As a Board Member of American Trails, which hosts the biennial International Trails Symposium, I’ve offered my pro bono assistance for the past two Symposia. First, I chaired the 2013 and 2015 Hulet Hornbeck Scholarship Committees, which over two years brought 34 emerging leaders ages 19-25 to participate in a rigorous program. I’m proud to say that in 2015, we had participants native to six different countries, which resulted in a rich exchange that we won’t soon forget.

My second Symposium responsibility (in 2013) was coordinating the logistics of 15 in-depth “Core Track” educational sessions. I worked with the staff of American Trails and with roughly 50 presenters to qualify the sessions to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs), as well as ensuring that the sessions were robust and all equipment needs satisfied.

I also participated as a presenter for both. My other contribution (and one that felt most surreal) was identifying and helping to secure the 2013 Symposium’s closing keynote speaker, Janine Shepherd.  (See her amazing Ted Talk.)