New England Fall Fellows Retreat

Friday, September 26, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, September 28, 2014 (All day)


New England



Warren Conference Center, Ashland, MA

Our fall retreat brings together new and alumnis for a weekend of learning, networking and socializing.

For directions and venue information, please visit the Warren Conference Center website.

FRIDAY, September 26th

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

1:30 pm                CHECK-IN

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               FREE TIME (take a walk, set up your sleeping arrangements, check out the lake!)

6 – 7 pm               DINNER

7 – 9 pm               SOCIAL TIME / NETWORKING


SATURDAY, September 27th

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 own leadership practice.

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

5–5:30 pm            FREE TIME – Take a walk, stretch your legs!

5:30-6 pm             RECEPTION

6 - 7 pm                DINNER

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

9 pm                     MOVIE


SUNDAY, September 28th

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.

9:30-10:15am       SWITZER FELLOW LEADERSHIP PROFILES.  We will hear from two Fellows who are recipients of current Switzer Leadership Grants.

  • Brenda Zollitsch, Policy Analyst, Association of State Wetland Managers
  • Susannah Lerman, NSF Sustainability Fellow, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station

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    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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