Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14, 2018


Choosing to Lead

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! We’re counting down the days until January 13-14, 2018, when our one-of-a-kind leadership conference returns to Jekyll Island, bigger and better than ever!

Schedule | Tracks and Workshops | Speakers | Field Trips | Accommodations | Sponsorships | Scholarships


If you care about the world around you and want to do your part to make it a better place, you won’t want to miss this interactive weekend. Just listen to what last year’s attendees had to say about Choosing to Lead:

“It was a fantastic event! Life-changing. I can’t wait for next year!”
“Incredible speakers and awesome conference-goers!”
“Hands-down, the best conference I’ve ever participated in: engaging, inspiring, and thought-provoking.”
“So inspiring…now I feel ready to go out and change the world.” 

Thanks to your feedback, we’ve expanded the conference to feature two days! Join us Saturday at the Jekyll Island Convention Center for interactive workshops, coastal advocacy training, and inspirational speakers across five interactive tracks. On Sunday, we’ll go behind the scenes at nearby coastal destinations, participate in a dialogue about community needs, and plan coastal action projects with NEW half-day field trips and planning sessions!

 Stay within one focused track, or pick and choose the workshops that interest you most. Either way, you’ll leave Choosing to Lead armed with new knowledge, skills, and the motivation to make a difference for the coast you love. This year’s conference tracks include:

Leadership for our Coast | Our Wild Coast | Creating an Environmental Ethic for our Coast | The Coastal Way of Life | The Big Picture: Coastal Issues Roundtable


Friday Night: Network! Let’s kick off Choosing to Lead with some fun! Join us the night before the conference to network and get to know your fellow participants. Look for One Hundred Miles staff and committee at the Hampton Inn and Suites lounge at 7 pm. Good company and engaging conversation provided.

Saturday: Learn!

8:00-9:30        Registration and Check in: Visit our exhibitors to get involved!
9:30-10:00      Opening Plenary and Welcome
10:00-11:15      Concurrent Session 1 (Choose from 5 breakout workshops)
11:30-12:45      Lunch and Keynote Address: Dr. Wallace ‘J’ Nichols
1:00-2:15          Concurrent Session 2 (Choose from 5 breakout workshops)
2:15-3:00         Break: Visit our exhibitors to get involved!
3:00-4:15         Concurrent Session 3 (Choose from 5 breakout workshops)
4:30-5:00        Closing Plenary and Keynote Address
5:00-6:00        Visit our exhibitors to get involved!
6:00-7:30         One Hundred Miles 100 reception (Free – all are welcome!)

Sunday: Take Action!

7:30-8:00        Multi-faith Beach Sunrise Service (optional; all are welcome!)
9:00                  Meet at field trip location (directions will be provided)
9:00-10:30      Behind-the-Scenes Tour
10:30-12:00    Small group action planning
12:00                Depart

 Register for the Saturday conference only or the full conference (Saturday conference and Sunday field trips). One Hundred Miles members and students will have special discounted rates; scholarships are also available.

Registration Fees:

SATURDAY ONLY: $75 OHM Member | $100 Nonmember (Includes 1-year membership) | $50 Student (Includes 1-year student membership)

FULL CONFERENCE (SATURDAY + SUNDAY FIELD TRIP): $110 OHM Member | $135 Nonmember (Includes 1-year membership) | $75 Student (Includes 1-year student membership)

If you have questions about your registration, please contact Judi Fergus. For more information about the event itself, please contact Catherine Ridley.



VOLUNTEER AT OUR CONFERENCE: Help us make Choosing to Lead a success by donating your time as a CTL volunteer! We’ll need volunteers to help with registration/check-in, workshop panels, information booths, book & merchandise sales, and so much more. Sign up for one of our Choosing to Lead volunteer trainings!


Conference Volunteer Training Dates:

  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 (OHM Brunswick Office)
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 (OHM Brunswick Office)

CHANGING THE CONVERSATION: Choosing to Lead will broaden the tent of what it means to be a conservationist by focusing on those who choose to make a difference in their own time, in their own way, through actions both big and small.

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 students, wildlife volunteers, environmental educators, cleanup volunteers, coastal outreach staff, seasonal researchers, faith leaders, garden club members, elected officials, 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!

ONE HUNDRED MILES 100: Immediately following the conference, join us for a reception (6-7:30 PM) honoring our second annual One Hundred Miles 100 – a group of individuals and businesses, past and present, who’ve made a lasting difference for the coast we love.

JEKYLL ISLAND, GEORGIA: One of Georgia’s four barrier islands accessible by car, the Jekyll Island Convention Center 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. Click here for hotel group rate information.


Nonprofit Sponsorships • Business Sponsorships

Please contact OHM’s VP of Philanthropy, Kate Grinalds, by email or phone (404) 395-7423 to discuss the ways your organization can make a difference for our coast at this exciting event.

We are grateful for the support and expertise of our planning committee! Many thanks to:
Mary Beene • Boog Candler • Scott Coleman • Robin Hoy • Linda Lamb • Eamonn Leonard • Jim Renner • Brandi Scott • Susan Shipman • Katy Smith

We can’t wait to see you in January 2018!