Foundation News: On Leadership

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 >
Apr 13, 2017
We are all aware of the myriad threats to environmental protection, clean air and water, community health and assaults upon open government and policy processes that are unfolding with lightning speed under the Trump administration. As Switzer Fellows, we have an opportunity now to unite in support...Read more >
Feb 16, 2017
Last fall, we surveyed all Fellows (as we do from time to time) to track professional pathways and leadership skills and to gain input on how we can improve our offerings through the Fellows Network, retreats, trainings, gatherings, etc. The timing of the survey had the unintended benefit of...Read more >
Feb 1, 2017
As environmental leaders, we are undoubtedly facing a time of great challenge to environmental science, policy and practice and are looking for the best tools to use and strategic actions we can take. As we seek to leverage the resources we have as the Switzer Foundation and as the Switzer Fellows...Read more >

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