athletes, entrepreneurs, business leaders: women in climbing

The 2018 CWA Summit will convene its first-ever panel discussion about women in climbing. Read more to learn about the panelists and how you can get involved in the discussion. 

women in climbing

Plenary ​Session Led by Women Changing the Game in the Climbing World

Despite climbing’s roots as an elite male sport, climbing as a sport and as an industry is stacked with female role models who transcend this history.  Women are climbing some of the hardest routes and boulders in the world, and are advancing in an industry that is overwhelmingly male and white. The groundwork laid by these impressive women in climbing offers our industry the opportunity to move away from gender stereotypes and impart values of equality. 


With this panel discussion, we will listen to the experiences of athletes and professionals in the climbing industry and offer insight towards developing progressive, inclusive workplaces, gyms, and crags. We will explore the history of women in climbing in athletic and professional contexts, celebrate accomplishments, identify past and existing challenges, and provide the tools to help develop and nurture climbing communities and professional environments that are inclusive of women.

Women in Climbing Closing Plenary

Friday, May 18, 2018

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

River Birch - Open to all conference attendees

Join us for a Women in Climbing Roundtable Discussion
Friday, May 18, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Carter Lake - Open to all conference attendees, space limited to 45 participants

The Moderator

Renee DeAngelis

COO, Planet Granite / Earth Treks

The Panelists

Sophia Danenberg

Alpinist, First African American to Summit Everest

Shelma Jun

Founder, Flash Foxy

Lynn Hill

Professional climber

Stephanie Ko Pound

VP Climbing Center Ops - West,

Planet Granite / Earth Treks

Halcy Webster

Web Developer and Program Mentor, Alpenglow Collective

Becca Droz

Program Leader, Movement Climbing + Fitness

Guide, Women's Wilderness


Register online by May 9 to get the best pricing!

See pricing details for more info.


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