The intention of AORE’s April 13-14 Inclusiveness Summit is to virtually convene members and not-yet members to improve Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) practices in the facilitation of the outdoor experiences they lead. We will explore barriers through four thought leaders and discuss actionable ways that attendees can lead in addressing these barriers.  Following each thought leader session, attendees will participate in their choice of breakout group discussions based on self identity. This event is designed for outdoor leaders to broaden their awareness of challenges they, or others, may encounter while working in the outdoor ecosystem. 

Learn more about our journey to this summit 



This virtual two day summit's format is comprised of 8 hours of education delivered through four one hour thought leader sessions, each followed by a one hour break out room discussion.  

TUESDAY, APRIL 13thWEDNESDAY, APRIL 14th

Session One

11 AM - 1 PM EDT

Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry: How can you actively move the needle? 

Presenter: Kenji Haroutunian

Intention:

11 AM - 12 PM: Presentation
12 - 1 PM: Breakout Discussion

Session Three

11 AM - 1 PM EDT

Rolling out the Welcome Mat: Actions steps you can take NOW to make your organization more inclusive

Presenter: Rachel Hailey

Intention:

11 AM - 12 PM: Presentation
12 - 1 PM: Breakout Discussion

1 - 3 PM EDT

BREAK

1-3 PM EDT

BREAK

Session Two

3 PM - 5 PM EDT

For Your Consideration: Same Space, Different Experience

Presenters: Szu-ting Yi & Mario Stanley

Intention:

3 - 4 PM: Presentation
4 - 5 PM: Breakout Discussion

Session Four

3 PM - 5 PM EDT

Recognizing and Stopping Micro Aggression

Presenters: Marv Fox Jr & Chuck Warpehoski

Intention:

3 - 4 PM: Presentation
4 - 5 PM: Breakout Discussion

Sessions & Presenters are subject to change. 


Why Should I Participate in the Breakout Discussion?

As an outdoor educator, you know that learning is an active process.  Our hope is that each attendee participates in the break out room sessions. This will allow for the opportunity for attendees to process the information heard during the presentations and consider how to apply it to their own lives and organizations.

Our intention with using a break out room format is to:

  • Cultivate a brave space for conversations
  • Encourage active participation from all attendees
  • Encourage people to go deeper as they explore the topic
  • Address sticky or harmful comments or dynamics
  • Notice where attendees are facing challenges and finding solutions
  • AORE can learn how to better support members' DE&I journeys. 

What to Expect

  • On April 2nd, an email will be sent to registered attendees asking them to anonymously self identify. These responses will aid with the planning and creation of break out rooms. 
  • Following a presentation, attendees will be able to choose the break out room where they want to participate.

Why is this not free?

Registration fees are necessary in order to fairly and equitably compensate speakers and to offset administrative costs. We are excited to be able to offer a reduced registration rate to members because of financial support from the 2020 gift AORE received to support diversity, equity and inclusive programming. 

All AORE Members: $50.00

Not-yet Members: $100.00

Member Group Rate (up to 25 Attendees): $350.00

Not-yet Member Group Rate (up to 25 Attendees): $750.00

If you would like to register more than 25 attendees, please reach out to Jenny Hill at jhill@aore.org.

REGISTER HERE!

We are looking for "Breakout Room Hosts".  These volunteers will assist attendees in the breakout rooms after each session.  Training will be provided. If interested, please complete the form below. We'll be following up with intersted volunteers soon with more information. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry: How can you actively move the needle?

Have you already decided as an organization that Now is the time for getting active with DEI? In this interactive session, get the tools to apply in your tactical DEI rollout to move your organization into position as an inclusive force for what’s good for both protecting the health of our wild lands and outdoor recreation industry. This session is specifically designed for small to medium size organizations that facilitate outdoor adventure, education, and recreation and have committed to becoming more inclusive.

For Your Consideration: Same Space, Different Experience

Hear from two outdoor facilitators who will speak to their personal experiences building their careers in the outdoor ecosystem. Hear from Szu-ting Yi and Mario Stanley as they recount what attracted them to being a guide, and the successes and challenges they faced in navigating staff training, certifications, and field activities.

