Seminar Speakers and Bios
Creating and Maintaining your Network
This seminar is structured as a panel, led by and moderated by Lori Harrod of plum.
, w. 503-643-1558, m. 503-421-4008
Lori is a founding partner of plum, an executive recruiting search firm exclusively focused on servicing the employment needs of the sport and outdoor industry.
Lori came into the recruiter profession “the same way everyone else does - by starting off as a fly fishing guide in the Montana wilderness." After this strong professional foundation Lori continued to hone her business acumen in different contributing roles across a range of industries and employers including the likes of AT&T, IBM, Intel and Nike. Lori has spent the past twelve years recruiting great people for brands like adidas, Lucy, C9, Hanesbrands, Horny Toad, New Balance, Brooks Sports, Keen Footwear, Yakima, Hanna Anderson, Nike, Moving Comfort, Umbro, Transitions for Health, Timberland, Reebok, Oakley, Federal Express, Intel, IBM, MCI, Swiss Bank, Perot Systems, Chicago Board of Trade, Kaiser Permanente and many more.
The combination of her “connector” personality and her 13 years of experience in the recruiting business have not only aided in the advancement of hundreds of candidates and client companies but have given Lori a unique understanding , knowledge, and perspective on the importance of Networking – to not only advance careers, break into new industries/roles, but to achieve personal, professional, and corporate goals.
Lori will use this knowledge base to expand on the topic of Networking – as a key corporate objective and as a tool for professional success, sharing the strategies and tactics adopted by the best.
Leading & Learning
Pollyanna Pixton, Accelinnova
Pollyanna developed the models for Collaboration and Collaborative Leadership through 35 years inside and consulting with corporations and organizations. She was primarily responsible for leading the development of the Swiss electronic stock exchange. In addition, she led the development of control systems for electrical power plants throughout the world and the merging of the technologies and data systems of large financial institutions.
Ms. Pixton speaks and writes on topics of collaborative leadership and business ethics and is currently working on a book focusing on collaborative leadership. Her education includes a master's degree in computer science, three years of graduate studies in theoretical physics, and a bachelor's degree in mathematics. President of Evolutionary Systems, a business consulting firm that takes companies to the next level through collaboration and collaborative leadership and Director and Co-Founder of the Institute of Collaborative Leadership.
Strategic Thinking and Persuasive Communications
Jenni Dow, Dow Marketing Communications and goAgile
, +45 40 47 78 50
Jenni has extensive experience in communications—helping clients overcome internal and external barriers to accomplish business objectives. During the past 20 years, she has coached leaders to enhance their communications skills opening the way for memorable presentations, improved reputations, increased collaboration, and effectively leading teams to success.
Jenni speaks and consults on how organizations can increase their perceived business value enterprise-wide. In addition, she has written several articles on communications and working with the media.
On the marketing side, Jenni has used her talent to help create award-winning campaigns that most importantly met clients’ goals. Promotional campaigns she has handled include: creating an overall media strategy and gaining international attention for Fox River socks; introducing Post-It® Tape Flags and other Post-It® products for 3M; launching Samuel Adams beer in Minneapolis-St. Paul; creating the award-winning media relations program for NFL Properties’ first NFL Experience; providing coaching for Payless ShoeSource, M&M Mars, Hanley Center, Deli Express, and many others
Jenni is the president of Dow Marketing Communications, Inc., a communications and executive coaching firm and a partner with goAgile, a consulting firm based in Roskilde, Denmark. She actively serves on the board of the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition as president.
Keynote Speakers and Bios
Speaker announcements and bios coming soon!
Friday night keynote
Saturday night keynote
Sunday breakfast keynote
Sunday closing ceremony
Mary Osborne, Champion longboarder and tandem surfer
Raised by Solimar Beach in Ventura, Calif., Mary picked up her first board at the age of 14. “I got into it basically because I wanted to be better than the boys,” she says, referring to her three older brothers who all surf. “I was supposed to be the ballerina.” Around the time that Mary started surfing, local surf shop owner and former pro surfer David Pu’u was pursuing a new career as a photographer. They started working together to create beautiful modeling and surf images, while Mary began promoting herself as a competitor by attending tradeshows, contacting companies and participating in several competitions. She quickly started garnering attention, and became the first woman to grace cover of The Surfer's Path, a popular European surf magazine, after Pu’u shot and submitted a photo.Mary’s big break came when MTV selected her out of 4,000 other young women to compete on its reality series, “Surf Girls,” where she more than proved her skills by winning the longboard division. In 2003, she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award as “Best Female Athlete,” and was named the first “Action Girl of the Year” by Action Girl, Inc.
Mary has been featured in magazines such as Longboard, Surfing, Surfer, Surf News, Surfer’s Path, Wahine, Surfer, Surf Life for Women, Surfing Girl, Nalu, FHM, Entertainment Weekly and Spin Magazine. She has also appeared as a host on Fox Sports Net’s “54321.”
Mary co-authored “Sister Surfer: A Woman’s Guide to Surfing with Bliss and Courage” with Kia Afcari, which was published by The Lyons Press in June 2005. The inspirational how-to book guides women through the process of learning how to surf, covering everything from how to conquer fear to how to wax a surfboard. Mary, who lives in Ventura, Calif., earned an associate's degree in liberal arts from Santa Barbara City College. She plans to continue pushing her surfing career.