This International Women’s Day we are shining light on a few inspirational women who are assisting us along our journey to make Merrell and the outdoors a more welcoming space. These women are part of our new JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Advisory Council, and they have already positively impacted the way we think at Merrell. Read more about their unique perspectives.

Sarah Shimazaki identifies as Japanese-Filipina-Chinese American. She hosts and produces Outside Voices Podcast, sharing stories about our relationships with nature and the outdoors. Outside Voices celebrates and amplifies Black, Indigenous and people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ folks and others who #RedefineOutdoorsy by reconnecting to ancestral knowledge and finding healing in relationship with nature.

As a media creative and strategist at Resource Media, a nonprofit communications firm dedicated to social change, Sarah combines her passions for environmental justice, narrative change, and ethical storytelling. She believes deeply in centering radical self-love and community care in all our movements. Sarah lives on Chochenyo Ohlone lands, or Oakland, CA.

Terra Winston, Principal of inTerract Consulting and Ringleader of inTerractions, has dedicated her life to helping her clients unleash the potential of each employee. She is a leadership consultant and executive coach with 20 years of internal and external business consulting experience. Terra has a flexible style that has driven results in boardrooms and on plant floors, for Fortune 100 companies and small start-ups, alike. 

Terra’s successful approach comes from her unique blend of “hard” and “soft” business skills. She holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, an MBA from Stanford University, and coaching certification from The Coaches Training Institute and the International Coach Federation. Prior to founding inTerract, Terra worked at Deloitte Consulting as a consultant on process, strategy, and organizational engagements and as a Director at PepsiCo doing traditional HR, diversity & inclusion, and organizational development.   

With an expertise in leadership development, facilitation, and DEI (diversity, equity, & inclusion), Terra implements a broad variety of custom solutions for her clients. As a coach she helps leaders and entrepreneurs make meaningful impact on their organizations. A sought-after speaker, Terra delivers workshops and keynotes that do more than entertain – they give attendees the tools to change behavior. 

Larissa Crawford is a restorative circle keeper, published Indigenous and anti-racism researcher, award-winning ribbon skirt artist, and proudly passes on Métis and Jamaican ancestry to her daughter, Zyra. She is the Founder of Future Ancestors Services, a youth-led professional services social enterprise that operates at the intersection of climate and racial justice.

Under Larissa’s leadership and since their launch in April 2020, the organization has mobilized +$20K in donations for anti-racist and climate justice initiatives. Larissa and her team seek to increase their clients’ capacity to honour people and Planet through their minds, work, and spaces, and do so while leveraging decolonized and Indigenized approaches to ‘doing business.’ Among their +140 diverse clients are small youth-led collectives and non-profits; Canada’s most influential law firms and publishing houses; and the highest offices of Canadian government. 
Through programs such as the CohortX Climate Justice, the Action Canada, and the Youth Climate Lab FutureXChange fellowships, and now the Raven Trust Capital Fireweed Fellowship, Larissa continues her learning of Northern Indigenous climate knowledge, climate policy, anti-racism opportunities in environmentalism, and doing business with traditional and decolonized approaches. 
In 2020-21, Larissa was honoured in Women of Influence’s Top 25 list; in Refinery Canada’s 29 Powerhouses; as York University’s Top 30 Under 30 Alumni; in HuffPost’s 26 Indigenous Influencers to Follow; and with the Pollution Probe Equity in Sustainability Award.

Autumn Harry (Numu/Diné) (she/her) is a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe in Northern Nevada. Autumn is currently a Masters student at the University of Nevada, Reno, studying Geography with an emphasis on Indigenous mapping methods and reclamation of Indigenous place names. Autumn is a fisherwoman, land defender, Indigenous rights advocate and continues to work within Indigenous frameworks to restore place-based narratives on the landscape. Recently, Autumn has been involved in organizing food sovereignty initiatives, bringing awareness to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives, and speaking on the importance of preserving water in Nevada.