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ALC 1 Photo by Briana Betke 


The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is excited to announce the in-person gatherings for Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) alumni, the Alumni Leadership Cohort (ALC).

The Alumni Leadership Cohorts are geared to build relationships with DDCSP alumni across programs and cohort years.  Alumni who participate will have the opportunity to create the vision and structure for the alumni network and all-community gathering in 2019, in addition to building projects that engage fellow alumni on an ongoing basis. 

Over the course of five days, alumni will spend time building community while exploring leadership topics that include:

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  
    • Understanding power, privilege and oppression
  • Being a Change Agent
    • How to change behaviors, organizations and society
  • Authentic Leadership  
    • Leading from strengths, sustainability and equity
  • Network Development & Action Planning  
    • Weaving a network, building community through action

As participants,  DDCSP alumni will apply these concepts to their own context by developing a personal leadership plan (PLP). The PLP will help alumni articulate personal and professional goals and ways to actualize these concepts moving forward.  Each alumni will also be placed into a Pod, a peer-coaching group made up of peers in the cohort. ALC participants will also be matched with an ELP Senior Fellow, who will act as a mentor through coaching and supporting DDCSP alumni put their ideas into action.

Following the retreat, participants will implement their leadership training and share themes covered during the retreat by facilitating online and in-person learning and community building events for fellow DDCSP alumni. ALC participants will also support the selection process for the next ALC and the planning of the DDCSP Alumni Homecoming that will take place in April, 2019.

Additional retreats will take place in: 

  • September 23-27, 2019 Jacksonville, Florida

Read the FAQ to find out more:

See Highlights From ALC 1 

Read testimony From ALC 2