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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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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Four tips for evaluating yourself without undervaluing your worth

A tweet once said, Behind every strong woman is 5 other strong women who proofread her email real quick when they had a second. But behind these women, I think, are even more women who explained how to ride the road to success at work. At our HerChesapeake meeting last month, we called on our own members to help us explore our inclination to undervalue our skills and abilities and rate ourselves too low during reviews.

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