OutFound Series, a Hood River Event

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Our speakers share inspiring stories about personal entrepreneurial endeavors, courageous explorations, outdoor stories and the latest in scientific research.

Cedar Wright - Professional Climber

Cedar Wright is a Professional Climber, a National Geographic Explorer, Filmmaker and Contributing Editor at Climbing Magazine living in Boulder Colorado.  As a member of The North Face Team, Cedar has traveled the world establishing adventurous and daring first ascents, often documenting these exploits through his writing and cinematography.

Cedar is a humble and approachable person known for his goofy sense of humor, and infectious lust for life, and is always game for an outrageous adventure.

Damien Leroy - Professional Kitesurfer/Waterman

Damien Leroy is a professional kiteboarder born and raised in Vail, Colorado. While growing up in the mountains, he spent a large part of his childhood skiing, quickly progressing to the professional level while his family moved from Colorado to Alaska. After sustaining several injuries, he evolved his passion into kiting progressing in the sport to the top level. As one of the early professionals in kiteboarding, he has strongly contributed to the evolution of the sport while inspiring the new generations in their aspirations.

Bryan Papé - Founder and CEO Miir

Bryan is the founder and CEO of MiiR and the man behind the Product to Project movement, a business model where every MiiR product sold funds trackable giving projects. He concepted MiiR out of a desire to build a better water bottle and give clean drinking water to those in need.

Since 2010, MiiR has successfully funded 55 water projects from Laos to Liberia through its hydration sales. While traveling in Liberia in 2011, Bryan saw the power of the bicycle in its ability to transform lives by impacting such fundamentals as mobility, education, the environment and improved health. Inspired by this, Bryan launched an urban MiiR bicycle line. To date, MiiR has given over 4,500 bicycles to help empower lives across East Africa as well as domestically, including Boise, Seattle and Minneapolis.

Stephan Jacob - Co-Founder of Cotopaxi

Stephan is founder/COO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear brand with a social mission and one of the fastest growing brands in e-commerce. Before, he was founder/CEO of venture funded Kembrel.com, worked for McKinsey and served for an anti-child labor NGO and in the German Special Forces. He has lived and adventured in 30+ countries and recently kayaked from Cuba to Florida.

Bill Worthington - Co-Founder of Olukai

Bill Worthington is a veteran of the footwear design profession He’s designed a wide range of successful products for Nike and a host of other brands before starting OluKai which draws it’s product and brand identity from the unique lifestyle and environment of Hawaii where he was born and raised.

Boone Speed - Professional photographer and Avid Climber

Boone Speed is an award-winning American photographer and influential athlete and figure within the sport of rock climbing. Boone is a master storyteller and has had his writings and photography published in prominent climbing, lifestyle and travel magazines worldwide. He has also been featured on cover of Climbing Magazine twice.

David Howitt - Investor/Motivator

David M. Howitt, founder & CEO of Meriwether Group and author of “Heed Your Call,” an inspiring thought leader and accomplished entrepreneur. David has over twenty years of experience providing financial, strategic, and brand counseling to early stage, and Fortune 100 companies. He has provided guidance to Stumptown Coffee, Dave's Killer Bread, Pendleton, adidas, Voodoo Doughnut, Salomon, Airstream, Klim, Bloch, ABC Carpet & Home, Little Big Burger, and many others.

Ellen Schmidt Devlin - Former Nike Executive, Founder U of O Sports Product Management Program

Ellen Schmidt-Devlin is the Program Director, University of Oregon Sports Product Management. She was mentored by Bill Bowerman and spent 27 years at Nike working in Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Korea and the United States. After receiving her MBA at the UO Lundquist College of Business, Schmidt-Devlin and Roger Best cofounded the UO Sports Product Management Program. Apart from being the program’s director, Schmidt-Devlin is also currently pursuing her PhD at Case Western Reserve University.

Rex Burkholder - Scientist and Social Entrepreneur

Rex Burkholder founded two successful Portland non-profit organizations-the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and the Coalition for a Livable Future. Elected to the Metro Council he served three terms. His book, The Activist’s Toolkit (2015), is highly praised for it’s creative approach to leadership, helping many around the world be more effective community activists. Rex founded the Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition in 2014 and led the successful campaign to dedicate $22 million annually for Outdoor School statewide in Oregon.

Sally Bergesen - Founder and CEO Oiselle

Sally Bergesen is the founder and CEO of Oiselle, a women’s outdoor lifestyle brand. In the large world of athletic apparel, Sally has created a company with a fierce drive and passion for the woman athlete. With deep roots in the sport of running, Sally is constantly striving to make clothing that are both comfortable for women and made with the best materials for performance. Having grown up in Berkeley, California, she now calls Seattle home, along with two daughters and a husband who is an outdoor education leader.

