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Camber Outdoors Mentoring Program

**Applications for the 2017 Mentoring Program are Closed**

The Camber Outdoors Mentoring Program is the only 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 executive-level women.

90% satisfaction rating among participants
100% of participants recommend this program to others
39% of mentees were promoted in 2015

“The Camber Outdoors mentoring program has been an incredible experience. Not only has it been instrumental in guiding my current and future career, but it has given me reason, focus, and enthusiasm to drive my career forward. I have made a special bond with my mentor and I am confident that we will stay in contact for many years to come. Huge kudos and thanks to the Camber Outdoors for their passion for and execution of a great program!”

– Robin Hall, Former Sr. Manager Strategic Planning and Project Management, promoted to CIO

2017 Mentors

Karen Bliss, Advanced Sports International
Magda Boulet, GU Energy
Liz Braund, Royal Robbinsa
Linda Brunzell, Merrell
Jenn Dice, PeopleForBikes
Tarja Dye, Barebones Living
Phyllis Grove, HydroFlask
Robin Hall, Smartwool
Mindy Harter, Leatherman
Lisa Jewett, Zappos
Josee Larocque, Burton Snowboards
Jen Martin, Arc’teryx

Maureen Parente, Thule
Bobbie Parisi, Leatherman
Rachel Ligtenberg, REI
Nora Stowell, WL Gore
LaVonne Olsen, SuperFeet
Michele Orr, REI
Jennifer Pringle, OIA
Beth Steele, Burton Snowboards
Elysa Walk, Burton Snowboards
Carol Wentworth, Performance Inc.
Mona West, Independent Contractor
Anne Wiper, Smartwool

2017 Mentees

Tabi Adkins, Accell North America
Caiti Anderson, REI
Lindsey Beal, Osprey Packs
Mary Bean, Columbia Sportswear
Julie Brunzell, ArcTeryx
Sabrina Chen, SRAM, LLC
Kelsey Crawford, Petzl
Sarah Crockett, REI
Kate Costello, Marmot & ExOfficio
Brittany DiBenedetti, REI
Cheriss Faiolo, Gear Aid
Summer Henderson, Yakima

Annabelle Hoover, Brooks Sports
Ali Kenney, Buron Snowblards
Katie Koppenhafer, Osprey Packs
Kim Lyons, American Hiking Society
Morgan Makowski, HydraPak
Andi Manies, CamelBak
Rachael Minucciani, REI
Iris Mitterdorfer, Burton Snowboards
Megan Odom, REI
Natalie Oshin, Paragon Sports
Meghan Sinnott, Nutcase Helmets
Julie Smith, Snowbird


  • Mentees experience higher career satisfaction, career commitment, career mobility, and positive job attitudes (B.R. Ragins, J.L. Cotton, and J.S. Miller, J.S, 2002).
  • Mentoring also benefits the organization by reducing turnover, increasing organizational commitment, promoting knowledge sharing and retention, and enabling early identification of top talent (C. Gibb, 1999, and G.L. Lewis 1996).


  • Director or manager level woman
  • Currently employed in the active-outdoor industries with 3-7 years experience
  • Current Camber Outdoors member for at least 6 months
  • Must have direct reports
  • Willingness to assess areas of development and ownership of plan to attain goals
  • Able to commit to a 9-month mentoring relationship that is mentee driven
  • Able to commit to at least 6-hours/month


  • Commitment to take initiative with respect to mentoring relationship
  • Commitment to employment in the active-outdoor industries for duration of program*
  • Establish communication guidelines with mentor- meeting times and frequency
  • Attend all meetings, be on time, be prepared
  • Be open and accepting of both praise and critique
  • Regularly review goals and objectives
  • Share good news as well as asking for help with challenges
  • Exhibit ability to improve certain skill areas
  • The mentee is the one driving the mentor/mentee relationship

*We realize that even the best thought-out plans change. The goal of Camber Outdoors is to increase women’s leadership contribution to its member companies and the active-outdoor industries. As such, if at any time during the program a mentee leaves employment in the active-outdoor industries and/or with Camber Outdoors’ member company, that mentee will immediately forfeit her position in the program and any fees incurred.

Tips for Submitting a Successful Application

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)

“My time spent in the 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


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 learn just as much from the experience as mentees.

Camber Outdoors is always looking for qualified mentors willing to give their time to further the development of top-tier talent in the active-outdoor industries.

  • VP 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 Corporate member of Camber Outdoors
  • Able to commit to 9 month mentoring relationship
  • Able to commit to at least 3 hours a month


  • Provide candid and open conversations
  • LISTEN! Helping create a plan and holding the mentee accountable to their decisions
  • Empower the mentee to succeed and take risk
  • Challenge (and then support) the mentee
  • Work with the mentee to develop goals and outcomes
  • Not getting between the mentee and their manager
  • Be open to their own personal growth that may appear during process
  • Commit to the relationship with consistent communication
  • Set the mentee up for success


The Camber Outdoors Professional Mentoring Program is valued at $4000 per person. In an effort to open this to a broad audience Camber Outdoors is offering the program at the following discounted rate:

  • Individual Member: $750
  • Employee of Camber Corporate Member: $250

This fee includes all program materials (Guide Books, Strengthfinders, presentation course), webinars, forum, two in-person meetings, and inclusion in an ongoing Alumni group. Travel expenses are not included.

Qualified applicants will not be turned away for an inability to pay the program fees. In an effort to help candidates access funding, Camber Outdoor will provide materials to share with employers for reimbursement.


Still have questions?
Participant FAQ
Employer FAQ
For additional information or questions, contact Amy Luther

Formerly the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC)


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