August 2020
Webinars on Facilitative Leadership for Virtual Work
How can we develop as compassionate and responsive leaders? How do we create spaces for growth and understanding under these conditions? How should we carry forward best practices for virtual connection into a post-pandemic future?

During a time when many of us are working remotely and seeking new ways to collaborate, build community, and create change, the Switzer Foundation has partnered with the Interaction Institute for Social Change to provide two 90-minute webinars on bringing facilitative leadership to virtual work:
  • Designing for Love and Equity in Virtual Meetings. In this webinar, you will learn to: articulate why bringing love and equity into virtual meetings is an important practice for facilitative leaders; use transformative prompts, mindfulness and affinity spaces; and use arts and healing to bring love and equity into your virtual meetings.
  • Collaborative Decision-Making and Shared Leadership. In this webinar, you will learn to: articulate what "shared leadership" is and why it's important to organizations, networks, and the world right now; promote equitable leadership and operate in ways that foster "power-with" instead of "power-over;" and engage stakeholders in collaborative decision making.

Registration is limited to 50 people for each session. Registered participants will have access to recordings of two additional webinars on related topics (Managing Power Dynamics in Virtual Meetings and Balancing the Dimensions of Success: Results-Process-Relationship).


Designing for Love and Equity in Virtual Meetings
Wednesday, September 9
11:00 a.m. PDT / 2:00 p.m. EDT

Collaborative Decision-Making and Shared Leadership
Wednesday, September 30
10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT
Nigel Golden: Practices that reduce participation and retention in STEM

Nigel Golden presented the 2020 Ambrose Jearld Jr. Lecture on Diversity and Inclusion in July. His topic was "Reducing Harm: A Politic to Address Institutional and Cultural Practices that Reduce Participation and Retention in STEM".

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Who are boundary spanners and how can we support them in making knowledge more actionable in sustainability fields?

Kristen Goodrich co-authored a paper in a special issue of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability devoted to making scientific knowledge 'actionable'. She believes many Fellows might identify as boundary spanners, and many more will find the entire special issue relevant to their work. None of the articles require a subscription to read.

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Integrating oceans into climate policy: Any green new deal needs a splash of blue

Angee Doerr recently published an article in Conservation Letters, writing, "Given political friction and constrained budgets, an integrated policy framework offers greater potential to achieve a portfolio of mitigation and adaptation goals in a cost-effective manner, beyond what could be realized with marine or terrestrial policy solutions alone."

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Reminder: Leadership Grant deadlines

If you are considering partnering with an organization to apply for a Switzer Leadership Grant, just a reminder on deadlines:

Prior to September 1: Contact Erin to discuss your potential proposal
September 1: Concept letters due
October 1: Invited proposals due
November 17: Award decisions made

Recent and upcoming Switzer Fellow book publications

Thanks to everyone who responded to our listserv request for news about books you published in 2020 (and thanks for a few we missed in 2019!). We have compiled a list of your Fellow-authored books on our website, which we will continue to update throughout the year. Please let Lauren know if your publication is missing.

What are you reading these days? For September's e-newsline we are compiling a list of Fellow-recommended books and would love to hear from you. Email Lauren with your top choices.
Upcoming Events
Seeking co-hosts for Switzer Fellow social hours
Our Zoom social hours continue to be a success, but we would like to invite fellows to join us in hosting them. The events are typically very informal, with light facilitation. Please contact Erin if you are interested.

Designing for Love and Equity in Virtual Meetings
Wednesday, September 9
11:00 a.m. PDT / 2:00 p.m. EDT
Collaborative Decision-Making and Shared Leadership
Wednesday, September 30
10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT
Fellow News
New fellows Christina De Jesús Villanueva and Luis Alexis Rodríguez-Cruz recently collaborated on publishing an op-ed in El Nuevo Día. The op-ed, about the impact of green iguanas on agriculture, resulted in a reported piece. Read summaries in English and download the full articles in Spanish.

Kendra Klein
co-authored an op-ed in The Guardian explaining a Friends of the Earth study that showed pesticides in the body can be reduced by 70% in just six days on an organic diet.

Thomas Gill
was quoted widely in June when the Saharan Desert dust cloud reduced visibility across the Southeast U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Tavis Forrester served on the team that developed the unanimously-adopted Climate and Ocean Change Policy of Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife. They believe they were the first state fish and wildlife commission in the nation to adopt such a measure.

Genie Bey co-authored the Community Resilience Education Theory of Change report for NOAA's Environmental Literacy Program.

Jose Gutierrez was quoted in a press release from US Representative Barragán's office on the Outdoors for All Act.

Have news for this section? Send it to Lauren so she can post it to our website, social media, and a future e-news issue. Please update your profile as well. You can use our new Google Form to submit changes instead of logging in.
NEW! Opportunities
The following opportunities with Switzer Fellow connections were posted to the listserv recently:

The Smith Fellows program has extended its application deadline for postdoctoral fellowships in conservation science to October 2. Contact Sarah Reed for advice about the application process.

The Christensen Fund is seeking a new Executive Director, and Kyra Busch, Program Officer, is available to chat with anyone who is interested.

Skoll Foundation is seeking a climate analyst contractor (20hrs/week) to support their growing climate team. Contact Rebecca Dell, and she'll put you in touch with her colleague.

The National Audubon Society is hiring a VP, Natural Solutions and Working Lands and Karen Hyun, VP, Coastal Conservation, has offered to be a resource. In addition, National Audubon Society is searching for a Chief Conservation Officer and VP, Climate. Contact Sarah Reed if you are interested in an introduction to the executive search firm.

On the state level, Mass Audubon is hiring a VP, Policy and Advocacy, where Jeff Collins works as Director of Conservation Science. He forwarded the link and can be contacted directly. (Note: Mass Audubon is independent of National Audubon.)

Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City is currently searching for a Conservation Outreach Biologist to join their Conservation Science team in Fall 2020. Contact Sarah Reed for a connection. She worked with Cooper as a grad student.

We invite fellows to post all opportunities to the listserv directly by emailing Please include if you are willing to serve as an informational resource for interested fellows. Contact Laine if your email does not go through so they can check which account you are registered with.
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