Mark Healey - Professional Surfer and Marine Conservationist

Mark is a professional big-wave surfer, award-winning spear-fisherman, free-diver, photographer, filmmaker, and part-time Hollywood stuntman. While he’s encountered his share of close calls—from shark attacks to blackouts—Healey thrives on the elements of danger inherent to his work. One of Healey’s main ambitions is to use film, photography, and hands-on education to deepen the broader culture’s relationship with the ocean. Mark also has a background in marine biologist and absorbed himself in malacology (the study of mollusk shells) as a preteen.

Kevin Long - Co-Founder and CEO of TheDyrt.com

Kevin is co-founder and CEO of TheDyrt.com, the fastest-growing camping app. After many stressful experiences trying to find a good campsite online, he and his wife Sarah jump-started a powerful community of camping enthusiasts using mobile tech and great design. In their beta launch last summer, TheDyrt.com received tens of thousands of user-submitted campground reviews and photos. Before The Dyrt, Kevin wore ties and worked in business development for companies such as Bertelmann and Cvent.

Vishal Patel - Chief Nutritionist at nuun & Company

Vishal Patel is the chief nutritionist at nuun & company, a hydration supplement company dedicated to inspiring everyone to life a healthier, happier, more active lifestyle. Under his development leadership, nuun became the first all-natural effervescent hydration tablet on the market. nuun believes that a company's principles are as important as the products it creates. With every decision made, the company seeks to create a positive impact on performance for the health of humans and our planet.

Cory Roeseler - Kite Pioneer and Engineer

Cory Roeseler, together with his aeronautical engineer father, Billy, invented Kiteski, which evolved to become the modern day sport of kiteboarding.

As an entrepreneur, Cory drove Kiteski Inc through the mid-1990s. As interest in the sport grew, competitions emerged, and Cory won the World Championships in 1995, 96 and 97, the 1995 ESPN Extreme Games (now X-games) and countless downwind “Blowout” races.

Together with his wife, Terese, Cory raised two sons. He holds a private pilot’s license and recently added a glider rating. For the past 22 years, Cory has worked as a Hood Tech engineer, inventing launch and recovery devices for unmanned aircraft. This professional “distraction” has not completely cured Cory of his kiting addiction. This year, he introduces tandem hydrofoil kiteboarding, which allows non-kiters to share in the experience of low-level flight over water.

Rob Little - Co-Founder, CEO Cairn

Rob Little co-founded Cairn as an expression of his lifelong passion for the outdoors and his aptitude for solving complex challenges.

Rob began his career with a two-year assignment with the Peace Corps in Panama. There he leveraged his engineering background to design, build and maintain bridges, water systems, community centers and homes.

At Lockheed Martin, he was involved in cutting-edge projects including the Collaborative Human Immersive Lab and production of the F-35, a stealth military aircraft.

Rob has always had a deep love of travel and the outdoors. Today he can be found backpacking, skiing, biking, and paddle boarding in Bend, Oregon with his wife Betsey, and their Cairn terrier, Rocco.

Julian Carr - Pro Skier and Founder of Discreet Clothing/ Cirque Series

Widely recognized for the biggest airs in skiing, Julian Carr has been featured in seven Warren Miller films, developing a reputation not only for big airs, but for all around skiing. He's received a 'Photo of the Year' award, #3 in Reader's Poll from Powder Magazine, won the prestigious Sickbird Award on the Freeskiing World Tour, and he holds two world records in cliff height. Julian serves as an ambassador for Protect Our Winters ( POW ), and he's the founder of Discrete Clothing. Most recently, Julian founded a mountain running series, the Cirque Series, which is in its third season.

Rebecca Rusch - Pro Mountain Biker

Rebecca Rusch is the Queen of Pain with a heart of gold. It doesn’t matter if Rebecca is pedaling through the night on an epic adventure across Italy, riding her bike up Africa’s legendary Mt. Kilimanjaro, or teaching at a #JoinTheRusch camp or clinic, she brings energy, positivity and inspiration to whatever challenge she meets. As a professional athlete for over three decades, the 7x World Champion has continually tested her own limits, and shattered the glass ceiling in whatever sport she tackles.


Shelby Stanger - Adventure Journalist and Founder of Wild Ideas Worth Living

Shelby Stanger is an adventure journalist and the host of the award-winning podcast, Wild Ideas Worth Living. Her journalism stories have appeared everywhere from Outside Magazine to CNN.com, Self, ESPNW, Surfer Magazine and more. On Wild Ideas Worth Living, she interviews people who have taken wild ideas -- from sailing across the Pacific Ocean, to surfing giant waves, and starting thriving businesses -- and them a reality. Guests include Surfer Bethany Hamilton, Rock Climber Chris Sharma, Ultramarathon Runner Dean Karnazes, Gusty Girl Author Caroline Paul, Adventure Photographer Chris Burkard and more. See more at www.wildideasworthliving.com and www.shelbystanger.com.

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