Our vision for HerChesapeake in 2019

Our vision for HerChesapeake in 2019

For many of us, the beginning of the year is a time for examining the past, reflecting on our paths, and setting goals for the future. For the HerChesapeake Board, it has been a time for us to look back at what we accomplished (and how we grew!) in 2018 and to plan how we’ll keep working to serve your needs and interests in the coming year.

With the new year underway, hear what board members are focusing on and their goals for HerChesapeake in 2019.

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The advice we received in 2018

The advice we received in 2018

In 2018, six different women shared their experiences at the intersection of feminism and environmentalism with HerChesapeake. They recounted their career paths, described their leadership philosophies, and discussed how they have overcome barriers while empowering  others to benefit the world around them. Here are four quotes that stood out as we looked back on the past year.

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Marcia Pradines leads with empathy, breaks down barriers and connects communities to conservation

Marcia Pradines leads with empathy, breaks down barriers and connects communities to conservation

In November, HerChesapeake welcomed wildlife biologist and conservation leader Marcia Pradines to our meeting. Marcia has worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for ten years, and currently manages the Chesapeake Marshlands National WIldlife Refuge Complex, which includes the Blackwater, Eastern Neck, Martin and Susquehanna national wildlife refuges. As part of our guest speaker series, Marcia spoke with us about connecting people through conservation, creating a positive environment for your team and climbing the jungle gym that has replaced the classic career ladder.

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Laura Sanford on what will probably be your very winding career path

Laura Sanford on what will probably be your very winding career path

In May, HerChesapeake welcomed Eastern Shore native and active conservationist Laura Sanford. As part of our guest speaker series, Laura spoke with us about the unconventional path she has taken to become the Director of Advancement and Administration for the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. (Laura also serves as president of the Corsica River Conservancy, which coordinated a cleanup HerChesapeake members attended this spring.) We were struck by her love of learning, her willingness to take leaps and her honest remarks about what it’s like to be a woman in her field.

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Telling the Stories of Buzzard Point

Telling the Stories of Buzzard Point

At the last HerChesapeake meeting, three powerful women talked about their work in protecting a community threatened by pollution and rapid development in the heart of Washington, D.C. Alisha Camacho, an independent filmmaker working in the Anacostia River watershed, discussed how she got involved in telling the story of Buzzard Point. With the help of community leader Rhonda Hamilton and activist Kari Fulton, Alisha is creating a documentary to show how the community of Buzzard Point is fighting for accountability from developers and local government while facing a barrage of environmental injustice.

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Our Vice President on setting goals, selecting references, and succeeding at an interview

Our Vice President on setting goals, selecting references, and succeeding at an interview

As a professional association that strives to help its members reach their own success, we love to see growth among the women of HerChesapeake. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be scared of achieving growth ourselves. HerChesapeake Vice President Stephanie Smith recently landed a new job as Communications/Media Specialist at the National Academies of Sciences Gulf Research Program, and we asked her to ease our fears and share her experience setting goals, selecting references, and preparing for her interview during our September meeting.

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