Transformational life experiences are opportunities to refine a personal leadership philosophy. Matt will share his harrowing near-death experience that launched his inner journey that has shaped his approach to life, love and teaching.
Dr. Matthew Chase is a professor of Recreation and Tourism Management at Eastern Washington University. He also serves as Co-chair for the Department of Physical Education, Health, and Recreation. Dr. Chase has been working in the field of higher education for over 25 years.
Prior to his employment in higher education, Dr. Chase worked for the National Park Service as a Climbing Ranger. Dr. Chase also served in the United States Air Force as a para-rescuer. Over the years, Dr. Chase has pursued activities such as high altitude mountaineering, backcountry skiing, and whitewater kayaking. Today, in his mid-50s, Dr. Chase is still active in the outdoors and continues to coach and mentor young people who are interested in becoming outdoor leaders. Dr. Chase speaks regularly to audiences around the country on topics such as leadership and community development, generational differences, change management, balance in our personal and professional lives, and a whole host of topics related to outdoor leadership, risk management, and safety.