Season 2 | Women in Forestry | Episode 1

#17 | Diversity. It’s getting better, but there’s still a lot of work ahead

February 1, 2017 | Louise Murgia

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 language plays a very important role in the workplace, and it’s important to be aware of how that might affect your peers, whether they’re female, or a younger member of the profession.

Key Takeaways:

[3:05] How did Louise get started in forestry?

[4:30] Louise was extremely grateful that a forester came in and spoke at her class.

[7:55] What is NCLI about?

[12:05] How does Louise define adaptive leadership?
[15:40] What makes a good leader?

[19:15] When looking at the forestry profession, how is it doing in terms of diversity?

[20:15] When it comes to diversity, we’ve still got a lot of work to do.

[20:50] What kinds of challenges are women in forestry currently facing?

[22:30] The way men communicate (tone of voice, style, choice of words, etc), plays a big role on their female counterparts.

[28:20] With that being said, women do need to adapt too.

[29:50] What advice does Louise have from women suffering from harassment or discrimination?

[36:25] Remember, you can always pay it forward, and help women in the field rise up through mentorship and support.

[41:05] Are leaders born or made?

[43:25] Tom’s Leadership Tip of the Week!

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