Women Leaders in the Environment

A group of Cambodian and Thai women at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance sign.
Cambodian and Thai women, part of the Women Leaders in the Environment program, sit for a picture at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance sign.

NPS photo.

Women Leaders in the Environment Program-Southeast Asia
Park-Protected Areas Management/Leadership Training
Autumn 2017

As part of the United States National Park Service (NPS) and Oxford University Saïd Business School (Oxford Saïd) support to build capacity for women working in the environment/ conservation sector across Southeast Asia, we are honored to create a leadership training program to increase the number, roles and responsibilities of women working in the environment. This training seminar seeks to expand the knowledge base of the women working in the sector and to create the energy for change to empower women to actively protect the earth's natural resources and fight the illegal timber and wildlife trade across the region. The main aims of the leadership program are to empower women to:

  • Instigate innovation, lead change and manage complexity
  • Develop a macro focus on the challenges posed by a complex and dynamic environment
  • Actively protect the earth's natural resources and fight the illegal timber and wildlife trade across the region
  • Drive growth and transformation in the political foundation for developing professional female park rangers / conservationists / leaders in the field
  • Lead others effectively and understand the impact this has on others
  • Build and rehearse micro-level tactics and skills

The leadership program will help transform and enhance each participant's leadership impact. It will provide them with insights - theories, models, perspectives, and it will link these to practical issues. Women will leave this program with confidence to inspire high performance.Particular development areas will encourage each participant to:

  • Define their leadership role and the context in which they operate
  • Learn how to lead and achieve high performance through self and others
  • Understand the impact they have on people and how they can develop more effective relationships
  • Make the most of their strengths, and learn how to manage their areas of risk
  • Develop a personalized toolkit for leadership success
  • Develop an action-orientated strategy for respective government to overcome challenges to women becoming leaders in the field
  • Enhance their learning through diversity

The training will take place at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park on the island of Hawaii in Autumn 2017.

To learn more, watch this video on the training some of the women have received.
Read more information about the 1st Women Leaders in the Environment Seminar that the NPS and MJP-Asia Foundation organized in 2014.
 
Women park officials from Cambodia and Thailand who participated in the NPS training.
Cambodian and Thailand women who participated in the NPS training at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Image by Stephan Bognar.

Last updated: May 31, 2018

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