OSU Hosts Outside Recreation Skilled Sequence


BENDING, OR — Oregon State University’s Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy hosts six-week workshops for people working in the outdoor industry. The Be Bold Conversation Series is a free virtual series being held on February 8th, February 22nd, March 8th, March 22nd, April 5th and April 19th at 12 p.m. via Zoom.

Workshop topics include the mindset or beliefs that shape your approach to work and life; personal values; Imposter Syndrome, which is doubting one’s own abilities and accomplishments; difficult conversations; Overcoming burnout and managing it in a hybrid work environment. Participants are welcome to participate in individual sessions or the entire series.

Sessions will be moderated by outdoor industry leaders Kristen Freaney and Geer Van Dyke. Freaney is the former director of the Outdoor Industry Association’s Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy and also led the development of the association’s outdoor industry business certification program. Van Dyke is the founder of Windrose Coaching and Mentoring. She holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University.

“We are thrilled to bring industry experts like Kristen Freaney and Greer Van Dyke to have these much-needed discussions to build a professional and sustainable future workforce for the outdoor leisure industry,” said Lee Davis, Executive Director of CORE.

The Be Bold Conversation Series can be understood as an introduction to CORE’s Outdoor Leadership Certificate program. This nine-month certificate program prepares participants for career advancement in the outdoor industry with topics on leadership fundamentals; Communication; organizational changes; diversity, equity and inclusion; and mission and vision setting. The certificate program will open for application in spring 2023.

For information or to register for the Be Bold series, click HERE.