chain management and managing director of Black Diamond Asia. An avid climber and backcountry snowboarder, Ryan has climbed and ridden all over the world. He has extensive experience working with direct action environmental groups, having served on the boards of Access Fund, Protect Our Winters, the European Outdoor Group and the Soil Heroes Foundation. In addition, he was a founding individual member of 1% for the Planet. Ryan holds a JD from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah; an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology; and a BSBA in finance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
José G. González: José G. González is the Founder and Director Emeritus of Latino Outdoors. He is a professional educator with training in the fields of education and conservation while engaging in different artistic endeavors with art and messaging—often exploring the intersection of the environment and culture. As a Partner in the Avarna Group and through his own consulting, his work focuses on Equity & Inclusion frameworks and practices in the environmental, outdoor, and conservation fields. He is also an illustrator and science communicator. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment. His teaching coursework was at the Bilingual, Multicultural, Education Department at Sacramento State. He serves as a Trustee for the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Trustee for the National Recreation Foundation, Resource Media Board Director, Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project Board Director, Councilor for Save the Redwoods League, and as an advisor to Blue Sky Funders Forum, among other such leadership volunteer roles. You can connect with him on social media @JoseBilingue. Puns welcomed.
Jaylyn Gough: Jaylyn Gough is a photographer, writer, speaker, and the founder of Native Womens Wilderness. Designed to be an organization to share stories, to learn, and to support other Native Women on the Land. It was created in the frustration of the lack of Women of Color represented in the Outdoor Industries, let alone a Native Woman. She is from the Navajo Reservation and grew up as a Rez kid throwing baby rattlesnakes at each other, playing in the arroyos, and doing everything she was told not to do–being a typical Rez kid. Jaylyn hopes to assist in the change of the outdoor stigma of what women should look like and has a great desire to see more diversity in our Industries. Being a woman of color is difficult, but these stories represent the resiliency our Native Women have and how much of it is tied to the Land. She has worked with HOKA One One, Mountain Hardware, Vasque, and Backcountry. Her work has been featured in Outside Magazine, National Geographic, and Condé Nast. She is an avid hiker, backpacker, angler, climber, biker… you name it and she has probably done it. You can usually find her in the desert or in the mountains with a camera in her hand.
Brigitte Griswold: As Executive Director of Groundwork, Brigitte oversees the organization’s efforts to create sustainable environmental change in Yonkers through community-based partnerships that promote equity, youth leadership, and economic opportunity. Prior to joining Groundwork, Brigitte was the Director of Youth Engagement Programs for the Nature Conservancy, where she managed all education, volunteer, and employment programs for young people. Brigitte is a 2009 Fellow of Green for All, a national organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy, and a 2010 Fellow of the Center for Whole Communities, which promotes stronger connections between people, land, and community. Her work has been recognized by The Environmental Protection Agency, The National Park Service, Westchester County, and The City of Yonkers, and she has also received notable awards from The Conservation Fund, The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, The Edison Award Honoring Innovation and Innovators, The US2020 STEM Mentoring Award for Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships, and the Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Achievement Award for individuals who demonstrate creative strategies, courage in execution and leadership in achieving results. Brigitte is a Nonprofit Westchester Board Member and an Advisory Board Member for Westhab in Yonkers. Brigitteholds a B.A in Communications and English literature from the University of South Carolina.
Rich Harper: Rich Harper is Director of Government Affairs for Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) based in Washington, D.C. He joined OIA in June 2013 after working in the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) for 15 years as Legislative Assistant for trade, foreign policy and defense issues. On behalf the $778 billion outdoor recreation economy, Harper works with OIA members – including manufacturers, retailers and suppliers – and members of Congress and the administration to advance OIA’s policy agenda on climate, public lands and waters and international trade. Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, he received his B.A. from Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) and his M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna, Italy and Washington, D.C). Rich and his wife, Jamie, reside in Bethesda, MD with their children Ruth (11) and Richard III (9). He enjoys hiking, skiing, exploring new parks with his kids, afternoon baseball, music, karaoke, and surviving the ups and downs of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers and the Golden State Warriors.
