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Why a founder’s commitment must drive DE&I — and how to build systems for meaningful change

Why a founder’s commitment must drive DE&I — and how to build systems for meaningful change

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Improving the health of urban dwellers everywhere

Kay Rodriguez

Kay Rodriguez, CEO and founder of Urban Outdoors, wants to shift the narrative around who participates in outdoor activities — and help city dwellers, specifically, get out there.

Kay’s commitment to creating an online hub to connect people who live in urban areas with outdoor recreation within easy reach of their homes grew from her own experience with the therapeutic benefit — to mind and body — of getting outside. In this episode, Kay shares the Urban Outdoors origin story and her belief in the healing power nature offers in the face of today’s mental health crisis.

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