Jessica Lindley – She might just GRANT you your wish . . .

Jessica and her son

I am very excited to introduce another new presenter to our symposium line-up. I first met Jessica at one of the “First Descents” camps in the Columbia River Gorge. Her energy, enthusiasm for life and passion for whitewater created an immediate connection.

Jessica has over 15 years of combined experience in grant/proposal writing, marketing/development, government and health care consulting. She currently is the grants funding advisor to the Center of Teaching and Learning at The University of Texas at Austin. Here she works to advance best practices and innovation in teaching and learning; and is the founder of *Grantsology — The Art and Science of Grant Writing*.

In the course of her career, Jessica has raised over $20 million for both the private and non-profit sectors. She has worked with startup agencies as well as well-established organizations in identifying and securing funding. Recently, Jessica moved from Austin, Texas to Portland, Oregon because “there are more water features in Oregon and it’s a lot cooler!”

She has recently become reacquainted with whitewater kayaking after treatment for recurrent papillary thyroid cancer, and is introducing the sport to her 9-year old son.

Jessica will be leading discussions/topic sessions about Grants ~ *Funding Innovation through Grants* and *The Art & Science of Grant Writing* in our symposium line-up.

Most sports enthusiasts are adventurers. Most adventurers are innovators who possess the energy and drive to create change and “move water”. The topics Jessica will cover will help paddle-sports innovators understand how grant funded ideas or programs are created; what you need to obtain grant funding; and how to establish and build grant funded relationships.

You will want to take advantage of Jessica’s speaking engagements if your dream is to try to fund your next expedition; build a whitewater park in your community; start a youth program; or, just find the right funding for your next endeavor! She WILL help you find success!

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