Alison Hill: Alison Hill is the CEO of LifeStraw, a global company dedicated to providing safe water through technological innovation and product design in water filtration and purification. For the last 12 years, Alison has built the LifeStraw brand through retail, humanitarian safe water programs and emergency preparedness and response. She has overseen the company’s development from a core humanitarian brand to a successful retail brand while maintaining the company’s strong humanitarian roots. Under Alison’s leadership, the LifeStraw business has grown more than 80 percent in the last two years with expansions into larger outdoor retail accounts and into the home business with its household water filter pitchers and dispensers launched in 2019. The growth of LifeStraw’s retail business has also led to the success of one of the largest private investments to provide kids around the world with safe drinking water. Recently, the brand reached a milestone of providing over six million kids safe drinking water for a year through its give back initiative. Alison began her career living in Zambia, Africa, focused on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, aiming to gain experience in infectious disease work. After four years leading a staff of 100, caring for more than 600 patients at any given time, she concluded that she could make a greater impact by influencing public health. She returned to the states and got a Master’s in Public Health and an MBA from John’s Hopkins University. In 2009, Alison joined Vestergaard, the parent company of LifeStraw, focusing initially on innovative financing for health programs. She spearheaded the first program ever to link carbon finance to safe drinking water –providing water filtration to 4.5 million people in Africa. In 2012, Alison was named Managing Director of Vestergaard’s water business-LifeStraw. She drove LifeStraw’s entry into the retail space but kept the brand true to the company’s humanitarian DNA. In 2020, she was officially named CEO. At 42, Alison has emerged as one of a handful of women business leaders successfully managing an international brand that brings together retail, social good and public health, and she has infused the company with female leaders at all levels of the valye chain.
Bri’Anna Horne: Bri’Anna Horne (she/her) is the Director of Operations, Pigtown Climbs. She is a Baltimore-born scientist, educator, rock climber, artist, and outdoor enthusiast. She has committed years of work to equity and strategic community development initiatives that strengthen the relationships between black and brown folks to their passions, the outdoors, healing, and each other. Bri’Anna studied Biology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, subsequently continuing her exploration of living things as a microbiologist. Horne’s education fueled her curiosity to gain a deeper understanding of the world, improve lives, and solve problems, on both a microscopic and global scale. Outside of the classroom, Bri’Anna gained over 10 years of experience as an outdoor educator, working at institutions such as Cylburn Arboretum, the National Aquarium, and Clean Water Action. She has presented as a guest lecturer and panelist for nearly 20 college courses and events; has been a contributing author in 10 scientific publications, and has been featured in over 6 magazines and newspapers articles including Blue Ridge Outdoors, Baltimore Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, and The Washington Post. With this experience, Bri’Anna has had the opportunity to observe how large and small scientific and outdoor institutions engage with black and brown communities. Though many were successful, the missteps inspired Bri’Anna to rethink this engagement. She had a specific interest in addressing significant gaps in access, leadership opportunities, and inadequate support for growth. Bri’Anna began rock climbing in 2018. Though many of the climbing experiences mirrored those within other outdoor sports and organizations Horne saw a world of potential for the sport in black and brown communities: low-pressure community building, a pipeline from neighborhood climbing to the outdoors, and the opportunity to open up a dialogue about movement and wellness in black and brown communities. Bri’Anna Horne founded Pigtown Climbs and brought on ten other incredibly talented leaders to help this organization become a reality. Now the organization operates with the support of over 300 volunteers. Pigtown Climbs is a community-driven organization and space that uses rock climbing and sustainable programming to foster black liberation, promote wellness, and connect the communities of Southwest Baltimore to the outdoors. The organization is working to expand this mission into a physical outdoor climbing and community space that neighbors can grow in for years to come. This space and programming exist to uplift self-identified black and brown folks, minimize barriers to getting outdoors, and prioritize accessibility. Pigtown Climbs first began organizing in August 2020, with national attention on the COVID-19 crisis and Black Lives Matter protests. The organization was founded as a distinct need for spaces where Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities can heal, grow, and be inspired and empowered. Pigtown Climbs is a hyper-local approach to outdoor engagement. Horne believes this model can be brought to and tailored to neighborhoods like her own to inspire outdoor leaders within the communities they aim to serve.
Amuy Horton: Amy’s passion is helping teams collaborate to accomplish sustainability goals that no single company alone could achieve. She has spent the last 15 years facilitating complex, multi-stakeholder collaborations for Fortune 500 companies and associations in the apparel, footwear, outdoor industries and beyond. One-part dreamer and possibilitarian; one-part results-oriented planner, Amy is at her best when guiding collaborators to co-create an inspiring vision and translate it into tangible action steps and measurable results. As Director of Sustainable Business Innovation for Outdoor Industry Association, Amy supports members to develop and drive sustainability strategies that position purpose-driven impact and value at the forefront of outdoor business. She designed and leads OIA’s Climate Action Corps – a group of 100+ forward-thinking outdoor companies with the aim to become the first climate positive industry by 2030, setting a bold example for others to follow. When not guiding companies to pursue low-carbon innovation in their products and supply chains, Amy enjoys camping with family and friends and hitting the trail for as long as her young daughters’ little legs will take them!
