Leadership Institute


Class of 2016

TWS will be accepting applications for the Leadership Institute’s Class of 2017 in January. Please check back then!

Nearly 70 percent of leaders in the wildlife profession are projected to retire in the next decade. TWS has a responsibility to prepare its members to meet the pressing need for well-prepared wildlife professionals and fulfills part of that responsibility through the TWS Leadership Institute.

The Leadership Institute is an annual course established in 2006 to provide a select group of 10-15 promising TWS members with leadership training.  The Leadership Institute consists of intensive activities and mentoring relationships that prepare participants for leadership positions, both in their workplace and in TWS.

Participation in the Leadership Institute is geared towards early-career professionals who are two to three years out of school (either undergraduate or graduate school), currently working full-time in a wildlife professional position, and have demonstrated evidence of their leadership potential. A small number of slots may also be available for more recent graduates who have shown strong evidence of their leadership potential or for those who are working while concurrently pursuing a graduate degree.


From across the U.S. and Canada, Leadership Institute alumni represent the leading conservation organizations charged with managing and conserving North American’s wildlife and habitats – state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academia. Together, these alumni serve as the foundation for the next generation of wildlife leaders.

View a list of TWS Leadership Institute Alumni


Leadership Chronicles provides a venue for alumni of TWS’ Leadership Institute to share news, other leadership development opportunities, and stay connected with one another and TWS.

Leadership Chronicles September 2016
Leadership Chronicles June 2016

Leadership Chronicles March 2016
Leadership Chronicles November 2015
Leadership Chronicles April 2015
Leadership Chronicles August 2014
Leadership Chronicles April 2014


For more information on the Leadership Institute, please contact:
Laura Bies
Leadership Institute Coordinator