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MobilizeGreen is building the next generation of diverse leaders.  The MobilizeGreen Annual Conference and Diversity Career Fair connects top students and recent graduates with environmental and natural resource management agencies, nonprofits, and companies for internship and networking opportunities.

2018 Agenda

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2018 Agenda

March 22, 2018 Ÿ     8:30 AM TO 6:00 PM



8:30 am - 10:00 am



Deborah White, MobilizeGreen 

Daniel Fiorino, Director, Center for Environmental Policy & Distinguished Executive In Residence In the School of Public Affairs of American University

Morning Keynote

Environmental Stewards - Facing the Leadership Challenge

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Speaker:  Merlene Mazyck, Deputy Director (acting), Recreation, Heritage & Volunteer Resources, USDA Forest Service

Come hear Merlene Mazyck, Deputy Director (acting), Recreation, Heritage & Volunteer Resources (RHVR), USDA Forest Service, share the importance of solving the diversity leadership gap in green and STEM fields, and learn about specific approaches that can close that gap.  Prior to her role as Deputy Director (acting), Ms. Mazyck was the national program manager for Volunteers and Service at the Forest Service (USFS).  She is a youth service enthusiast, and with her various roles, she has offered policy guidance and strategic leadership for over 100,000 volunteers and service members working across 175 national forests and grasslands for 8 years.  

Panel Moderator:  Alan Spears, Director,  Cultural Resources in the Government Affairs Department, National Parks Conservation Association 

  • Jerome Ford, Assistant Director for Migratory Birds, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Janet Valenzuela, Central California Consortium - Mobilize


10:30 Am - 12:00 PM

Networking for Results

Whether peer-to-peer networking, diversity recruiting, or professional development, the session should demystify networking, offering strategies for getting the most out of your network. This interactive session will offer insight and strategies for networking, recruiting, and opportunities for engagement, as well as how to identify who should be in your network.



12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Keynote



Speaker:  Sam Fulwood III, Columnist, ThinkProgress

Does pop culture have a role in solving environmental challenges?  Listen to Sam Fulwood III, an award-winning journalist, discuss the intersection of race, environmental equity, and pop culture.  Mr. Fulwood is a columnist at ThinkProgress who writes stories that focus on how the nation's politics and domestic policies affect communities of color across the United States. Currently the author of two impactful books:Waking from the Dream: My Life in the Black Middle Class (Anchor, 1996) and Full of It: Strong Words and Fresh Thinking for Cleveland (Gray & Company, 2004), Mr. Fulwood is a thought-leader regarding public policy's impact on race. Before joining ThinkProgress, Mr. Fulwood was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and director and founder of its Leadership Institute, a program designed to assist with the advancement of people of color in public policy.  

Panel Moderator:  Leah Allen, President, MobilizeGreen

  • Jose Aguto, Associate Director, Catholic Climate Covenant

  • Liz Kennedy, Research and Policy Fellow, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program 

  • Alfredo Gonzalez Valenzuela, Program Specialist, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability



2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Green Careers Panel

Join us for the Green Careers panel where young adults and emerging professionals are able to hear from and discuss with environmental and natural resource management professionals about work insights, career pathway advice, and career opportunities.  

Panel Moderator:  Amtchat Edwards, USDA Forest Service

  • Justin Chow, Lead HR Specialist - Recruitment | Talent Acquisition, DC Human Resources
  • Gabrielle Fabre, Associate, Newday Impact Investing
  • Shawneece Hennighan, Youth Services Alumni Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy 
  • Kristal Knowles, Operations Manager, Groundswell
  • Lenny Teh, Program Manager of Service-wide Volunteer Programs, National Park Service



4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Wrap Up



5:00 pm- 6:00 pm



march 23, 2018

9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM


plenary and Career Fair



9:00 am- 10:45 am



Deborah White, MobilizeGreen Board

Navigating the Federal Jobs Process


Career Fair

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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