Need a little inspiration in week? You’re in luck. The Wright — a three-day summit celebrating innovation, dedication, passion and the entrepreneurial spirit of the outdoor industry — kicks off in Golden today. And this year’s line-up of speakers, presentations and facilitators is damn good, and worth ditching the office for. Each day from May 1-3 will begin with a keynote speaker at 11:30 a.m. at the American Mountaineering Center in downtown Golden, followed by panels and workshops at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at various locations around Golden. Attendees can expect to hear from speakers and presenters like Governor John Hickenlooper, Jason Blevins (former outdoor reporter for the Denver Post), Deanne Buck of Camber Outdoors, Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad and more.
“We’ve always believed that when you can bring together good people, the committed hard-working type — that good things will come from it,” says Chuck Sullivan, co-founder of Something Independent and the organizer of the event. “The Wright rallies a crew of independent-minded men and women who fuel their work with passion, grit and time outdoors. And sure, — sometimes whiskey or beer. They bring an opt-in attitude to all they do.”
In addition to 40 various speakers, presenters and facilitators scheduled for the three-day event, The Wright also promises 15 free thought-provoking panels and sessions, 700 trail blazers, creative thinkers and gritty entrepreneurs in attendance, unlimited high fives and 12 films to be premiered at the The Wright Award Night — the cornerstone event of the summit during which one of 12 of this year’s Wright Award contenders will be named this year’s winner. Vying for the award are the following outdoor-focused brands: Alpacka Rafts, Cotopaxi, Green Guru Gear, The Hot Tomato, Mountain States Snowcats, Powderhorn Resort, Rocky Mountain Underground, Sarabella Fishing, Western Rise, Weston Snowboards, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery and Yeti Cycles.
Daily sessions, workshops and talks are open to the public and free of charge. Tickets to The Wright Award night can be purchased for $50; and for the first time, Something Independent is offering a $95 Patron Pass, which includes access to all public sessions, an entry ticket to the The Wright Award night, a limited edition Wright t-shirt, a commemorative patch, and entries to win gear from Wright contenders.
For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit: thewright.co.