Get ready for an epic experience at the Outdoor Industry Summit! We’re tackling urgent challenges head-on and unlocking exciting opportunities. Join us to be inspired and empowered as we showcase innovative businesses and public sector models that are revolutionizing the Outdoor Industry in Colorado:

Outdoor Industry Summit
Exploring Sustainability + Responsible Tourism in Business
Friday, September 15, 2023 at Leadville CMC Campus
Calling all Colorado Small Businesses and Industry Supporters! Don’t miss out on this awe-inspiring event set amidst Colorado’s majestic 14ers in Leadville, CO, the highest incorporated city in North America, at 10,152 feet.

We explore the realm of sustainable business practices + responsible tourism
through four tracks of focus:

Innovations in Responsible Tourism: Colorado’s tourism boom is straining resources, but we’ve got the solutions! Discover groundbreaking approaches to protect our public lands and rural areas while ensuring a thriving tourism industry.

Empowering Sustainability In Business: Businesses today face crucial challenges. But fear not! We’ll equip you with the tools and inspiration to remain relevant, thrive, and make a positive impact on the world.

Inspirational Business Models: Ready to supercharge your sales and revenue? We’re shining a spotlight on B2B opportunities and mind-blowing business models designed specifically for the outdoor industry in Colorado. Get ready to expand your horizons and boost your bottom line!

Collaborative Partnerships + Funding: Together, we can achieve so much more. Discover the power of collaborative public/private sector partnerships, as well as funding and grant offerings designed to support the outdoor industry. Let’s join forces and make a real difference!

Secure your spot now for the Outdoor Industry Summit on September 15, 2023, at the Leadville CMC Campus. Let’s rock the outdoor world together!

Meet Our Keynotes:

Morning Keynote
Dani Reyes-Acosta
Nomad Creativa | Afuera Productions
Director. Producer. Athlete. Strategist.

Can A Wild Thought Change the World? Connecting People to Themselves, The Great Outdoors, + Their Wildest Dreams They Never Thought Possible

About the Keynote Topic: Dani Reyes-Acosta asks if the stories we tell about ourselves, our dreams, and the world around us change how we approach—and accept—life as we know it. This useful talk with moving stories from the depths of the sea to the world’s highest summits offers a simple framework we can all use to cultivate a “better world,” every day.

Afternoon Keynote
Scotty Stoughton
Bonfire Entertainment | WinterWonderGrass | Adrift Adventures
Honoring + Respecting our Planet While Simultaneously Celebrating our Connection With It

Dani Reyes-Acosta Award-winning filmmaker, athlete, and writer Dani Reyes-Acosta inspires individual action and collective communion through stories of reciprocity in the outdoors—rewriting the story of how we build community along the way.

Her goal is to find the limits of her possible, searching out the peaks and valleys that tell the story of Mother Earth’s most impacted people and places. She believes that in community with ourselves and the world at large, we can reEarth the power within—to form a better future for us all.

Her perspective has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Climbing Magazine, and in five anthologies, on topics ranging from splitboard mountaineering and mountain running to rural living, community-building, and climate solutions.

An emerging filmmaker, her latest project, OUTLIER: Trust, premiered at Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2022, with nine other festival selections as of June 2023. Honored by Protect Our Winters as “Alliance Member of the Year” for her community advocacy, she is also an Explore Fund Council Member for The North Face, charting a path forward for a new generation of explorers. 

Whether chasing a story or harvesting from her orchard of heritage apple trees, Dani’s finds inspiration in her favorite places, the Sierra Nevada and San Juan mountains.

She speaks Spanish fluently, French somewhat passably, and can make a mean taco plate from scratch, likely with food from her farm in SW Colorado.

