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
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
Bill Worthington - Co-Founder of Olukai
Boone Speed - Professional photographer and Avid Climber
David Howitt - Investor/Motivator
Ellen Schmidt Devlin - Former Nike Executive, Founder U of O Sports Product Management Program
Rex Burkholder - Scientist and Social Entrepreneur
Sally Bergesen - Founder and CEO Oiselle
Mark Healey - Professional Surfer and Marine Conservationist
Kevin Long - Co-Founder and CEO of TheDyrt.com
Vishal Patel - Chief Nutritionist at nuun & Company
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
Rebecca Rusch - Pro Mountain Biker
Shelby Stanger - Adventure Journalist and Founder of Wild Ideas Worth Living
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