The Annual National Wildlife Federation EcoCareers Conference


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Welcome Address:
Philippe Cousteau
Opening Keynote:
Rue Mapp
Inspired by the legacy of his grandfather Jacques Cousteau, Philippe is a multi Emmy Nominated TV host and producer as well as an author, speaker, and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of EarthEcho International. He and his wife Ashlan are the stars of The Travel Channel’s newest series Caribbean Pirate Treasure.
  Rue Mapp is the Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, a national not-for-profit organization with offices in Oakland, CA and Washington, DC. Rue oversees a carefully selected and trained national volunteer leadership team of 62 men and women who represent 26 states around the US, and shares opportunities to build a broader community and leadership in nature. 
CEO Remarks:
Collin O'Mara
Day 1 Closing Plenary:
David Mizejewski
Collin O'MaraCollin O’Mara came to the National Wildlife Federation from the state government of Delaware where he led the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control as Cabinet Secretary from 2009 through 2014.
Prior to that, O’Mara served as the Clean Tech Strategist for the City of San Jose, California, and as the Director of SyraStat for the City of Syracuse, New York.
  David Mizejewski is a media personality, author, blogger and a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. He holds a degree in Human and Natural Ecology from Emory University and is an expert on wildlife and our environment. He’s dedicated to using his knowledge and his enthusiasm to help others understand and protect wildlife.
Day 2 Opening Plenary:
Jigar Shah
Closing Keynote:
Lisa Yee-Litzenberg
Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Shah was the founder and CEO of SunEdison, where he pioneered “no money down solar” and unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market, creating the largest solar services company worldwide.   Lisa Yee-Litzenberg is an environmental career coach who is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator. In 2016 she launched her own Green Career Advisor business where she is President. She has spent over 22 years as a green career expert and is passionate about helping others to find and secure rewarding careers in the environmental field.
WHAT: The NWF EcoCareers Conference prepares students and young professionals for wildlife and sustainability careers by providing information on the latest EcoCareer trends from leading analysts and employers, clarifying career enhancing credentials and academic offerings, and formulating a better understanding of the competencies employers seek in the green sector.

WHO: Students, faculty, and staff from high schools, colleges and universities across the country and globe!

The goals of the conference are:
  1. Discover the types of jobs available in the clean economy, compensation levels, and advancement opportunities across clean economy sectors.
  2. Enhance understanding of how to develop effective career plans that include degree programs and project-based learning credentials, while becoming familiar with supportive programming offered through the NWF EcoLeaders Program.
  3. Explore online sustainability career skill resources that can help college instructors enhance academic offerings for sustainability across various disciplines.
  4. Meet others across fields interested in leading for a clean economy including, students, faculty and employers and learn about ways to support one another.

Feedback from past conference attendees:
  • Thank you once again for your time and providing me with an opportunity to become a part of this discussion. Very inspirational.
  • Great to have as a virtual conference. Saves so much time/money/carbon in the travel.
  • Great talk. Lots of specific information and places to follow up to learn more.
  • Really great insight about the soft skills and was inspirational as someone who is currently struggling to find an entry into the sustainability job field.
  • What an excellent way to attend a conference and get such needed information!

A special thank you to our 2018 EcoCareers Conference Sponsors!

Additionally, we would like to thank The Kendeda Fund and Bank of America for their ongoing support of the EcoLeaders program.


Past EcoCareer Conferences:

February 22-23, 2017



Thank you to our 2017 Conference sponsors:

Certified EcoLeader Sponsor:

Leadership Sponsor:

Additionally, we would like to thank The Kendeda Fund and Bank of America for supporting this initiative and the EcoLeaders program.

Registration Fees

2017 EcoCareer Conference Registration Fees:

  • Registered and Certified EcoLeaders - Free (to become a Certified EcoLeader, click here)
  • College Students - $45
  • High School Students - Free (for all students not part of a class viewing)
  • High School groups - Free (for educators who will host the viewing during class)
  • Professionals (includes instructors and staff) - $70
  • Groups up to 10 - $300
  • Groups of 11 to 25 - $350
  • Groups of 26 to 50 - $600

Video Archive

Post-Conference Networking Q&A (on YouTube)

MaKara Rumley Networking Q&A (Environmental Justice and Law)

Talia Schmitt Networking Q&A (Youth Education)

Day One:

Intro and Keynote:


Panel 1:


Panel 2:


Panel 3:


Keynote and Closing:


Day Two:

Intro and Panel 4 Video:


Workshop 1 Video:


Workshop 2 Video:


Workshop 3 and Closing Video: