UW Offers Collaborative Leadership Program For Natural Resource Professionals

March 12, 2013
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Jessica Clement and Steve Smutko will lead the hands-on sessions.

Mid- and upper-level professionals or other individuals whose work involves land or natural resource management and decision making in Wyoming and the region are invited to join the 2013 Collaborative Leadership Program offered by the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. The program launches in April.

Individuals interested in collaborative problem solving for natural resource challenges are welcome to apply. The application deadline is April 8. Tuition for the yearlong program is $1,000, due at the first session for those accepted into the program.

The Collaborative Leadership Program entails a series of six rigorous, hands-on sessions where participants will develop collaborative problem-solving skills to address natural resource issues. The first of six sessions is scheduled April 30-May 2 in Lander.

Jessica Clement, research scientist in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at UW, directs the program. She brings expertise in collaborative governance and collaborative learning related to forests, wildlife, recreation, public lands and other resources. Steve Smutko, professor and Spicer Chair in Collaborative Practice, also at the Ruckelshaus Institute, will co-teach the training sessions.

“The program will develop leadership, collaboration and communication skills specifically directed to collaborative problem solving in natural resources,” Clement says.

The sessions will involve training in self-awareness, leadership skills, collaborative problem solving for regulatory and landscape-scale natural resource issues, facilitation skills and other related subjects. The learning also will involve analyzing real-world case histories and studies, plus exercises for participants to practice collaborative approaches and leadership styles.

Interested individuals can learn more about the Collaborative Leadership Program, including instructions for how to apply, curricula and schedules, at www.uwyo.edu/haub/ruckelshaus-institute/collaborative-leadership.

For more information, contact Clement, at jessica.clement@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-5048; or Emilene Ostlind, communications coordinator, at emilene@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-2604.

The Ruckelshaus Institute, a division of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at UW and home to the Collaborative Leadership Program, provides tools and resources including collaborative decision making support services, to help citizens, agency staff, and policy makers arrive at sound, lasting decisions to ensure sustained natural resources in the state.

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