Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy

Stacy Bare wears a big smile in the backcountry.

Stacy Bare, a veteran and director of Sierra Club Outdoors, manages the Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy.

The Future Leadership Academy is a six-month program to train and inspire future outdoor industry leaders. In its pilot year, the academy helped prepare 30 participants to assume industry leadership positions in the years ahead. 

Academy participants receive personal and professional development opportunities, including education about important outdoor industry issues, leadership training, and mentoring from industry veterans.

As part of the Future Leadership Academy, each participant works on a final project to help improve the outdoor industry. In 2017, Stacy Bare, a veteran and director of Sierra Club Outdoors, worked with a team of five Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy fellows to get more vets into the outdoor industry.  

So far, quite a few companies have signed on as sponsors, including Smartwool, Osprey, Sterling Rope, Farm to Feet, Arc'teryx, Cascade Designs, Black Diamond, and Marmot