Season 3 | Young Professionals in Forestry and Natural Resources | Episode 16

#51 | Make yourself a leader!

November 22, 2017 | Laurie Raskin

Laurie Raskin is a forestry consultant who earned her B.S. in Forest Management and Forest Resources Management from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry. Prior to this, Laurie worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Finch Paper, and Wagner Hardwoods among other roles before opening her own consulting business earlier this year. On this week’s show, Laurie explains why she loves being a consultant and outlines the rewarding work she does as a forester. She also talks about her lessons in leadership and says, “In order to be a leader, one must serve.”

Key Takeaways:

[1:10] A quick intro about Laurie’s background.

[3:00] How did Laurie first get started in forestry?

[6:45] What was Laurie’s first forestry job like after college?

[7:40] What kinds of things did Laurie learn as an intern?

[13:55] Even though Laurie had a great job at the time, she really, really wanted to get into procurement.

[19:30] When Laurie found herself moving back to her hometown, she decided it was time to start her own business.

[20:55] Laurie is in the early stages of her business; what’s it been like so far?

[21:45] Even though Laurie is still doing a lot of things she used to do while at her previous jobs, it can still be challenging on your own.

[24:00] What kinds of role models has Laurie had?

[29:40] What can the profession do better to attract and retain young professionals?

[36:10] Laurie recommends the book The Servant, by James C. Hunter, and Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson.

Mentioned in This Episode:
The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership, by James C. Hunter
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson


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