When I walk into the forest, I feel at home. I feel the energy, just as you can feel the energy of people in the room. I like to inspect the trees, the trail and the lakes. Just like getting to know a friend, this is connection in its purest form. Then you become connected to the land after such an experience. You also become connected to the humans, who's stories touched you as well. This is tapping into the earth's amazing life force, that holds enough energy for all of us to come together. This energy changes the game when building the long time meaningful connections we all crave.
I was born and raised in the foothills of Colorado, playing softball, and getting into the woods when I could.
My softball career took me to college and then on to Germany to play pro softball. After Germany I headed to the woods for 6 months working on the backcountry trail crew. This is where I developed a deeper connection to the natural world and the power of connecting with other people, building my human capital, and spreading the message of connection.
When I am not on the speaker trail you can find me on the mountain trails, taking guests into the forests on multi-day backpacking adventures, reconnecting to the natural world. Or working with students traveling in new places facilitating connection with different places, each other and most importantly themselves.
Authentically connecting in an Overconnected World Our society has been obsessed with financial capital for decades, it’s the American way.
Our society has been obsessed with financial capital for decades, it’s the American way. In doing so we have become lonelier and more personally overconnected than ever. What is happening here? People are turning toward their screens instead of toward the person next to them. Our ability to connect with others has decreased. Learning how to connect with others in a way that is authentic, meaningful, and lasting will allow you to build and maintain lasting personal relationships.
This will lead to a very simple 5 principles to meaningfully connect with others and yourself. When you leave this talk, you will walk away with the confidence and tools to connect with others more deeply. These principles will inspire you when it comes to connection. You will learn to use technology to connect with your peers. You will be able to engage in meaningful ways, AND of course, have some fun along the way. This captivating talk will leave you laughing, nearly in tears and with some actionable steps to start implementing immediately.
½ Workshop: The Trail Map to connection
This workshop takes a look at some elements of connection. This engaging workshop will grab your attention. It gets you connected to yourself by using your inner compass. You will learn more about who you are and what you bring to the table. From there you connect to the work you are doing in the world. When this happens you will have the ability to connect more easily to others. Together we will hike through the ups and downs of this journey.
1. Connect to ourselves
2. Connect with our purpose/work
3. Connect to others
1-Day workshop: Creating our Trail Map to connection
Let’s spend a day exploring the woods of connection together. This full day workshop keeps you on our toes and you explore deeper connection. This full day focuses on using your inner compass and creating your own map to connection. You will connect with yourself, your purpose, and with others. Once this foundation is established you can go further into the nuances of connection creating your own map. Learning what to say and how to say things that build connection. How to utilize the connections you have to grow your personal relationships, and finally how to nurture those connections.
Connect to Ourselves
Connect to Purpose/work
Connect to Others
Building my map
Nurturing my connections
Multi-day Connective Excursion
Let’s take you and a few people into the woods for 2-3 nights. This immersive experience throws us into an environment where amazing growth can occur in a very short amount of time. This multi-day experience is a balance of critical thinking, actively engaging in the world around us, sleeping in the wilderness, exploring the wilderness within, connecting back to yourself in order to connect with the others around you. This is truly an incredible way to turn off all devices and take time to grow within yourself, this is the path to authentically connecting with others.
Liz isn’t afraid to ask the hard questions or to encourage a lofty dream. She challenges me to stay curious which enables me to connect with my genuine self.
The Ocean Corporation Board member
" I thoroughly enjoyed her session. I felt that it was a good event for anyone of all walks of life to attend. I felt happy and more confident afterwards. It was definitely a pick me up! Liz is a talented public speaker and is great at connecting with the audience and keeping them engaged. I still use skills I learned during the session regularly. I look forward to seeing Liz speak in the future!"
"Liz is so passionate about her work, and a genuine individual. She went out of her way to get to know each client on the trip and make sure everyone was comfortable"