Lunchtime Discussions, Happy Hours to Feature SHIFT Award Official Selections

As part of our efforts to showcase the most impactful, innovative, replicable work in the country, we’ll be featuring our 2017 SHIFT Award Official Selections throughout the three days of the 2017 SHIFT Festival.

In addition to inclusion on panels and as keynote presenters, the work of Official Selections will be highlighted with posterboards that showcase their work at Snow King, the venue for SHIFT’s daytime programming.

As well, six lunchtime and two happy hour discussions will feature the work of Official Selections in all Award categories. The discussions are designed to facilitate networking, a discussion of common challenges and a showcase of the ways SHIFT Award category representatives are addressing them with their work.

The lunchtime and happy hour discussions are open to all, and the public as well as SHIFT attendees are invited to participate. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 12-1:30 p.m., the first such program will occur when the Public Land Management Innovation lunchtime discussion is held at Pizzeria Caldera in downtown Jackson, WY. The Coalition for Outdoor Access, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Heart of the Continent Partnership and Mammoth Lake Trails and Public Access Foundation will all be featured.

Thursday’s lunchtime discussions include the following:

  • The Business Leadership lunchtime discussion will be held from 12:15-1:30 p.m. at Pizzeria Caldera and feature representatives from Backcountry Hunters and Anglers’ This Business Supported by Public Lands, Patagonia’s This is Bears Ears, REI’s Opt Outside, Klean Kanteen, and Wylder Goods.
  • The Youth Engagement lunchtime discussion, which will take place from 12:15-1:30 p.m. at Lotus, will bring together representatives from Arizona Conservation Corps’ Mogollon Monsters, Environmental Learning for Kids’ Urban Rangers, Grand Teton National Park Foundation’s Youth Engagement Initiative, Outdoor Outreach, The Experimental Station’s Blackstone Bicycle Works, Brothers of Climbing, and City Kids Wilderness Project.
  • The Female Leadership lunchtime discussion will be held from 12:15-1:30 p.m. at Hatch Taqueria and Tequilas. The event will explore how efforts like Artemis, Wylder and the No Man’s Land Film Festival are positioning women to lead the conservation conversation.

For all Thursday lunches, participants are asked to leave ample time to return to the Snow King Hotel in time for the 2 p.m. SHIFT Summit afternoon panels.

On Friday, two more lunches round out the slate.

Two happy hours will round out the ancillary programming for the 2017 Festival.

  • On Wednesday, from 5:15-6:45 in The Center for the Arts lobby, the panel discussion, The Modern-Day Activist, will feature Official Selections from The 2017 SHIFT Awards in the Adventure Athlete and Non-Profit Leadership category in a conversation about what it means to be both a professional and recreational athlete in an increasingly fragile world.
  • On Thursday, from 5:15-6:45 at Hatch Taqueria and Tequilas, the happy hour discussion You Gotta See It to Be It will explore how social media is changing the face of who’s outside.

Both the lunchtime discussions and the happy hours are part of SHIFT’s efforts to highlight work that’s making a difference in the outdoor recreation, conservation and next-gen engagement space.

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