Professional Mentoring Program

Applications are now closed for the 2019 Professional Mentoring Program

“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. Huge kudos and thanks to the Camber Outdoors for their passion for and execution of a great program!”

– Robin Hall, Former Sr. Manager of Strategic Planning & Project Management, now CIO at Smartwool

The Camber Outdoors Professional 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
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)

“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

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 learn 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:

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 partner of Camber Outdoors

Contact Paul Thallner 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.

2018 Mentors

Jen Martin | Arc’teryx
Josee Larocque | Burton
Bobbie Parisi | Parisi Consulting
Jennifer Pringle | Outdoor Industry Association
Liz Braund | Outdoor Research
Anne Wiper | Smartwool
Robin Hall | Smartwool
Michele Orr | REI Co-op
Lisa Jewett | Zappos
Phyllis Grove | Hydroflask
Mona West | Mona West LLC
Tarja Dye | Barebones Living

Diana Seung |
Nicole Chabot | Chabot International
Jolene Wall | REI Co-op
Amy Beck | Waypoint Outdoor
Cindy Feinauer | Specialized Bicycle Components
Lena Laakso | Petzl
Jill Nickels | Gensler
Deborah Beggan | Waypoint Outdoor
Maureen Muldoon | Trek Bicycle Corporation
Nancy Dynan | prAna
Melanie Allen | Brooks Running Company
Katherine Cousins | Timberland
Kristine Marvin | Timberland

2018 Mentees

Carie Behe | Leatherman
Colleen Coleman | REI Co-op
Heather Rafail | Helly Hansen
Jessica Ruane | Smartwool
Alicia Applegate |
Dorothy Hopkins | Columbia Sportswear Company
Shannon Grasser | Honey Stinger
Bree Miller | REI Co-op
Missy McDaniel | Native Eyewear
Sarah Matson | Columbia Sportswear Company
Molly Cuffe | Smartwool
Karen Repine | REI Co-op

Rachel Ravins | Dakine
Rebecca Boettcher | Trek Bicycle Corporation
Laura Madden | Brooks Running Company
Rebecca Houck | Columbia Sportswear Company
Courtney Beckham | Marmot, ExOfficio
Jen Audia | Giant Bicycles
Katie Koppenhafer | Osprey
Alex Aufmann | Outside Magazine
Sara Tlamka | Honey Stinger
Hannah Philip | Icebreaker
Alison Fisher | Marmot Mountain
Stevie Jones | Brooks Running Company
Kate McGuinness | Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort

Formerly the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC)


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