Ali Kenney: Ali Kenney is the Chief Strategy Officer at Burton Snowboards. Ali is a thought leader, forward-thinking catalyst, and change-maker who is passionate about purpose and constant progression towards new ways of doing business. Ali spearheads key future-oriented work around brand purpose, company strategy, consumer-centricity, sustainability, justice/equity/diversity/inclusion (JEDI), business innovation, turning data into insights and intelligence, and the prioritization of key growth opportunities. She leads the research, development, alignment, and execution of Burton’s global strategy, including purpose, vision, customer segmentation, business strategy, brand positioning, and the company’s balanced scorecard. Ali proposed and built Burton’s sustainability strategy and team from scratch in 2011 after working in finance and product management. Ali then led the company’s transformation to a global leader in sustainability. In 2016, Ali took over the global supply chain organization and now leads a suite of teams, all of which she proposed and built new for Burton. This includes global strategy, customer insights, and the “purpose” umbrella, which encompasses philanthropy, advocacy, environmental and social impact, and JEDI. Ali has traveled to and/or worked in over 50 countries. She played semi-professional ice hockey for two years in Denmark and Canada, and then coached college hockey at Bowdoin and Brown. She received a BA in International Relations (Political Economy of Development) from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Vermont, in addition to executive education at Harvard and Stanford. She has worked in Board of Director roles across a variety of organizations, in addition to appointed roles in city government. Ali enjoys snowboarding, practicing yoga, wilderness backpacking, enjoying live music, carpentry, surfing, gardening, biking, playing guitar, hiking, and spending time with her wife, young son, Cedar, and six chickens.
Stephanie Maez: Stephanie Maez is a dynamic and thoughtful leader in the nonprofit, philanthropic, political, and public policy space. Maez, a former Senior Fellow for the Topos Partnership, previously worked as Executive Director for ProgressNow New Mexico, CEO for the Center for Civic Policy, and served in former New Mexico Governor Richardson’s administration. As a New Mexico state legislator, Maez sponsored and supported a slate of innovative social justice policy proposals. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science from the University of New Mexico. Maez is the executive director for the Outdoor Foundation where she is focused on grantmaking grounded in creating equitable access to the outdoors for all. Through this work, and supporting critical systems change efforts via policy, the Foundation seeks to help improve outcomes on issues such as health and wellness, public safety, juvenile incarceration, environmental
Ravi Mikkelsen:Ravi Mikkelsen is the Co-Founder of Atmos Financial. Ravi has been fighting climate change since August 2000 when he had a moment of clarity that his mission in life was to help the world transition off of fossil fuels. Since then, he’s researched and developed a variety of technologies, launched a non-profit that transitioned school districts across the country to switch from PetroDiesel to BioDiesel, and acted as a community activist by speaking at rallies of thousands of people. Ravi ultimately came to the conclusion that finance was the Archimedes Lever needed to facilitate change. Since 2013, he has been connecting cleantech startups with corporate and project capital providers, from small angel investments to billion-dollar private equity transactions. Prior to the launch of Atmos, Ravi developed a loan model to help reduce the cost of solar financing by refinancing unsecured solar loans with a HELOC and/or mortgage refinancing instrument. This model was adopted by existing financing providers to further accelerate solar adoption. When not actively working on Atmos, you can find Ravi with his wife and baby son enjoying the beauty of the Bay Area parks and natural spaces. Ravi received a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Washington.
Bryce Phillips: Bryce studied finance, juggling school while living in Whistler BC, skiing professionally for companies including Patagonia and K2, and chasing winters around the world. In 2001 Bryce started Evolución Innovations, Inc. (www. evo.com), an action sports and outdoor lifestyle retail business, and in 2005 opened a flagship store in Seattle, Washington. Originally launching the site with one employee from his living room, evo has grown to over 400 employees, is one of the fastest growing industry retailers in the world and has retail locations in Whistler, Seattle, Snoqualmie Pass, Portland, Hood River, Denver, and Salt Lake City. Bryce’s vision is to continue building a global brand via the evo Ecosystem, seamlessly blending commerce, cause, culture and community.
Akiima Price: Akiima Price is the Community Liaison of Friends of Anacostia Park. She is a creative thinker and doer who links people, places, and programs with stressed, underserved communities. A Washington, DC native, Akiima is a nationally respected thought leader at the intersection of social and environmental issues and the relationship between nature and community well-being. Her innovative programming strategies feature nature as a powerful medium to connect stressed youth, adults, and families in meaningful, positive experiences that affect the way they feel about themselves, their communities, and their parks. From her early career experiences as a National Park Service Interpretation Ranger at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Boulder City, Nevada to her work with environmental and social service organizations, Akiima has cultivated 30 years of experience in cutting-edge best practices around trauma-informed environmentalism. Akiima is currently on contract with Friends of Anacostia Park, developing strategies to strengthen the Park’s programming and external relationships.
