Factors Affecting Women Leaders in the Denver Group of the Colorado Mountain Club

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Global Issues

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies


Global Affairs


Robert Melvin


Colorado Mountain Club; Colorado Mountain Club; hiking; leaders; Leadership in women; mentoring; mountaineering; Mountaineering expeditions -- Organization; outdoors; recreation; volunteers; women


A study of women leaders in the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) demonstrated that this group perceived pace as an impediment to leadership growth. This study is an exploratory-quantitative inquiry that assessed the views of 20 of the active women hike leaders in the Denver group. The author designed a survey of factors women hike leaders would rate according to their CMC experiences. Although there are more women members of the Denver group, women leaders comprise only 30% of the leadership group The results from this first ever survey of CMC's women leaders provides a knowledge base for CMC and other interested parties. This study clearly demonstrated the need for more research into its topic of women in leadership positions.

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