We are excited to announce that the 2017 Surfrider Leadership Academy – Washington Coast officially launches today! This is the second year of the full program following the 2015 pilot. It is a truly cutting edge leadership program that will prepare participants as they grapple with the current and emerging threats to our coastal resources.

Today’s leaders are finding that a more collective approach is best suited for our increasingly networked world. Effective leadership today is less about who is the loudest voice in the room and more about who can mobilize a network to act. This requires leaders to tap into a deep sense of self awareness, as well as understanding how to effectively network and build the larger movement. This leadership program will facilitate a cohort of coastal leaders to develop self-awareness of themselves as leaders, as well as networking and movement building skills through immersive in-person retreats and virtual training sessions.

The 2016 Surfrider Leadership Academy Cohort at the MRC Summit

This program is designed to develop strong bonds among cohort members as well as provide time and space for reflection and learning through three multi-day retreats and three virtual trainings. Along with developing specific skills, the program will also tap into participants’ experiences to facilitate sharing of best practices learned through working in respective industries, coastal areas, and communities.

Over the course of the program, participants will work with their cohort to develop essential skills, build deep relationships, and better understand the power of today’s collective leadership.

Take a look at the recap of the 2016 Surfrider Leadership Academy to learn more about the program.

Are you involved with natural resource management or conservation efforts on the Washington coast? If so, apply here (deadline July 30th):

Surfrider Leadership Academy Application Form

Do you know someone who is working on the Washington coast that would be a good candidate? Nominate them here (deadline July 27th):

Surfrider Leadership Academy Nomination Form

Click here for the full program announcement