TWS’ Leadership Institute receives grant from DSC Foundation

By Jamila Blake

Snow Covered Organ Mountains viewed from the Aguirre Spring Campground in Las Cruces, NM.
Credit: Justina Thorsen, BLM

The Dallas Safari Club Foundation (DSCF) has continued their support of The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute through a grant of more than $1,200, thanks to a generous donation from the Dallas Safari Club New Mexico 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 a diverse community of wildlife professionals.

The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute Class of 2020 has adapted to the restrictions of COVID-19 with extended remote learning, virtual networking opportunities with a wide variety of wildlife professionals, and increased engagement with program alumni. The Leadership Institute committee has also been able to utilize this time to review and enhance program curriculum and content. Funds provided by DSCF are being used to support the continued growth and development of Leadership Institute participants.

Since starting their Leadership Institute experience in May 2020, participants have engaged in professional development — like the 2020 TWS Annual Conference and mentoring relationships — and worked collaboratively to understand a wide array of leadership styles and perspectives, discussing skills and strategies to better navigate the conservation field.

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 profession, 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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