Engaging Workshops, Inspiring Speakers, Hands-on Field Trips

Conference Schedule:

Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14, 2018

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


Thanks to your feedback from last year’s inaugural event, we’ve expanded Choosing to Lead 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 and put our new knowledge into action with NEW half-day field trips!


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. Participants, speakers, workshop leaders, and fellow coastal enthusiasts: all are welcome! Good company and engaging conversation provided.

Click here to read our 2018 Choosing to Lead Conference brochure for more information.

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)
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!

Each field trip will be held from 9:00-12:00 at nearby locations on Jekyll, St. Simons, and Brunswick. 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.

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 for:

Wildlife | Land ConservationAltama Plantation
Local Food and Fisheries – Gilliard Farms
Community Leadership | Historic Preservation – Harrington School
Environmental Education | Faith & Spirituality – Honey Creek Episcopal Retreat Center
Student Leadership Projects – Tidelands Nature Center
Power of the Blue Mind Beach Clean Up – Jekyll Island South Dunes 

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