Something Independent Announces The Wright Lineup of Governor John Hickenlooper, The Aspen Institute, Smartwool, Cotopaxi and More

Damn good. The lineup of presenters and facilitators for The Wright’s new three-day industry summit in Golden, Colo. is shaping up to be really damn good.

Building off of the energy, inspiration and entrepreneurial spirit of the highly-anticipated Award Night, The Wright throws open the doors and rolls out three days of talks and events with outdoor-inspired founders, rule-breakers and problem solvers.

Kicking it all off on Tuesday, May 1 is a keynote session, The Maturing of an Industry, a fireside chat with Jason Blevins and Friends. In addition to Blevins, a stalwart and iconic reporter of the outdoor industry, The Wright features Governor John Hickenlooper along with 40 other speakers sharing their perspectives on emergent leaders, resilient founders, outdoor capital, the transitioning economies of rural communities, outdoor rec and technology and more.

The 15 talks, workshops and panels, led by leaders from The Aspen Institute, Smartwool, Starbucks and evo, are free and open to the public

The sessions lead up to the pinnacle event of The Wright - Award Night - featuring the premiere of 90-second films submitted by 12 contender companies vying for the 2018 Wright Award.

The 2018 contenders for the 7th class of The Wright are:

“We’ve always believed that when you can bring together good people, the committed hard-working type - that good things will come from it,” says Chuck Sullivan, co-founder of Something Independent, the producer of The Wright. “The Wright rallies a crew of independent-minded men and women who fuel their work with passion, grit and time outdoors. And sure, - sometimes whiskey or beer. They bring an opt-in attitude to all they do.”

The Wright crew, including contenders from previous years and Golden community leaders, invite attendees to “Opt-In” to The Wright 2018 with the launch of a new Patron Pass for $95 that includes a ticket to Award Night, some schwag and a high five for supporting the work of The Wright and Something Independent. Individual tickets to Award Night are available for $50 and registration for the daytime talks and sessions is free.

For information about The Wright or to get your tickets or all-access Patron Pass, visit