Adaptive Biotechnologies CEO Credits NOLS with Leadership Success

Posted by Brooke Ortel on March 6, 2019 2:44:31 PM MST

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Adaptive Biotechnologies CEO and Spring Semester in the Rockies grad Chad Robins says that his “whole leadership style to this day is based on those 100 days in the wilderness.” In fact, expedition behavior is the foundation of his #1 rule of leadership: do the right thing.

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Honors Business Students Share Reflections on Wilderness Expedition

Posted by Brooke Ortel on February 20, 2019 3:18:36 PM MST

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In January 2019, ten students enrolled in the University of Texas' Canfield Business Honors Program (BHP) participated in an eight-day backpacking expedition in Arizona’s Galiuro Mountains. Their top take-aways from this customized NOLS course ranged from building closer friendships with one other to the paradigm-shifting realization that “cold is a choice.”

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Learning Leadership above the Arctic Circle

Posted by Brooke Ortel on January 16, 2019 11:46:18 AM MST
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This summer, Evan Marie Allison, associate director of the University of Michigan’s Sanger Leadership Center, completed a two-week NOLS backpacking expedition in Alaska. The overarching lessons she took away from the course ranged from “you’re capable of more than you think” to “don’t count your blessings: recognize your privilege.”

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Branksome Hall Students Build Character and Climb Mountains with NOLS

Posted by Brooke Ortel on November 19, 2018 4:09:11 PM MST

This summer, two rising seniors at Branksome Hall school received scholarships to fund month-long NOLS expeditions of their choice. One student learned to mountaineer and whitewater canoe in the Yukon, while the other backpacked and sea kayaked her way across Alaska. Both returned home with newfound confidence in their leadership abilities.

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Recognizing Indigenous Leaders in the Outdoor Industry

Posted by Brooke Ortel on October 8, 2018 8:56:50 PM MDT

In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, SNEWS recognized five outstanding indigenous leaders in the outdoor industry, including NOLS Instructor and Senior Marketing Representative Erica Nelson, who’s also an ambassador for Brown Folks Fishing. In Erica’s words: “Our tribes were the caretakers and protectors of the land. I hope in my travels, I'm honoring their work.”

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Netflix Founder Says You Learn Leadership by Doing

Posted by Brooke Ortel on September 27, 2018 8:34:43 AM MDT

Before co-founding Netflix, Marc Randolph spent years developing his leadership skills in the wilderness—as a NOLS student and instructor. Starting with his first course at age 14, Randolph says that the real-life leadership experience he gained at NOLS was the “single biggest contributor to my success as a businessperson.”

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