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Friday, October 21 • 10:30 - 12:00
Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

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What do we identify as the Strategy “high road”? Strategy is thoroughly considered and evaluated to promote the best outcomes and the fewest disruptions to health and wellbeing while furthering the goals of the expedition. Culture relies on previous experience, transference of knowledge from lead scientists and senior field staff to upcoming researchers, and may not take into account the perspective of Steve Smith’s “Safety Differently” bell curve. How do we shift the culture to encompass a wider perspective that includes human factors, DEI, and lessons learned? We don’t have all of the answers but we would love it if you joined the discussion.

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Kate Koons

Field Risk Manager, US Antartic Program
Over the last 25 years, Kate has been working in the outdoor field in a variety of capacities: NOLS instructor, backcountry ski guide, avalanche educator, Antarctic camp manager and risk management consultant. Currently, she works for the US Antarctic Program as the Field Risk Manager... Read More →

John Stoddard

Field Risk Technician, Polar Field Services
John discovered the power of wilderness experiences as a participant in a YMCA camp that culminated in a 60 day canoe traverse of the Canadian boreal forest and tundra.  He went on to work for the camp for 8 years and then as a NOLS field instructor between 1999-2016, gaining 240... Read More →

Friday October 21, 2022 10:30 - 12:00 EDT
Emerald I - 1st Floor