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Women in Conservation Leadership

Women in Conservation

The National Wildlife Federation's Women in Conservation Leadership Summit seeks to foster, empower, and develop women leaders within the conservation community.

The 2018 summit took place March 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Maryland.

Annual Women in Conservation Leadership Summit

In March 2017 the National Wildlife Federation hosted the first-ever Women in Conservation Leadership Summit, bringing together almost 200 women from across the Federation family, including from our affiliate organizations, staff, and board members. The summit was a resounding success with compelling sessions on women’s empowerment, skills, and approaches for supporting women’s leadership, understanding the barriers and opportunities for building women’s leadership, and individual and group commitments to take action.

While the 2017 summit included attendees from the National Wildlife Federation's internal staff, affiliate organizations, and board members, in 2018 we are pleased to open the summit to any woman working in the conservation field.

Second Annual WCL Summit

March 13-15, 2018
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake, Cambridge, MD

Summit programming begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, with an optional happy hour beforehand. For members of the National Wildlife Federation family (which includes board members, staff, and affiliates), programming begins at noon. The summit ends at noon on Thursday, March 15. Click here to view the full summit agenda.

The closest airport is Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), located approximately 1.5 hours from the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake.

Thank you to 2018's generous sponsors and conservation partners:

Conservation Partners

The Nature Conservancy
Ducks Unlimited
American Rivers Logo

Freshwater Future

Izaak Walton League

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Individual Donors

  • Martha Darling, Chair, National Wildlife Federation Action Fund
  • Nicole Wood, National Wildlife Federation Board of Directors
  • Bruce Wallace, Immediate Past Chair, National Wildlife Federation Board of Directors
  • Miranda Ballentine, National Wildlife Federation Board of Directors
  • Mary Van Kerrebrook, National Wildlife Federation Board of Directors
  • Lynn Scarlett, Global Managing Director for Public Policy, The Nature Conservancy
  • Kent Salazar, Western Vice Chair, National Wildlife Federation Board of Directors
  • Carol Buie-Jackson, National Wildlife Federation Board of Directors
  • Barbara Bramble, Vice President, International Conservation and Corporate Strategies, National Wildlife Federation


Women in Conservation Leadership

Past Events

First Annual WCL Summit: March 17-19, 2017
National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV

For more information about the event or how to receive an invitation, please contact Elizabeth Lillard at or call 734-887-7134.

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