If any portion of your job is focused on safely exploring, working, teaching and recreating in wild places, then you can’t miss the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC).
On October 3-5, 2018 in Portland, Oregon, the WRMC is celebrating its 25th year, and it’s well into its second decade for good reason. The annual conference provides a venue where educators, trip leaders, administrators and other members of the outdoor industry can learn and share common risk management practices. The three-day conference gathers some of the brightest minds in the industry, there to share knowledge, learn from subject matter experts and from each other. Not to mention it’s a chance to network, catch up with your peers, share ideas and questions, and keep on top of the latest trends in the field.
For those who wish to do a deeper dive into the learning opportunities connected to WRMC, a series of pre-conference half-day and multi-day workshops offers participants a myriad of topics including WFR Recertification, incident investigation, Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructor Certification, and more.
Outward Bound, a legacy partner along with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), coordinates with NOLS, the lead partner, and other industry volunteers to produce this event. We invite all members of the outdoor education community, regardless of size or history, to be part of this incredible opportunity to learn, collaborate, provide a voice and make a difference. As in past years, we are proud to have a number of Outward Bound affiliated speakers, both current staff and former Outward Bound associates, in the presentation lineup this year. Here are the workshops being presented by Outward Bound affiliated speakers and the learning opportunities they will bring to WRMC:
Mike Pigg, National Safety Director, Outward Bound USA
Mark Vermeal, Former National Safety Director, Outward Bound USA
Mike and Mark team up to offer a pre-conference workshop on Root Cause and Systems Analysis. During this session you will learn a variation of root cause analysis of your organization’s safety management program, enabling you to accurately identify problems and prevent future incidents.
Victoria Kerr, Human Resource Director, Colorado Outward Bound School
AJ Wojtalik, Marketing Director, Colorado Outward Bound School
In a session titled, #TimesUp: Go Beyond Policy in Managing Harassment, Vicki and AJ will moderate an important conversation around workplace sexual harassment. They will guide you through how to develop policies, train your team and build a supportive culture, and what to do in the case of an incident.
Colby Smith, Student Services Manager, Head Medical Screener, Colorado Outward Bound School
Greta Blessing, Director of Student Services, Voyageur Outward Bound School
Colby and Greta will participate in a panel discussion that will focus on Current Issues in Pre-Course Screening, explore topics such as gender, food allergies, medications and more. You will learn from other organizations how they handle the pre-course screening process and how it affects the student experience.
Nettie Pardue, Director of Education and Safety, Outward Bound California
BJ Allen, Director of Student Services, Outward Bound California
Nettie and BJ explore 5 Strategies for Growing an Organizational Culture of Equity and Inclusion and share Outward Bound California’s efforts to grow a welcoming and accessible outdoor culture with a special focus on staff training and development.
Steve Neal, Risk Management Officer, Outward Bound USA
Sam Duame, Senior Vice President, Fred C. Church, Inc. (Outward Bound’s Insurance Broker)
Steve and Sam team up in a session to ask Have You Got it Covered? They will help organizations explore whether they are covered in the event of a serious incident, and whether having an insurance policy is enough. Learn the structure of a good insurance program and explore the complexities of managing loss exposures and incident response through the lens of an insurance policy.
Katie Nelson, Associate Program Director for Safety & Delivery, Philadelphia Outward Bound School
Kim Glodek, Associate Program Director Education & Outreach, Philadelphia Outward Bound School
Learn from Katie and Kim how to run effective simulations to train and prepare staff to manage risk in the field. Simulations support real field situations, so don’t miss the opportunity to effectively train your staff. This session, Training Simulations: Principles for Effective Learning, is packed with useful information.
Steve Smith, Board member for the Northwest Outward Bound School and Chair of the Safety Committee at the Northwest Outward Bound School
In a pre-conference, day-long workshop titled Steering the Ship: Risk Management Training for Senior Leadership, Steve will show you how to apply risk management principles to your organization’s programs while collaborating with peers in the industry. Topics will include organizational structure, senior leadership roles, organizational culture, managing safety data—and more. You will leave this workshop prepared to return home with an action plan ready to implement.
This is just a small sampling of the learning opportunities awaiting you at the WRMC 2018. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to connect with these Outward Bound industry experts and other risk management leaders from around the world. Register today!
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