Emily Robichaux: Emily Robichaux is First Vice President for Sustainability at Amalgamated Bank, America’s socially responsible bank. In her role, she serves climate-focused clients and finances sustainable projects and companies that will advance the bank towards its net zero targets. She prioritizes opportunities to support small, women-owned, and minorityowned businesses in their growth. Emily is an experienced finance leader with a deep commitment to sustainability and social impact. Prior to joining the bank, she served as CFO of Groundswell, a DC-based non-profit solar developer, where she executed transactions for the organization’s low- and moderate-income serving community solar and solar+storage projects in multiple markets, researched and analyzed transaction structures and financing trends to accelerate LMI access to solar, and launched the organization’s subscriber services line of business to bring clean energy savings to over 5,000 households.
Michael Sadowski: For over 20 years, Michael has worked with companies to solve business challenges, including sustainability. Over this time, Michael has been a trusted advisor to senior executives, managed organizations and teams, driven change from within companies, led research projects and authored reports, and facilitated multi-stakeholder collaborations. Over the last five years, Michael has worked with World Resources Institute to develop guidance for apparel and footwear companies on science-based climate change targets as well as a roadmap that identifies how the sector can reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet these targets. Michael is currently Acting Executive Director of The Circulate Initiative, a non-profit working to reduce ocean plastic in South and Southeast Asia. He is a trusted advisor to the Outdoor Industry Association, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and a number of apparel and footwear companies on topics including sustainability strategy, climate change, and circular economy. Prior to this, Michael led strategy and managed external partnerships for Nike’s Sustainable Business & Innovation team, and led the company’s efforts on the circular economy. Before Nike, Michael was a Vice President at SustainAbility, Inc. where he worked with companies across sectors on range of sustainability topics. He played a key role in developing multi-stakeholder collaborations including the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals and the Closed Loop Fund.
Chris Speyer: Chris Speyer (he/him/his) leads REI’s Merchandising Product and Co-op Brands teams, overseeing the retailer’s gear and apparel assortment of more than 1,400 vendors and REI’s award-winning in-house Co-op Brands label, featuring both leading and emerging brand products through its digital and retail stores for all outdoor enthusiasts. This includes Co-op Brands and Co-op Cycles products, created by a talented team of strategists, designers and developers dedicated to helping REI customers get outside and unlock their love for outdoor recreation. Chris also serves as the Executive Sponsor of the co-op’s Outside with Pride inclusion network whose goal is to provide a safe, affirming and inclusive space for employees of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies to learn, grow, develop and thrive at REI. Speyer has been with the co-op since October 2017. Prior to joining REI, he was the managing director, North America for Accell Group N.V., a publicly-traded bicycle company based in Heerenveen, Netherlands, which owns brands such as Raleigh, GHOST, Lapierre and Haibike. Speyer is currently the board chairman of PeopleforBikes and enjoys running, cycling, skiing, hiking and backpacking with his family.
Erik Stegman: Erik serves as Chief Executive Officer of Native Americans in Philanthropy, a national organization advocating for stronger and more meaningful investments by the philanthropic sector in tribal communities. Previously, he served as the Executive Director for the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute. He has held positions at the Center for American Progress on their Poverty to Prosperity team, as Majority Staff Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and in the Obama administration as a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. Erik began his career in Washington, D.C. at the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center. He holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, an M.A. in American Indian Studies from UCLA’s Graduate Division, and a B.A. from Whittier College.
Halla Tómasdóttir: Halla Tómasdóttir is the CEO of The B Team, a group of courageous business and civil society leaders working together to transform business for a better world. Halla started her leadership career in corporate America working for Mars and Pepsi Cola. She was on the founding team of Reykjavík University where she established the Executive Education Department, founded and led a successful women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment initiative and was an assistant professor at the Business School. She was the first female CEO of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce and later went on to co-found an investment firm with the vision to incorporate feminine values into finance. The company successfully survived the infamous economic meltdown in Iceland. In 2016 Halla was an independent candidate for the President of Iceland. She entered a crowded field of candidates and finished as the runner-up with nearly 30 percent of the vote.
