Podcasts

October 10, 2018

#107 – Season 5 – Kimpton Cooper – “Sometimes we have to let go of the past so that we can move into the future”

By Tom Davidson

Kimpton Cooper is an accomplished forester and forestry leader, and he currently serves as the District Ranger on the Angelina Sabine Ranger District in East Texas. Kimpton earned his forestry degree by attending Tuskegee University and Mississippi State University and then going on to earn his Masters of Environmental Management at Yale University, with a […]

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October 3, 2018

#106 – Season 5 – Dr. Thomas RaShad Easley – “I’m here to teach what I learned in life not what I learned in the classroom”

By Tom Davidson

Dr. Thomas RaShad Easley, also known as the ‘Hip Hop Forester,’ is an educator, musician, and entrepreneur. Thomas serves as the Assistant Dean of Community Inclusion at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to this, Thomas was the Director of Community Diversity at NC State University, where he also earned his doctorate of […]

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September 25, 2018

#105 – Season 5 – Sam Cook – “Get out of your box and go find some people of color to talk to about the profession”

By Tom Davidson

Sam Cook joins us once again on the Leadership Nature podcast for the Professionals of Color in Forestry and Natural Resources Season! Sam is the Executive Director of Forest Assets at North Carolina State University’s College of Natural Resources and Vice President for the Natural Resources Foundation Board. Sam has experience in nearly every aspect […]

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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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