What is the AORE Inclusive Summit?

We are excited to partner with DEI Outdoors to provide tools for you to make change as leaders in the industry.  

WHAT IT IS:  AORE is hosting this one-day summit to provide attendees with a wider recognition of exclusionary practices within outdoor recreation and education and to help them gain better understanding of how they can actively work to make change as leaders in the industry. 

This year will look a little different, as we will share on demand content (3 videos and a workbook) to watch and work through before our live workshops. 

WHEN IT IS:  We will provide on demand content for you to review before our live workshops. You can expect those materials on April 12 (or upon registering if you register after April 12). We will host our live workshops on April 24. 

WHO IS IT FOR:  People who facilitate outdoor recreation and education programs.  
If you guide, train or encourage people to get outdoors, this Summit is designed for YOU!

WHY ARE WE DOING IT:  AORE is hosting this summit to provide attendees with a wider recognition of exclusionary practices within outdoor recreation and education and to help them gain better understanding of how they can actively work to make change as leaders in the industry.  

WHERE IT WILL BE:  Online! You will have time to work through three on demand videos with a workbook before our live sessions, which will be offered through Zoom.  We strongly recommend that attendees treat this professional development opportunity like they are participating at an in-person event by prioritizing the time for participation and by reducing distractions.


Regular Rate

(Until April 12th)

Late Rate

(Starts April 13th)

Member Price



Not Yet A Member Price$149

Group Rate (Member)

(Up to 20 attendees)



Group Rate (Not Yet A Member)

(Up to 20 attendees)




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We would love to have you help us spread the word about our Inclusive Summit and how we can all work to make change in the industry. 


I'm ready to be an industry change maker!



April 12, 2024

On demand sessions and workbook delivered to your inbox. Be sure to check your emails. If you sign up after the 12th your content will be delivered with completed registration.

April 24, 2024

10:00 am ET - 10:20 am ET

Welcome Session

10:30 am ET - 12:00 pm ET

Workshop 1 

12:00 pm ET - 1:00 pm ET

Lunch Break

1:00 pm ET - 2:30 pm ET

Workshop 2

2:30 pm ET - 3:00 pm ET


3:00 PM ET - 4:30 PM ET

Panel & Networking

Please note, times listed above are Eastern Timezone. To check your timezone, click here. 

About the Speakers

Rachel Hailey

Transformationalist, DEI Outdoors

Rachel is committed to creating an industry where anyone can experience, thrive, and lead the outdoors no matter their circumstances, and focuses on underserved and underrepresented communities. She has served and inspired over 100 organizations in the creation of actionable systems aligned with creating diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor spaces. Outside of her endeavor to bridge the gap between racial and ethnic diversity in the outdoors and social justice, Rachel can be found ice-climbing in New Hampshire and hunting magical creatures in the woods with her daughter and German Shepherd.

"Webinars are a pain in the butt compared to in-person summits. The fact that this summit had all of the presenters and some level of engagement tells me that it was done well. I also appreciated the high quality that the majority of the presenters brought with them"

About the Mini-Workshops & Workshops

These mini workshops will be delivered April 12. These are self-paced videos and will have a workbook to help you go through them. Please watch the mini-workshops before our live session April 24. 

Led by Justin Adkins (he/him), DEI Outdoors
Mini-Workshop 1: Transcending Barriers: Navigating Outdoor Spaces

Join our DEI Outdoors Transformation Partner in an exploration of challenges faced by trans, BIPOC, queer, and other historically marginalized identities in outdoor spaces. In just 10-20 minutes, gain insights into fostering inclusivity, recognizing barriers, and creating a supportive environment.


  • Increased awareness of challenges faced by marginalized identities in outdoor spaces.
  • Quick strategies to promote inclusivity and allyship.
  • Understanding the importance of diverse representation in outdoor organizations.

Led by Kenjah O'Donnell (they/them), DEI Outdoors
Mini-Workshop 2: Identity-Inclusive Practices in the Outdoors

Join our DEI Outdoors Transformation Partner for this workshop focusing on practical steps to cultivate identity-inclusive practices in outdoor organizations. Explore ways to amplify marginalized voices, foster a sense of belonging, and create positive change.


  • Quick insights into implementing identity-inclusive practices.
  • Strategies for amplifying underrepresented voices.
  • Immediate actions to contribute to a more inclusive outdoor community.

Led by Jordan Marino (they/them), DEI Outdoors
Mini-Workshop 3: Let's talk about Burnout - Understanding mental well-being in the workplace

Join our Transformation Partner to dissect the causes and impacts of burnout and how it disproportionately affects specific identities. This session will go beyond staff well-being and discuss deeper issues perpetuating burnout. Learn strategies to create systemic organizational change.


