2017 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.

The overall goal for the first Summit was to create a stronger, more empowered community that is able to champion our shared passion of ensuring that wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world. Additionally the Summit was designed to build

leadership skills and facilitate open and honest conversations about how we are similar, how we are different and how we can work together.

The intended outcomes were:

  • Understand the barriers and opportunities for building women’s leadership for conservation
  • Develop skills and approaches for supporting women’s leadership
  • Understand the dynamics of women’s leadership, including intersectionality
  • Create relationships with other women leaders within Federation
  • Make commitments to take action

The 2017 program book can be found here.