Foundation News: On Leadership

Nov 5, 2018
Every fall, we bring the new class of Switzer Fellows together at Fellowship Retreats to officially welcome them to the Switzer Fellowship Network, and to meet each other and Fellow alumni. These retreats provide the first opportunity for new Fellows to develop relationships with each other and the...Read more >
Oct 16, 2018
As I greeted the new 2018 Switzer Fellows at this year’s fall retreats, I reflected on the joy and inspiration of the Switzer Foundation’s 32 years of supporting environmental leaders. At the same time, I was reflecting on my own leadership and have decided that it is time for me to till new soil...Read more >
Sep 26, 2018
The Switzer Foundation is proud of its history supporting environmental leaders through the Switzer Fellowship Program. Switzer Fellows are engaged in a variety of disciplines and fields through which significant environmental gains are being achieved. Applied science, academic research, policy and...Read more >
Mar 29, 2018
In early March, working with our training partners at COMPASS , we convened Fellows in Washington, DC, for two days of workshop and practice on communicating with policy makers! Most of the 2017 Fellows and one Fellow alum joined us for the policy training and general festivities, and once again we...Read more >
Feb 14, 2018
For decades, environmental justice organizations have been advocating to reduce pollution and impacts affecting low income communities that are largely communities of color. These “fenceline” communities are often characterized as areas of concentrated environmental harms and degradation. What is...Read more >
Nov 13, 2017
This year's fall retreats in New England and California offered Fellows and the Foundation an opportunity for new learning and thinking about leadership and what it means to lead with respect for difference as we define our common ground for the common good. Each year the fall retreats include time...Read more >
Sep 6, 2017
Executive Director Lissa Widoff writes about how the Switzer Foundation is working to better integrate equity into our vision of environmental leadership. As we aim to contribute to a pipeline of environmental leaders who are reflective of the changing demographics of the country, we are examining our own implicit biases and working with Fellows and alumni to learn how we can bridge diverse perspectives, background and leadership so that we can all forge a positive future.Read more >
Jun 14, 2017
We may be past the news cycle that focused on the dramatic but not totally surprising move by President Trump to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement, but as a foundation long committed to environmental leadership, we see the signs of positive climate leadership that have been here all...Read more >
Jun 9, 2017
Fred Emmet Switzer, brother to Robert Switzer and inspirational leader in the early years of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, passed away in March 2017 surrounded by his family of loving daughters. His wife, Shirley, was deceased in the prior year. Fred was a proud 94 at the time of his...Read more >
Apr 13, 2017
The Switzer Foundation’s programs all build upon our commitment to identifying and supporting environmental leaders. Our Fellowship Program is the cornerstone of our efforts and our investment in Switzer Fellows focuses on both inner leadership skills and the necessity for leaders to take...Read more >

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