  • Understand the relationship between well-being and belonging
  • Strategies for reducing burnout at the organizational level
  • Tools for leaders to talk about and improve well-being of their teams

April 24, 10:30 am ET - 12:00 pm ET   |   Led by Rachel Hailey, DEI Outdoors

Workshop 1: Stages of Belonging in Outdoor Organizations 

Explore the stages of belonging in outdoor organizations. Unpack the continuum of belonging, from foundational engagement to a transformed organization. This interactive workshop provides a framework for honestly evaluating your organization's or community's stage of inclusion. Learn practical and actionable tools and strategies to progress along the continuum, fostering a sense of community within outdoor organizations.


  • Clear understanding of the stages of belonging in outdoor settings.
  • Practical tools to assess and progress the current state of personal and organizational belonging.
  • Strategies for advancing along the continuum, identifying barriers to progress, and understanding how to move forward

April 24, 1:00 pm ET - 2:30 pm ET   |   Led by Rachel Hailey, DEI Outdoors

Workshop 2: Strategic Planning for Outdoor Belonging

In this workshop, participants will dive into the strategic planning required to foster belonging in outdoor spaces. Discuss key elements such as fundraising, community events, and external collaborations. Through facilitated discussion and reflection, participants will identify systemic and cultural barriers hindering progress and gain tailored strategies to dismantle those blockers. Equip yourself with tools and resources to create a roadmap for inclusive and community-driven outdoor initiatives.


  • Strategic understanding of fostering belonging in outdoor spaces.
  • Actionable plans for fundraising and community engagement with belonging in mind
  • Development of a strategic roadmap for implementing inclusive outdoor initiatives.

These workshops aim to empower participants with theoretical knowledge and practical skills and plans to actively contribute to creating inclusive outdoor environments!

About the Speakers

Justin Adkins (he/him)

Justin Adkins is a trans-man committed to inclusion for all in all spaces. justin’s masters degree is in management of mission driven orgaizations with a focus on non-profit management. He worked in higher education for 14 years as a diversity, equity and inclusion professional and most recently as Associate VP for Student Affairs at The College of Wooster. Currently, justin and his partner run Wild Soul River, an abolitionist healing space.

Kenjah O'Donnell (they/them)

Kenjah O’Donnell (they/them) , pronounced Ken-yah, is a justice loving person, a community builder, an outdoor educator, and an advocate for collective liberation of people and nature. A trans non-binary multi-racial person of neurodivergent experience, their passion flows from a fierce love of people and nature. Kenjah's love for justice and people have taken many forms and evolved over time. Kenjah continues to be a student of life, centering their learning through the lenses of intersectionality, Black feminism, Indigenous wisdom, and the wisdom of our Trans BIPOC community. I dream of a world that we can all belong to. - Me (Kenjah)

Jordan Marino (they/them)

Jordan has a background in marine conservation and experience in education and animal care. Through their MA in Integrative Conservation, Jordan has researched the intersections between culture, social justice, and community dynamics within conservation. Jordan strives to use their problem-solving and analytical skills to contribute to more equitable and accessible careers in conservation. Jordan’s favorite outdoor activity is scuba diving, and their favorite animal is an Octopus. Jordan is currently based out of Central Florida, where they can often be found hanging out with their cats.

"Great role modeling of DEI! AORE coordinators and hosts were very professional. Speaker lineup was impressive."

About the Panel & Networking

To wrap up our day AORE Executive Director Jeannette Stawski will speak with industry leaders as they share their experiences, impact and lessons learned, of implementing inclusive practices within their programs and organizations. Panelists include: 

  • Elyse Rylander, Outward Bound
  • Sherman Neal II, Sierra Club
  • Chris Anderson, REI Experiences

Once the panel is over we will open the floor to attendees to ask questions and connect with others.

Meet the Panelists

Elyse Rylander, Outward Bound

Elyse has spent her career wearing many hats in the Outdoor Recreation Economy. She is guided by her dedication to creating full and dignified experiences for all individuals and care for our external and internal landscapes. She never tires of sunsets over mountains reflected on the water.

Sherman Neal II (he/him), Sierra Club

Sherman is a justice advocate focused on developing ethical, equitable, and innovative grassroots campaigns that result in more resilient communities. Sherman is an attorney and decorated Marine Corps Officer. Sherman currently serves as Deputy Campaign Director for Military Outdoors at the Sierra Club. He also founded Rising Tide Sports, a sports consultancy focusing on college athlete empowerment. As a devoted father and dedicated volunteer, he's committed to creating a better future for his children and the community. He currently resides in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

Chris Anderson, REI Experiences

Chris' career in the outdoor industry began as a guide and now serves to further guiding and instructing as a profession. For almost 25 years he has worked in a variety of roles and sectors within the industry. Chris has experienced teaching primitive living skills to kids in the Pacific Northwest to guiding private climbing trips in the Desert Southwest, to leading high-dollar multi-sport glamping programs in the West's most popular national parks. All have instilled in him a love for bringing people outdoors and a passion for the guiding profession. In his current role with REI Experiences, Chris has the privilege of helping to shape the entire employee journey from recruiting to exit and hopefully influencing the industry in the process.