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Women in Climbing Summit


The Women In Climbing Virtual Summit will be filled with virtual presentations on a variety of topics.  Registration is free to USA Climbing members and available through the 'events' tab in your USA Climbing account.

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Schedule (all times Mountain Time)

Monday, September 21

2pm MDT: Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA): Coaching for Winning & Life Lessons
During this interactive workshop, PCA will help teach coaches how to build relationships, develop a healthy competition, help girls bounce back after mistakes, and show coaches how to connect through social, emotional learning.

6pm MDT: Marisa Michael, MSc, RDN, LD, CSSD: What Every Climber Needs to Know About Fueling and Eating Disorders
Marisa Michael is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Personal Trainer, and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics with an International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition. In this presentation, she will cover new research on climber attitudes regarding body weight as well as how body weight affects climbing ability. Focusing on relative energy deficiency in sport, particularly in climbing, Marisa will cover how it relates to eating disorders, the prevalence of disordered eating among climbers, types of eating disorders and how to identify them.

Tuesday, September 22

1pm MDT: Ziva Petrin, MD: Health and Injury Consideration in Female Climbers
This presentation will focus on physiology, health considerations and injury patterns specific to female climbers. The presentation will include a review of health issues that affect female climbers, including differences in injury patterns, hormonal disruption due to training and eating habits, considerations for climbing during pregnancy, and a brief discussion of interventions to optimize female climber health.

4pm MDT: Young Women Who Crush (YWWC): Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Climbing Culture Through Youth Outreach, Mentorship, and Leadership Development
Young Women Who Crush is a climbing and leadership development program for young women and gender expansive youth in New York City. In this session, you'll hear from the program's co-founders and participants on how it uniquely supports youth, and how its successes can be replicated in your own communities.

Wednesday, September 23

3pm MDT: Zoe Sayetta, M.S.: Confidence and Perfectionism: Influence of Self Efficacy on Performance
There are many psychological factors that influence our performance, none of which occur in a vacuum. In this presentation we will define and explore the concepts of confidence and perfectionism and how they influence sport performance.

5pm MDT: Nikki Smith: LGBTQIA2S+ in the Outdoors - Understanding the Queer Community and Creating an Inclusive Environment
Nikki Smith is an outdoor sports photographer, sponsored climber, author, LGBTQIA+ Advocate and has spent 22 years working in the Outdoor Industry. In this presentation she will provide information about the LGBTQIA2S+ community and how to create more inclusive teams, gyms, competitions, and communities.

Thursday, September 24

2pm MDT: WeCOACH: Women In Coaching: Gender Equity Barriers, Shifting the Narrative, and How to Be Supportive of Women in the Profession*
WeCOACH is the premier membership organization dedicated to the recruitment, advancement, and retention of women coaches of all sports and levels. A dearth of female role models in visible leadership positions lends itself to the failure of girls and women to realize their sport career aspirations and potential. Evidence suggests females are more likely to pursue careers in coaching when they were coached by a female. We as women coaches and leaders in sport are influential and can be positive role models. In this presentation, Marlene Bjornsrud will discuss gender equity barriers in sport, how we can shift the narrative within our sport, and how to support women in coaching.

4pm MDT: Chloe Mandell: Being a Female Entrepreneur in The Climbing Industry - The Opportunities, Challenges, and Lessons Learned
This presentation will highlight the opportunities for womxn to become leaders in climbing while also uncovering and addressing the very real issues we face. As one of the only independent event organizers in the climbing industry, Chloe has been part of some of the biggest climbing competitions in the country. This presentation will focus on these experiences as well as provide guidance on becoming a leader in the industry.

Friday, September 25

2pm MDT: Kareemah Batts: Diversity is More Than Color: Creating an Accessible Climbing Community*
Using the power of storytelling, this presentation will cover the story of a plus size cancer survivor from Flatbush, becoming an athlete, coach, and team official for USA Climbing. Using her personal experience, Kareemah will guide attendees through the process of growing accessible climbing opportunities through the 5 main aspects of approach, private company, public spaces, national competition, international competition.

Saturday, September 26

1pm MDT: Dierdre Wolownick: Becoming a Climber Later In Life: Senior Women In Climbing*
Neither gender nor age can stop you from following your dream; only your head can do that. This presentation will follow the story of becoming a climber later in life and some of the walls she's climbed, culminating with her ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite at age 66 with her son, free soloist Alex Honnold.



*Closed Captioning Available/Screen Reader Accessible

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