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Panel: Redefining Femininity

Panel: Redefining Femininity

Panelist Bios

Presented by Outdoor Women's Alliance

Discover Outdoors and Outdoor Women's Alliance present an evening of engaging panelists charged with the question of what it means to be a modern outdoorswoman. We'll discuss what about outdoor adventure is uniquely beneficial to women, what our challenges are, and how we can thrive.

Panelists include:

Kathy Karlo
Rock climber, blogger, and filmmaker for

Pippa Biddle
New York based outdoorswoman. Writer currently focusing on the global volunteer economy.

Laurie Tewksbury
Adventurer, advertiser, and COO of Outdoor Women's Alliance.

Georgina Miranda
Founder, Altitude Seven

Panelists are subject to change

Photo by Justin Dumlau

  • WHEN
    • Tuesday, April 18th
    • Doors open at 6:30 PM
    • Panel starts at 7:00 PM
    • Meetup HQ
    • 632 Broadway, 9th floor
  • WHO
    • This event is open to everyone


Panelist Bios

Kathy Karlo

Rock Climber, Blogger
For the Love of Climbing

Kathy Karlo is a rock climber and freelance writer from New York. She authors the blog, For the Love of Climbing, and writes, "From Brooklyn to Boulder, I began climbing in the Gunks in 2011 and never looked back since my first gear placement, preferring to focus on what lies on the horizon ahead." Discovering her love of rock and ice has been a life changing experience. She encourages anyone and everyone to try it. Her belief is that climbing a rock is so much more than that—it’s a life journey that forever tests the limits of possibility.

Pippa Biddle

Travel Writer
Board Member, Onwards

Pippa Biddle is a New York-based writer currently fixated on the global volunteer economy domestically and abroad. Her work has been published by The New York Times Online, Antillean Media Group, The FBomb, MTV, Elite Daily, Go Overseas, Matador Network, and a slew of other publications and websites. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Independent, Forbes, and more. Pippa also writes content for television in partnership with Bridge the Gap TV. Shows she has worked on have aired on major networks including PBS and National Geographic. When not working on her own writing, Pippa helps small and emerging brands tell powerful stories. She is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Creative Writing. Pippa is on the Board of Onwards, where she supports the organization in their efforts to create sustainable tourism-based solutions to poverty. From 2010 to 2011, she served as the Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership Fellow at the Jane Goodall Institute. She also helped to build BrightCo, a tech startup that joined GLG in the summer of 2014. Pippa is featured in two documentary films, Volunteers Unleashed (2015, available on Amazon and iTunes) and FRAMED, slated for release in 2017. She was also featured in The New York Times columnist Ron Lieber’s 2015 bestselling book, The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money. Pippa has been hiking and climbing in New York State and beyond her entire life. She recently spent the summer traveling around the US, living out of her van and escaped to Vermont for the winter where she took a few runs at Mad River Glen in lieu of a lunchbreak.

Laurie Tewksbury

Chief Operating Officer
Outdoor Women's Alliance

Laurie serves as the Interim Chief Operating Officer at Outdoor Women's Alliance, which inspires confidence & leadership in women of all ages through human-powered sports. Her work encompasses marketing and branding to membership and volunteer management. Prior to joining OWA, Laurie's experience includes account management for a Fortune 500 client, social media strategy, volunteer program development. While she hails from New York, you can now find her playing in the Colorado mountains on her mountain bike and splitboard.

Georgina Miranda

Altitude Seven

Georgina is the founder and CEO of Altitude Seven, an adventure lifestyle media platform that helps a global community of women adventurers and travelers discover the best outdoor and adventure travel products, experiences, stories, and inspiration all in one place. The company’s brand was created for a new generation of outdoor, adventurous, and globetrotting women, with a mission: To Inspire and Equip Women to Live Adventurous, Bold, and Worldly Lives. It is spreading the global message for women to #ChooseAdventure. Georgina's career spans from leading teams in the corporate world, to founding start-ups, to management consulting at various Fortune 500 companies globally. Her heart lies in adventure and it has led her to scale 6 of the 7 Summits including Mt. Everest and many other peaks around the world to raise awareness around gender-based violence. She is currently in the process of completing the Explorer Grand Slam. She has been featured in Yahoo Travel, Glamour Magazine, Huffington Post, Women's Health Magazine, Natural Health, People en Español, Latina Magazine, LatiNation TV, and more. Although Georgina did not discover her love for the outdoors until her mid-twenties, she credits the mountains and a life of adventure to shaping who she is today. Her mission now is to share the gift of adventure with others. 


What is Women in the Outdoors Week?

Women in the Outdoors Week is a week of events focused specifically on women and their relationship with outdoor adventure. Events include panels, speakers, classes, social events, and outdoor trips.

Why is it important?

The outdoors is a source of empowerment, confidence, and community and we believe that those tools can help women succeed in all areas of life. Women's success benefits everyone in a community and society, contributing to economic gains, increased creativity, and a higher standard of living. In today's current climate, it is more important than ever for women to feel confident and connected.

Is it just for women?

Some events are open to everyone while others are open specifically to women and those who identify as women. Each event page indicates whether the event is public or for women specifically.

We think it's important for men to hear and be a part of conversations about outdoor inclusivity so we invite everyone to attend our panels and hear our speakers. However, our goal is also to give women their own space to practice skills and ask questions. While we acknowledge that we have a community of supportive, accepting men, many women do still feel intimidated in mixed groups. Through women's only events, we aim to help attendees build confidence and feel comfortable as they grow in their outdoor sport.