Apply now for TWS Leadership Institute Class of 2020

By Jamila Blake

The Leadership Class of 2019 gathers at the AFS & TWS 2019 Joint Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada.
©Molly O’Grady

The Wildlife Society is now accepting applications for the Leadership Institute Class of 2020. The deadline to submit applications is March 16 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

Leadership Institute participants engage in a series of activities to develop and expand their leadership skills. The program begins in May and concludes at The Wildlife Society’s 27th Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in October. Participants will receive complimentary registration and a travel grant to attend the conference.

The Leadership Institute is geared toward early-career professionals, typically two to three years out of undergraduate or graduate school, who are currently working full-time in a wildlife professional position with demonstrated evidence of leadership potential. Applicants must be members in good standing with TWS and a chapter or section of TWS. Preference will be given to individuals who are currently designated as an Associate Wildlife Biologist or Certified Wildlife Biologist, or have submitted such an application to TWS.

Throughout the six-month program, participants will engage with Leadership Institute alumni and TWS Council mentors, work collaboratively to understand a wide array of leadership styles and perspectives, develop stronger written and verbal communication skills and learn how to better navigate the conservation field.

“The connection with other young professionals and leaders at the forefront of The Wildlife Society was one of the most valuable aspects to me,” said Stephanie Ferrero, a member of the Leadership Institute class of 2013. “The top leaders of The Wildlife Society inspired me to do all I can to make a positive difference for conservation. The classmates I had in the Leadership Institute broadened my views on how to tackle challenges that face wildlife.”

Applicants should submit application materials  to leadership@wildlife.org by March 16.

Learn more about The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute.

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