Inclusion Discussion Meet-Ups

SIA is launching a six-month series of exploration and conversation on inclusion. We invite you to join us on the journey.


During these one-hour, monthly zoom meet-ups, you will be guided through a series of thought-provoking and engaging discussions on what it means to be inclusive, what inclusion looks like for the winter outdoor community and how to practice inclusion in your daily life.

Lead by expert Dr. Gerilyn Davis of Inclusion on the Slopes, each session will be based on short, prescribed articles and/or videos that are fast and easy to digest yet contain important insights that will help guide and empower you on your inclusion journey.

Come to as many sessions as you can; meet-ups are open to all who are looking to embrace a more inclusive mindset for the benefit of the winter outdoor community!

Monthly Meet Ups on Zoom:

Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 01:00 PM MT - The Courage to Change: Why Inclusion?

Purpose: We will be inspiring you to have the courage to change and lead an inclusive life. In this initial Inclusion discussion meet-up, we address why inclusion matters and how to leverage your why to create inclusion every single day!


  • Inclusion begins with I - Watch the Accenture Video here
  • Know Your Why? - Watch the video here
  • Inclusion on the slopes Introduction Reading - Read the Medium article here
  • Courage to Change: Why Inclusion - View the slideshow here


Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 01:00 PM MT - Becoming Inclusive Authentically: What Does Inclusion Look Like?

Purpose: An opportunity to explore what it means to create internal inclusivity both professional and personal that translates to external inclusion.



Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021 01:00 PM MT - Inclusion = Growth & Participation: How To Create Inclusion?



Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021 01:00 PM MT - Time-Focus-Energy: When To Create Inclusion?

In this segment, we will continue to explore the inclusion system. Our goal is to understand when to create inclusion? This question may appear to have a direct answer, of course, now! Yet, can a mechanic repair a vehicle with only a screwdriver? Most would be unable to do so.

Therefore, we want to ensure that we feel equipped to address a complex topic such as inclusion. Hence, we can create an inclusion system that is sustainable during moments of uncertainty. Several tools will allow us to do so.

  • First, we need to know where we are before determining where we would like to be. (Article - Inclusive Leadership Traits – 25 mins)
  • Second, we can then strategically assess our capabilities and future aspirations (Article - SOAR Analysis – 5 mins)
  • Lastly, we can take the results from the SOAR analysis and begin to create cyclical efforts using action research where we plan, act, observe, and reflect to address effectiveness.

From the last session, when have you created your own system of inclusion? (Slides from the last discussion)- What tools did you use?


Wednesday, Feb 16, 2022 01:00 PM MT - Inclusion includes you too: Who’s included in inclusion?

In this next segment of our inclusion discussion meet-ups, we will discuss in-depth the details of leveraging relationships to become inclusion.

In the previous meet-ups, we discussed why inclusion, what does inclusion entails, how to create inclusion, and even when to create inclusion. We will now address how to connect and develop relationships with people, communities, and partners that you haven’t had to in the past.

We will talk through one of the most profound books that transformed my career (Many Communicate, Few Connect - John Maxwell) in which the book was the catalyst to connecting the dots within my inclusive journey. We will also address trust, one of the core foundations of establishing relationships.

Also, we will shed light on Black History Month and the true intention of the month based on its origin.

From our last discussion, how have you prioritized inclusion by taking the time, focus, and energy to do so, and when have you used your inclusion system? Click here to review the slides from December Discussion Meetup.

Several tools:


Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 1:00 PM MT - Location, Location, Location: Where to create inclusion?

Free registration here.

The main intention behind the inclusion discussion meet-ups is to equip each person participating in the discussions to create inclusion in their daily lives. In this final discussion, we will address collaborative intelligence. Collaborative intelligence is a critical tool to be more inclusive that measures our ability to think with others on behalf of what matters to us all. We hear it often in our marketplace that location is everything. When we think about inclusion, where does it fit within our lives with the knowledge that we take our thinking wherever we go?

You may have heard us discuss what it takes to create an inclusive mindset. Where can you create inclusion? Everywhere and it begins by being fully aware of your thinking and how you think. Practicing inclusive behaviors provides an opportunity to maximize the value of sharing various frames of thought and collaborative intelligence will assist us in doing so. 

We will explore the value of gaining mind share versus market share in our knowledge-based economy. 

“The premise of the book is that we understand diversity when it comes to culture, race, and sex, but we don’t understand thinking diversity, nor do we have the tools to leverage it — especially in the meeting place at work,” Angie McArthur author of Collaborative Intelligence.

We will explore the book Collaborative Intelligence and discuss our collaborative intelligence score. I am looking forward to seeing you soon. Also, from our last discussion, how have you shifted your focus to being trustworthy and trusting others? Here are the slides from our last discussion. 

Reference tools: