Blister Speaker Series at Western: Innovators & Influencers in the Outdoor Industry
We are very excited to announce this new, first-of-its-kind series at Western Colorado University.
Located right here in our new home in the Gunnison Valley, few universities can match Western Colorado University’s access to world-class outdoor recreation, which is a big reason why Western attracts so many exceptional mountain sports athletes and students interested in careers in the outdoor industry.
The new Blister Speaker Series at Western will bring to the Gunnison Valley each month a preeminent athlete, founder, author, activist, filmmaker, or product designer in the outdoor industry, allowing Western students to hear from and interact with those individuals who are currently shaping the industry.
This outdoor industry speaker series, coupled with Western’s first-of-its-kind Outdoor Industry MBA program, will further Western’s role in cultivating future leaders of outdoor-oriented businesses and media.
Each month, Blister founder, Jonathan Ellsworth, will lead a free, open-to-the-public Q&A at Western, and there will be additional opportunities for Western students to engage with our speakers in classroom settings, informal group meetings, or out on the trail or ski hill.
WHEN (2019 Winter / Spring Speakers & Dates):
Thursday, January 24, 6pm:
- Brendan Leonard – creator of Semi-Rad.com
Thursday, February 28, 6pm:
- Eric Larsen – world-record polar and Everest adventurer, expedition guide, & climate educator
Thursday, March 28, 6pm:
- Dan Abrams – president / co-founder, Flylow Gear
Thursday, April 25, 6pm:
- Ashley Korenblat – owner of Western Spirit Cycling; creator of Public Land Solutions; board member of the Outdoor Industry Association; inductee in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
University Center Theater at Western Colorado University, Gunnison, CO