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Together, We Thrive: Actions for Change
A USA Triathlon Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Summit

The purpose of the Together, We Thrive: Actions for Change DEIA Summit is to share success stories for individuals in the community who have had positive impacts on multisport in the DEIA space. Presentations will focus on programs/initiatives/experiences, challenges that were faced along the way and action items for others to use in their communities. We’re aim to touch on all areas of DEIA within multisport with topics ranging from breaking through barriers and Paratriathlon growth to women in the sport, allyship and a Diverse and Inclusive Environment.

Why We’re Hosting This Summit:

 

The need for this summit is based off the number of community members who have reached out to USA Triathlon on what they can do to help diversify and foster inclusion in our community. Over the summer, USA Triathlon hosted 10 Community roundtables focused on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access  and a common theme was that individuals want to be involved in DEIA within the sport but are not sure where to start or what type of impact they could have in the space. This summit will focus on actionable take-aways that individuals can tweak use within their community.

Date, Time, Schedule:

Saturday, Nov. 7 starting at 9 a.m. MT.

 Time (all times are Mountain Time)  Topic  Speakers
 9 - 9:15 a.m.  Welcome Rocky Harris
 9:15 - 9:20 a.m.  Break
 9:20 - 10:05 a.m.  USA Triathlon's DEIA Defined and Introduction of Guiding Principles Megan Ritch
 10:05 - 10:15 a.m.  Break
 10:15 - 11 a.m.  Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Environment Cesar Argueta and Michelle Mendoza
 11 - 11:10 a.m.  Break
 11:10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  NCAA Pathways Dr. Tekemia Dorsey 
 12 - 12:30 p.m.  Break
 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.  USA Triathlon Partners Panel Dirk Friel, TrainingPeaks and Brent and Kyle Pease on behalf of Wahoo Fitness
 1:20 -1:30 p.m.  Break
 1:30 - 2:20 p.m. Pathways to Leadership
Melissa Otterbein and Megan Ritch
 2:20 - 2:30 p.m.  Break
 2:30 - 3:20 p.m. Women in Multisport Panel Lisa Ingarfield, Ph.D., Gabriela Gallegos and Bobbie Solomon 
 3:20 - 3:30 p.m.  Break
 3:30 - 4:20 p.m.  LGBTQ+ Engagement and Allyship  John Crowe and Jerry Frentsos
 4:20 - 4:30 p.m.  Break
 4:30 - 5:20 p.m.  Paratriathlon Engagement and Inclusion Travis Ricks
 5:20 -5:25 p.m.  Break
 5:25 - 5:45 p.m.  Wrap Up and Actionable Items Megan Ritch

Speakers:

  • Michanda Myles, Avid triathlete and endurance sports announcer
  • Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO
  • Megan Ritch, USA Triathlon Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access and Team USA Manager
  • Melissa Otterbein, MPH, CHES, USA Triathlon Education Manager
  • Cesar Argueta, President of TriLatino
  • Michelle Mendoza, Vice President of TriLatino
  • Dr. Tekemia DorseyCEO of the International Association of Black Triathletes and a member of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors
  • Dirk Friel, Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist of TrainingPeaks
  • Brent Pease, Co-Founder of the Kyle Pease Foundation, presenting on behalf of Wahoo Fitness
  • Kyle Pease, Co-Founder of the Kyle Pease Foundation, presenting on behalf of Wahoo Fitness
  • Lisa Ingarfield, Ph.D., USA Triathlon Certified Coach and co-founder of the Outspoken Women in Triathlon Summit
  • Gabriella GallegosPresident and founder of Race El Paso and a member of the USA Triathlon Board of Directors
  • Bobbie Solomon, World Triathlon Technical Official
  • John CroweCoach for District of Columbia Aquatics Club
  • Jerry FrentsosCoach for District of Columbia Aquatics Club
  • Travis Ricks, Associate Director of Programs & Athlete Relations for the Challenged Athletes Foundation and USA Triathlon Paratriathlon Committee Member

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