Walking through a local farmers market is a wonderful experience of bounty. Fresh fruit and vegetables flow from every stall and the smells of peppers, apples, lemons, brussel sprouts, onions and cabbage fill the air. I am often struck by how much produce there is and how there seems to be more produce than anyone can consume. Who eats all the food? Does it get wasted? How do we know when we’ve planted enough? How do we know when we’ve bought enough? How much kale can I actually eat in a week! [Read more…]
If you scan the literature about leadership and the environment you will quickly discover that there are numerous titles for those of us in the environmental sector. A quick glance and you’ll find
- Environmental Leader
- Natural Resource Manager
- Sustainability Entrepreneur
- Environmental Scientist
- And the list goes on…
Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) is a world-class aquarium. Millions of visitors marvel at the enormous kelp forest tank, the surrogate sea otter program, and the many species of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The creative and informative encounters with the 1000’s of marine and fresh water species is why the MAB has so many followers from around the world. However, what many people don’t see and realize is that the MBA also has a core mission of developing conservation leaders.
When I learned about this mission, I knew I wanted to make the MBA a recipient of my Giving Back program where I annually donate my time to help support the development of next generation conservation leaders. The MBA Teen Conservation Leader program is an education, mentorship, and leadership development program that guides youth from middle school to college.
In early July 2015, I spent two days coaching 11 young professionals who began their affiliation with the aquarium in the TEEN program as youth and now serve as summer staff in the TEEN program. I donated my time but the greatest gift was how these inspiring young professionals shared with me their wisdom, courage, motivation, and vision for a better future. [Read more…]