Podcasts

S2|E6: Julie Peltier – “Leadership is action, not a position”

By Tom Davidson

Julie Peltier is a field forester with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and she recently served as General Chair of the Society of American Foresters’ 2016 National Convention. On this week’s episode, Julie speaks of her first unhappy experience in leadership, her pride in later teams and teamwork, her lessons learned, and why her […]

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S2|E5: Valerie Johnson – “Gotta have thick skin in this industry”

By Tom Davidson

Valerie Johnson is a Forestry Specialist at the Ruffed Grouse Society. As a young woman professional in natural resources, Valerie credits the many women who came before her for having paved the way for her own journey and her mom for her tenacity. Even though she sometimes runs into uncomfortable situations, Valerie maintains a positive […]

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S2|E4: Melody Starya Mobley – “Your mentors don’t have to look like you”

By Tom Davidson

Melody Starya Mobley is a pioneer. She was the first African-American woman to graduate with a degree in forest management from the University of Washington. She was also the first black female forester to join the US Forest Service. Now retired, Melody served forestry and the forestry community in many places for 28 years, and […]

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S2|E3: Louise Murgia – “Diversity. It’s getting better, but there’s still a lot of work ahead”

By Tom Davidson

Louise Murgia is the Chief of Staff & Chief Operating Officer at the Society of American Foresters. In this episode, Louise discusses some of her experiences of being a woman in a very male-dominated career, and offers advice and wisdom for other women in similar positions. As for our male counterparts, Louise points out that […]

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S2|E2: Gretchen Nicholas – “Only good things will come when you follow your passion”

By Tom Davidson

Welcome again to Season 2 of the Leadership Nature podcast! Season 2 is focusing on and featuring women in forestry and natural resources. Today’s guest is Gretchen Nicholas! Gretchen is the Program Manager for the FIA Program at the U.S. Forest Service. With over 30 years of experience, Gretchen has seen the industry change and […]

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