National Wildlife Federation is one of the largest and most powerful conservation organizations because of it’s unique ability to affect change with decision makers from the halls of Congress to grass tops and grassroots coalitions on the ground. National Wildlife Federation has spent decades building alliances of diverse communities – from the backyard gardener and weekend birder to the hunter/angler – all committed under the same conservation ethic that aspires to save America’s wildlife, wild spaces and our human connection to them. When we save wildlife, we save ourselves.
Women in Conservation Leadership is an important part of National Wildlife Federation’s 30 year vision to:
protect, restore and connect wildlife habitat
transform wildlife conservation
develop a conservation stewardship ethic
The Women in Conservation Leadership program develops, empowers and champions women leaders within the environmental community.
Although women comprise more than 60% of new hires and interns in environmental organizations, they make up only 30% of presidential and board chair positions – and women of color are dramatically underrepresented. We cannot achieve our conservation goals without the perspectives and leadership of all of the people our movement represents. Growing women’s leadership in conservation is critical to the success of our movement.
Women in Conservation Leadership provides skill building, training and networking opportunities to bolster and support women in the environmental field. We do this by acknowledging female-specific and intersectional identity barriers and by equipping women with networking opportunities, coaching and guidance to cultivate success in their personal and professional lives. We support women in all stages of their career and at every level of leadership.
Women in Conservation Leadership launched in 2017 alongside the Women in Conservation Leadership Summit, a conference for building women’s capacity in conservation. In just the first two years, Women in Conservation Leadership has reached hundreds of women across the country, and our community continues to grow. Join us today.
Learn more about the co-founders and leaders of Women in Conservation Leadership below.
Elizabeth Lillard is the Women in Conservation Leadership Program Manager for the National Wildlife Federation and is based out of the Great Lakes Regional Office in Ann Arbor. Dedicated to creating space for and amplifying others, her time is spent building and empowering female leaders across the conservation movement. As one of the founders of the program, Elizabeth believes that conservation success will not happen without robust leadership from women of all interests and backgrounds. She also serves on NWF’s National Equity and Justice Steering Committee and supports the committee’s fundraising and development efforts. Prior to joining the National Wildlife Federation, Elizabeth worked at the Great Lakes Commission where she helped develop a nutrient trading program in the Lower Fox River. Elizabeth received a B.A. in Geology from Wellesley College, and a M.S. in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.