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Thu, Aug 10


Virtual Webinar

Should we be counting the complaints?

Learn from rafting outfitter management why no complaints of sexual harassment might actually be a bad thing.

Should we be counting the complaints?
Should we be counting the complaints?

Time & Location

Aug 10, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Virtual Webinar

About the event

Speakers: Alex Thevenin is the Co-owner/operator of AzRA.  Steven Foy is the General Manager of the Nantahala Outdoor Center. These whitewater outfitting veterans will discuss how they have approached such complaints or cases; how the nature of incidents and reporting them has been changing; and how they have gotten from ‘there to here’ in the manner by which they are addressing the prevalence of power imbalance in their workspaces and where they are on the path toward being terrific places to work.

Moderator: Risa Shimoda serves as the Executive Director of the River Management Society.

You may be a business owner or organization who competes for seasonal staff and high performing returnees to offer memorable river experiences, or a leader of seasonal crews who spend a compact summer river season working in remote locations and close quarters.  You may rely on several metrics and feedback loops to know if your staff are thriving as a team and community.   You may rely on the relative number sexual harassment complaints from your staff or customers as one of your benchmarks.  Should you?

In this workshop we will review the river runners’ working environment. We’ll then review goals, responsibilities and challenges you face as business owners, service providers, and managers or group/team leaders.  Join us to hear what they have experienced and learned when addressing workplace interaction challenges. We will ask you to share yours as well, and we will suggest a few planning tools, trainings and practical tips you can take back to your home river.

> Watch the Recording using password ADASHWeb#42023

About the 2023 A-DASH Webinar Series: Understanding, Preventing & Addressing Sexual Harassment on Rivers

May - November 2023

This year’s series is provided free of charge, but registration is required.

Registrants will receive an email containing a link to the recorded presentation (conversations among attendees will not be included).

About the A-DASH Collaborative

We are river and training professionals collaboratively inspiring and supporting organizations to eliminate workplace discrimination and harassment through policy assessment, training and organizational change. Our name A-DASH (Anti-Discrimination and Sexual Harassment) reflects the group’s focus on a behavior and culture commonly accepted and tolerated in many organizations. This focus does not diminish the importance of the larger or other equity issues, but instead seeks to create a fine point on this area as part of a portfolio of tools and methods available to organization leaders.

The A-DASH Collaborative knows rivers, for we work on them for those who work on them. We are educators, trainers, business owners and non-profit leaders. Our Collaborative includes representatives from River Management Society, National Park Service, Arizona Raft Adventures, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Engage Coaching and Consulting, Strand Squared Solutions. and Respect Outside.

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