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Seventh Generation Institute Announces

two Free workshops on Women’s leadership and innovation

for professionals or graduate students in conservation

October 2019 Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

Special guest instructor Julianka Clarenda of Echo Bonaire.

Join us!


Quick Workshop Information

Where: Workshops will be held on Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles.


  • Basic workshop October 15 2019.

  • Advanced workshop October 17 2019.

  • October 16 is a day off between workshops while keeping the trip costs low and staggered skill building.

Each workshop is an intensive 1-day program employing a variety of methods. Depending on the number of participants these typically include advance readings, large and small group exercises, video, instruction and shared discussions.

An informal networking event is planned for after each workshop which will likely be a beach picnic.

While workshops are free, participants are responsible for their own costs of transportation, lodging and meals.

When you journey with a woman you are not just making one step but making two because you are holding the hand of another powerful woman.
— Julianka Clarenda - Echo Bonaire

Workshop Goals, Format and Content

The goals of the workshops are to achieve more effective conservation outcomes by: 1) strengthening the leadership skill set of women working in conservation; and 2) developing a peer network of women conservationists who can share ideas, support and lessons learned over time.

Course content will be driven in part by an informal needs assessment via advance input from the attendees – please see more info under Registration below.   

Below is a summary of topics typically covered for participants who take the full set of two courses.

  • Leadership styles

  • Identifying and enhancing your personal style of leadership.

  • Myths of leadership. What leadership is not.

  • Links between leadership, communication and collaboration.

  • Important skills

    • Establishing an effective culture of team work for work groups, meetings and collaborations, with emphasis on communication, adaptability, innovation and diversity

    • Problem-solving techniques to innovate and address resource management issues.

    • Conflict resolution techniques, avoiding conflicts, working with "difficult" people and “stuck” situations, discrimination.

    • Inspiring others – techniques for compelling stories and speaking in public.

  • A collection of quick tips for greater effectiveness.

  • Putting your knowledge and skills into action - creating a road map to use your new skills and continue learning.

 Format Information

  • The emphasis is on knowledge, techniques and skills for women in each of the topic areas.

  • Workshops aim to have as much group participation as possible – modeling of techniques. Discussions and brainstorming, experience sharing, small group exercises for the participants, videos, and of course PowerPoint.

  • Advance readings are usually assigned.

  • Workshops are intensive learning.

  • An informal networking event is planned after each workshop which will likely be a beach picnic that all participants will organize together.

Workshop content was co-developed by Cathryn Wild (see below) and Anne Walton, formerly of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Versions of this workshop have been extensively taught in the Mediterranean and South Pacific regions.

Support Women’s Leadership in Conservation

While the workshops are free, participants are responsible for their own costs of transportation, lodging and meals. That leaves out some women that could greatly benefit.

If you are interested in elevating both women AND conservation, your financial support can help Seventh Generation Institute expand this program and provide more of these workshops, to more women, in more roles and in more places.

Sponsor a woman to become a champion of nature!

Future Workshops

Bring the workshop to your colleagues or community!

The current announcement is for women professionals working in conservation but additional workshops are being developed for men, and for community members who interact with each other and with professional entities.

Workshops may be offered in Spanish or other languages with appropriate arrangements and may be hosted in almost any location.

Future workshops may require a fee, depending on funding levels for this program. However, our goal is to provide the workshops free or at the lowest possible cost.  

 If you are interested in hosting a future workshop, please contact Ralph Pastor at admin@seventh-generation.org.

Workshop Leader – Cathryn Wild, Seventh Generation Institute

Workshops are facilitated by Cathryn Wild, Executive Director of Seventh Generation Institute. Ms. Wild has twenty years of broad experience in conservation, with the last twelve years at the Institute. This has included working with communities and stakeholder groups to develop protected area management and use plans in California, Colombia, the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, and Honduras, managing multi-stakeholder projects for the Coastal Conservancy in California, trained citizen scientists and delivered dozens of presentations and workshops to the public, to stakeholder and at scientific conferences.

Cathryn Wild holds an M.S. in environmental management, with emphasis in conservation biology, from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a B.S. in Agricultural Education in addition to teaching credentials in Life Science and Vocational Agriculture from the University of California at Davis. Ms. Wild is also a member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management.

Special guest instructor - Julianka Clarenda of Echo Bonaire

This year, Julianka Clarenda will be joining the workshop on October 15th.

Registration and Questions

Questions may be sent to Ralph Pastor at admin@seventh-generation.org. Please allow up to 3 business days to receive a response during this busy time of year.

To register:

1.       Send an email to Ralph Pastor at admin@seventh-generation.org with the subject line stating whether you wish to register for the Basic, the Advanced, or both courses.

2.       In the email, state your institutional affiliation – whether agency, NGO, community organization, or educational institution,  the approximate number of years you have been in the conservation field and your current position or title. Later, we will ask for additional information to share at the workshop.

3.       Please also provide a brief description of specific areas of interest, or challenges or obstacles in your work. Responses will be compiled and course content will reflect the most numerous responses from the attendees so that we can better serve your needs.

These professional development workshops require a minimum participation of 12 and a maximum participation of 24. Seventh Generation Institute reserves the right to: 1) cancel workshops which do not meet the minimum attendance; 2) add additional workshop dates in response to demand - please receive confirmation of your attendance before making non-refundable travel arrangements; or 3) select the candidates most likely to benefit from and/or contribute to the workshops, in the event of high demand.  


A photographer/videographer will be present at the workshops and all participants will be asked to sign a photo/video/audio release upon arrival at the workshop. Photos will be made available to all participants. If you are not comfortable with this, please do not register. It is not possible to photograph some participants while leaving others out of the image.