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Together, We Thrive

A USA Triathlon Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Summit

The purpose of the Together, We Thrive: Actions for Change DEIA Summit is to share success stories for individuals in the community who have had positive impacts on multisport in the DEIA space. Presentations will focus on programs/initiatives/experiences, challenges that were faced along the way and action items for others to use in their communities. We’re aim to touch on all areas of DEIA within multisport with topics ranging from breaking through barriers and Paratriathlon growth to women in the sport, allyship and a Diverse and Inclusive Environment.


Lisa Ingarfield

Dr. Ingarfield received her PhD in Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver. Her research focuses on how inclusion and exclusion manifests in communication. Prior to becoming a research, evaluation, and DEI consultant, she worked for 15 years in the public sector (education and state government). Lisa is a systems thinker and can advise organizations looking to make meaningful change to ensure their infrastructure centers inclusion. Lisa owns Tri to Defi Coaching and Consulting, and is a certified RRCA and USAT coach. She co-founded the Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit with Dr Sara Gross, a summit intended to elevate the conversation about women's equity in triathlon beyond participation numbers. Lisa also co-hosts the [un]phased podcast with Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold. [un]phased tackles the hard questions, challenges listeners to grapple with their own role in upholding exclusionary practices, and argues the link between culture, politics, and endurance sport cannot be ignored. She is originally from London, U.K. and currently resides in Colorado.

Travis Ricks

Travis Ricks has been involved with the sport of Triathlon since 2008 where he started competing in local races in his hometown of San Diego, CA. He was introduced to the sport through his friends and coworkers. Travis became an amputee after surviving a rare form of Cancer as a teenager, and then very aggressive staph infections in his early twenties. This led him to volunteering and later being employed at the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which he has worked at for over twelve years helping individuals with physical disabilities get support to be active and where he is now the Director of Programs. He has been actively involved in the sport of Triathlon for over 12 years, with seven of them competing in Nationals and International competition (2011 Paratriathlon National Champion) and over nine years of being on the USAT Paratriathlon Committee (six of which he has been the Chair of the committee).