The Camber Outdoors staff is excited to welcome Emily Newman as Executive Director! Emily’s first month has been filled with introductions, meet and greets, and events as she is eager to forge relationships with leaders and critical voices across the active-outdoors community to underscore the organization’s commitment to accelerating equitable workplaces, while collaborating with non-profit organizations to make opportunities and careers in the outdoors workplace accessible to all.
Her first month was kicked off the Denver Startup Week Job Fair, where more than 125 startups, scale-ups and corporations in Colorado came together to connect with 3,500 talented job seekers. Camber Outdoors had a table to represent over 15 of our corporate partners hiring for close to 100 jobs in the Denver/Boulder area. The following week, over 125 people joined VF Corp (Altra, Eagle Creek, JanSport, The North Face, Smartwool), and VF’s ACE Diversity Multi-Cultural Employee Resource Group at a Camber Exchange celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and delving into the topic of Fostering Emotional Intelligence & Diversity in the Outdoor Industry.
In everything we do, our goal is to more closely connect awesome people with awesome active-outdoor industries’ jobs! And we’ve got our sights set on deepening relationships that will empower us to accelerate these equitable workplaces. That’s why we were also honored to be invited to the 2019 LGBTQ Outdoor Summit. Dedicated to representation and inclusion of the LGBTQ community outside, the summit organized by Out There Adventures and Pride Outside, cultivates connections, builds community and inspire leaders from across the outdoor industry. One-of-five of the event’s key goals is to offer executives, organizations and companies the opportunity to engage in a common dialogue with the LGBTQ community about access challenges and subsequent solutions. Emily was excited to engage in that important conversation and we look forward to continued support of the LGBTQ Outdoor Summit in the months and year ahead.
Lastly, in celebration of National Public Lands Day, each year reserved on September 28, Emily and staff joined Irene Vilar of Americas For Conservation + The Arts and the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to focus on heath and service to restore natural habitats. National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands, and it’s a free entrance day for most national parks, monuments, recreation areas and other federal sites. Camber Outdoors has a clear vision for equity, inclusion and diversity, both in workforce and the outdoors, and National Public Lands Day provided an incredible opportunity for us to lock arms at Rocky Mountain National Park with Diverse Voices Uniting at the Continental Divide to reflect upon and renew that commitment.
It’s been a busy first 30 days for the Camber Outdoors Team! We look forward to further diving into a plan for 2020 and the possibilities that lay ahead for Camber Outdoors’ intersectional work, and we look forward to calling upon you, our community, to join us.