Join us at the 2019 Leadership Conference - Dec 7

Registration is filling-up quickly, but space is still available for our sixth annual Leadership Conference! We hope that you can join us for a fun and interactive day of leadership development.
Sara Ramsay Sara Ramsay
Volunteer Development Manager
November 18, 2019

The Mountaineers Leadership Conference is a one-day conference held on Saturday, December 7 at the Seattle Program Center in Magnuson Park. It is an engaging and exciting day of leadership development for you - our community of outstanding leaders - and we hope that you're able to join us!


The theme for this year's conference is Vision Forward. A series interactive sessions will explore the many facets of leadership and how they relate to the three core tenets of our Vision 2022 strategic plan - leading innovation in outdoor education, engaging future Mountaineers, and advocating for wild places - plus a core track for the sessions that are central to who we are and what we do. New this year, we'll also offer an outdoor skills track for folks who are looking for something different throughout the day.

  • Click here to view our current line-up of presenters.
  • Click here for a list of this year's breakout sessions.
  • Click here for a printable version of the schedule.

Discount registration is available for leaders and volunteers in the Mountaineers community! Please use one of the following codes and contact Sara Ramsay with any questions.

  • LC19LEADER - For our current leaders to register at the discounted rate of $25!
  • LC19FUTURE - For rising leaders to register at the discounted $25 rate.

Register Now!

  • Click here to view our current line-up of presenters.
  • Click here for a list of this year's breakout sessions.
  • Click here for a printable version of the schedule.

Keynote Presentation

We're excited to announce Deb Ajango as this year's keynote speaker!


How do our brains deal with stress? In this keynote session, we’ll explore how the brain does and doesn’t work in highly stressful situations, specifically in regard to how the brain’s automated responses affect decision-making. Attendees will also learn methods for improving performance under pressure, with the goal of reducing negative stress responses during an emergency.

Deb Ajango has written two books on safety-related topics and has presented nationally and internationally on risk management, emergency action planning, and wilderness medicine. She is owner and Director of SafetyEd, a company that provides safety education, and she is part-time faculty at Alaska Pacific University. Deb is currently a member of the faculty committee for Wilderness Medical Associates International and she has served on the Safety Committees for the Student Conservation Association and Outward Bound. She has also served as a member of the Alaska State Parks advisory board, and for nine years she was a member of the Association for Experiential Education’s (AEE’s) Accreditation Council.