Perry Cohen realized a lifelong dream of combining his love of the outdoors, his commitment to social justice, his own trans & queer identity, and his professional life when, in 2014, he founded The...
Venture Out Project.
Perry has extensive wilderness experience, having led multi-day hiking and mountain biking trips in the southeastern US. He is an avid backcountry skier, hiker, biker and runner and just a few summers ago rafted the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Perry is a certified WFR and lifeguard. Perry is an alumnus of Outward Bound where he also worked. He was the Trip Director at Camp Aranu'tiq and has worked for many years as a coach, teacher, trainer and camp counselor with students ranging from age 7 to 65. Perry is proud to work with High 5 Adventure as consultant around strategic planning and leadership.
Perry is also an Eddie Bauer One Outside Leader, acknowledged for his efforts in making the outdoors a safe and welcoming place and experience for LGBTQ+. As a Leader, Perry is helping to build internal education programs for staff, helping to shape the way the brand comes to life for consumers and sharing the inspiration of the outdoors through his adventures.
In support of Venture Out’s mission to make both outdoor and traditional education settings more affirming of trans and gender diverse folks, Perry also works with colleges, schools, camps, and other organizations to deliver comprehensive and progressive workshops around gender diversity.
Prior to founding Venture Out, Perry was the Head of Leadership Development and Talent Management at C&S Wholesale Grocers, the largest food grocery distributor in the US. Perry holds a B.A. and M.Ed from The University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Sport Management from The University of New Mexico. He lives in Northampton, MA with his partner, their 9 year-old twins, and two dogs.
About the Podcast
Welcome to Dying to Live: where — I bring you the stories of how change makers, thought leaders and humans just like you harness their inner courage to kill the things that are standing in their way and rebirth into their most authentic selves.