2010 California Fall Fellows' Retreat

Friday, October 1, 2010 (All day) - Sunday, October 3, 2010 (All day)



The Headlands Institute, Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA

(Click here for more information about The Headlands Institute)

FRIDAY, October 1st

(Evening arrival for all 2010 California Fellows, and out of town travelers. New Fellows please arrive in time for dinner!)

5:00 pm               Check-in

6  - 7:00 pm         DINNER

7 – 9:00 pm         Introductions, orientation for new Fellows.  This evening will allow time for welcoming and introductions for new Fellows, as well as presentation of leadership concepts to be explored throughout the weekend. Fellows will have a chance to identify topics for networking over the weekend.

SATURDAY, October 2nd

8 – 9:00 am         BREAKFAST and check-in for new arrivals

9 – 10:00 am       INTRODUCTIONS.  Lissa Widoff, Executive Director of the Switzer Foundation, will welcome participants and discuss the agenda for the weekend.  Participant and staff introductions will be made.


We offer this training at the fall retreat as the first step in our effort to help Fellows develop effective communications skills.   For these trainings, we have the great privilege of engaging with a terrific group of trainers and practitioners.  Liz Neeley of COMPASS (Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea) specializes in training scientists and experts to hone their messages so they can communicate their work to a wide range of audiences.  A two hour messaging workshop, including small group work, will take place in the morning.  This will prepare participants for the second part of the training with Journalist and Switzer Network News Reporter (!) Jerry Kay of Media Interchange.

10 – 12:30 pm    Part One:  MESSAGING.   Liz Neeley will introduce COMPASS’s time-tested “Message Box” exercise – a simple yet powerful tool for organizing and focusing any message for any audience.  Fellows will then have the opportunity to test out their messages in a “headlining” exercise, and later in the mock interview scenarios.

12:30–1:30 pm   LUNCH

1:30 – 4:00 pm   Part Two:  INTERVIEWS.  Jerry Kay and his team will interview new Fellows and current Leadership Grantees in mock interviews.  These on-camera “live” interviews will give Fellows a chance to practice their message and to be in the spotlight for a few minutes.  We are aiming to have time for all participants to try this and learn from direct experience about the skills and awareness required for communicating your “story” effectively and engagingly.  We know that speaking in front of an audience, let alone a camera and microphone, can be daunting, so we will accommodate each of you within your comfort levels.   Jerry will also make himself available for additional interviews with selected grantees and Fellows whose work can be featured on Switzer Network News.   (Note:  although precedence will be given to 2010 Fellows and current Leadership Grantees, other participants should contact Erin or Lissa if you are interested in being interviewed by Jerry Kay, for this exercise or for Switzer Network News.  We will work with Fellows to schedule a time at the retreat or at another time.)

4 – 4:30 pm         DEBRIEF, CONCLUDE TRAINING

4:30 – 5:30 pm   BREAK – take a walk, stretch your legs!

5:30 - 6 pm          WINE AND BEER RECEPTION

6 – 7:00 pm         DINNER

7:30-9:00 pm      EVENING PRESENTATION by Switzer Fellow and Leadership Grantee, Dr. Jennifer O’Leary:   Marine Protected Areas and Public Education in Kenya.  Jennifer O'Leary will discuss the Adaptive Management Program she developed for Kenyan marine protected areas as a postdoc with the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and through a Switzer Leadership Award.  The program was developed with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to create direct links between scientific monitoring and marine management and allow active management response to ecological or human use threats.  The initial pilot program in the Mombasa Marine Park has been hugely successful and KWS is now expanding to three other marine parks and considering using the program in their terrestrial parks.  Jennifer will discuss the program framework, challenges, early success, and outlook for the future.

9:00 - - - ->          CAMPFIRE and social time!  Bring musical instruments if you like!

SUNDAY, October 3rd

8 – 9:00 am         BREAKFAST

9 - 10:45 am        DEVELOPING A LEADERSHIP LEARNING AGENDA.  Lissa Widoff will present an overview of how to create a leadership learning agenda that articulates your professional, personal and career vision and goals, and offer tools for and identify resources to help you meet your goals.  There will be small group interaction and discussion of each participant’s leadership goals in preparation for drafting a written document.  Alumni can likewise benefit from this exercise.

INTRODUCTION TO CAREER COACHING AND MENTORING.  Foundation staff will present guidance on effective mentoring relationships and seeking professional development support throughout your career. Fellows may serve as mentors in the future or may be seeking one in the near term. In either case, understanding the dynamics and responsibilities of both sides of this relationship can improve the value of mentor/mentee interactions.

11:00 am              PRESENTATION OF 2010 FELLOWSHIP AWARDS

11:30-12:30 pm   KEYNOTE:  Dr. Dennis Takahashi-Kelso, 1998 Switzer Fellow and Executive Vice President of The Ocean Conservancy.   Denny Takahashi-Kelso , now Executive VP with the Ocean Conservancy and formerly Alaska Commissioner of Environmental Conservation at the time of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, will discuss his organization’s role in the aftermath of the Gulf Oil Spill.  We will examine the complexity of the issue from ecological and socio-economic perspectives, including the questions of how Gulf residents will fare in continuing to have fishing and tourism coexist with oil drilling, and whether we can truly anticipate the long term impact of the spill.  Denny’s experience as a policy maker, researcher and NGO leader will offer insights into the ways in which science and policy intersect with community and economic interests.  We are thrilled to have Denny join us in the wake of his intimate involvement in these issues.

12:30-1:30 pm    LUNCH

1:30 pm                DEPART

Click here for a printable version of this agenda.

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