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16 02, 2016

At the intersection of gender, outdoor recreation, and environmental leadership

By |February 16th, 2016|environment, events, Featured, Uncategorized, women|0 Comments

Outdoor recreation and my life in the environmental sector have always gone hand in hand. I learned to scuba dive for the primary purpose of identifying coral species and measuring the growth of a reef. I surf and eat fish, so I advocate for clean rivers and oceans and sustainable fisheries management. I vote for the protection of wild areas- not to exclude people- but to provide us access to nature because I want to spend all my weekends hiking into that peace.

So you see how recreation and environmentalism are intimately tied to each other and so are their institutions. It’s not a surprise that organizations like Trout Unlimited exist; when people are truly and deeply invested in outdoor recreation for pleasure and/or food, they often become advocates by default. It’s not a surprise that our parks agencies are called “parks AND recreation”, and they seem to want more and […]

18 11, 2014

What’s In a Name?

By |November 18th, 2014|career advice, Featured|0 Comments

I remember learning in an English class as a kid a number of grammar rules that people break all the time. It’s maddening information to know. I now live in a world where I can’t help but notice when someone says “less,” “which,” or “good” when, according to Ms. Southerland, the speaker should have said “fewer,” “that,” or “well.”

My ears also unintentionally perk up when I hear names and titles being slung around in conversation ever since reading Dr. Deborah Tannen’s 2001 book Talking From 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work. Many of her observations and explanations of people’s communication styles, expectations, and rhetoric have stuck with me and come to mind when I interact with colleagues.

Consider which of these is not like the others: “Turner, Smith, Jones, and Annie.”

Dr. Tannen uses this list of names in an example in her book saying:

He referred to the three men […]

23 07, 2014

Don’t let your wardrobe malfunction be what people remember about your presentation

By |July 23rd, 2014|career advice, Featured|0 Comments

Over the last few years, there has been a subtle but important change at professional conferences around the country. Unless you are a woman, you might not have even noticed. But, in my unscientific poll of women in my circles, this shift has led to much angst.

Years ago, when conferences were held in frigid, windowless hotel ballrooms with hundreds of your closest colleagues, participants would sit in rows facing a stage arranged with a row of skirted tables and a set of chairs. There were no armchairs, no couches, no stools and no coffee tables. There were no fake fireplaces, no screens behind and to the side of the panelists emblazoned with larger images of the presenters.

And herein lies the hidden challenge to women leaders: what to wear when on a panel that does not have a skirted table?

Seems simple—business attire should be all you need to know, right? […]