Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our fundraising effort - we are pleased to announce that EWCL will be be able to select its 5th class of Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders!
Recruiting applicants for our next class will begin soon and our next class will be selected in early December. Please stay tuned for the call for applicants come early October.
Also taking place in early December will be the final meeting of EWCL Class #4. During our convening participants will report out on the progress of their conservation projects, lessons learned and the potential for continuing their work as EWCL Alumni. Updates on Class #4 projects will posted to our website http://wildlifeleaders.org/
In other big orgnizational news, Heather Eves will be transition off the EWCL board in order to bring her skills and energy to the recently launched EWCL Caribbean Program. As Heather makes her transition we are excited to welcome EWCL Alumnus Amielle DeWan to the board.
Thank you again for your continued support of EWCL and making Class #5 a reality!!!
20 New ELP Fellows Create Learning Community
By Jenna Ringelheim - National Program Director
The 20 new Fellows in our New England Regional Network had their orientation retreats in May in Harvard, MA. This retreat focused on creating a community through a half day of community building exercises and discussions followed by two days of intensive diversity training. The retreat concluded with the formation of work groups to help guide the Fellows' development of their Personal Leadership Plans.
In August, the New England Fellows will attend their second ELP retreat and will be joined by 16 Fellows from our Eastern Regional Network. The focus of our second retreat will focus on learning organizations, systems thinking, and an introduction to personal mastery.
“Changing the current course of our interactions with nature begins with humility, but it does not end there – relationships, understanding and the evolution of our skills play a crucial role too. ELP supplies all of these.”
Justin Freiberg2012 Fellow
“EWCL has exceeded my expectations. I love the network, the board and the trainings. I love the design and the process. Having the ability to work on a real project has truly allowed me to apply the skills I’m developing in a way that will stick.”
“I have loved the program, my teammates, the trainings and the mentors I’ve gained through this experience. I’ve learned so much and I look forward to staying involved in the future.”
“EWCL is a life-changing event. I have become more confident with my role in the conservation world. The networking aspect is phenomenal. All of the information is useful.”
“The contact with young conservationists, EWCL members and speakers was a wonderful opportunity for professional and personal growth. The topics presented gave me a lot of new information and also made me think about new issues. It was also a great opportunity to increase my networking and to possibly do new partnerships!”
These are just some of the statements from participants in the second training of the 2011/2012 Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL) class, held March 19-22, 2012 at the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee, Florida. EWCL is a collaborative project between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Conservation Network, International Fund for Animal Welfare and the White Oak Conservation Center, designed to build capacity for wildlife conservation within existing conservation organizations and entities. This is accomplished by providing training in leadership and campaign skills, offering networking and mentoring opportunities, and facilitating tangible, on-the-ground conservation projects that benefit imperiled wildlife.
The 2011/2012 EWCL class is comprised of 22 carefully selected up-and-coming leaders in the wildlife conservation field. Class members include individuals from a wide variety of not-for-profit, private, and government groups, as well as four international participants. This group gathered at White Oak for their second training -- three days of intensive skills and leadership workshops, along with mentoring and discussions about their professional growth and career direction.
The training included formal lectures, discussions, and exercises taught by EWCL board members, all seasoned wildlife conservation professionals, as well as one EWCL alumni who shared her expertise on using media to maximize conservation impact.
Session topics included:
In addition, the four conservation project groups gave updates on their efforts and activities to date, including their accomplishments, remaining goals, fundraising, partnerships status, timeline, and evaluation plans. All four projects continue to move forward nicely, with successful fundraising and on-the-ground activities. The four projects are:
In addition to the trainings, experiential activities and project discussions and planning, each participant was given a 45 minute, one-on-one mentoring session with a board member or other visiting conservation professional. These sessions are carefully designed to pair participant interest with the appropriate mentor, and sessions focus on where participants hope to be in five, ten and fifteen years in their careers and lives, as well as what steps they are or could be taking to ensure reaching these goals.
The next, and final, training for this class will take place in Washington, DC on December 5th and 6th, 2012. There will be a 90-minute presentation by the participants on their conservation projects for EWCL sponsors, alumni and other colleagues on December 5th (mid-day), so please save the date. We will notify you of the specific time and location in the fall.
If you have any questions about the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program, please contact EWCL Board Co-chairs Jeff Flocken (703-536-1904) or Nina Fascione (512-809-9847).