California Fall Fellows Retreat

Friday, September 19, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, September 21, 2014 (All day)





NatureBridge, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito, CA

For directions and venue information, please visit the NatureBridge at Golden Gate website.

(Note:  Throughout the weekend, all program activities will be held in the Sunset Room in the Sunset Building.  All meals will take place in the Houston Dining Hall.  Men's lodging is in the Pelican dorm; women's lodging is in the Heron Dorm.)

FRIDAY, September 19th

(Welcome and orientation for 2014 Fellows.  Fellowship Alumni welcome to join for dinner.)

1:30 pm                ARRIVAL AND CHECK-IN (Sunset Room, in the Sunset Building)

2 – 3 pm               INTRODUCTIONS, ORIENTATION FOR NEW FELLOWS.  We will introduce ourselves, and basic information about the Fellowship and the Foundation, as well as presentation of leadership concepts to be explored throughout the weekend.  Fellows should be prepared with ideas for networking topics for later in the weekend (e.g., issues unique to international work, choosing an NGO or academic career, work/life balance, etc. – anything you want to talk with other Fellows about).

3 – 5 pm               FLASH TALKS.  A great way to share information and seek collaboration among your colleagues!  Presenters may bring up to four slides and will have four minutes to pitch an idea, seek input into a project or problem they are trying to solve, or test a message they want to deliver.  This is similar to “Pecha Kucha” or other “lightning talks” that emphasize a concise pitch for feedback on an idea.

5 – 6 pm               DORM CHECK-IN AND FREE TIME (Set up your sleeping arrangements, and then take a walk and check out the beach!)

6 – 7 pm               DINNER

7 – 9 pm               CAMPFIRE (bring stories, musical instruments….)


SATURDAY, September 20th

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

9 – 5 pm               TRAINING:  TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP.  The Switzer Foundation has partnered with the Rockwood Leadership Institute to offer a one day transformative leadership workshop for Fellows.  Rockwood Leadership Institute teaches skills and tools that help social change leaders overcome leadership challenges; develop collaborative skills; decrease “burn-out”; and create organizations that celebrate sustainability and diversity.  The session is designed to help you understand personal awareness as part of collaborative leadership, increase your skillfulness in working across difference, and increase your personal sustainability.  It will be a significant opportunity to build community with other Fellows and strengthen your leadership practice.

  • Welcome and Opening by our trainer, Maria Ramos-Chertok
  • Storytelling - Leadership Journey
  • Personal Ecology
  • (12:30-1:30 pm  LUNCH)
  • Effective Communication Across Differences
  • Collective Vision

5 - 6 pm                RECEPTION AND/OR FREE TIME – Relax and unwind over beer, wine and snacks with fellow participants, and/or go for a walk and stretch your legs!

6 - 7 pm                DINNER

7 – 9 pm               CAMPFIRE

9 pm                     MOVIE


SUNDAY, September 21st

8 – 9 am               BREAKFAST 

9 – 9:30 am         LEADERSHIP CONCEPTS.  Switzer Foundation Executive Director Lissa Widoff will present concepts of leadership in the context of environmental problem solving.  We will tie this back to the Leadership training from the day before.

9:30–10:15 am     SWITZER FELLOW LEADERSHIP PROFILES.  We will hear from two Fellows working in different sectors of the environmental field, and on different issues.

  • Sue Chiang, Pollution Prevention Co-Director, Center for Environmental Health, Oakland, CA (and Switzer Leadership Grant recipient)
  • Alexa Engelman, Esq., Assistant Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, San Francisco, CA

10:15 – Noon         FELLOW NETWORKING / OPEN SPACE.  Fellows will break into small groups for networking and discussion on a range of topics chosen by participants.


12:30-1:30 pm     BOXED LUNCH

1:30 pm                DEPART


Registration deadline:  August 28, 2014.   (Please email Erin Lloyd if you have questions about the retreat, or have missed the deadline but are interested in attending.)


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