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S2|E14: Shawna Legarza – What can I do to give back to the people where I came from?

By Tom Davidson

Shawna Legarza is the National Director of Fire and Aviation Management for the U.S. Forest Service. She has been working in the wildland fire service since 1989 when she started out as a Hotshot crew member in Carson City, NV, and a Hotshot superintendent in Durango, CO. In addition to District and Forest Fire Management […]

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S2|E13: Brittany VanderWall – Leaders have a strong vision and aren’t afraid to fail

By Tom Davidson

Brittany VanderWall is the District Forester at Presque Isle Conservation District in Michigan. The very first people who shaped Brittany’s view on leadership were mentors from school. Brittany draws the connection between good leaders and good music directors; both need to paint a very clear vision for their teams so that everyone can work together […]

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S2|E12: Lisa Allen – What would I do if I wasn’t afraid?

By Tom Davidson

Lisa Allen is the State Forester of Missouri. As the top forestry executive in the state, Lisa provides statewide leadership for all current and future forestry issues, and she oversees the activities of the Forestry Division’s 222 employees. Lisa has been a forester since 1984, and has received several prestigious awards for her work, one […]

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S2|E11: Kelly Norris – Pioneering young woman in forestry roles wherever she has gone

By Tom Davidson

Kelly Norris is a District Forester with the Wyoming State Forestry Division. Throughout her career, Kelly has often been the first woman among all-male coworkers, sometimes the first woman forester anyone had seen, especially in small towns and remote locations. So she has learned some things about being a pioneer, about coping with special circumstances, […]

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S2|E10: Cassie Phillips – Every great leader has personal integrity and vulnerability

By Tom Davidson

Forester and attorney Cassie Phillips was Vice President at Weyerhaeuser from 2001 to 2016, but she has been an endemic part of the forest policy landscape for much longer. Cassie earned her degree in forestry at the University of Washington in 1976, and in this episode, she discusses how much things have has changed since […]

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