Congratulations to TWS’ Leadership Institute Class of 2018

By Jamila Blake

Erie National Wildlife Refuge. ©Nicholas A. Tonelli

The Wildlife Society is pleased to announce the Leadership Institute Class of 2018. Each year, a group of 10 early career wildlife professionals are selected from a competitive pool of applicants to participate in TWS’ flagship leadership training program. Starting in May, participants will engage in a variety of distance learning and hands-on projects and develop a greater understanding of how to apply leadership action in their professional career. The Leadership Institute will culminate at TWS’ 25th Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio this October with a series of workshops and seminars.

Leadership Institute participants are selected by a committee of TWS members and staff based on academic record, evidence of leadership capability or potential, demonstrated level of excellence in their current position and commitment and involvement in TWS.

The 2018 Leadership Institute participants are:

  • Kristen Black, AWB® — Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois
  • Colter Chitwood — University of Montana, Montana
  • Kristi Confortin, AWB® — North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina
  • Andrea Darracq, AWB® — Murray State University, Kentucky
  • Charles Evans, AWB® — Georgia Wildlife Federation, Georgia
  • Daniel Greene — Weyerhaeuser Company, Mississippi
  • Megan Linske — The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Connecticut
  • Kyle McLean — U.S. Geological Survey, North Dakota
  • Jessica Tapp — Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri
  • Emily Williams, AWB® — National Park Service, Alaska

Over the course of their Leadership Institute experience, this group will have the opportunity to interact with TWS Council and senior staff, participate in mentorship activities with Leadership Institute alumni and TWS Council members, and take part in discussions with leading wildlife professionals.

Congratulations to the Leadership Institute Class of 2018!

Learn more about The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute.

Jamila Blake is The Wildlife Society's Professional Development Coordinator.
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