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DNK Presents' Women's Adventure Contest

DNK Presents’ Women’s Adventure Contest Winners Announced

Danielle Wolter Nolan                                                                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Outdoor adventure company, DNK Presents announces their 2018 Indiana Womens Adventure Contest winners, Myra Ansley, Emily Faurote, Mindy Weaver-Flask, and Rose Tillison. These four women were selected from numerous nominations from across the state of Indiana to win a customized free four-day exclusive backcountry adventure. Founders of DNK Presents, Danielle and Kate Nolan will guide the adventure, taking place May 17-20, 2018 in Indiana. The four contest winners will disconnect from technology, live off the grid, and challenge themselves with new outdoor activities. In addition, a select team of inspiring, leading outdoor women will join the adventure trip as guest facilitators.

“We are beyond excited for our 4 contest winners this year and can’t wait to hit the trails with the ladies this May,” remarks Kate Nolan.

Danielle Wolter Nolan exclaims, “The Women’s Adventure Contest is one of our favorite events; it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for women to be completely unplugged, try something new, meet other inspiring women, empower themselves, and build confidence through the great outdoors.”

The DNK Presents’ Women’s Adventure Contest is supported by national and local sponsors including, Rusted Moon Outfitters, KEEN, The Bike Line, Trek Bicycle, ENO Hammocks, Alps Mountaineering, Shredly, Bitchstix, Big Woods Brewery, Oakley, Skinny and Company, E.A.T., Central Restaurant Products, Enviro-Max, and more!

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DNK Presents organizes and guides empowering adventure experiences for individuals, groups and businesses. They focus on getting people to step outside their comfort zones, trying something for the first time and gain confidence through experiential learning.
 Their adventures include mountain biking, backpacking, rock climbing and yoga retreats in and outside of Indiana.

 

DNK Presents produced and directed the award-winning film, “Live Adventurously” (www.liveadventurouslyfilm.com) that follows the four women who won the inaugural Women’s Adventure Contest in 2016. A feature length documentary film based on the 2017 contest winners is expected to be completed this summer.

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“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

Join us for your next adventure!

 

NetWalking Adventure Hike with RepuCare

When: June 15th 5:30-7pm

Where: Monon Center, Central Park in Carmel, IN

Sign up here!

 

June Backpack Trip Backpacking

When: June 24-26

Where: Morgan Monre State Forest

Sign up here!

 

Indiana Humanities Indiana Campfires IN Campfires

When: July 9-10

Where: Morgan Monroe State Forest

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We (Danielle and Kate) just completed and received our Professional Mountain Bike (PMBIA) Level 1 Certification! Interested in a clinic? Let us know!

Mountain Bike Instructors

PMBIA

See us at the Midwest Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic June 10-12 Brown County, IN

Women's Adventure Contest

Awesome shot of our women’s adventure contest winners! We had an amazing weekend in the woods with these women. Stay tuned to hear about their experience.

Pictured (left to right) Sally Marchand Collins, Candice Baggett, Ali Lemberg, Kate Nolan, Danielle Wolter Nolan, Michele Lorbieski Anderson, Kelsey Steuer

You can still support the Women’s Adventure Contest Documentary by donating on our website here!

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Congratulations Blake and Jen Weishaar for winning our adventure backpack trip for 2 in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Adventure prize package. We will see them both in June for their first backpack trip in Indiana!

Did you see us on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick?

Watch the full clip on their website!

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Inside Indiana Business

Interested in learning more about corporate adventure retreats, health and wellness or on boarding programs? Contact us to learn more!

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DNK Presents on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick

Click the link below to see our interview on Inside Indiana Business, hosted by Gerry Dick!

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Sign up to NetWalk with us Wednesday May 18th!

• May 18th 11am meet at City Market at the restaurant Say Cheese inside
• NetWalk on the Cultural Trail and then have lunch together in City Market
• Cost includes lunch
• Sign up here!

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Check out the photos below from our recent adventure trips!

• Indoor to Outdoor Rock Climbing trip to the Red River Gorge
• Adventure Hike in Holliday Park
• Women’s Adventure clothing fitting at Athleta with our contest winners

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Are you ready to join the fun?!

Check out the links below and sign up for YOUR next adventure.  Contact us for more information on custom adventures for your group, organization or business.

Sign up to adventure with us! 