Rolling out the Welcome Mat: Actions steps you can take NOW to make your organization more inclusive

Discussions around privilege, hidden biases and stereotypes often create uncomfortable or eek feelings. Through Rachel‘s experience working with hundreds of organizations, she has identified and refined key activities that are foundational to creating a safe space where participants can engage and explore diversity, equity and inclusion. Through these interactive activities, Rachel will model how to create an inclusive outdoor program culture where all members are able to feel safe, increase self- and other-awareness, practice empathy, and build meaningful relationships no matter their circumstances. There will be a focus on tangible results and provide a roadmap for how to create diversity, inclusion, and access within the organization.

Recognizing and Stopping Micro Aggression

It‘s often the little things that undermine inclusion, things that you don‘t see unless they happen to you–or unless you‘re on the lookout for them. Participants in this workshop learn to spot these microaggressions, how to support people affected by them, and how to stop them.


Kenji Haroutunian

Kenji Consults

Kenji has 35 years of industry depth, running retail stores for Adventure 16, teaching outdoor skills for Outward Bound, and as Show Director of Outdoor Retailer. Kenji‘s work as an event strategist is well-known and includes building Grassroots Connect, Outdoor PressCamp, and Climb Smart in Joshua Tree. His work in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Outdoors spans decades, as does his service record on leading advocacy and advisory boards at the national, state and regional levels.

Szu-ting Yi

IG: @szutingyi

Szu-ting Yi was born in Taiwan and came to the US to get her PhD in computer science. Szu-ting and her husband Dave Anderson had lived in the Western US, climbing, and working out of their customized van Magic for 7 years until they settled down in Las Vegas in 2019. Besides working as a climbing guide, Szu-ting is the author of four books and has completed multiple first ascents in Asia and Patagonia.

Mario Stanley


Mario R. Stanley, an experienced climber of eleven years, leads groups and individuals to their mountain top experience. Mario guides, teaches, and prepares kids, adults, and groups to attain success in rock climbing (outdoor and indoor)  and team building. He is the kids after- school program director at the Plano location at  Summit Climbing gyms.

He recently led and summited Mt. Whitney, at 14, 508 ft, the tallest mountain in the contiguous 48 states. He has successfully guided trips in California, Nevada, Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

While in Dallas, and not guiding all over the country, Mario coaches and trains adults and youth at Summit climbing gyms, helping people reach their full climbing potential, at Summit Plano.  He encourages and strengthens kids to their fullest ability through his kids program at Summit Plano. His programming is tailored to combine fun with a challenge, while balancing individual accomplishment with team spirit.

Rachel Hailey

Rachel Hailey & Associates Consulting

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. Rachel has served and inspired over 100 organizations in the creation of actionable systems aligned with creating diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor spaces. Rachel is a frequent writer for industry publications like Adventure Park Insider and SAM, and has given talks on DEI & Social Justice on international platforms.

Marv Fox Jr

Change Works Consulting

Marv Fox Jr. conducts Unconscious Bias presentations that focus on reducing implicit bias through Radical Curiosity. Unconscious Bias is telling someone else’s story before they tell you their story. Developing assumptions and prejudice about others and telling their story without conscious awareness of where those beliefs come from may lead to unproductive behavior. Radical Curiosity encourages people to be curious in the presence of discomfort and inconvenience. Beliefs, opinions, and actions may collide, but by employing Radical Curiosity instead of judgment, people unlock their ability to understanding, helpful, and empathic.

Chuck Warpehoski

Change Works Consulting

Chuck has decades of experience bringing people together across differences in the nonprofit, government, and religious sectors. He served for sixteen years as the Director of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice in Ann Arbor, MI and for six years on Ann Arbor City Council. Chuck has successfully led campaigns to expand public transit, increase affordable housing funding, and improve police accountability.

He brings together insights from behavior, organizational, and social change fields to help people and organizations move from good intentions to meaningful action and ultimately to sustainable results.