Blister Speaker Series at Western

Blister Speaker Series at Western Colorado University

Blister Speaker Series at Western Colorado University: Innovators & Influencers in the Outdoor Industry

We are excited to announce the return of this first-of-its-kind series at Western.

Few universities can match Western’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.

Started last year, this new BLISTER Speaker Series at Western will bring to the Gunnison Valley each month during the school year 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 the future leaders of outdoor-oriented businesses and media.


Claudio Caluori knows the bike industry inside and out, and from practically every angle.

Blister Speaker Series at Western Colorado University
Claudio Caluori (photo: Dan Griffiths / Red Bull Content Pool)

Hailing from Switzerland, Claudio is the announcer for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup DH races (and is renowned for his hilarious GoPro course previews); the founder of Velosolutions (a company that builds pump tracks, bike parks, & trails all around the world); the initiator of #pumpforpeace; the former team manager of SCOTT bikes; and a former World Cup DH racer himself.

Come hear Claudio talk about his experience in the bike industry and his vision for its future — and come meet him and ask him some questions of your own. For more on Claudio’s background, check out below our podcast with him:


WHERE: University Center Theater at Western Colorado University, Gunnison, CO


Each month during the school year, 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.
Please stay tuned for updates on our upcoming events.


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