• May 12-15th Women’s Adventure Contest Weekend, Yellowwood State Forest
• May 18th 11-12:30pm NetWalking downtown at City Market
• June 10-12th Women’s Midwest Mountain Bike Clinic Coaching
• June 15th 5:30-7pm NetWalking with co-host Tim Shurr
• June 21st Monumental Yoga – we have a booth!
• June 24-26th Backpacking in Morgan-Monroe State Forest 
• July 9-10th Indiana Campfires Backpacking Overnight Morgan-Monroe State Forest

Read co-founder, Danielle Wolter Nolan’s story, published in Driftless Magazine, of her first backpack trip in Hoosier National Forest.

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Meet the Winners of the Women’s Adventure Contest!

Meet the winners of the Women’s Adventure Contest!

Top Row: Kelsey Steuer, Michele Lorbieski Anderson
Bottom Row: Vicky Badgley, Candice Baggett

Women's Adventure Contest Winners

 

NetWalking begins Earth Day April 22nd co-hosted with
Centric Indy!

Meet at DeveloperTown at 11am on Friday April 22nd

We’ll NetWalk on the Monon from 11-12pm with Centric Indy inspiring our NetWalking Conversations

12pm have lunch at Locally Grown Gardens

Cost: $10.00 includes lunch

Sign up here!

 

 

 

 

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Company Culture in high demand!

Check out our training backpack, hiking, running, or biking programs for your employees. Contact us for more information on corporate health and wellness adventure programs!

 

So many chances to adventure! 

• April 3rd-30th Indoor to Outdoor Rock Climbing Program
• April 22nd 11-12pm 54th meet at DeveloperTown for NetWalking co-hosted with Centric Indy $10.00 includes your lunch at Locally Grown Gardens
• May 18th 5:30-7pm NetWalking
• June 15th 5:30-7pm NetWalking with co-host Tim Shurr
• July 9-10th Indiana Campfires Backpacking Overnight Morgan-Monroe State Forest

Did you see co-founder of DNK Presents, Danielle Wolter Nolan’s first backpacking trip story is published on the online, and regular Midwest magazine Driftless! Check out all the places you can buy the Driftless magazine here!
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“Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

You too can join our movement, and see the premiere of the film this summer.

How much adventure can you handle?!

First 20 participants at the Yoga by Donation class at Flourish this Sunday will receive awesome swag bags, and a few lucky ones will get extra gifts for coming! At our Shop for a Cause event at Athleta Feb. 27th UGo Bars out of Bloomington will be there giving away free samples!

 

Wild Cave Tour

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Yoga in a cave? You can do both with us this weekend! Check out our wild cave adventure, and video from our last trip!  

 

 

 

 

Yoga By Donation

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Vinyasa flow yoga class
Sunday Feb. 21st 10-11:15am
Taught by owner of Flourish, Erin Smith

Suggested donation $10

 

 

 

Shop for a Cause at Athleta

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Feb. 27th 12-6pm
Raise funds for the Women’s Adventure Documentary!

 

 

 

     

Monday Feb. 22nd!

We will be on Indy Style again with one of our premiere sponsors of the Women’s Adventure Contest, Athleta! They will be outfitting the contest winners, talking about Shop for a Cause, and showing off their new spring line!

 

Adventures coming up!

Wild Cave Tour – see video from our last trip
Trail Run Eagle Creek
March Madness Backpack Trip
Indoor to Outdoor Rock Climbing
NetWalking

 

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You can still nominate a woman you know who needs adventure, but nominations end soon. The winners will win a free adventure led by DNK Presents, will be outfitted by Ahtleta, outfitted with racing kits from The Bike Line and Trek with many other surprises and giveaways!

Thank you to our other corporate sponsors of the Women’s Adventure Contest and Documentary!

Central Restaurant Products
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
RL Jones Financial
Athleta
The Bike Line
Trek

You too can join our movement, and see the premiere of the film this summer.

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Women’s Adventure Contest Documentary

 JOIN OUR MOVEMENT

When is the last time you did something for the first time?

Short Summary

We (Danielle & Kate Nolan – hence DNK) began DNK Presents because we want to encourage a happy, healthy community and lifestyle. We feel we live life to the fullest whether it’s mountain biking, trail running, caving, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, or backpacking. Whatever it is, we feel that having the balance of nature and outdoor adventures in our lives has made us more successful in our own careers, brought us closer together as a couple, and so much more! We provide guided adventure retreats to individuals, groups and businesses to promote a balanced, happy, healthy lifestyle.We’ve been at this for over a year now. During that time, we’ve witnessed something truly amazing and inspiring time and again – the effect of outdoor adventures on women! Women who’ve taken adventures with us have overcome fears, regained confidence, found strength they didn’t know they had and challenged themselves to step into increased leadership roles.

