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Over 20 years as a leader in the adventure travel industry

Casey Hanisko, she/her, with long dark hair, white skin, glasses. She is pictured smiling with a green sweater, long necklace.

My History

Throughout the last 25 years while managing global and multi-generational teams, I built and nurtured culture and created purpose-driven, transparent workplaces. I did this with patience, empathy, gratitude, and a passionate desire to create the best places to work for people while creating successful businesses. It has not always been easy, and that is why I am excited to help you


My experience includes:

  • 5 years as President of the Adventure Travel Trade Association.

  • 20 years in leadership positions as marketing, communication, and sales vice president and director, including 14 years at outbound tour operator Zegrahm Expeditions.

  • Business and leadership coaching and mentorship through my coaching and consulting business as well as Guest Focus's Coaching Program.

  • Non-Profit Board, Advisory Board, and Grant program positions including time with Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, AZA's Eliminating Wildlife Trafficking group, and Washington Women's Foundation.

  • Retreat and workshop facilitation, keynote speaking, writing, and interviews related to business strategy, people management, sustainability, women's leadership, and purposeful travel.

My Expertise


Become a great leader first and your people will follow. I am trained in Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead, Moe Carrick’s Leading People Program (LPP), and Mindsetting for Well-Being and Performance. I am also a certified coach and yoga instructor. 

Throughout my career, I have sought ways to lift up and put the spotlight on women leaders. I am proud to have championed women's leadership initiatives, organized women’s leadership forums, and mentored women through Camber’s Ann Krick Mentorship program. 


Over the years I have marketed countless new innovative adventure travel itineraries. As a creative and results-driven executive, my roles have included business strategy and development, marketing, sales, communications, and product development. 


While at purpose-driven companies, I was an integral part of implementing and communicating climate action solutions and sustainability practices from carbon offsetting and removal programs, conservation practices, and education to suppliers and travelers. 


As a speaker at industry events, I have been a keynote speaker and panelist at conferences on topics ranging from adventure travel and climate action, marketing and storytelling, women’s leadership, travel trends, and accessibility in adventure travel. 

I have also contributed to interviews, podcasts, articles, and research papers lending my expertise and voice. You can see examples of these in Media. In addition to industry writing, I am a poet and have published Ripple: A Book of Poems.

Woman hiking through mountains, back is to the camera. She has a backpack.
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