We are excited to announce that the 2016 Surfrider Leadership Academy – WA Coast officially launches today! The academy builds off last year’s successful pilot program and will run a full 6 months with additional training sessions.

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 2015 Surfrider Leadership Cohort

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

Are you involved with natural resource management or conservation efforts on the Washington coast? If so, apply here (deadline June 19th):

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 June 16th):

Surfrider Leadership Academy Nomination Form

Click here for the full program announcement