The Mountaineers Leadership Conference - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center


The Mountaineers Leadership Conference - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

The Tacoma Leadership Conference is one of two conferences held this year. Each Leadership Conference is a fun day of professional development dedicated to thanking, inspiring, and empowering The Mountaineers current and aspiring volunteer leaders.

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2302 N 30th St, Tacoma, WA 98403

Leadership Conference participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19  to register and attend this in-person event.  Following The Mountaineers COVID-19 guidance, attendees must verify vaccination status following the Washington State Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Status guidelines and masks will be required. Please find additional information about COVID-19 considerations listed below.

For over 100 years, The Mountaineers has enriched the outdoor community by helping thousands of people to explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We take pride in that legacy, and we we want to honor our volunteer leaders who make it all happen!

This year we are excited to be hosting two smaller Leadership Conferences:  November 20 in Tacoma and December 4 in Seattle. The theme for this year's two conferences is Coming Together. We've heard your resounding  desire  to come together as a community. Community is one of The Mountaineers five core values, and we're excited to acknowledge your collective impact to our community.  This conference will offer a series of interactive sessions that explores the many facets of leadership, including: Equity & Inclusion, Risk Management, Group Facilitation & Instruction, and Conservation & Advocacy. 

Presenters and Breakout Sessions

  • Click here to view a list of this year's conference speakers 
  • Click here to view a list of Tacoma's breakout sessions

Volunteer Registration

The Mountaineers is seeking about 10 volunteers to support this event. Volunteers are needed to help with morning registration, to provide support as room hosts, and to help with clean-up over lunch and at the end of the day.

Interested? For more information and to register as a volunteer, please contact Michelle Song.

Tacoma Conference Schedule

  • 7:30-8:30am, Registration
  • 8:30-9am, Welcome & Opening Session
  • 9:15am-10:30am, Morning Breakout Sessions 1
  • 10:45-12pm, Morning Breakout Session 2
  • 12-1pm, Lunch
  • 1-2:15pm, Afternoon Breakout Sessions 1
  • 2:30-3:45pm, Afternoon Breakout Sessions 2
  • 4-5pm, Social Hour

Registration for the Tacoma Leadership Conference is free for Mountaineers members and $40 for guests. Each registration includes:

  • Participation in a variety of speaker sessions
  • One swag bag
  • The chance to win raffle prizes

Coffee service will be available during morning registration and hors d'oeuvres with beer and wine will be provided at the end of the day during the evening social hour. Lunch will not be provided for this year's conference.

COVID-19 Considerations

While we’re hopeful to gather in-person for this year’s Leadership Conference, the safety of our community is our #1 priority. We will follow the same criteria we’re using to fully reopen (with no restrictions) our Program Centers as we determine whether or not to offer in-person Leadership Conference programming:

  1. Pierce County’s "level of community transmission" (per CDC) must be moderate or lower for at least two weeks prior to the event, and
  2. Pierce County and/or WA State must not have a mask mandate currently in effect. 

We will monitor changing local and state guidance through the fall and begin evaluating the feasibility of in-person Leadership Conference programming on October 29. If, at any point after October 29, the criteria for running an in-person event are not met, we will cancel the in-person event.

If we are unable to offer in-person programming, we will encourage Leadership Conference presenters to give their presentations as part of our virtual Leadership Development Series. We will not offer a full-day virtual Leadership Conference, nor will we run an in-person event at reduced capacity. Registered attendees will receive a full refund in the event of a cancellation. Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding!



Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please bring your enthusiasm, your desire to learn, an open-mind, and your past experiences. We hope that our schedule of interactive sessions will provide you with the opportunity to share with and learn from other leaders from a variety of backgrounds.

We suggest that you bring something to take notes, a warm layer for our sometimes-chilly building, and a reusable water bottle and/or travel mug.

Coffee service will be available during morning registration and hors d'oeuvres with beer and wine will be provided at the end of the day during the evening social hour. 

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