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Little Talks on Big Ideas: Luis Benitez

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June 11, 2024
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Invisible City Clubhouse


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Little Talks on Big Ideas Series

Join us at 7pm the second Tuesday of each month for Little Talks on Big Ideas and connect with those daring to operate at the ‘edge’ and who are expanding what we deem possible.

Bar service opens at 5pm. Talks at 7pm. Mingle with fellow members and guests at 8pm.

A Discussion with Mountaineering Guide & Outdoor Policy Wonk

Challenge. Choice. Change. How do you personally and professionally address the challenges that you face? When visibility is limited how will you choose the right path forward? Remember that a ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

Luis Benitez

Luis Benitez has worked as a professional mountain guide, with six Everest summits to his name; outdoor educator; and, most recently, a policy leader in the outdoor industry.

In 2015, Benitez was appointed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to lead the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. Benitez then worked with VF Corporation, creating and leading a global government affairs function and restructuring and re-launching The VF Foundation. VF is a holding company whose portfolio includes some of the most iconic brands in the outdoor industry like The North Face, Supreme, Smartwool, Timberland and Vans to name a few. He currently serves as chief impact officer for the nonprofit Trust for Public Land.

Benitez holds an executive MBA from the University of Denver, with an emphasis certification on behavioral sciences and public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

He co-authored “Higher Ground” with Frederick Reimers (released May 15, 2024).

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