Choosing to Lead:Putting Advocacy into Action
Our 2nd Annual Coastal Conservation in Action: Choosing to Lead Conference will bring together activists, students, volunteers, thought leaders, and others in celebration of Georgia’s coastal resources.
Save the Date! On Saturday, January 13, 2018, our event will welcome advocates who are new to coastal conservation alongside those who have been part of the movement for years. We have four complimentary tracks planned for the 2018 conference, with three sessions each. We can’t wait to see you at our bigger and better-than-ever event!
New this Year
Participants will be given an educational guide they can use throughout the conference to create an action plan for follow-up. The day after our all-day Conference on Sunday, January 14, 2018 we’re offering opportunities for attendees to take what they’ve learned and put it into action through Sunday field trips across our coast. Stay tuned!
Immediately following the conference, join us for a reception (6-7:30 PM) honoring our inaugural One Hundred Miles 100 – a group of 100 individuals and businesses, past and present, who’ve made a lasting difference for the coast we love. This year, we’ll follow a slightly different model: we will select a total of 50 honorees; in turn, these honorees will each recognize one person who has influenced them in their work for the coast and collectively forming the OHM100.
CHANGING THE CONVERSATION: Choosing to Lead will broaden the tent of what it means to be a conservationist by focusing on the power of those who choose to make a difference in their own time, in their own way, through actions both big and small.
- Inspire attendees with case studies of advocates engaging in coastal decision-making and local actions that have made a positive impact on our communities
- Inform attendees with presentations from thought-leaders engaged in regional and national initiatives that rely on the efforts of citizen activists
- Connect citizens, business leaders, recreationalists, and local elected officials who are committed to improving Georgia’s natural world, one action at a time
- Celebrate Georgia’s world-class landscapes, communities, and history, and highlight the coastal challenges being overcome by everyday actions
- Educate attendees about opportunities to get involved at all levels, and provide practical tools for putting individual ideas into action
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Anyone who works with coastal conservation issues in a personal, volunteer, or professional capacity or who has an interest in Georgia’s 100-mile coast is encouraged to attend. This broad tent includes wildlife volunteers, environmental educators, cleanup volunteers, coastal outreach staff, seasonal researchers, faith leaders, garden club members, elected officials, students, teachers, nonprofit leaders, journalists, neighborhood advocates, historic preservationists, artists, storytellers, and so on. In short: if you are inspired by our one-of-a-kind coast, this conference is for YOU!
CONFERENCE DETAILS: The conference will include breakout sessions, lunch, and a keynote address.
JEKYLL ISLAND, GEORGIA: One of Georgia’s four barrier islands accessible by car, Jekyll Island is the perfect backdrop for this exciting event. The LEED-certified oceanfront conference center will provide comfortable space for the day’s keynote reception, lunch, and breakout sessions.
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Please contact Kate Grinalds by email or by phone (404) 395-7423 to discuss the ways your organization can make a difference for our coast at this exciting event!
We can’t wait to see you in January 2018!