Kathryn (Kate) Van Waes
American Hiking Society
Steering Committee Member
The best thing about working at American Hiking is: Getting to interact with our passionate volunteers and members, especially when every conversation eventually leads to “So where are you hiking next weekend?”
When we’re not working, we’re: Hiking, trail running, climbing -- we’re OUTSIDE!
What we’re reading: The Pursuit of Endurance by Jennifer Pharr Davis; Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail -- Southern California by Shawnté Salabert; and Long Trails by Liz “Snorkel” Thomas
What we’re listening to: The Trail Show Podcast
If they made a movie about our workplace, it would be called: Good Will Hiking. Plot: Willemina Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for Forest Management, but needs help from a trail guide to find direction in her life.
Inclusion in the outdoors matters because: Nothing heals body and soul and creates community like the Outdoors. It should be a unifier, but history has left some groups out. We want to change that.
Five years down the line, it’s our hope that: Every American has permanent access to hiking, including urban, frontcountry and backcountry opportunities.
The One-Year Goals
(What’s the company culture we wish to create?)
To be added later!