April 11 - 13, 2023

More information coming soon! Please check out information from our 2022 Inclusive Summit below to learn more about our event!

WHAT IT IS:  A multi-day virtual summit centered on increasing inclusive practices in regard to recreating in winter, public lands, and workplace culture.

WHEN IT IS:  April 11 - 13, 2023 | Tuesday: 11:00 am ET - 6:00 pm ET; Wednesday: 11:00 am ET - 5:00 pm ET; Thursday: 11:00 am ET - 5:00 pm ET

WHO IS IT FOR:  People who facilitate outdoor recreation and education programs.  If you guide, train or encourage people to get outdoors, this Summit is designed for YOU!

WHY ARE WE DOING IT:  AORE is hosting this three day summit to provide attendees with a wider recognition of exclusionary practices within outdoor recreation and education and to help them gain better understanding of how they can actively work to make change as leaders in the industry.  

WHERE IT WILL BE:  Online through Zoom!  We strongly recommend that attendees treat this professional development opportunity like they are participating at an in-person event by prioritizing the time for participation and by reducing distractions.

EVENT STRUCTURE: Our virtual Summit is three days (April 11-13, 2023) with each day focusing on a different topic around inclusivity. This year Tuesday will be all about winter sports, Wednesday will be about public lands, and Thursday will be about human resources and workplace culture.








AGENDA

TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2023 - Winter Sports

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time

11:00 am

AORE Welcome

Jeannette Stawski

11:10 - 11:50 am

Intro Session

Speaker TBA

12:00 - 12:50 pm

General Session (TBA)

Speaker TBA

1:00 - 1:50 pm 

General Session (TBA)

Speaker TBA

2:00 - 2:50 pm


Cultural Bias in Risk Management Decision Making

Jason D. Martin

3:00 - 3:50 pm

General Session (TBA)

Speaker TBA

4:00 - 4:50 pm

Bridging the Belonging Gap

Claire Smallwood

5:00 - 5:50 pm

Networking Breakout Sessions

Hilary Eisen







Schedule is tentative as we secure speakers, please check back often for schedule announcements!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2023 - Public Lands

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time



Wednesday will be facilitated by The Wilderness Society

11:00 am

AORE Welcome

Jeannette Stawski

11:10 - 11:50 am

Public Lands Education:
Know the Past, Change the Future


12:00 - 12:50 pm

Public Lands and Climate Education:
Interpreting Mainstream Science


1:00 - 1:50 pm

Public Lands and Climate Education:
Traditional Ways of Knowing, Personal Connection to Climate


2:00 - 2:50 pm

Art, Education, and Advocacy


3:00 - 3:50 pm

Climate and Public Lands Policy Solutions


4:00 - 4:50 pm

Networking Breakout Sessions



THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2023 - Workplace Culture

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time


Thursday will be facilitated by DEI Outdoors.

11:00 am

AORE Welcome

Jeannette Stawski

11:10 - 11:50 am

Intro Session

Speaker TBA

12:00 - 1:45 pm

Workshop One (TBA)

Rachel Hailey

2:00 - 3:45 pm

Workshop Two (TBA)

Rachel Hailey

4:00 - 4:50 pm

Networking Breakout Sessions



Meet the Speakers 

Rachel Hailey, DEI Outdoors



Jason D. Martin, American Alpine Institute



Claire Smallwood, SheJumps



Hilary Eisen, Winter Wildlands Alliance









ATTENDEE INFORMATION

  • Information to join the sessions will be shared the morning of each day. Be sure to check your spam/junk folder each morning you are registered to access that days sessions. 
  • Log in to each session a few minutes early.  As you log in, staff will be verifying your registration and admitting you to the live session from the waiting room. Logging in early helps ensure you don’t miss any of the presentation. 
  • Be sure your name on Zoom matches the name you are registered under.  This will allow quicker access into the session. 
  • Some sessions will be recorded.  Due to the nature of certain sessions (such as breakout rooms and/or networking sessions) some sessions will NOT be recorded. Registered attendees will have access to view recordings through Monday, May 2nd.
  • Be prepared and fully engaged for each session.  This is an intentionally designed adult learning experience. To prioritize your learning and transference of knowledge, our hope is that you will minimize distractions (email, phone) and maximize participation (use chat feature, engage in conversation) for the Summit sessions.
  • Keep your microphone muted for the presenter portion of each session.  If you have any questions, please utilize the chat box feature in Zoom. 
  • Plan to have your video on. Especially during the breakout room portion of each session.
  • Contact Jenny Hill via email [jhill@aore.org] for any assistance needed with troubleshooting.







