Season 2 | Women in Forestry | Episode 11

#27 | The understory can continue to be diverse, but there’s work to be done in the canopy

May 24, 2017 | Nadine Block

Nadine Block is the COO and SVP of Public Affairs at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., a Washington, DC-based non-profit dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management and responsible sourcing of forest products. On this week’s episode, Nadine talks about how she got involved in forest policy, the three pillars of sustainability, and the future of natural resources professions. She also discusses diversity in forestry and how capable women tend to hold themselves back from promotion opportunities because they don’t feel qualified enough.

Key Takeaways:

[2:40] How did Nadine get into forestry?

[4:55] What is a career in forest policy like, and how can someone get started in it?

[5:50] Nadine’s work not only focuses on the forests and the environmental aspects of the job, but also on what it means for the communities and how we can continue to educate our youth.

[7:40] What is Nadine most proud of so far?

[11:55] Don’t be afraid to ask for help! People want to help!

[12:10] Nadine discusses the mentors she’s had throughout her career and the impact they’ve had on her.

[17:20] According to Sheryl Sandberg, women hold themselves back on promotion opportunities.

[21:15] Take a leap and cast a wider net. Your ability to overcome adversity and challenges will often surprise you.

[22:30] Has Nadine ever witnessed other women being held back, in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways?

[28:25] Although Nadine has been out of forestry school for some time, she has noticed that forestry schools have extensive talks and discussions about diversity in the workforce.

[33:15] Nadine recommends two books that have inspired her.

[38:10] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week!

Mentioned in This Episode:


Season 1 | Episode 5: Dr. Paul Winistorfer on The Leadership Nature Podcast

Nadine on LinkedIn

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg

Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown



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