River Leaders: Connecting the Outdoor Industry & Veterans

I had the incredible opportunity to be selected for the Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy and was probably one of the highlights of my year professionally. It was here that I was able to collaborate with some of the most talented leaders from incredible brands such as Osprey, Smartwool, REI, Chacos, Patagonia, and Burton – […]

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Wayne’s Dutch Oven Delights – Creme Brulee

One of THE best presents Mr. Hawkins and I received when we got married was a Dutch Oven from our friend and founder of Gregory packs, Wayne Gregory. According to Wayne, the more you use your Dutch Oven and season it over the years, the better it gets – just like marriage. While I worked […]

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Leadership Lesson 6: A Little More Conversation

via the Outdoor Industry Association  For Skip Yowell Future Leader Katie Hawkins, talk ain’t cheap. In fact, a single, short conversation with an industry exec was one of the most valuable interactions of her career so far. By Devon O’Neil Jun 27, 2017 Any successful career has not one but many pivotal moments. For Katie Hawkins, one […]

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Ladyhawk by the Numbers – 2016

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you love. Come, be drawn by your True North.” – Rumi – I have to say 2016 was a year that challenged me on so many levels that I didn’t even knew existed. I spent a good portion of the year weathering the blows that life […]

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The Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy

In memory of the co-founder of Jan Sport, the Outdoor Industry Association launched last year the Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy.  The program was a huge success with over 22 participants and 12 mentors from the outdoor and active lifestyle markets. I am happy to announce that the program had over a 100 applicants and […]

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Career Conversations

Last month I had the pleasure to sit down and be interviewed for Career Conversations on KSRO, Sonoma County’s News Talk Radio station. Career Conversations is hosted by Nicole Smartt from Star Staffing and Sarah Scudder from the Sourcing Group. We had to chance to connect on everything from how to get ahead in your […]

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Coffee with Kyle

I am sitting in a busy coffee shop in Truckee and just got done hiking one of my favorite trails in the area. The objective of the day, print out a picture of Kyle, get outside, snap a pic, and upload it to dropbox. All the collected images will be shared at the Memorial Celebration […]

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Mentoring: Ripping the Band-Aid off

Mark Twain once wisely advised: “Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” It was in the summer of 2013 and I had been asked by Amy Luther, Director of Member Strategy and Engagement […]

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Community

It’s 5 a.m. on a Thursday, and while the world was sleeping, 130 of us were awake at the trailhead at Mt. Baldy. There was a little bit of trail magic that morning. I stepped out and could instantly smell the dirt, hear the sound of the trees and witness the sun rise over the […]

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The REI Outessa Summit

Remember that blog post that we did earlier this year highlighting women’s only events around the country? Well add another amazing event to the list – Outessa! The first ever REI Outessa Summit is right around the corner. The first two events of the summit will take place at the  Kirkwood Resort near Lake Tahoe, […]

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