106: Katie Hawkins- The Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy, Sierra Nevada College and more

May 29, 2018

Show Notes

First Exposure to the Outdoors

I grew up in the Pacific northwest and the suburb of Seattle. One thing about growing up in the northwest is it's absolutely amazing and being able to walk outside and see towering pine trees, views of Mount Rainier and so on, it's unbelievable. It's amazing and worth the hype. My family was very much into camping and traveling around the state of Washington. We would go fishing every summer for three weeks in a little coastal community called Sekiu, Washington in the Straight of Juan de Fuca near Canada. Those are my earliest memories, like three years old, up until 15 every August going king salmon fishing. That's really what inspired me, you know, curiosity of being out on the trail but also early mornings and going out with my dad and my brother fishing.

Things we talked about



Black Diamond

Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy

Sierra Nevada College

Ice Axe Expeditions

Pacific Crest Trail Association

Advice, tips

I think the thing is you just got to kind of lean into some opportunities. One thing that I've done in the past is, you know, approach brands and said, you know, can I do some work for you, some freelance work and just to kind of get my foot in the door, and if they have opportunities to volunteer and come help. If they're having a sample sale or whatever. You just need to get some sort of network or connection and build on that. That's something that I think can be, it can be daunting to kind of put yourself out there. But I think that's where some of this happens is just making those connections and then giving your time and showing what you can do.

I also think we need to be open to people that come from different industries. Because right now retail is shifting and we need people that have different skillsets. That digital skill set to be able to really propel people's businesses. I think that's something that we're going to have to welcome people from tech you know.

Other Outdoor Activities


Trail Running

Mountain Biking

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Favorite Books

Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

Backcountry Skiing California, Eastern Sierra by Dan Mingori and Nate Greenberg

Best Gear Purchase under $100

Tahoe Regional Park Pass

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