New Year’s Reflections: Looking Back on 2018

New Year’s Reflections: Looking Back on 2018

Camber Outdoor Women's Leadership Kayaker

The end of a year creates space for self-reflection. A cycle ends, a new one begins, and we work to build upon lessons and successes from the previous one. As 2018 wraps up, we’re reflecting on the goals we set one year ago—to hold ourselves accountable and to celebrate all we’ve accomplished.

Last December, we set goals to accelerate workplace equity in the active-outdoor industries and communities. Today, we invite you to reflect with us as we look at where we’ve come from, where we are now, and where we’re going in 2019. Read on to learn about our 2018 highlights and how they’ve evolved over the year.

Highlight #1: We expanded our mission to focus on equity.

23 years ago, Camber Outdoors was founded with the mission to advance women’s leadership in the active-outdoor industries. This year, we made a shift to include all underrepresented communities by expanding our mission’s foundation to be that of equity. Learn more

Highlight #2: We continued to grow our work with industry leaders and CEOs.

The Camber Outdoors CEO Outdoor Equity Pledge ensures the advancement of equity, inclusion, and diversity in the active-outdoor industries—a pillar that will increase profits, expand the product market, and drive innovation for years to come. Through the growth of the pledge community and the dedication of our partner companies, we come closer every day to achieving our vision of “Everyone’s Outdoors.” 

Highlight #3: We amplified the work of our exceptional partner companies.

Our partners accomplished amazing things in 2018. Here are just a few of the bright spots:

  • We partnered with REI, Brown Girls Climb, and the American Alpine Club to create the first Women’s Single Pitch Instructor Course.
  • We worked with all of our Peak Partners to activate the Workplace Equity Working Group in order to explore the full spectrum of diversity in the outdoor space (gender identity, ethnicity, race, culture, sexual orientation, physical ability).
  • We welcomed The North Face into our community of Peak Partners and collaborated on the Move Mountains program to elevate the narrative and funding of women who are changing the face of exploration—not only through sport, but also through science, activism, and education.

Highlight #4: We grew our community that loves the outdoors and diversity as much as we do.

Our online community more than doubled last year, and that speaks volumes to the importance of our work. ALL of you are essential to the Camber Outdoors mission, and your support will continue to pave the way for equity in the outdoors. 

Highlight #5: We made time to play outside.

That’s why we’re here, isn’t it? We’re united by our love for the outdoors and its ability to make people’s lives better. Between loving what we do, getting out for lunchtime runs, and nature escapes in between, it barely feels like work at all—because work is easy when it feels like we’re making a real difference in the world. 

Stay tuned for our 2019 resolutions, and check out our industry job board for active-outdoor industry job openings in the new year!

Formerly the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC)


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