TWS’ Leadership Institute thanks DSC Foundation

By Jamila Blake

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail runs through Bureau of Land Management lands in Arizona and California. ©Bob Wick/BLM

The Wildlife Society is grateful to the Dallas Safari Club Foundation for its continued support of TWS’ Leadership Institute through a $15,000 grant. This is the sixth year that DSCF and Dallas Safari Club have contributed to the leadership and professional development of early-career professionals participating in the leadership training program.

The Dallas Safari Club Foundation provides grants to a variety of organizations in support of wildlife conservation and advancing science-based management. The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute, with the support of DSCF, provides opportunities for constructive and substantive discussions to promote and support a diverse community of wildlife professionals.

The Wildlife Society’s 2018 Leadership Institute culminates at TWS’ 25th Annual Conference. Funds provided by DSCF are used to support participants’ travel expenses to attend this year’s conference in Cleveland. Participants will continue their professional development by engaging in a variety of activities and intensive leadership training sessions while in Ohio. Each day of the conference, the Leadership Institute cohort will focus on different leadership topics, such as individual strengths assessments, conflict resolution and difficult conversations, mentorship and continuing education and the participants’ evolving role in their career and TWS.

Since starting their Leadership Institute experience in May, participants have engaged with Leadership Institute alumni and TWS Council member mentors, worked collaboratively to understand a wide array of leadership styles and perspectives, developed stronger written and verbal communication skills and learned how to better navigate the conservation field from established professionals.

Following the Leadership Institute, participants will be able to more effectively engage in conservation and facilitate opportunities for others to take a more active role in conservation efforts. The Leadership Institute prepares early-career professionals to become better leaders within TWS and in the field, well-equipped to conserve and manage wildlife in an ever-changing ecological and political landscape.

Learn more about TWS’ Leadership Institute.

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