Camber Outdoors Interactive Training Webinar: “Return to Work Strategy - Diverse Workplaces, Diverse Perspectives”
Friday, May 8, 2020
10:00AM – 11:30AM MDT
- Johannes Ariens, LOGE
- Dominique Morel, REI
- Heather McKendry, Ruffwear
- Reginald Miller, VF Corp
Our Panel will be facilitated by Mark Lipton, a graduate professor of management at The New School in New York City and an adviser to Fortune 500 corporations, think tanks, philanthropies, global NGOs, domestic nonprofits, and start-ups. He has led eminence and content strategy for Deloitte’s Chief Executive Program since 2015.
Devising a return-to-work strategy is one of the most challenging tasks in the uncertain and rapidly changing environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a task made even more challenging as companies attempt to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse workforce. Successful execution of return-to-work plans will set the stage for authentic relationship-building among employees and consumers alike and build trust and engagement across the broader industry for years to come.
Camber Outdoors will lead an interactive and enlightening discussion with Camber Outdoors Partner Panelists about both the challenges and the opportunities created by thoughtful return to work planning. Research has proven that diverse minds and perspectives result in the best outcomes. That’s why Camber Outdoors is bringing together a diverse set of organizations – representing a range of industry segments, company sizes, and operating philosophies – to share their Return to Work plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our Panelists and their diverse perspectives include:
- LOGE: An outdoor adventure-travel focused company
- REI: A retail-based active-outdoors company
- Ruffwear: A mid-sized active-outdoors company
- VF Corporation: A global manufacturing active-outdoors company
Leaders in the active-outdoors REI, Ruffwear, LOGE Camps and VF Corporation join us to share valuable behind-the-scenes insights into their evolving Return to Work Strategies, as well as tools and resources to support partner companies across the industry in making a return that is conscious of realities across different employee and consumer groups.
Additionally, participants will receive post-webinar toolkits – blueprints for return-to-work plans from our participant companies and beyond that include recommendations, insights, best practices, and downloadable creative assets.
Topics addressed in this live interactive dialogue will include:
- Insights on how to create an inclusive, thoughtful, and well-designed Return to Work Plan tailored to your company’s unique needs
- Guidance on key issues related to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of employees
- Legal issues to consider in managing the potential risks that employees face in returning to work
- How to lead with values and build a culture that supports a diverse array of employees and customers
- How to use the Return to Work process as an opportunity to:
- Define the future of more inclusive, equitable and diverse active-outdoor workplaces
- Demonstrate – and actualize -- an industry commitment to people
- Build authentic relationships and connections with communities and partners
At Camber Outdoors, we partner with you to make workplaces of the active-outdoor industries safe, welcoming, and sustainable for ALL people.
Interactive Training Webinars are FREE for Camber Outdoors members, and $95 for non-members.
NOTE: Nonprofit organizations and small businesses committed to building equitable and inclusive workplaces can apply for free Camber Outdoor memberships and access our content. Learn more HERE.
Dominique Morel (She/Her/Hers) is a Colorado native who traveled frequently in her youth as the daughter of an Army nurse. She studied at the University of Colorado and was working to clarify her life direction when an unexpected opportunity to work as an opening employee at a “New Store” in Colorado Springs which was hiring. Little did she know REI would become a career path with numerous challenges, learnings, and rewards along the way. Dominique worked in the field in numerous locations and roles for +12 years, and have been at REI Co-Op HQ for 8 years in Retail Operations.
Dominique is currently living in Seattle, WA with her wife Antoinette, 3 year old daughter Sasha, and their newest addition, 2 ½ month old puppy Harper. She enjoys chasing her daughter on her balance bike, hiking and paddling, and enjoying photography in her free time.
Johannes Ariens is the CEO and Co-Founder of LOGE Co. He is a PNW native with a background in real estate development and recreational operations. He is a passionate outdoor recreationalist and actively involved in advocating for the protection of our public places. Founded in 2016, LOGE Camps creates "unique lodging experiences in the center of great outdoor recreation hubs that give you a place to connect with others, try out new gear, and see new places." This team of adventurous, curious, and active outdoor folks believes that "more responsible users of the outdoors creates more people that will fight for the protection of our wild places." Therefore, LOGE Camps give 1% of their topline revenue from each location to local non-profits that foster and encourage responsible outdoor use. Their sponsorship partners include The Service Board, Surfrider Foundation, Northwest Avalanche Association, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, and Central Oregon Trail Association.
Reggie J. Miller (He/Him/His) is the Vice President, Global Inclusion and Diversity at VF Corporation where he directs, develops, and operationalizes the company’s global I&D strategy with a focus on transformational change.
Throughout his career, Miller has worked in a variety of different disciplines including supply chain, merchandising, international project management, and multiple disciplines within human resources. Prior to joining VF, he was the Director, Diversity Strategy, and Support, responsible for the D&I strategy, reporting, and consultation for all Walmart stores in the U.S. and was a recruiter and D&I leader at Tyson Foods. He also was an instructor and faculty administrator for the University of Phoenix for several years. As a former U.S. Army Veteran, Miller served as a Supply Sergeant with deployments to Germany, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education—HR Development and a Master of Science in Education—Workforce Development from the University of Arkansas. Miller also received an MBA from Webster University.
Currently, Miller is a board member for the Executive Advisory Committee for the College of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University. Additionally, he serves on the Executive Committee for Camber Outdoors, the Apparel/Footwear subcommittee for CEO Action for D&I, and the CHRO subcommittee for Paradigm for Parity. He’s also signed the C4DI pledge for Disability Matters.
Heather McKendry, M.A. (She/Her/Hers) is the Director of Organizational Development at Ruffwear. She’s a compassionate leader who thrives on collaboration, big-picture thinking, strategic project management, and the relational side of business. While getting her master's degree in Organization Systems Renewal at Seattle University, she came to the realization that embracing both the light and dark sides of being human can lead to more meaningful connections. Her search led her to define her purpose—unleashing the world's love.
An accomplished leader with diverse business experience, McKendry’s expertise is in creating the conditions necessary to foster connections and bring about transformational shifts in organizations and people. She’s a “hybrid thinker,” someone that uses both sides of her brain when working with organizations whose mission resonates with her desire to make a difference in the world. Outside of work, McKendry appreciates the simple joys that come from cooking with her wife and watching her dogs happily frolic in the woods.
Mark Lipton (He/Him/His) is graduate professor of management at The New School in New York City. For over forty years, he has been an adviser to Fortune 500 corporations, think tanks, philanthropies, global NGOs, domestic not-for-profits, and start-ups. He has led eminence and content strategy for Deloitte’s Chief Executive Program since 2015.
For the past decade, Mark has focused his consulting and writing primarily on the needs of chief executives and board chairs. His diverse client base includes leaders in technology, manufacturing, media, education, health care, finance, and marketing. His most current book, Mean Men: The perversion of America’s self-made man was released in September, 2017. It won the 2018 “Best Business Commentary” book award from Axiom and the “Indie Book Award for Social Science”. It was a finalist for the 2018 “George R. Terry Book Award” from the Academy of Management.
His work as a consultant and professor has inspired his writing for such varied publications as Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Ivey Business Journal, Forbes, Psychology Today, and Deloitte University Press. His previous book, Guiding Growth: How Vision Keeps Companies on Course (Harvard Business School Press, 2003) was translated into multiple languages and continues to be a recognized playbook for articulating, communicating and achieving organizational visions. He holds a PhD from the School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and was an Erik Erikson Visiting Scholar-in-Residence in 2009 at the Austen Riggs Center. He lives in New York City and the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.
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