CELEBRATE WOMEN
STRONGER
TOGETHER
Learn about the women who inspire us—from
the pioneering GirlTrek, to our employees,
to our own Tough Mother, founder Gert Boyle.
CELEBRATE WOMEN
STRONGER
TOGETHER
Learn about the women who inspire us—from
the pioneering GirlTrek, to our employees,
to our own Tough Mother, founder Gert Boyle.
Tough Is In Our DNA
Meet the woman who made us. Our founder
Gert Boyle's fierce spirit, no-nonsense humor,
and high standards guide us to this day.
Gert Boyle
“Don’t let anyone—including yourself—put you in a box.”
Gert Boyle
FOUNDER, COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR
Fostering Leadership
Comprised of employees across Columbia Sportswear, the Women's Leadership Initiative focuses on understanding unique challenges women face and creates opportunities and resources for women and men alike through exploration and awareness. Here, members share how Gert's legacy inspires them.
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“Gert's tenacity made her resilient. She built a successful business in the wake of tragedy.”
Joleen Ong
SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING MANAGER
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“Gert maintained her sense of self throughout her career. This has inspired me to trust my intuition and use my voice.”
Jill Repasky
SENIOR DISTRICT MANAGER, PACIFIC NW
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“Gert's perfectionism helps shape our efforts and make Columbia a great place to work for women.”
Keerthi Shetty
SENIOR MERCHANDISER, INDIA
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“Gert was a trailblazer for women in business, which at her time and still today is male dominated.”
Danielle Rupp
ENGINEERED LABOR STANDARD SUPERVISOR
It's Your Outdoors
We craft gear for women to thrive outdoors, from their own backyards to the highest peaks on the planet. If you're curious, confident, and cool under pressure, we got you.
GO FOR IT
MADE FOR YOU
GIRLTREK GEAR
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Three adventure-seeking women tell their stories about solo hiking in remote wilderness spaces.
See You Out There
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