Podcasts

September 19, 2018

#104 – Season 5 – Chris Davidson – “It takes a lifetime of learning to become a good leader, and good leaders are lifetime learners”

By Tom Davidson

Dr. Chris Davidson is the Director of Corporate Sustainability for WestRock Company, based in Richmond, Virginia, where he is responsible for ensuring the company is a recognized global leader in sustainability. Chris has had a long and distinguished career in the forestry and forest products sector, starting out as a field forester. Prior to WestRock, […]

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September 12, 2018

#103 – Season 5 – Leslie Weldon – “The simplest form of being a leader is having a positive influence on others”

By Tom Davidson

Today’s episode features Leslie A. C. Weldon, Deputy Chief for National Forest Systems with the USDA Forest Service. In this role, she is the executive responsible for national policy oversight and direction for Natural Resource programs, currently managing 193 million acres of National Forests and Grasslands. Leslie always wanted to get into forestry and credits […]

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September 5, 2018

#102 – Season 5 – Vince Keeler – “Learning to be comfortable being uncomfortable”

By Tom Davidson

In this episode, the podcast welcomes back Vince Keeler’s who appeared once before in the Young Professionals Season. Since the last time we spoke, Vince has taken on a new position as the District Ranger on the Chickasawhay District in the Mississippi National Forest for the U.S. Forest Service. On today’s show, Vince discusses his […]

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August 29, 2018

#101 – Season 5 – Travis Perry – “If you don’t see yourself as a leader, you’ll probably never be one”

By Tom Davidson

Travis Perry is a Forester and currently Territory Manager for Weyerhaeuser Company. He was introduced to his career as a young teenager in high school by attending a Natural Resources Careers Camp sponsored by Westvaco in South Carolina. Travis went on to finish his BS in Forest Resources Management at Clemson University, then his MBA […]

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August 22, 2018

#100 – S5|E11: Byron Hart – “If we’re not learning from our mistakes, that’s the real failure”

By Tom Davidson

Byron Hart is a forester and fire expert for the U.S. Forest Service, currently serving as the Fire Management Officer on the Osceola National Forest in Florida. After graduating from Florida A&M University and the University of Florida, Byron got his start as Forester Trainee in the Ocala National Forest and served in a number […]

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