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Outdoor Action Reunions 2017 Activities

The celebration begins this spring at Reunions. Come join us and reconnect with OA friends from over forty years of the program. We are Princeton's largest 'leadership network.' Check the schedule below.


Friday, June 2

Trekking Patagonia: Adventures in Torres del Paine Park

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Robertson Hall Bowl 1

In February 2016 we ran our second alumni trip in partnership with Princeton Journeys, this time to the wind-swept plains of Patagonia, Chile. During eight days on the trail the group trekked over 70 miles through Torres del Paine National Park, a scenic wonderland without parallel. Patagonia is the land of changeable weather and we had the complete experience: beautiful sunny days, condors soaring overhead, watching avalanches pour off the peaks, strong winds, rain, spectacular rainbows, crossing the Gardner Pass in the snow, and the seventeen-milelong Gray Glacier. Come explore this magnificent landscape with us and learn about our next adventure - The Tour of Mount Blanc coming in summer 2018.

Tree Tour of the Princeton campus

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Whig Hall Steps

The Princeton University campus has over 150 different tree species from around the world as well as trees dating back to the 1700s. Come learn about the history and diversity of trees on campus at this Reunions favorite led by Glenn "Merc" Morris ’72.

Exploring Foundations of Effective Leadership

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Robertson Hall Bowl 1

Princeton graduates serve in countless leadership positions around the world from entrepreneurs to teachers, directors to parents. Understanding the traits and behaviors that make leaders effective is critical for any organization, and applies to students on campus and alumni in the world at large. Join us for a panel that brings together experts on leadership from academics, business, government, the non-profit sector and current Outdoor Action student leaders to explore what makes leaders effective and how to enhance your own foundations of effective leadership. 

Moderator: Rick Curtis ’79, Director, Outdoor Action Program.

Princeton graduates serve in countless leadership positions around the world from entrepreneurs to teachers, directors to parents. Understanding the traits and behaviors that make leaders effective is critical for any organization, and applies to students on campus and alumni in the world at large. Join us for a panel that brings together experts on leadership and Outdoor Action alumnae from academics, business, government, the non-profit sector and current OA student leaders to explore what makes leaders effective and how to enhance your own foundations of effective leadership. 

Moderator: Rick Curtis ’79, Director, Outdoor Action Program

Panelists:

  •  Wendy Patten '87, senior policy analyst at the Open Society Foundations; Peter Bregman ’89, founder Bregman Partners LLC; Kristen Rainey ’97 Global Procurement & Resource Utilization Manager for Google; Sarah Apgar ’02 Director of Expansion at Groups, a venture-backed company developing a national network of clinics to treat opiate addiction; Alex Peerman ’12 a second-year law student at Columbia; Ryan Miller ’17 a graduating senior in the Operations Research & Finance Engineering Department and an OA Leader Trainer.

Details:

  • Wendy Patten ‘87 is a senior policy advisor at the Open Society Foundations. She develops and implements advocacy strategies on refugee and immigration, human rights, and counter-terrorism issues. Patten has worked as a legal aid lawyer, government official, and advocate for non-profit organizations. Previously, she was U.S. advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, senior counsel at the Department of Justice, and director of multilateral and humanitarian affairs at the National Security Council at the White House. Patten began her legal career at Ayuda, representing immigrant women in domestic violence and immigration matters. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School..
  • Peter Bregman ‘89 is the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a company that strengthens leadership in people and in organizations. Peter began his career teaching leadership on wilderness and mountaineering expeditions and then moved into the consulting field with the Hay Group and Accenture, before starting Bregman Partners in 1998. Peter has advised CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations, including Allianz, American Express, Brunswick Group, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, FEI, GE Capital, Merck, Clear Channel, Nike, UNICEF, and many others.
  • Kristen Rainey ’97 since 2013, Kristen has been the Global Procurement & Resource Utilization Manager for Google's internal food program which fuels its employees in its offices around the world. In this role, she leads the program's procurement strategy for how it sources food, beverages, and operating supplies in 50+ countries for 200+ cafes; and she leads the program's strategy to reduce waste, water, and energy in its kitchens, with an emphasis on food waste reduction. Kristen earned an MBA as a Park Leadership Fellow at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and completed her last semester in a food and beverage Masters program at SDA Bocconi (Milan). Kristen also holds a Masters in International Affairs from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where her graduate thesis addressed the Triple Bottom Line in the food industry. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1997 from Princeton University.
  • Sarah Apgar ’02 is currently the Director of Expansion at Groups, a venture-backed company developing a national network of clinics to treat opiate addiction. Sarah has the diverse leadership perspective of an Army and Iraq Veteran, All-American athlete, certified fitness trainer, volunteer firefighter/EMT, and career entrepreneur. Prior to Groups, following her Army career and Tuck MBA, she served as Director of New Stores at Warby Parker.  
  • Alex Peerman ’12 is a rising third-year student at Columbia Law School. He is currently a Summer Associate at Williams & Connolly, a Washington, DC litigation firm. At Columbia, he has served as an Articles Editor for the Columbia Law Review, a coach for a constitutional-law moot court, and a teacher for high school students learning mock trial. Before law school, Alex was a Policy and Advocacy Associate at DC Lawyers for Youth, working on juvenile justice and education issues. He was also a Field Organizer for the 2012 Obama campaign in Florida, and a 2012 Frosh Trip Coordinator.
  • Ryan Miller ’17 is a graduating senior in the Operations Research & Finance Engineering Department. Ryan has been active in the Outdoor Action Program throughout his time at Princeton as a Leader and Leader Trainer. He wrote his senior thesis on assigning participants to Frosh trip as a mathematical optimization problem. His reflections will be on the impact OA Leader Training has on developing leadership among Princeton students.

Outdoor Action Alumni & Friends Reception Honoring John Gager

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Bernstein Gallery, Robertson Hall

Outdoor Action Leaders and alumni Friends of OA from over 40 years of the program are invited to join us for a reception following the Exploring the Foundations of Effective Leadership Panel. Come meet with old friends from over forty years of OA and learn about the latest changes in the Outdoor Action Program. Our special guest will be John Gager, Professor Emeritus from the Department of Religion honoring his many years of service to OA.


Sunday, June 4

Outdoor Action Leaders & Friends of OA Breakfast Reception

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Chancellor Green Rotunda

Outdoor Action Leaders and alumni Friends of OA from over 40 years of the program are invited to join us for a breakfast reunion event. Come hear about the latest changes in the Outdoor Action Program including OA becoming integrated into regular orientation. Continental breakfast will be served.