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Women in Conservation Leadership Summit

October 13, 2020 - October 15, 2020

The National Wildlife Federation is proud to announce the third Women in Conservation Leadership (WCL) Summit which will take place virtually on October 13-15, 2020.

As part of the shift to a virtual platform we are adjusting the content to center racial equity and justice. The vision for Women in Conservation Leadership is stronger conservation through women leaders of ALL ethnicities, races and cultures. To realize that vision, we must acknowledge that the feminist movement and WCL have been distinctly white.  If WCL is to be successful, we must boldly stand up to the racism that has pervaded this sector, and the world.  Women in Conservation Leadership is committed to centering, supporting and resourcing Black, brown, and Indigenous women, while providing allyship education to white women. In this intentional shift, some of the competencies we will build upon at the Summit are:

  • an understanding of structural racism and its centrality in conservation,
  • proven awareness of multiple group identities and power dynamics,
  • direct communication that matches intent and impact, and
  • authentic relationship building across group identities,

Racial equity and justice competencies are inexorably intertwined with effective leadership. This is the first step in a long-term journey. We will not be liberated from the patriarchy or systemic racism in one day or one conference. Women in Conservation Leadership will achieve stronger conservation through equity, justice and leadership for and from all women.  An updated agenda will be shared in the coming weeks.

Registration is now open! The general registration fee is $375 attendees and $150 for employees from smaller organizations or individuals who cannot afford to cover the regular fee. Current students are also eligible for the lower fee of $150.

If you are interested in volunteering or getting more involved with the program, please contact WCL co-founder Elizabeth Lillard.


October 13, 2020
October 15, 2020
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