Products’ origins, quality, and environmental and social impact are increasingly important to many consumers. Such consumers are demanding greater transparency about a product’s provenance in exchange for their business – and companies are responding. Today’s must-have accessories for a luxury good, for example? Blockchain technology to ensure the product’s authenticity, and slimmed-down, carbon-neutral packaging.


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Nicole Browning, Sr. Program Manager For All Marketing REI Co-Op, (Pronouns: she/her/hers) works at the intersection of social impact and storytelling across technology, consulting, education, and retail. In her current role as Sr. Program Manager, For All Marketing at REI, Nicole aligns marketing, communication and impact strategies to help the nation’s largest consumer co-op reach new audiences and take action on the belief that a life outdoors is a life well lived, for all. Her accountabilities include high profile bodies of work like Force of Nature, REI’s effort to actualize the outdoors as the largest level playing field on earth through a holistic approach to advancing gender equity, as well as guiding internal efforts to ensure REI’s For All commitments are integrated across the entire business, from policies to practices and culture.

Outside of the office, Nicole has served as a board member for Seattle-based Pride Foundation since 2012. She recently completed a two-year term as Board President, during which she led efforts to center racial equity in the programs, operations, and brand identity of the country’s largest LGBTQ community foundation; and to acquire a $2.3M LGBTQ foundation that expanded Pride’s operations in Oregon and southwest Washington. She has also served on the boards for Camp Ten TreesOut in Front, and the Corporate Volunteer Council of Puget Sound.