Sunday, February 5, 2017

Event - EcoCareer Conference 2017: Building Pathways to Sustainable Careers Virtual

The EcoCareer Conference is a live, 2-day interactive webinar series will take place online on Wednesday, February 22nd from 10 - 5:30 PM ET and Thursday, February 23rd - Workshop Day from 12 - 3 PM ET. This virtual conference is for students, faculty, and staff from high schools, colleges, and universities across the country. The National Wildlife Federation and their partners will prepare students and young professionals for wildlife and sustainability careers by providing information on the latest EcoCareer trends from leading analysts and employers, clarifying career-enhancing credentials and academic offerings, and formulating a better understanding of the competencies employers seek in the green sector.

Full Schedule

DAY I - Conference Day (February 22 starting at 10:00 AM EST)

Opening Presentation Introduction "The Future of Environmental Careers: Growing a Resilience Economy"
Keynote New Millennium Post-Secondary Credentials and Degrees: Buildings and Solar Technologies Break Advice from Professionals The Missing Link in Effective Sustainability Career Planning
Hiring Trends: Being Wired for Being Hired The Leaders of Tomorrow
Break Networking Sessions Closing Presentation

DAY II - Workshop Day (February 23 starting at 12:00 EST)

Opening Presentation Online Sustainability Skills Tutorial
Green Career Pathway Planning Workshop
Break Earning your NWF Project-based Leadership Certification 20 Million Global
Sustainability Campaign
Networking Sessions
Conference Closing Presentation Presented by National Wildlife Federation EcoLeaders Program

Speakers List

Learn from and network with the following leading professionals who will share insider knowledge on the latest EcoCareer trends, current employment demand and how to best prepare to land your Eco dream job!

National Wildlife Federation’s President and CEO Collin O’Mara will provide opening remarks for the conference. Collin comes to NWF from the state government of Delaware where he led the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as Cabinet Secretary from 2009 through 2014.

The morning keynote speaker will be Kevin Doyle, project manager and co-author, of popular books about environmental careers, including The ECO Guide to Careers That Make a Difference: Environmental Work for a Sustainable World, and The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century.

Additional speakers include:
  • Rita Alison, Aramark
  • Bridget Burnell, General Motors
  • Kevin Coyle, National Wildlife Federation
  • Meghan Fay Zahniser, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
  • Michael Gale, Wildlife Biologist and Former NWF Fellow
  • Marcia Lochmann, WorkerFIT
  • Michele Madia, Second Nature
  • Jaime Van Mourik, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Keith A. Norris, The Wildlife Society
  • Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, National Wildlife Federation and Agnes Scott College
  • MaKara Rumley, Hummingbird
  • Talia Schmitt, NWF Certified EcoLeader
  • Capri St. Vil, The Corps Network
  • Mary Wright, Jobs for the Future

If you'd like to attend this event you can purchase tickets online: Students: Registration is complimentary for all EcoLeader Community members! Registration for the EcoLeaders Program is also free! - Free College Students - $45 High School Students - Free (for all students not part of a class viewing) Professionals (includes instructors and staff) - $70 Groups up to 10 - $300 Groups of 11 to 25 - $350 Groups of 26 to 50 - $600 High School groups - Free (for educators who will host the viewing during class) Faculty and Staff: Interested in providing this virtual conference to a class or student group? Group discounts are available! If you have groups of more than 50 please contact Kristy Jones at Groups can be a mix of students, faculty, staff, and others.

Faculty and Staff: Interested in providing this virtual conference to a class or student group? Group discounts are available!

For more information about this event, please contact the EcoLeaders team at

To register click here.  

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