Hye Yeong Kwon on being seen

Hye Yeong Kwon on being seen

In August, HerChesapeake welcomed Hye Yeong Kwon to our meeting. Hye Yeong is the Executive Director of the Center for Watershed Protection: a national nonprofit organization that provides consulting services, a database of scientific research, and trainings for stormwater practitioners to understand how our actions on land impact the waters around us and to prevent and alleviate potential harm to streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and bays. She spoke to us about how the workforce has changed for women, what she tells her daughters to look for in a job, and why she has learned to be comfortable being seen.

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Diving into STEM with Black Girls Dive

Diving into STEM with Black Girls Dive

For this meeting of HerChesapeake, we started branching out into the rest of the watershed! We held our May meeting in Baltimore on the waterfront at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Two exciting things happened at this meeting: we heard from a group we’ve admired and wanted to invite to HerChesapeake for a long time, Black Girls Dive, and we introduced our new member benefits!

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Reflecting on our field trip to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Reflecting on our field trip to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, HerChesapeake took a birding trip to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and a field trip to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. It was a great experience exploring the unique environment critical for the survival of several species of wildlife, as well as learning about the area that was a backdrop for the perseverance of a woman who escaped slavery and helped others do the same.

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Volunteer to serve as Treasurer on the HerChesapeake Board of Directors

Volunteer to serve as Treasurer on the HerChesapeake Board of Directors

As HerChesapeake enters its third year of operation, we are seeking to fill the position of Treasurer on the Board of Directors. The Treasurer is responsible for managing HerChesapeake’s financial affairs, including preparing annual budgets, reconciling bank statements, and managing, tracking, and reporting on the organization’s cash flow. The Treasurer will work in close partnership with the Fundraising Manager and Events and Membership Manager to track the influx and expenditure of membership fees once the membership program is put in place.

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Sarah Anderson on expanding urban tree canopy, building an equitable workforce, and appreciating evergreens

Sarah Anderson on expanding urban tree canopy, building an equitable workforce, and appreciating evergreens

This month, HerChesapeake welcomed Sarah Lillie Anderson to our first quarterly meeting of 2019. Sarah is passionate about expanding urban tree canopy and connecting residents of low-canopy communities with careers in tree care. She started her own environmental consulting company in 2015, and in 2018, began working full-time for American Forests, a longtime client. She is the Senior Manager for Tree Equity Programs.

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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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