Experiences

Bringing diverse groups of people together to inspire action in the conservation and regeneration of our planet.

Expedition ship motoring in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica
Blue gloves holding a large piece of ice in AntarcticaTwo women walking and smiling at environmental retreat
Group of environmental young leaders enjoying dinner in Utah

Reimagining How We Live
And How We Lead

Reimagining How We Live And How We Lead

Zodiac landing on the shore of Antarctica with explorers on the beach

The Young Leaders Award aims to:

Walking Softer immersive
experiences aim to:

Create a global community of individuals who want to make a positive impact on our planet.

Deepen our understanding of climate change and foster meaningful solutions.

Encourage guests to reflect on their life path and consider how they can be the Changemaker our planet needs.

Testimonials

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Name Surname

Position, Company name

"There exists a strong community of people who want to meaningfully contribute to the health of the planet and the prosperity of its inhabitants in a sincere...
"There exists a strong community of people who want to meaningfully contribute to the health of the planet and the prosperity of its inhabitants in a sincere and selfless way."
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Carlos Curbelo

Politician

Leadership Summit Guest

“My activism has always come from a place of fear, duty, and responsibility - but that was leading me towards burnout, self-doubt, and near-crippling periods of anxiety...
“My activism has always come from a place of fear, duty, and responsibility - but that was leading me towards burnout, self-doubt, and near-crippling periods of anxiety. The search for Awe - through the mentors provided by Walking Softer and my own personal journey has been really groundbreaking. The unconditional support and belief in my potential has helped to give me a lot of security and confidence.”
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Benjamin Von Wong

Artist

Young Leaders Award Recipient

"It was a gift to be on the Leadership Summit and my only hope is that more people are provided similar opportunities to learn, to listen, to engage and to be absolutely...
"It was a gift to be on the Leadership Summit and my only hope is that more people are provided similar opportunities to learn, to listen, to engage and to be absolutely awestruck by the nature that surrounds us and more committed than ever to protecting it and the people we love."
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Gina McCarthy

Climate Advisor

Leadership Summit Guest

“It's been an amazing experience! I've deeply enjoyed getting to know both my fellow Young Leaders, my mentors, and being a part of the Walking Softer community...
“It's been an amazing experience! I've deeply enjoyed getting to know both my fellow Young Leaders, my mentors, and being a part of the Walking Softer community. Everyone's feedback and conversations have been infinitely helpful, and I'm very excited to see what I can accomplish.”
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Apurva Iyengar

Environmental Activist

Young Leaders Award Recipient

“I feel inspired by the collective resolve to put our money and efforts where our mouths and spirits were together in Antarctica. I applaud the effort...
“I feel inspired by the collective resolve to put our money and efforts where our mouths and spirits were together in Antarctica. I applaud the effort of Vinny, Tori, Walking Softer, and the speakers to engage and ignite a wide array of people in this earthshot to save humanity.”
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Jacob Alder

Energy Justice Advocate

Leadership Summit Guest

“I’ve grown more as a professional and leader this year than any other year.”
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Allison Begalman

CEO of YEA! Impact and Co-Founder Hollywood Climate Summit

Young Leaders Award Recipient

"The Leadership Summit has brought clarity to my search for making a larger positive impact. I am now committed to dedicating my life to advancing re-wilding, inspiring...
"The Leadership Summit has brought clarity to my search for making a larger positive impact. I am now committed to dedicating my life to advancing re-wilding, inspiring innovation, and connecting changemakers, igniting in me a renewed sense of passion, purpose, and inspiration."
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Katy Leakey

Artist and Public Speaker

Leadership Summit Guest

“At the Young Leaders Award retreat I had a really impactful conversation with a mentor which has helped me get better at processing feedback and criticism...
“At the Young Leaders Award retreat I had a really impactful conversation with a mentor which has helped me get better at processing feedback and criticism. I think it has made me a much more decisive leader and has helped me better protect my time and mental health.”
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Jasmin Graham

Marine Scientist

Young Leaders Award Recipient

“The Young Leaders Award program and retreat opened many doors for building partnerships worldwide, providing financial and health security.”
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Pooja Tilvawala

Climate Justice Community Connector

Young Leaders Award Recipient

“By bringing people together through Walking Softer Experiences, I envision a future where our guests embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and purpose redefinition. Together, we share this collective existence, and it is our responsibility to shape it into an extraordinary journey. Let us revel in the uniqueness of this moment in history, channeling our determination, energy, and delight into the pursuit of our ambitious goals for a healthier planet. Bring the fun while creating meaningful global change!”

Vinny Smith

Walking Softer Founder

Our Approach To Carbon Offsets

Walking Softer acknowledges the significant carbon emissions associated with the planning of our summits and retreats. Nevertheless, we are committed to curating experiences that not only mitigate our emissions but also generate positive impacts for the planet.

We have given careful consideration to the idea of purchasing carbon offsets. Despite the limitations of offsetting as a solution, we have chosen to procure offsets through Native, a Public Benefit Corporation and Certified B Corporation. This decision serves the dual purpose of stimulating dialogue on the subject and contributing to the well-being of our planet.

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Advancing bipartisan political support for U.S. climate action.

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Fostering a new community of dedicated supporters and advocates for sustainable practices.