Women in the Backcountry and the Boardroom

Join us for a roundtable discussion about women’s opportunities, contributions, and engagement in the outdoor industry. 

4:00-6:30pm, March 19, 2019
Ent Center for the Arts
5225 N. Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80918


85% of American women believe the outdoors positively affects mental health, physical health, happiness, and overall well-being, yet 63% of women cannot think of an outdoor female role model.  Women are consistently underrepresented in all aspects of the outdoor industry, despite the fact that they make up about half of those involved in outdoor recreation. Outdoor recreation ought to be the largest level playing field in this country – women have the same rights to public lands, the same interest in recreation, and deserve the same health and emotional benefits that the outdoors is proven to create. We are, and need to continue to, highlight the women making strides in the outdoors in our region, so that the next generation of females living here can see themselves outside.

On March 19, Hilaree Nelson O’Neill, one of the most accomplished mountaineers in the outdoor industry, will be discussing her team’s expedition to Khakabo Razi in northern Myanmar. Prior to this event, the Pikes Peak Heritage Series will be hosting a roundtable discussion and reception to explore the ways in which the outdoor industry is changing to become more diverse and inclusive.  We are also aiming to highlight opportunities for women to become more active and engaged in their outdoor recreation communities.

Learn more about Hilaree Nelson O’Neill’s presentation here.

The Heritage Series celebrates and raises awareness of the natural assets of the Pikes Peak Region by hosting discussions, forums and other events to encourage collaboration among champions of our natural outdoor assets.

Participants of this Heritage Series event will receive a discount code to purchase tickets to Hilaree Nelson O’Neill’s presentation. Upon registration below, the confirmation email you receive will include a link to discounted tickets.