March 29, 2017
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, and about moving from being an individual contributor to being a people manager. She knows that discrimination can be frustrating and a huge challenge to overcome. Hear her stories and heartfelt advice on this week’s episode!
[3:40] How did Kelly become involved in forestry?
[8:55] You never stop learning in forestry.
[9:05] What is the collaboration program in natural resources about?
[12:35] Who can join this program?
[16:40] What did Kelly learn the most while attending the collaboration program?
[21;15] What was Kelly’s first leadership role like?
[24:35] Kelly discusses her experience as often being the ‘first woman’ to achieve certain milestones.
[28:10] Why were the other male foresters afraid of Kelly?
[32:00] Unfortunately, with being the first woman to enter into a lot of these rural places, Kelly has experienced discrimination.
[40:35] What kind of mentors has Kelly had?
[47:30] How can men make the work environment more welcoming to women?
[48:50] What is Kelly most proud of in her career so far?
[54:45] What makes a good leader?
[1:02:50] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week!
Mentioned in This Episode:
The Collaboration Program in Natural Resources:
Kelly at an Arbor Day event celebrating Sheridan College becoming the first Tree Campus USA in Wyoming.