2018 EcoCareers Conference Archive

February 21-22, 2018

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.


Thank you to our 2018 Conference sponsors:

Certified EcoLeader Sponsor:

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

Video Archive

Day One:

Intro and Welcome Message (Philippe Cousteau Jr.):


Opening Keynote (Rue Mapp):


Panel 1 (Lands, Waters, and Outdoor Recreation):


EcoLeaders Certification Workshop (Courtney Cochran):


CEO Announcement (Collin O'Mara):


Day 1 Closing Keynote (David Mizejewski):


Day Two:

Intro and Opening Interview (Jigar Shah):


Career Planning Tool Workshop (Kristy Jones):


Interview with Megan Taylor and CTE Presentation (Kevin Coyle):


Panel 2 (Entrepreneurship):

Panel 3 (Counseling):

Closing Keynote (Lisa Yee-Litzenberg):