Engaging Workshops, Inspiring Speakers, Hands-on Field Trips

Conference Schedule:

Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, 2019

Workshops | Speakers | Field Trips | Registration | Sponsorships | Scholarships


Once again for 2019, Choosing to Lead will feature two action-packed days. Join us Saturday at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center for interactive workshops, coastal advocacy training, and inspirational speakers across multiple interest levels and topics. There’s even an all-new youth track for student leaders!

On Sunday, we’ll go behind the scenes at nearby coastal destinations and put our knowledge into action with NEW half-day field trips! You’ll have the opportunity to explore exciting destinations then work with fellow conference-goers to plan volunteer projects to benefit your community.


Saturday: Learn!

8:00-9:30        Registration and Check in: Visit our exhibitors to get involved!
9:30-10:00      Opening Plenary and Welcome: Megan Desrosiers, OHM CEO
10:00-11:15      Concurrent Session 1 (Choose from 5 breakout workshops, including one especially for students!)
11:30-12:45      Lunch and Keynote Address: New York Times best-selling author Paul Greenberg
1:00-2:15         Concurrent Session 2 (Choose from 5 breakout workshops, including one especially for students!)
2:15-3:00         Break: Visit our exhibitors to get involved!
3:00-4:15         Concurrent Session 3 (Choose from 5 breakout workshops, including one especially for students!)
4:30-5:00        Closing Plenary and Keynote Address: Angelou Ezeilo, Founder and CEO of Greening Youth Foundation.
5:00-5:30        Book Signing; Visit our exhibitors to get involved!
5:30-7:30         One Hundred Miles 5th Anniversary Celebration (Free – all are welcome!)

Sunday: Take Action!

Each field trip will be held from 9:00-12:00 at nearby locations in Chatham County. Participants will provide their own transportation. These half-day field experiences will have a unique “Choosing to Lead” twist: in addition to touring local conservation sites, attendees will work with other conference-goers to plan projects for their communities.

Exact schedules will depend on the venue and travel considerations, but a general itinerary will likely include:

8:50                  Meet at field trip locations (directions will be provided; please allow enough time for travel.)
9:00-10:30      Behind-the-Scenes Tour
10:30-12:00    Issues discussion and small group action planning
12:00                Depart

During registration, choose the field trip that most closely aligns with your volunteer interests. Facilitators will be on hand to lead a discussion on community needs for each program area and will help participants develop projects that benefit our coast and local communities. Choose from wildlife, writing, water quality, and much more!

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. If you are interested in volunteering and attending the conference at a reduced rate, please contact Kristy Burja (if you live in or near the Savannah area) or Stephanie Chewning (if you live in or near the Brunswick area).