Hi my name is Brian Laakso. I am a Global Project Manager at Columbia Sportswear. My favorite hobbies are staying active through cycling, swimming, running, and hiking. What I particularly enjoy about the EmpowerDI program is the opportunity to coach youth in creative project-based challenges that are designed to build their confidence, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills. There's nothing more fulfilling then watching children gain pride in themselves by accomplishing their goals and expanding their knowledge and skills.