The Ann Krcik Professional Mentoring Program

Applications for 2021 will open on October 29.

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“My time spent in the women’s mentoring program truly accelerated my career path. My mentor provided me with invaluable time and feedback, helped to guide me through the next steps in my career, and gave me real-time advice in situations that arose and in planning for the future. I count my mentor as a key player in my career—and a real friend in the industry.” —Meg Fogg, Sales Representative at Alpin Sales

The Ann Krcik Professional Mentoring Program is a cross-company, cross-industry mentoring initiative in the active-outdoor industries that facilitates one-on-one learning and leadership development opportunities between director/manager-level and director/executive-level women.

90% satisfaction rating among participants
100% of participants recommend this program to others
36% of mentees were promoted in 2016

Formalized Mentoring
Programs on the Rise

71% of Fortune 500 companies have a mentoring program (Lydell Bridgeford,August 1, 2007)
69% of surveyed companies representing a wide variety of industries have formal mentoring programs (Catalyst, 2006)
Of those companies with a mentoring program, 74% have programs dedicated to women (Catalyst, 2006.L. Lewis 1996)

“The learnings I took away from The [Ann Krcik Professional Mentoring] Program have had a tremendous impact on my career and personal growth. It has not only given me the tools but clear solutions on how I can add more value to my organization and be a leader within the industry. I’ve learned to own my outcomes and relationships by being more assertively clear about who I am and what I value. By being authentic, I’ve been able to have real conversations, create more outcomes, and move some pretty big boulders!”

– Morgan Makowski, Marketing Director at Hydrapak.

Interested in Serving
as a Mentor?

Research shows that mentors are six times more likely to advance in their own career by participating in a mentoring program. Previous Camber Outdoors mentors state that the experience had a significant impact on them, and that they learned just as much from the experience as mentees.

Camber Outdoors is always looking for qualified mentors for our women’s mentoring program who are willing to give their time to further the development of top-tier talent in the active-outdoor industries.

Mentor Qualifications:

– Director level or higher
– Understand the active-outdoor industries’ culture (preferably 2+ years experience)
– Proven people development abilities
– Strong communication skills
– Active member of Camber Outdoors
– Company is a partner of Camber Outdoors

Contact Irene Vilar for more information

Impact of Mentoring

Mentees experience higher career satisfaction, commitment, mobility, and positive job attitudes.

Mentoring also benefits the organization by reducing turnover, increasing organizational commitment, promoting knowledge sharing and retention, and enabling early identification of top talent.

2019 Mentors

Amy Beck | Waypoint Outdoor
Anne Wiper | Smartwool
Beth Welliver | Specialized Bicycle Components
Bobbie Parisi | Parisi Consulting
Cindy Feinauer | Specialized Bicycle Components
Deborah Beggan | Waypoint Outdoor
Jolene Wall | REI
Josee Larocque | Burton
Katherine Cousins | Timberland
Kelly Cortina | The North Face
Kristine Marvin | Timberland
Linda Balfor | Superfeet
Lisa Jewett | Zappos
Liz Braund | Outdoor Research

Maureen Muldoon | Trek Bicycle Corporation
Melanie Allen | Brooks Running Company
Melanie Strong | Nike Skateboarding
Michelle Orr | REI
Mimi Nuelle |
Mona West | Mona West LLC
Nicole Chabot | Chabot International
Phyllis Grove | Hyrdoflask
Robin Hall | Smartwool
Sarah Crockett | Burton
Snow Burns | Mountain Hardware
Sylvie D’Azemar | Marmot / Ex-Officio
Tarja Dye | Bare Bones Living
Victoria Payne | Mountain Khakis
Xandy Anderson | Dakine

2019 Mentees

Amy Olive | Superfeet
Amy Widener | Brooks
Becky Marcelliano| Deuter / Ortovox
Beth Welliver | Specialized Bicycle Components
Brook Hopper | Liv Cycling
Carol Little | Pearl Izumi
Charisse Carroll | Columbia
Christina Erb LoVullo |AIM
Cindy Feinauer | Specialized Bicycle Components
Claudine Nadeau | Hyrdoflask
Danielle Deal | REI
Emily Manfredi | Taos Ski
Gloria Hwang | Thousand
Grace Jehan | The North Face

Jenn Swain | Burton
Jessica DiMascio | The North Face
Jessica Feinerman | Smartwool
JJ Trout | PeopleForBikes
Kathleen Lynch | Big Agnes
Katie Copeland | Petzl
Kimberly Marek | Quality Bicycle Products
Laura Rysz | Smartwool
Mo Morrison | REI
Myrian Solis Coronel | REI
Rachel Adelson | Burton
Rachel Gray | The North Face
Rachel Ostrander | Brooks
Vanessa Preisler | Columbia
Wendy Parslow | REI

Formerly the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC)


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