Session Descriptions

Tuesday, April 11

2 - 2:50 pm ET Cultural Bias in Risk Management Decision Making

Presented by Jason D. Martin (He/Him), Executive Director, American Alpine Institute 

Decision making skills in high consequence terrain have been studied extensively. Personal risk management decisions are biased by the view we have of ourselves, our desires, our fears and our team dynamics. The study of these biases have helped individuals and teams make better decisions in the mountains. But what about the biases programmed into us by our culture? How do these impact wilderness risk management decisions? This presentation will discuss how these complicated biases impact us in dangerous situations, and may even put our lives at risk.


4:00 - 4:50 pm ET Bridging the Belonging Gap

Presented by Claire Smallwood (she/her), Executive Director, SheJumps

Removing barriers for women & girls in the outdoors through belonging


5:00 - 5:50 pm ET Networking Breakout Sessions

Breakout Room One, facilitated by Hilary Eisen: Our shrinking snows - what is the future of winter recreation in a changing climate?





Speaker Bios



Hilary Eisen (she/her), Policy Director, Winter Wildlands Alliance

Hilary is an avid backcountry skier and ice climber with a passion for wild landscapes. She leads WWA’s work on National Forest winter travel management, forest planning, and other policy issues. Hilary works with our members, grassroots and grasstops partners, agency staff, and elected officials to protect wild snowscapes across the United States.

Rachel Hailey (She/They), Transformationalist, DEI Outdoors

Rachel is the Owner/Transformationalist at DEI Outdoors, a firm which deals directly with the outdoor industry to foster DEI in organizations. Her main objective is to transform the outdoor industry into a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible space. Rachel is committed to creating an industry where anyone can experience, thrive, and lead in the out of doors no matter their circumstances, and has a focus on underserved and underrepresented communities. She has served and inspired over 100 organizations in the creation of actionable systems aligned with creating diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor spaces. She is a frequent writer for industry publications like Adventure Park Insider and Ski Area Magazine, and has given talks on DEI & Social Justice on international platforms. Outside of her endeavor to bridge the gap between racial and ethnic diversity in the outdoors and social justice, Rachel can be found magical creatures in the woods with her daughter and German Shepherd.

Jason D. Martin (He/Him), Executive Director, American Alpine Institute

Jason is the executive director and a co-owner of the American Alpine Institute, overseeing sixty plus guides in six different states and in several countries. He is an AMGA certified Rock and Alpine Guide, a Leave No Trace Master Educator, and a Rope Rescue Technician. Jason currently serves on the Mt. Erie Climbing Committee for the city of Anacortes and volunteers for the Bellingham Mountain Rescue Council where he has previously served as the president of the organization's Board. He also previously served as the technical director for the annual Red Rock Rendezvous climbing festival and served on both the Board of Directors for the American Mountain Guides Association and the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council. Jason has guided in Red Rock Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, the Cascades, the Sierra, the Alaska Range, in Canada's Coast Range and in the Andes of Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. Jason is a widely published outdoor writer. He co-authored ‘Washington Ice: A Climbing Guide’ and ‘Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual,’ and authored ‘Fun Climbs Red Rocks: Topropes and Moderates’ and ‘Best Climbs: Red Rocks.’ Jason is an outdoor and climate activist. He is passionate about adventure recreation, equitable land management policies, wilderness preservation and backcountry risk management.

Claire Smallwood (She/Her), Executive Director, SheJumps

Claire Smallwood is a visionary leader in removing barriers for women and girls in outdoor recreation, and beyond. As the co-founder and Executive Director of SheJumps, she’s devoted the last 15 years to building a future where people everywhere are living to their potential. The mission of SheJumps is to offer outdoor play that transforms to women and girls (transgender and cisgender) aged six and older. Partnering with nature, SheJumps creates safe, educational outdoor experiences that nurture growth and transformation. From fly-fishing and avalanche education to snowshoeing and first aid, SheJumps focuses on building confidence and community in our outdoor playgrounds. Claire is the heart behind this mission, overseeing three staff and 150 volunteers across the country. Despite losing over $100,000 – a third of SheJumps’ operating revenue – due to the pandemic, Claire led the team to revolutionize how they offered transformative experiences, resulting in the most impactful outcomes yet. In the last year, SheJumps reached 3,879  individuals through online and guide-led programming. Claire holds a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures from Lewis & Clark College.