The Meeting 2023 Speakers
Meet this year's speakers!
We're so excited for another year of The Meeting. See the 2023 speakers who will be challenging and engaging conversations about the ski industry and beyond.
Sofia Jaramillo is a Colombian-American documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Jackson, Wyoming. Jaramillo’s work centers on the intersection of the environment and people, with a focus on uplifting and telling stories of BIPOC in outdoor spaces. She helped shoot the first ski film to feature women of color and adaptive athletes called The Approach, she was a Story Producer and Cinematographer on OutWest film, an Executive Producer for the Soñadora film, a Director on Wading for Change, and in 2019 Jaramillo was the first woman of color to photograph a winter sports campaign for The North Face.
Auden Schendler is an American climate activist, businessman and author of Getting Green Done. He is Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company.
Chris Davenport is considered one of the world's most accomplished big-mountain skiers and mountaineers. A native of Aspen, Colorado, he has been called "one of North America's top 25 skiers” by Skiing Magazine and is a two-time extreme skiing world champion.
Jody Potts-Joseph is Han Gwich’in from the Native Village of Eagle and aformer village public safety officer sergeant. She now does wilderness guiding, advocates for protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and works to get more Native youth involved in outdoor recreation.
Winonna LaDuke is an Indigenous writer, farmer, economist, and politicalactivist, from the White Earth Anishinaabe reservation in northern Minnesota. A two-time vice presidential candidate with the Green Party in l996 and 2000, she has been a critical part of movements to oppose the tar sands and oil pipelines proposed and newly constructed in the Great Lakes region, working on the opposition to the Keystone, Dakota Access and Enbridge pipelines, as the former Executive Director of Honor the Earth, which she founded with the Indigo Girls.
Jill O’Brien’s culinary career began on a South Dakota dairy farm where participation in “kitchen chores” wasn’t optional. Something stuck, and food became her passion. After learning all facets of the hospitality industry, Jill started a personalized catering service, and owned and managed three restaurants before co-owning the Cheyenne River Buffalo Ranch and giving her full attention to Wild Idea Buffalo Company.
Josie Fouts is a leader in the off-road para-cycling movement. Her interesting metabolism research led her out to San Diego and the year-round great weather encouraged her to begin commuting by bike. Now she uses biking as a tool to rediscover herself, find ultimate life balance, and trail blaze for para-athletes to ride off road.
Amanda E/J Morrison is the Co-Founder & President of Julie Products Inc. a modern women's pharmaceutical company focused on empathy and education to help change the face and narrative of healthcare. Previously the Chief Marketing Officer at Underlining a premium brand studio launching innovative brands across multiple beauty and wellness verticals.
Princess Daazhraii Johnson
Princess 'Daazhraii' Johnson (Neets'aii Gwich'in) is a writer/actor/producer/director living on Lower Tanana Dene lands in Alaska. She is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter and producer of Peabody Award-winning PBS Kids show "Molly of Denali". Her short Gwich'in language film, "Diiyeghan Naii Taii Tr'eedaa", is part of the Reciprocity Project, and named one of the festivals 'Brightest Stars' of the 2022 ImagineNative Film Festival.
Kelly Starrett is a physical therapist, author, speaker and CrossFit trainer. His 2013 fitness book, Becoming a Supple Leopard, was featured on The New York Times bestselling sports books list. He is a co-founder, with his wife Juliet Starrett, of the fitness website The Ready State, formerly MobilityWOD.
Chase Jarvis is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, best-selling author, Emmy nominated director and one of the most influential photographers of the past 20 years. He also created Best Camera – the first photo app to share images to social networks, and is the Founder of CreativeLive, where more than 10 million students learn photography, video, design, music and business from the world’s top creators and entrepreneurs which was acquired by Fiverr - a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange - in 2021. His recent book Creative Calling debuted as an instant National Best Seller.
Robyn O’Brien is on Forbes Impact 50 List for her work at the intersection of agriculture and climate. She is the founder of Sirona Ventures and co-founder of rePlant Capital, financial services firms scaling climate solutions on farms and inside the food industry. She is a Fulbright scholar, best-selling author and widely recognized speaker on global food systems
Evelynn Escobar is the founder of Hike Clerb: an intersectional women’s hike group and non-profit organization aimed at making the outdoors more accessible and safe for self-identifying women of color. Nature is its own form of healing, after all.
Sarah Shimanzki is dedicated to the art of storytelling and digital media to amplify voices and inspire change. She currently hosts and produces Outside Voices, a podcast about our diverse relationships to nature and the outdoors. Outside Voices shares stories from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ folk and others redefining "outdoorsy".
Dr. Len Necefer
Dr. Len Necefer, is the CEO & Founder of NativesOutdoors – a media and consulting company. The mission of NativesOutdoors is simple: We are in business to empower indigenous communities to create a sustainable future through the products and stories we tell. He holds a Doctorate in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon and has previously worked with the US Department of Energy and the University of Arizona.
Justin Faiber is the Global Category Development Officer - Consumer Products at Spotify. His diverse background, having worked on the Client, Agency, Property and Media side of the business over the course of his career, has given him a unique perspective when cultivating the platforms, ranging from the Dew Tour to snowboarding to skateboarding, racing and music.