Be part of the movement! 

Why are we filming a documentary?

We want to get more everyday women out of their comfort zones, experiencing new things, challenging themselves mentally and physically, and living life adventurously. When you do these things you gain confidence, over come barriers, increase problem solving skills, improve relationships, increase productivity and creativity, improve mental and physically health and many other benefits. We want to get women OUTSIDE to show them what all Indiana has to offer and/or reintroduce them to adventure in their life.

Why aren’t there more adventure films featuring women? We want to see every day women, your mom, sister, aunt, neighbor, teacher, friend experiencing life! With this film we will be able to show empowering women in Indiana living life adventurously! We are filming a documentary of this experience so we can show everyone that women belong in the wild, we are strong, confident and why trying something for the first time is so important. The film will show others that everyday women can do these activities and have access to every activity we will be doing.

How are we filming the documentary?

When we decided to do this, we knew it needed to have an authentic, local feel – and we wanted the women in the film to be special. So, we thought “contest!” We came up with the idea to take four women from anywhere in Indiana on a full-fledged, immersive weekend adventure experience, DNK Presents style. Because we specifically wanted to focus on women who NEED adventure, we opted to make the contest a “by nomination” format. Any woman who is overworked, a single parent, has overcome an obstacle, wishes she was more adventurous, or wants to try something new, or maybe all of these can be nominated.
In March of 2016 four women will be chosen to take part in this first-ever DNK Presents Women’s Adventure Contest weekend. All equipment, food, supplies will be provided during the long weekend adventure. These women will be living off the grid for a weekend, disconnecting from technology, reconnecting with themselves and the outdoors. They’ll participate in adventures such as backpacking, paddle boarding, hiking, mountain biking and other surprises along the way.

During the entire weekend, we and our film production partner, Fishers, Indiana-based 12 Stars Media will capture footage that will become our 30 to 40-minute documentary. Some footage will be shot by the 12 Stars Media crew, but a large percentage of it will be shot by us – and by our participants. We believe this hybrid approach is going to make for a very unique, experiential film.

What we Need

Our budget for the DNK Presents Women’s Adventure Contest and Documentary is $20,000. We’re hoping to raise at least $16,750 of that through IndieGoGo. Here’s a rough breakdown of this figure:

  • $13k for the production cost of the film (includes 12 Stars Media’s fees)
  • The remaining $3750 of our IndieGoGo goal will go toward some equipment needs. We own ALMOST everything we need for this weekend, but we need to rent a few things, like mountain bikes and paddleboards for our winning ladies.
  • Also, we’d like to invest in a few more GoPro cameras so we can get some great birdseye footage during the activities. And, we’re going to invest in small, clip-on mics so that the video footage we capture will have crisp, clear audio – especially during the one-on-one interviews with the women and our fireside chats.
  • Lastly, we want these women to have some great grub – and energizing snacks to keep them going. Our estimated food cost for the weekend is just about half of the $3750

What you get

Anybody who donates $100 or more will have his or her name listed in the credits at the end of the film. This benefit is for individuals only. We welcome corporate donors, especially locals. Please contact us by email before donating so we can find the level that works for you and review the benefits with you.

$50 donors will receive a ticket to the film’s premier screening in Indianapolis, a donors-only discount on additional tickets and reserved seating at the screening.

*Please note that each $50 increment gives you one ticket. If you donate $100, you’ll get two tickets, and so forth.

Your contribution to this project will help us achieve our goal of making the contest and film a truly “Indiana” experience. It was important to us when we set out on this journey to feature Indiana women, to partner with Indiana businesses for materials, equipment and film production; and to film right here in one of our beautiful Indiana forests. The last piece of the puzzle for us is to be able to say that the contest and resulting film was primarily funded by Hoosiers.

  • The project will showcase so many great things about Indiana: its people, its  entrepreneurial spirit, its abundant natural beauty, its deep sense of community, and of course….our love of adventure
  • Our film will feature Indiana women, but it will speak to women everywhere and encourage them to reap the benefits of an adventurous life
  • There is a real need for projects like ours to show all women – and even our young girls – what women CAN do. And we can’t complete this project without your support!

