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Registration Now Open for 2020 Women in Conservation Leadership Summit

Women Across the Nation Look to Strengthen Leadership Skills, Elevate Voices in the Conservation Movement

RESTON, VA — The National Wildlife Federation announced today that registration for the third Women in Conservation Leadership Summit is now open. 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.

“Building strong, empowered female leaders is crucial to creating a conservation movement that is diverse, inclusive and just,” said Hilary Falk, vice president of regional conservation for the National Wildlife Federation. “Historically, women and other marginalized voices have been left out of the conversation. In order to inspire the next generation of conservation leaders, we must give women the tools, skills and support they need to make real change. The Women in Conservation Leadership Summit provides a space for all women to listen and support others, share knowledge and grow.”

The summit is open to all women working in the conservation and environmental field and will kick off with opening remarks by Lorelai Cloud of the Southern Ute Tribe. It will provide a space for the women to build and strengthen leadership skills in order to elevate women’s voices in the conservation movement as well as tackle challenges and issues unique to women in the workplace.

This year’s summit theme is “Weaving Change: Connecting Women for Action,” and will include trainings, hands-on skill building, networking and resources for women in conservation at all stages of their careers — from students to those who have been doing this work for decades. Up to 500 women are anticipated to attend and will take part in activities like hiking, zoo visits, fly fishing workshops, alternative exercise classes and even a mini film festival.

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. 

Learn more about the Women in Conservation Leadership Summit and how to register by visiting


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