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Outdoor Action Reunions 2016 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, May 27

Exploring Foundations of Effective Leadership

1:30 - 2:30 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.

Panelists: Derek Lido '73, Entrepreneurship Specialist and Lecturer in Electrical Engineering and the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education; James Lee ’86, partner Schaffer & Combs, Adjunct Professor for the University of San Francisco’s Graduate School of Business; Amy Sennett ’06 JD, U.S. District Court, District of MA; Brady Walkinshaw ’06, State Representative Washington State Legislature; Jesse Caldwell ’16 OA Leader Trainer.

  • Jesse Caldwell ’16 is a graduating senior in the Sociology Department. Jesse has been active in the Outdoor Action Program throughout her time at Princeton as a Leader, Leader Trainer and Frosh Trip Coordinator. Her reflections will be on the impact OA Leader Training has on developing leadership among Princeton students.
  • James Lee ’86 is currently a Partner at the consulting firm Schaffer & Combs.  He has a deep background in both the nonprofit and business communities, having led innovative for-profit and non-profit organizations, built a business as a private sector entrepreneur, and developed strategy, programs, and organizations as a senior executive, board member, and consultant. Prior to joining Schaffer&Combs, James worked in the charter school education sector, helping both KIPP and Leadership Public Schools in a strategic fundraising capacity. A graduate of Princeton University, James began his career at McKinsey & Company and then ran his own multi-million dollar business. James is also a cofounder of Knowmia, an award-winning Y Combinator education technology company.
  • Derek Lidow '73 created and teaches two very popular classes here at Princeton: Entrepreneurial Leadership and a class called Creativity, Innovation, and Design. He is the author of the book Startup Leadership as well as many articles for business and leadership publications. Before coming to teach at Princeton Derek was a veteran CEO and entrepreneur, having founded and led a very successful market intelligence company called iSuppli. Prior to iSuppli Dr. Lidow was CEO of a publicly traded global semiconductor company. Derek has now been teaching at Princeton for the past 5 years.
  • Amy Sennett ‘06 is a litigation associate in the Boston office of international law firm WilmerHale.  Prior to this role, Ms. Sennett was Vice President of International Strategy and Assistant General Counsel for the Boston 2024 Partnership, the non-profit seeking to bring the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Boston.  Ms. Sennett also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Anita B. Brody of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Sennett holds a JD/MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.
  • State Rep. Brady Piñero Walkinshaw ‘06 represents central Seattle in the Washington State legislature. An Outdoor Action alumnus, Brady was a proud Leader Training for three years on campus and in the woods.  After Princeton, Brady studied on a Fulbright Scholarship in Honduras and spent several years focused on food policy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation before his election to the State House in 2013.  Brady and his husband, Micah Horwith, a marine biologist, live in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.  Brady is a leading candidate to fill an open seat in U.S. Congress in November.  

Tree Tour of the Princeton campus

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

Tree tour of the Princeton campus. 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. 

Celebrating Rick’s 35 Years with Outdoor Action!

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Chancellor Green Rotunda

Back in the summer of 1981, nobody would have predicted that OA Frosh Trip would be where it is today.  And we know that so much of this would not have been possible without the incredible leadership of OA Director Rick Curtis ’79.  Please join the Friends of OA Board as we celebrate everything Rick has given, and continues to give, to OA. 

Sunday, May 29

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 orientaiton. Continental breakfast will be served.