Other Ways You Can Help

We recognize that some of you may want to help with a financial contribution but just cannot. That’s okay. There are other ways you can help us reach our goal:

  • Spread the word – everywhere! Share on social media, send an email to your contact list
  • Nominate a woman you know or ask somebody to nominate you!
  • Use IndieGoGo’s share tools
  • Visit our website. Like our FB page. Follow us on Twitter
  • Contact us and let us know where we can go to speak about the contest and documentary. Help us identify locations where a poster about the contest, documentary and fundraiser would be a good fit.
  • Have an idea we haven’t thought of? Contact us! We’re all ears

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Women’s Adventure Contest News Release

                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Danielle Wolter Nolan

DNK Presents

317-296-4440

www.dnkpresents.com

DNK Presents Women’s Adventure Contest and Documentary

“Indiana-based” outdoor adventure company DNK Presents is offering an unprecedented program, a Women’s Adventure Contest and Documentary to take place in Indiana. The Indianapolis based outdoor adventure company will select four Indiana women to win a free adventure. DNK Presents owners Danielle and Kate Nolan will lead the adventure, which will take place the weekend of May 12-15, 2016. The four contest winners will disconnect from technology, experience the outdoors, and challenge themselves with new activities. In addition, a select team of inspiring, leading local women will join the adventure trip as activity facilitators.

The contest weekend will also form the basis of a DNK Presents documentary about the significance of women experiencing adventure. “We feel women’s outdoor adventure films, and first-person documentaries are few and far between,” said Danielle Wolter Nolan. “Our film will showcase ordinary women empowering themselves through a variety of activities.”

DNK Presents is actively seeking nominations for this unique experience through February 26, 2016. Nomination submission details and highlights of the women’s adventure weekend activities are available on the DNK Presents website, www.dnkpresents.com.
Danielle and Kate Nolan founded DNK Presents in June 2014, and began offering open sign-up adventures in April 2015. They know that challenging oudoor experiences and reconnecting with nature have transformed them both, personally and professionally. And, they have made it their mission to facilitate the same for others. Danielle and Kate customize adventure packages according to their clients’ goals and expected outcomes. They particularly enjoy working with women’s groups in leadership development and empowerment activities. DNK Presents is a fully insured adventure business. Danielle and Kate are Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified, Leave No Trace trainers and have their lead climbing certification.

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Women Leaders Must Step Outside Their Comfort Zone

By: Danielle Wolter Nolan

22 out of the nations top Fortune 500 companies are female. That’s literally 22 women out of 500 CEOs.

Women make up only 19.2% of executive officers in those top 500 companies, yet research shows the when businesses have women as executives they see a 34% increase of return on equity, and their shareholders see a 35% increase. See more information at Catalyst, Women http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/women-sp-500-companies

Why aren’t there more women leaders?

Females make up nearly half of today’s workforce, yet they are struggling to become leaders in business. Many of those reasons include, lack of confidence, don’t like taking risks, like to follow the rules, and “play it safe”. This all keeps women in their comfort zone.

Let’s just say it, it’s about time women start breaking the rules! Why let the men have all the fun? Be bold, be brave a go for it ladies.

As we’ve talking about the Women’s Adventure Contest, we have been getting some great feedback and lots of questions from women and men who are interested in nominating a woman in their life who needs adventure. We’ve even had some women confess they will try to find someone to nominate themself personally for the contest. Some responses we have received include, “Oh so they need to be really physically fit to do this, or what if they’ve never done those activities before.” The activity adventures they were referring to include, backpacking, paddle board yoga, meditation, mountain biking, and some other surprises that won’t be revealed until that weekend.

Below lists responses and feedback on the Women’s Adventure Contest questions:

“They need to be really physically fit to do this.”

First, everyone’s fitness level is different for each person. The adventure weekend will show that everyday women can complete everything that is in store for them. Secondly, the goal of the contest is to get women to challenge themselves, and step outside their comfort zone. In turn realizing the confidence they never knew they had or forgot they had. Completing an activity they never thought they could do will empower them and strengthen their mind, body, and spirit.

“What if they’ve never done this before.”

The purpose of the Women’s Adventure Contest is to get women to try something for the first time, because when you do something that’s mentally and somewhat physically challenging, that is when confidence is gained, and individuals are able to use those skills in their personal and professional life.

Like Deborah Collins Stephens, said at this year’s Indiana conference for Women, referring to how to get women to be strong leaders and successful in business,

“We have to get women comfortable being uncomfortable.”

Women may be uncomfortable at first on an adventure, but taking those risks, stepping outside their comfort zone will excel them to become strong leaders, and give them the confidence they need to succeed.

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