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Call for Speakers: Oct. 1 Deadline for Outdoor University at Outdoor Retailer Submissions


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Outdoor Industry Association

Call for Speakers: Outdoor University® at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Submissions Due Oct. 1
Outdoor Industry Association® Seeking Subject Matter Experts on Key Issues Facing the Outdoor Industry

Boulder, Colo., Sept. 20, 2013 — Outdoor Industry Association® (OIA) is seeking speakers to present on a variety of business topics at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in January 2014. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2013. This is an excellent opportunity for speakers to gain exposure in the outdoor industry as both experts and potential business partners.

As part of Outdoor University® at Outdoor Retailer, OIA presents nearly 50 educational sessions at the biannual trade show. Sessions cover a variety of topics — ranging from retail management, corporate responsibility, diversity in the workplace, consumer trends, digital marketing, online consumer behavior, investment strategies, brand marketing, merchandising secrets, and more — to help the outdoor industry stay ahead of the curve on critical business issues. The curriculum includes subject matter relevant to retailers, manufacturers and independent representatives.

“Outdoor University at Outdoor Retailer is a great opportunity for experts from both within and outside our industry to share their expertise,“ said Michelle Biersner, OIA’s director of education. “We expect to present a very well-rounded curriculum to address key opportunities and challenges facing our industry.”

Outdoor University (OU) is OIA’s education platform, providing live, online and on-demand programming throughout the year. Outdoor University at Outdoor Retailer sessions are free of charge for all Outdoor Retailer attendees. OIA member companies and their employees also have access to online OU sessions and the full on-demand OU library free of charge as part of their OIA membership. Non-members can access recorded OU sessions for a nominal fee.

Those interested in presenting for Outdoor University should submit an online application at The deadline for Outdoor Retailer Winter Market submissions is Oct. 1.

About Outdoor Industry Association
Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA supports the growth and success of more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives, and retailers of outdoor recreation apparel, footwear, equipment and services. For more information, go to or call 303.444.3353.