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A "special funds" account has been established within the PSIA Western Division Education Foundation for the ongoing development of the Summit. Corporations, companies, and individuals interested in supporting development of the Women’s Summit through a sponsorship or tax deductible donation can make their donation to: The PSIA-W Education Foundation, which is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt corporation existing exclusively to support PSIA-W.ﾠ Donations should note the Women’s Summit – special funds account.
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The Summit was an incredible experience. To be in the same room let alone on the mountain with some of the premier women in the snowsports industry was truly mindblowing. One thing that really comes to the forefront is the common mission the organizations have with regards to their female membership. It was a chance for the women to train together, network and share ideas regarding participation of women in the snowsports. Another remarkable observation on my part was the incredible similarity the event had to the many women's clinics across the NSP. Also, as put so eloquently, was the primary mission of the summit...which also mirrored the mission established by the round table discussion I facilitated during the NSP 2012 PEC at Copper Mt. There I was able to gather face-to-face the top NSP women leadership representation of all the divisions with active women's program. At that time our mission was to enhance the female membership numbers in the NSP. The way to accomplish this would be by bringing more women up front as
on-hill instructors, visible to the skiing public, promoting leadership by example and mentoring women. Another most incredible similarity- at Copper Mt. during the roundtable discussion with the women leadership team we came up with a theme-
"Ignite Their Spark". Heidi's team at the Summit had a theme-
"Inspire a Spark"... The irony was too incredible.
This is just the beginning of what could be great things for the women
in the snowsports industry. By unifying these organizations under one
roof there is power in numbers.
NSP National Women's Program Advisor
Certified Patroller #556, National #9268
Mt. Brighton Ski Patrol, Brighton, MI
The Professional Ski Instructors of America-Western Division’s annual three-day Women’s Summit will be held at Mammoth Mountain, California on March 6-8, 2017. The program includes ski patrollers and alpine ski coaches from across the snow- sports industry and is endorsed by the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) [www.ussa.org] and the National Ski Patrol (NSP) [www.nsp.org]. The Summit provides opportunities for industry professionals to train with elite coaches, share ideas, influence the future, and network with women colleagues in cross-industry fields. The program includes three days of coaching, collaboration, and apres ski discussions on topics fostering personal growth for developing leaders.
The Summit’s expansion mirrors the current political, social and cultural trends embracing women’s initiatives around the world to spawn diversity in leadership platforms and support systems. Ron Kipp, USSA Alpine Education Manager noted, “It is not just for female athletes that we need more women coaching. We need women coaches for all our athletes.” The Summit is designed to provide the women with a new tier of opportunity for professional growth and to discover insights into expanding their role and influence in their profession. In addition, these professionals become mentors and role models for women and girls at home. Over time this type of collaboration will culminate in greater diversity throughout the snowsports industry. Creator and coordinator Heidi Ettlinger, a PSIA National Alpine Team member, explained that despite inroads made by many women in the snowsports industry to top positions, the industry still needs diversity particularly in leadership roles. She noted that, “Not only was the coaching staff an inspiration to help women visualize a pathway to pursuing their goals, our speakers offered a wealth of knowledge and encouragement for women to think optimistically about their potential.”