Upcoming conference for women who work and play in the outdoors

28 Feb 2017 10:37 AM | Lisa Vaas (Administrator)

It's in San Francisco, but it sounds interesting. Here's the letter I just got about it from the organizer: 


Hello Women Outdoors,


My name is Teresa Baker and I work on efforts of diversity and inclusion in outdoor spaces. I do this by creating events across the country that offers a welcoming environment for all.


I'm writing to make you aware of an upcoming summit I'm partnering on with the Presidio Trust and the NPS, which will take place June 14th & 15th at the Presidio of San Francisco. This gathering will bring together women who have made the outdoors their playgrounds and work stations. Hikers, climbers, skiers, educators, CEO's and women who have taken a stance on environmental protection. 


While this gathering will address matters that may affect women specifically, EVERYONE is encouraged to attend. This summit is intended to be fully interactive with opportunities for all in attendance to share their personal stories of on the job biases and various strategies for overcoming adversities. 

This 2-day summit will be broken down in traditional format as well as nontraditional formats. The first day will consist of the traditional indoor conference setting with speakers, tabled conversations and open Q&A sessions, followed by an evening of campfire discussions at Rob Hill, which will also serve as outdoor lodging. The second day will be all outdoors, a camp setting dialogue and exploring the Golden Gate National Rec Area, (Marin Headlands, Muir Woods). 

There are currently 4 guest speakers, Kelly Martin, Chief of Fire and Aviation at Yosemite, Rose Marcario, the current President and CEO of Patagonia, Dr. Carolyn Finney, Professor at the University of Kentucky and author of Black Faces in White Spaces and Alyssa Ravasio, founder of Hipcamp.


This will be a fun, but purpose driven atmosphere of learning, sharing, collaborating, listening and most of all, bonding over concerns that many face in their day to day lives in the workplace and outdoor spaces we all love and cherish.


While it would be great to have everyone attend both days, I understand if only one day of attendance is possible. I hope you will consider this invite as I believe it will

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 women in positions of power in the outdoor industry, which will aid in empowering all who are in attendance

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Here's a recent Jane Goodall article on the work I do: ​Fighting For The Environment Through Inclusion. And here is the event page where updates will be posted: Women's Outdoor Summit For Empowerment


Thank you,


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