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Environmental Economist

Elizabeth Schuster is an environmental economist with 20 years' experience in community economic development in the United States and internationally. Her aim is to empower organizations to develop creative solutions that support economic development while securing prosperity for communities and nature.  Elizabeth currently lives in Ohio with her husband and three children.

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Co-founder, Inclusive Journeys

Crystal Egli is the co-founder of Inclusive Journeys, a digital platform that helps people of marginalized identities find safe and welcoming spaces to do business and recreate. Crystal is also a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant/trainer. She is a life-long angler and documented her first big game hunt through a video series with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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CSU Extension Director, City and County of Denver

Parker McMullen Bushman's career in the conservation, environmental education and outdoor recreation fields spans over 23+ years. She has a Master of Science in Natural Resources and her work focuses on equity in community engagement of & access to outdoor spaces and strategies for inclusive science communication. Parker’s interest in justice, diversity, equity and inclusion issues developed from her personal experiences facing the unequal representation of people of color in nonprofit and environmental organizations. Parker tackles these complex issues through head on activism and education.

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Land Policy Analyst, WRA & Co-founder, Rising Routes

Jason Swann has gone beyond the stereotypes of what Black people don’t do.  After a long stint in the financial services industry, he dedicated his life to the service of others through adventure, healing, and environmental advocacy. Jason works as a Land Policy Analyst ensuring westerners have equal access to land, wildlife, and water. He also founded Rising Routes, where they envision the world as it might be, empowering action and leadership that will positively impact our collective social, systemic and environmental future.  In his free time, Jason spends volunteers as the co-leader for Outdoor Afro in Colorado – a network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature.

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Owner, B. Green Co.

Becky Migas (she/her) is Owner of B.Green Co, a sustainable consulting organization and Co-Founder / Director at Women in Sustainability. Women in Sustainability is a non-profit organization that brings together women and allies who are passionate about environmental sustainability to connect, learn and collaborate to fight the climate crisis and social injustice. Becky received her undergraduate degrees from The Ohio State University and is an avid Buckeye fan! She also received her MBA from Missouri State University. When not talking sustainability or planning events, Becky loves to spend time with her life long partner Chris. 

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Melissa Krug

Founder, Forest & Trees Research Consulting

Melissa Krug, Ph.D. is a linguistic anthropologist as well as principal consultant and founder of Forest & Trees Research Consulting, a qualitative research firm that helps organizations and businesses conduct projects that bring big insights from finding patterns in small details. In her work, Melissa uses a variety of tools, like observations, interviews, focus groups, and analysis of conversations, print or social media to examine how language is used, whose voices speak most clearly and strongly, and what messages are put out to stakeholders or within an organization. This kind of approach can illuminate issues related to power dynamics, organizational culture, misunderstandings, branding, and more. While Melissa's research is broadly applicable, she is passionate about working with organizations involved with environmentalism, food systems, ethical consumption, and social justice.

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Britt Basel

Founder, Lead Strategist, Ecothropic

Britt Basel, M.Sc. is the Founder and Lead Strategist at Ecothropic. She specializes in climate change resilience, adaptation, and disaster risk reduction. With a career spanning 20 years and 44 countries, her clients have included the United Nations Development Program, National Geographic, Save the Children, and The Nature Conservancy. She harnesses her on-the-ground experience to bridge the gap between project design, policy, and impact, delivering inclusive, cost-effective, and long-term solutions.

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David Dabah

Founder, D Studio Media

David has a wealth of experience, offering leadership on team activities to meet dynamic, detail-oriented needs both on-site and off, globally. He meets brands, organisations and talent alike at an intersection that allows the collaborators to deliver both local and regional impact with global recognition. Producing hybrid-events, talent activations and collaborations with organisations like Eco-Age for their Green Carpet Fashion Awards, IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare) and Youth Emerging Stronger (YES) who provide service to foster and homeless youth in the Los Angeles area. David has worked with the likes of (not limited to)* Antonio Banderas, Awkwafina, Colton Underwood, Eve, Greg Louganis, Hugh Jackman, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jeannie Mai, Jessica Chastain, Joaquin Phoenix, Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), Keala Settle, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Beer, Matt Lombardi, Nadia Comaneci, Nastia Liukin, Nick Jonas, Nicole Kidman, Ryan Destiny, Summer Sanders, Tatyanna McFadden, Tom Daley, Victoria Beckham and Yummertime.

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Jim Cummings

Director, Experiential Learning, UrbanPromise

Founder, Urban Trekkers/ BoatWorks 

In 2004 at the age of 53 Jim sold his small business and began full-time ministry integrating his passion for nature and adventure.  Jim brings a lifetime of experience as a naturalist and adventurer to his calling.  By partnering with UrbanPromise Ministries he created expeditionary learning programs called UrbanTrekkers and Urban BoatWorks.  Jim believes the best way for young people to discover purpose and meaning for their lives is through education and self-discovery.

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