Learn More About Dani’s Life Work:    
Filmmaker. Athlete. Cultivator.
Nomad Creativa | Afuera Productions


Scotty Stoughton – At the heart of all his endeavors, Bonfire Entertainment Founder Scotty Stoughton is a connector. He lives and breathes music and the world that holds its sound waves. Onstage as frontman with Bonfire Dub or behind the scenes producing his many festivals and events, including WinterWonderGrass and Campout for the Cause, Stoughton values music as more than a platform where rhythm meets beat. For him, it’s an expression that sets the stage for a life worth living, a vision worth having, and a dream worth creating. Stoughton’s production company, Bonfire Entertainment, puts a spotlight on community and interpersonal connection, as well as the overall impact we have on the environment. Stoughton finds solace and inspiration in the natural world, especially on the water, and is the co-founder of Stand Up Paddle Colorado and Adrift Adventures Dinosaur. His support of international non-profit organizations, along with local involvement through community events, always keeps his hands moving quickly without ever losing the beat.

Learn More About Scotty’s Life Work: 
Gather     Community     Connect     Simplify     Sustain

Meet or 2023 Exhibitors

B2B Supporters
Monarch Mountain
Nomad Creativa | Afuera Productions
Luminous Life
OSO Adventure Meals
Outdoor Element
Over It Raft Covers
Root Down Nature Connection
Round River Design | Headwater Hats
The Tea Spot
Top Out Adventure
Tune Outdoors
Waterways App
50 West Productions

Colorado SBDC | SBA
1st SouthWest Bank
Office of Economic Development + International Trade (OEDIT) Rural Opportunity Office
Prairie Rose Development
Pueblo Bank & Trust (PB&T)

Educational + Sustainability + Tourism
Central Colorado Conservancy
Central Mountain SBDC
Colorado Mountain College (CMC)
Colorado State University’s Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
CU Boulder, Outdoor Recreation Economy
Get Outdoors Leadville
GARNA (Greater Arkansas River Nature Association)
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)
Good Business CO
Leadville Twin Lakes
Shelley Shilvock | Sustainability Consulting

Also Register for the Outdoor Equity Summit held on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023 at Leadville CMC Campus
The Outdoor Equity Summit will bring together professionals from the outdoor industry and the local Latine community as well as other underrepresented groups for a day of shared learning and growth. Learn more and register HERE!

September 15, 2023 AGENDA:
We are thrilled to bring you a diverse lineup of keynotes, guest speakers, + panelists. Our hope is to inspire + empower the next generation of problem-solvers + innovators + contribute to a better future for all.

8:00am Check In/Registration Leadville CMC Campus
901 US-24, Leadville, CO 80461 in the Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center  and tented surrounding areas 

8:30am Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center in the Main Stage Gym 
from Our Emcee
Cassie Strid, Sr. Account + Merchandising Manager, Elastic Suite + Outdoor Industry Merchandising Manager

Welcome from Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Venue Hosts, Ben Cairns, MPA, Vice President & Campus Dean of CMC Leadville & Salida

Welcome From Lake County Commissioners Co Hosts of CMSBDC,
Commissioner Sarah Mudge

Elevating Business Resources,
Hannah Krieger
, State Director,
Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network

Conor Hall, State Director, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

The Outdoor Industry Summit: Exploring Sustainability + Responsible Tourism in Business, Jamie Billesbach, Director, Central Mountain Small Business Development Center

Morning Keynote:
Can A Wild Thought Change the World? Connecting People to Themselves, The Great Outdoors, + Their Wildest Dreams They Never Thought Possible
Dani Reyes-Acosta
Nomad Creativa | Afuera Productions | Filmaker | Athlete | Cultivator

10:00am Break + Outdoor Exhibitor Hall Open

10:30am Main Stage Gym – Telling Your Story to Inspire + Connect with Your Audience,
Olivia Omega,
Senior Director MarComm, Denver Scholarship Foundation, Branding Strategist,  Diversity + Inclusion Advocate, Entrepreneur

Helping Societies Move into a Sustainable Future (achieving small business growth while maximizing community empowerment) Chris White, Founder, Yurts at Poncha Pass + long time advisor of Atmocean with Ocean Based Climate Solutions

