TWS’ Leadership Institute receives DSC chapter grant

By Jamila Blake

Lake Huron. Credit: NarparMI

The Dallas Safari Club Foundation has continued its support of The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute through a $5,000 grant from the Dallas Safari Club Great Lakes Chapter.

For several years, the Dallas Safari Club and its foundation have contributed to cohorts of early-career professionals to engage in leadership training.

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 rising leaders of a diverse community of wildlife professionals.

The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute Class of 2022 has been working and learning together since May. This year’s class will continue to engage through distance learning until meeting for in-person workshops at The Wildlife Society’s Annual Conference in Spokane, Washington, in November. Funds provided by DSCF will be used to support the continued growth and development of Leadership Institute participants at the annual conference.

Since starting their Leadership Institute experience, the Class of 2022 has explored leadership topics including leadership of self, visioning, community building and support systems, self-care and workplace culture. Over the next few months, participants will continue to work collaboratively to understand a wide array of leadership styles and perspectives, and discuss skills and strategies to better navigate the conservation field.

Following the Leadership Institute, participants will be able to more effectively and confidently engage in their careers 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 profession, well-equipped to conserve and manage wildlife in an ever-changing ecological and political landscape.

Learn more about TWS’ Leadership Institute.

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