Richard Trent: Richard Trent is the Executive Director of Friends of Anacostia Park. For the last decade, Richard Trent has helped youth-serving nonprofits blaze trails to financial sustainability in DC and New York. A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Richard began his career at Higher Achievement in DC, where he helped the organization expand its rigorous extended learning program to Baltimore, Richmond, and Pittsburgh. At Friends of Island Academy, a program that helps adjudicated youth readjust to their communities, Richard worked with funders to pressure the De Blasio administration to end youth incarceration at Rikers Island—culminating in the Mayor’s passage of the Raise the Age Act. At Reach Out and Read and the National Winter Activity Center, Richard helped the organizations widen their bases of stakeholders through high-impact events, crowdfunding campaigns, and hyper-individualized stewardship. Now, as Executive Director of Friends of Anacostia Park, Richard will continue building on the work of public agencies, local activists, and Ward 7 and 8 residents to activate Anacostia Park as a convening point for the community. Richard is a musician and producer who brings his creative spirit to every role. He is especially optimistic aboutusing art to help unify residents, new and old, east of the Anacostia River. When he is not biking to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Richard goes on long walks with his wife (Veronica), his son (River), and their dog (Basil) around their home in the Fairlawn neighborhood of Anacostia.
Kate Williams: Kate Williams is CEO of 1% for the Planet, a global movement that inspires action and commitment so that our planet and future generations thrive. 1% for the Planet’s global network of thousands of businesses and individuals have donated $100s of millions to environmental partners to date. Kate has led significant growth in the community’s scale and impact, as well as deep work on best practices for implementing high impact giving strategies, growing a network brand, and operating as a thriving workplace with an incredible staff team. Kate earned a BA at Princeton University and an MS at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and has served on a variety of Boards throughout her career. Kate is a Mom, a trail runner and hiker with her dog, and a kitchen gardener.
ATTENDEE LIST AS OF 4/18
Community Leader/Thrive Outside Director
A Price Consulting
National Climbing Manager
American Alpine Club
Senior Marketing Partner
Bank of the West
SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility
Bank of the West
President + Chief Community Officer
Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition
Chair of the Board
Chief Strategy Officer
Chief Development Officer
SVP, Inclusion, Sustainability & Community
Government Affairs & Advocacy Director
and Interim Executive Director
Independent Advisor to OIA
Chief Culture & Strategy Officer
Founder & CEO
Community Impact Operations Manager
Forbes Tate Partners
Senior Vice President
Forbes Tate Partners
Forbes Tate Partners
Co-Founder The Outdoorist Oath
Founder and Director Emeritus,
Friends of the Anacostia Park
Greening Youth Foundation
Groundwork Hudson Vallley
SVP Sales for Housewares Division
Helen of Troy
Helen of Troy
SVP Marketing, Housewares
Director Corporate Responsibility for the Housewares Division
In Solidarity Project
Founder and Chief Inclusion Officer
Inclusion on the Slopes
Director of Brand Engagement
Sr. Manager, Brand Amplification
La Sportiva N.A., Inc.
Membership Marketing Consultant
Chief Brand Officer
Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation
Maine Outdoor Brands
Director of Sustainability
Chief Executive Officer
Native Americans in Philanthropy
Founder and Executive Director
Native Womens Wilderness
VP of Marketing
NEMO Equipment, Inc.
Founder and CEO
NEMO Equipment, Inc.
Global Distribution & Sustainability Manager
NEMO Equipment, Inc.
NEMO Equipment, Inc.
Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
VP of Marketing
Chief People Officer
VP Sustainability and Conservation
VP Merchandise Planning
Outdoor Empowerment Network
Associate Executive Director
Outdoor Outreach/Thrive Outside
Head of Sustainability and Community
Environmental Impact Manager
Global Lead for Justice, Equity & Antiracism
Eric Hollister Williams
Director, Global PR/Communications
Head of Communications and Public Policy
VP of Sales
President et chef de la direction
Pelican International inc.
Chief of Staff
Founder and Director of Operations
Public Lands, Dicks Sporting Goods
Director, Government & Community Affairs
Vice President, Merchandising Product and Co-op Brands
Head of Government Affairs
Director, Corporate Responsibility
Director of Specialty Sales
Stockdale Development Corporation
Linnea Swenson Tellekson
Swen Products, Inc./Sven-Saw
CEO & Chief Change Catalyst
The B Team
Senior Manager, Communications
The North Face
Vice President, Government Affairs and Global Impact
Vice President, Global Sustainability,
Responsibility and Trade
Director, Corporate Sustainability
VP of Global Inclusion
Diversity, Equity and Action, VF
VP Global Sustainability
VP Government Relations
CEO / Fabrics Division
W.L. Gore & Associates
Government Relations Professional
W.L. Gore & Associates
Global Sales & Marketing Leader
W.L. Gore & Associates
Western Spirit Cycling
1% for the Planet