12:00pm Lunch Outside Large Tent + Outdoor Exhibitor Hall

1:00am  Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center Main Stage Gym

Welcome from President & CEO at Colorado Mountain College, Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser

Elevating the Outdoor Industry TRACT Highlights + Discussions

Empowering Sustainability In Business 
Igniting Radical Change + Building for an Inclusive, Sustainable + Equitable Future
Missy McDaniel, Senior Key Account Manager,
Fjallraven + Sustainability Education

Collaborative Partnerships + Funding 
The Colorado Outdoor Partnership + Parks + Rec

Jody Kennedy, Regional Partnership Program Manager at Colorado Parks and Wildlife 
Adam Beh, Director Parks, Recreation, and Open Space at Lake County Colorado

Innovations in Responsible Tourism 
Building Community Capacity Through Outdoor Rec + Main St.
Natalie Ooi,
Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry Specialization Lead,

CU Boulder Sustainable Tourism + Recreation 
Building Resilient Communities + Sustainable Tourism + Recreation
Adam Ducharme,
Tourism Director for Leadville & Twin Lakes

Inspirational Business Models
B2B Opportunities for Growth in the Outdoor Industry Panel Discussion:

Maria Uspenski, Founder, + Anna Brumbaugh, Sourcing + Custom Projects Manager, The Tea Spot;
Dom Barrera + Felipe Vieyra, Founders, OSO Meals
Ingrid Malmberg, Agency Director,  Momentum Media PR
Gina Lundby, Sr. Account Manager, Elastic Suite

2:50pm Break + Outdoor Exhibitor Hall Open

3:10pm – Breakout Work Sessions 
Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center Main Stage Gym
Innovations in Responsible Tourism
Adopting a Collective Impact Model to Help Build Community Capacity

Natalie Ooi, Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry Specialization Lead,
CU Boulder Sustainable Tourism + Recreation
With: MENV Graduate Students: Conner Borkowski , Tori Manogue, Mikayla Zeitlin and Tamira Jenlink, LCEDC, Adam Ducharme, Visit Leadville-Twin Lakes, Cindy Williams, Envision Chaffee County
Facilitated By:Conor Hall, State Director,Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center Room 401
Empowering Sustainability In Business
Aligning Conservation and Commerce for a Greener Future

Dan Omasta, Program Officer, North Central GOCO Great Outdoors Colorado 
Wendy McDermott, Executive Director, Central Colorado Conservancy 
Dominique Naccarato, Faculty Integrative & Public Land Management at Western Colorado University
Facilitated By: Cassie Strid, Sr. Account + Merchandising Manager, Elastic Suite + Outdoor Industry Merchandising Manager

Outside Large Tent
Inspirational Business Models
Connecting More | Doing Good | Striving for Excellence For Meaningful Impact
Justin Talbot,Founder, Galena Mountain Projects + Talbot Photo
Dave Smithey, Founder, Top Out Adventures
Kelly Mazanti, Founder, Buttinski
Facilitated By: Jamie Billesbach,
Director, Central Mountain SBDC

Exhibitor Hall
Collaborative Partnerships + Funding
 B2B Sales, Funding, Public/Private Sector Support Agencies + More

4:30pm Afternoon Keynote:
Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center in the Main Stage Gym
Honoring + Respecting our Planet While Simultaneously Celebrating our Connection With It Scotty Stoughton,
Founder + Musician, Bonfire Entertainment, WinterWonderGrass, Adrift Adventures

5:15pm ish Interactive Audience Observations + Adjourn

5:30pm ish  Freight Leadville Afterparty with Bonfire Dub
320 E 9th St, Leadville, CO 80461

2023 OIS Speakers 

A gracious thank you to our sponsors!

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Fifteen Mountains Over 14,000 Feet
World Famous Gold Medal Arkansas River
80% Public Lands
Two Natural Hot Springs
Browns Canyon National Monument
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