Today we’d like to introduce you to Saveria Tilden.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
A non-traditional path would be the best way to describe my journey. I was actually born in Hollywood before my family moved to the Pacific NW. I returned to So Cal in search of sun and graduated with a BA in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College and after that a MA in Education from Pepperdine. My non-traditional career path has led to rewarding careers that include teaching, dolphin training, working on movies, running the stage operations at a Hollywood studio, working with state park systems across the nation, non-profits, and with Fortune 500 companies and brands as a marketing professional, guiding as a REI Outdoor School Instructor, and finally going out on my own as a freelancer. But it has been my recent venture launching AdventurUs Women that has been the most rewarding.
I’m fortunate in that many of my career opportunities have been based on people believing in me. People took chances on me and I took chances on the opportunities that presented themselves. These careers provided valuable lessons, mentors, and opportunities to learn many new skills along the way but more importantly, it helped me discover what I was passionate about. When I started working with outdoor companies and state parks systems across the nation, my interest in the outdoors was peaked. I was introduced to backcountry experiences through the Sierra Club’s Wilderness Travel Course. It was here that I found not only my personal passion for the outdoors but my passion for getting others outdoors. This passion for the outdoors led me to leaving a great creative marketing job at an agency that was not doing work in the outdoor industry to take a huge risk to start my own business so I could combine my passion and profession. When I created The AdventurUs it was with the mission to work with companies and organizations committed to getting people outdoors. I believe that there is adventure in all of “us” hence the name.
Today I am on this relatively new path, and yet it feels as though this is where I was always meant to end up. All my previous paths, both professional and personal, have led to where I am today. This past year I launched a new part of my business, AdventurUs Women. My experiences in the entertainment industry, in marketing, in the outdoor industry, as a VP, consultant, manager, athlete ambassador, guide, and educator have all provided me with the skills and knowledge needed to confidently lead AdventurUs Women as the CEO and Founder. This year we successfully launched a new event series created by women for women, the AdventurUs Women Escapes. I am really excited to see how this grows and evolves!
Has it been a smooth road?
Dreaming big and taking risks is never easy. There is fear, uncertainty, self-doubt, financial instability, skeptics. You know, all the usual things you try to avoid in life. My biggest struggle was making the decision to leave the security of a full-time job with a great salary to follow my heart as a freelancer. I know it sounds so cliché…. oh just follow your heart, but I knew it was my only path to happiness. I knew what I wanted to do, I just didn’t know how I was going to get paid or find clients. It was a bit nerve-racking at first and there was a serious lifestyle adjustment financially as I started to build a client base.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
AdventurUs Women is a women-led company dedicated to providing opportunities for women of all ages, races, sizes, backgrounds and experience levels to learn and experience outdoor activities in beautiful environments. We strive to create supportive learning environments that encourage friendship and skill-building while connecting with nature in beautiful locales. We are a company and a community intent on supporting other women both in their outdoor journey and as professionals. To that end, whenever it is possible, we commit to promoting and partnering with companies that are owned and operated by women.
Our Escape Event Series designed by women for women are our signature events. These 3-day weekends offer a variety of outdoor activities and classes; workshops focused on both self-care and outdoor skills all taught by women guides and instructors; amazing food, all beverages including wine & beer, sweet gift bags, lodging in boutique hotels located in stunning locations, and endless s’mores.
While all of the things noted above are awesome… the real value of the weekend comes from our ability to create a space where women can come and be themselves, connect with other women, challenge themselves physically and emotionally, and leave feeling exhausted but happy, empowered and supported. Our two events this past September brought together an incredible groups of women and we can’t wait for our 2020 Escapes which will be happening in the beautiful small mountain town of Leavenworth, WA June 4-7, 2020 and in the iconic outdoor destination of Bend, OR September 10-13, 2020. If you have an interest in the outdoors activities there will be something for you. Our activities are aimed more for beginners, we also offer some intermediate level classes and a good time for all. We also hope to add some local options being that we are based in LA!
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
My love of adventure and travel has taken me to 5 continents and 19 countries,with the hope of visiting many more,and my work has me traveling around the US pretty frequently, plus I have trained for and finished 3 Ironman Triathlons and summited notable U.S. peaks such as Mt. Rainier and Mt. Whitney all while being based in Los Angeles. This is all to say that LA actually has not yet proven to be a deterrent for finding adventure and is 100% a place where one can have a business focused on the outdoors.
People often ask how I can live in a city like LA being that I love the outdoors so much and have a career that is centered on outdoor experiences. What people don’t understand is we have the best of all worlds. We have all the amenities and perks of a big city, culture, theatre, music, amazing food, museums, and great airports which is key for business and personal travel. We also have so much nature nearby! Great year-round weather means our local mountains offer amazing opportunities to hike, camp, backpack, mountain bike, trail run, and climb some minutes away and the rest within an hour and a half. Plus we have Joshua Tree National Park only a couple of hours away and the Sierra Nevada Mountains 4-5 hours away. And we can’t forget the beach!
I believe that people living in urban environments need opportunities to get outdoors now more than ever and Los Angeles provides these opportunities.
While there are many positives to LA, the one thing that I could do without is the traffic! It really is horrible and only seems to get worse.
- Website: https://adventuruswomen.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adventuruswomen/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AdventurUsWomen/
- Other: https://vimeo.com/adventuruswomen
Eylene Pirez, Brie Kocher, Saveria Tilden