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Class of 2020

The Wildlife Society is no longer accepting applications for the Leadership Institute’s Class of 2020. Please check back in January 2022 to apply for our next class.

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

Alumni are encouraged to stay engaged with the Leadership Institute via volunteer opportunities and/or events during TWS’ Annual Conference. To learn more about ways to share news, leadership development opportunities, and stay connected with other alumni and TWS, please contact jblake@wildlife.org.


For more information on the Leadership Institute, please contact:

Jamila Blake
Professional Development Manager