Gender Matters | Elizabeth Howe | TEDxVail

How might companies think differently about women in nontraditional work? Elizabeth Howe demystifies stereotypes of women leaders who are excelling in typically male dominated fields who love what they do and don’t mind getting dirty. She’s in the 1% and is inspired by other nontraditional leaders. Get dirty and think differently.

Elizabeth Howe Is the Senior Director of Mountain Operations at Vail Mountain. She is one of just a few women who hold this position in the ski industry. She encourages other women to follow their passion, knowing no boundaries, particularly the boundaries into male-dominated professions. Howe spent 20 years in operations at Telluride, beginning as a lift operator and eventually rising to vice president of resort operations, where she managed Telluride’s ski patrol, snowmaking, grooming, lift operations, lift maintenance, parks, events and fleet maintenance, the same functions she leads for Vail Mountain. She served as director of the Telluride World Cup Organizing Committee in 2009-12, preparing her for overseeing Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships in Vail and the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. With a BS in Biology from Loyola University Chicago, she also serves the National Ski Areas Association, the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board and the US Forst Service.

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