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Women in Conservation Leadership Summit to Feature First Lady of Palau, Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

National Wildlife Federation Event will Empower Women to Champion Environmental Action, Feature Sessions on Negotiating, Trust Building and the Changing Face of Environmental Movement

RESTON, Va. — The 2020 Women in Conservation Leadership Summit will unite women of all ethnicities, races, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds through a comprehensive and thought-provoking agenda around the theme “Weaving Change: Connecting Women for Action.” The event will include addresses by speakers of international reputation, such as Debbie Remengesau, First Lady of Palau, and Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant, large carnivore ecologist.

“At the National Wildlife Federation, we believe that empowering women of all ages with the tools, skills and encouragement needed to become conservation leaders is crucial to having long-lasting positive effects on our environment and wildlife populations,” said Hilary Falk, chief program officer at the National Wildlife Federation. “The Women in Conservation Leadership Summit provides a space for all women to come together, elevate their voices and strategize on how to promote much needed conservation projects and policies within their communities.”

The Women in Conservation Leadership Summit also will feature sessions on:

  • Intersectionality and the Changing Face of the Environmental Movement 
  • Building Trust, Respect, and Accountability in Conservation Leadership (Having Difficult Conversations)
  • The Art of Negotiation in the World of Conservation
  • Understanding barriers and identifying strategies for effective conservation leadership

The summit will take place on March 16-19, 2020, on ancestral Apache, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Shoshone and Ute Tribal Nation lands at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Women in Conservation Leadership was started four years ago by a group of dedicated individuals, and it has grown to be a dynamic network and community of diverse women who are committed to leading change in conservation. More than 450 women have registered for this year’s summit. Learn more about the Women in Conservation Leadership Summit and how to register by visiting wcl.nwf.org.

In this space, the term “women” stands for women, femme/feminine-identifying, genderqueer and non-binary individuals who have historically been excluded from the environmental space.

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