Steve Smith in the foreground with snow covered mountains in the background.

Steve Smith, outdoor programming and risk management

Steve Smith has worked in the outdoor industry for over twenty years, in the field, in the office, in the board room, and in national conference leadership roles, specializing in program quality, risk management, and staff training.

His career has included leadership roles with national organizations including Outward Bound and The Student Conservation Association. Steve served as the Chair of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) for three years (2014 – 2016). He served two terms as a board member for the Northwest Outward Bound School, where he continues to serve on the school’s Board of Directors Safety Committee.

He has a master’s degree in teaching English, along with years of university-level teaching experience, and earned a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Society for Human Resources Management, all of which help him view outdoor education through a variety of educational and administrative lenses.  

He understands the outdoor industry and risk management thoroughly, from the students to the leaders, from the staff to the parents, and from the board level to the ground level. He can help you align those different pieces to build a strong risk management culture with supporting tools and systems.

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