Diversity + Inclusion

Thursday, May 17

Presented by Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

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Benefitting Big City Mountaineers

Please join us to celebrate diversity in our community! Dispatch Radio and The Studio Boulder are thrilled to announce the debut of The Rare Air Talks Speaker Series on May 17th with Luis Benitez and Jamie Logan. The theme is Diversity and Inclusion in the outdoors.


Featured Speakers:

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Luis Benitez

Director, Colorado’s Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry. As Gov. John Hickenlooper’s point man for the state’s $28 billion outdoor recreation economy, Luis Benitez has emerged as a leading national voice on some of the industry’s most pressing issues. On May 17 at The Studio Boulder, Benitez – a former high-altitude mountain guide who has climbed the Seven Summits dozens of times – will address how the industry can become more inclusive to diverse cultures and the LGBTQ community.

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Jamie Logan

Jamie Logan is a pioneer of modern rock climbing in the U.S., having “freed” such classic routes as the Diamond on Colorado’s Long’s Peak. At 71, Logan is pioneering a new kind of path, living as a woman. She calls it her biggest leap of faith yet, in a decades-long career full of daring first ascents. On May 17 at The Studio Boulder, she will share her story on stage for the first time.

Rare Air Talks Elyse Rylander

Featured Guests

Elyse Rylander, founder of OUT There Adventures will join for the evening. Other featured guests Len Necefer, founder of Natives Outdoors; Aisha Weinhold, founder of No Man’s Land Film Festival and Kriste Peoples, founder of the Black Women’s Alliance.


Schedule of Events:

6:00pm – Doors open
6:30 – 7:30pm Main Event – Headliners Luis Benitez and Jamie Logan with special guests Chris Weidner, Aisha Wienhold, Len Necefer, and Kriste Peoples.
8 – 10pm – After-party at Upslope Brewing featuring The Good Kind and benefitting Big City Mountaineers. All ticket holders for the Rare Air Talks event will receive a free Upslope beer at the after-party! Last call at 9:30 pm and last pour at 9:45pm. Band plays till 10pm.

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About Rare Air Talks:

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Rare Air Talks is a new live event and community forum for ideas and inspiration drawn from the outdoors. Each month, Dispatch Radio and The Studio Boulder gather leading voices for an evening of storytelling and community.


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