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March EcoHour

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Registration ClosesMar 21, 2018 12:00am or when space runs out.

Join us as we hear from two inspiring female founders who are working to promote diversity in the outdoors. We will hear from Ambreen Tariq and Danielle Williams about the importance of promoting equity and access to the outdoors, and how the organizations they've founded (along with organizations they're partnering with) are making positive changes within the outdoor industry and the environmental community. 

Ambreen Tariq is the founder of @BrownPeopleCamping, which she launched in August 2016 in celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial.  @BrownPeopleCamping is a social media initiative based on Instagram that utilizes personal narratives and digital storytelling to promote greater diversity in our public lands and outdoors community. Ambreen utilizes storytelling to share how her life experiences as a Muslim, South-Asian American immigrant female have shaped her love for the outdoors; to reflect more openly on the role privilege plays in enabling us to enjoy the outdoors; and to promote more passionately for everyone to experience and enjoy the outdoors in their own authentic ways. She strives to achieve these goals in order to help grow our community of people who, having developed personal connections to the environment, will feel invested in it’s protecting and advocating for its well-being. Through @BrownPeopleCamping, Ambreen has collaborated with various partners in government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry to promote diversity in the outdoors. She has been sponsored by Airstream, Alaska Airlines, and REI. In addition to being a full-time federal employee, Ambreen is also a Brand Ambassador for REI in the Washington, DC area, an Associate Board Member of the City Kids Wilderness Project, and a Board Member of Green Muslims.

Danielle Williams is the founder of Melanin Base Camp and a co-founder of Team Blackstar Skydivers. Both organizations promote diversity in outdoor adventure sports and highlight talented adventure athletes of color. She's also a disabled skydiver with over 600 jumps. Danielle graduated from Harvard in 2008 and has spent the last ten years in the U.S. Army with combat deployments in Iraq and the Philippines. The Army threw her out of her first plane in 2006 and she's been in love with adventure sports ever since. Since its founding in 2014 Team Blackstar has grown from six African American parachutists to a diverse group of 270 skydivers in six countries.  Melanin Base Camp has also grown from an Instagram page to a website with eight adventure athlete bloggers. On the weekends you can find her indulging her favorite outdoor therapy: barefoot skydiving or pushing her walker around the bonfire with a little help from her friends. Blue skies! 

*Note that networking begins at 6:00pm and the discussion with the speakers begins at 6:30pm. 

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