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This Month's Five Minute Task
2014 Fellowship applications are due January 10th!  Please help us spread the word throughout your networks!

Question of the Month
What is your most helpful personal leadership practice?  Join the discussion on our blog!
Upcoming Events and Webinars

December 10:  Regional Fellows' Gathering, San Francisco, CA
December 12:  Sharing Economy Conference, Boston (Julia Ledewitz, organizer)

Professional Conferences
Let Erin know if you will be attending any of these!

Dec. 9-13: American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA
Jan. 28-30:  National Council for Science and the Environment, Building Climate Solutions, Washington, D.C.
Feb. 13-15:  New Partners for Smart Growth Annual Conference, Denver, CO

Dear Fellows,
Welcome to December!  We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend with friends and family.  As always, we have some great content below on Fellow leadership!  We're pleased to announce that we will be offering two workshops for Fellows, in Boston and San Francisco, in March, on networked leadership and storytelling, both of which came directly from Fellow suggestions.  More details coming shortly!

December Highlights:  Leadership Stories and Discussions
Adrienne Leppold
Adrienne Leppold is documenting how migrating songbirds use Maine's islands and coast, which is part of a larger effort to identify important areas of stopover habitat to protect in the Gulf of Maine, as well as the flyways that connect them.  Her work was featured in the October 2013 issue of Downeast Magazine.
Miriam Torres and son, Louka
Miriam Torres:  Improving Water Quality
From undocumented student to water rights activist, Miriam Torres balances work and life as a model for single mothers.  She was recently profiled in the UCLA Daily Bruin, as well as in a video by the Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Songbirds comprise a large amount of biodiversity in any ecosystem and in any habitat.  They're also important indicators of changes to that habitat.  But many songbird species migrate hundreds or thousands of miles, creating a challenge for scientists who are eager to learn more about these extraordinary creatures.


Lissa Widoff reflects on leadership competencies as they have evolved, and continue to do so, and on personal leadership practices (including some of her own) - tell us about yours!

In October, Mike Antos queried the Network for recommendations for facilitation and conflict resolution trainings.  The response was overwhelming, with at least 23 Fellows offering suggestions.  Mike compiled the results and posted them to our blog (thanks, Mike!).

This year's fall retreat trainings were devoted to teaching our Fellows how to get the ear of policymakers.  Part of the focus of these sessions was on knowing what role you play when you're talking to decision makers, and how that shapes your own bias.  COMPASS elaborated on this point in a recent blog post on their site, in which they mentioned our retreats.

Leaders should stop looking at social media as another platform you have to learn - yet another responsibility - and start seeing it for what it can be instead:  a personal toolbox for improving your practice of leadership.  (Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal website.) 
Switzer Program and Network News
Spread the word to any great potential applicants!  Here is the Call for Applications.  Detailed guidelines, and links to the application and instructions for recommenders, are available on our website.  Anyone interested in acting as a Fellowship interviewer, please contact Erin.

In March, we will offer a professional development workshop double-header, on both coasts!  Attend both days, or just one!  More details and registration information will be coming shortly - for now, read below and save the date(s)!
Boston:  Fri., March 21, and Sat., March 22
San Francisco:  Fri., March 28, and Sat., March 29
1.  Collective Leadership:  Leading in a Networked World, with Carole Martin.
Friday, March 21 in Boston
Friday, March 28 in San Francisco
It is imperative that we learn to lead not only collaboratively, but towards goals that reach beyond what we as individuals or our organizations can accomplish on our own.  This one-day leadership training will prepare you for leading in and outside the walls of your organization, and learn practices for cooperative and distributed leadership, among other themes.  This specially designed workshop reflects our commitment to networked leadership and will be led by Carole Martin, consultant, facilitator and trainer.
2.  The Power of Story, with Jack Ricchiuto.
Saturday, March 22 in Boston
Saturday, March 29 in San Francisco
Why is storytelling such a powerful tool for change makers?  How can we create a portfolio of stories that we can use to make connections and influence people?  Jack Ricchiuto is a trainer and author of numerous books on storytelling, including his most recent book, The Stories That Connect Us.  Jack has worked with our colleagues at Environmental Leadership Program and comes highly recommended.   

Fun times were had by all who attended the recent Fellow gatherings in Los Angeles and Boston!  In L.A., Fellows gathered on the rooftop deck of an area restaurant, and in Boston they headed down to the seaport for drinks and conversation.  Next up:  a San Francisco get-together, and there has been initial talk of a DC gathering after the holidays.  Stay tuned, and please let Erin know if you're interested in organizing something in your area (even if we've already done it!).  It's easy and fun, we promise.

Our colleagues at Echoing Green have asked that we let you all know of their fellowship deadlines coming up quickly, including their Global Fellowship, their new Climate Fellowship, and their Black Male Achievement Fellowship, all for emerging social entrepreneurs.  These fellowships provide significant seed-stage funding for next-generation leaders working to bring about positive social change.  Pass along to your networks!
The Institute for Conservation Leadership is now accepting applications for its Executive Director Leadership Program.  This is an intensive nine-month program of workshops, coaching and peer learning.  
Fellows in the News Highlights
(Remember, these are just a few highlights!  Catch up on all Fellows in the News on our website!)  
Want to Track Global Warming Trends?  Think Like a Stockbroker.  This opinion piece was co-authored by 2000 Fellow Amy Luers, Director of Climate Change at Skoll Global Threats Fund, and 1996 Fellow Professor Leonard Sklar of San Francisco State University.  Comment on this article, on our blog!
Chris Greacen (1999) co-authored a report for International Rivers demonstrating the benefits of a comprehensive approach to energy planning.  It aims to help citizens engage with their government over long-term energy planning in order to promote the kind of energy future that will benefit society as a whole.
Myra Finkelstein's (1998) work on lead poisoning in California condors leads to passage of first law banning lead in hunting ammunition in California.
Healy Hamilton (1991) has been named the new Vice President for Conservation Science and Chief Scientist with NatureServe.
Martha Matsuoka (2001) has been elected Chair of the Noyes Foundation Board.
Brian Johnson (2008) is the new Director of Educational Research and Program Development at the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York City.
Julia Ledewitz (2011) has joined property services leader DTZ as the Energy and Sustainability Program Manager. 

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