A Program to Help Build the Future

Leadership positions within the outdoor industry are rarely filled by BIPOC. Future Leader Investment Program (FLIP) intends to change this.

While the outdoor industry has made great strides balancing the color of outdoor participants (and industry insiders), there’s still plenty of room for improvement within leadership positions at outdoor companies and organizations. Leadership positions in our industry are rarely occupied by BIPOC and FLIP intends to change this. Simply put, our program will increase the flow of qualified BIPOC candidates and fast-track them to leadership by investing in their education and providing mentorships from outdoor industry companies, events, organizations and individuals.

The Future Leader Investment Program will recruit the best and brightest industry leaders, brands, conferences and organizations and pair them up with the best and brightest BIPOC individuals with the expressed goal of fast-tracking a diverse cohort for senior leadership in our industry.

Our Future Leaders will be provided unparalleled access to top industry executives and networking opportunities. If you’re interested in joining us as a Future Leader or as an Industry Partner, we’d love to hear from you.

The 2021 cohort will be begin at The Big Gear Show, Inclusivity Luncheon at Outdoor Retailer, Outdoor Media Summit, and other experiential/educational events. The selection process will be highly selective and our goal is to secure funding so that the 2021 cohort will have all of their education and travel expenses paid for. This means our first cohort will be small.

The purpose of this program is not to point out the problems, but to actively create a better future. Let’s FLIP the script together.

If you feel like you’d be a good fit as a FLIP candidate, please fill out the application below or email.

If you feel like your brand or organization would be a good candidate as a FLIP sponsor, email yoon@outdoormediasummit.com and kenji@outdoormediasummit.com

Yoon Kim, Founder, Future Leader Investment Program

FLIP Application