Congratulations to TWS’ Leadership Institute Class of 2020

By Jamila Blake

Consolation Lakes at Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The Leadership Institute Class of 2020 represents 9 states/provinces and 7 sections of TWS. ©Mer

The Wildlife Society is pleased to announce the Leadership Institute Class of 2020. 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’ 27th Annual Conference, scheduled to take place in Louisville, Kentucky, this October.

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 year’s class represents nine states or provinces and seven sections of TWS.

Leadership Institute Class of 2020:

Chalis Bird – Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife

Matt Gould – New Mexico State University

Katie Gundermann, AWB – Great Basin Institute, Pennsylvania

Sara Kramer – City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Colorado

Jenn Malpass, AWB – US Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Maryland

Elizabeth Meisman – GHD Inc., California

Mariana Nagy-Reis – Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute/University of Alberta

Tempe Regan – Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Julien St-Amand – Parks Canada, Alberta

Lisa Zoromski – USDA APHIS-Wildlife Services, Ohio

Over the course of the Leadership Institute experience, this cohort will have the opportunity to learn from TWS Council and senior staff, take part in discussions with leading wildlife professionals and engage in mentorship activities with established TWS members — like members of TWS Heritage Committee and Leadership Institute Alumni.

Congratulations to the Leadership Institute Class of 2020!

Learn more about The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute.

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