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CANCELLED Alnoba Leadership Day – Spring 2020

March 27 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED to comply with recommendations about limiting large gatherings to minimize COVID-19 spread. To receive notice of similar events in the future, join our mailing list.Inspiration meets action at this free one day conference for up-and-coming leaders in the fields of conservation and sustainability.

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Get ready to make a difference. Alnoba’s Leadership Day provides emerging leaders with a remarkable opportunity to learn from experts in the fields of conservation, sustainability and nonprofit leadership.

Because of our bedrock belief that strong leaders make stronger communities and a healthier planet, Alnoba is pleased to offer this event completely free. We need thousands more leaders for climate justice, for climate change is real and the fight to stave off its effects is the most urgent we have ever faced.

We have partnered with some of the bravest and brightest leaders in the world for over 40 years. On March 27, we will bring some of those heroes to Alnoba to share their wisdom and help guide a new generation of gutsy leaders willing to take on the giants who threaten our shared home – earth.

We hope you can join us for this special day. The day will include a morning and afternoon workshop; lunch catered by the Farm at Eastman’s corner and the opportunity to explore the Alnoba woodlands and international art collection.

Each attendee must register individually and select their preferred workshops.


8:30 – 9:00 AM: Registration

9:00 – 9:30 AM: Welcoming and guided meditation with Manny Muros of the Alnoba Peace Foundation

9:30 – 11:30 AM: Morning session – choice of teach-ins

11:30 – 1:00 PM: Lunch and networking with presenters and other emerging leaders

1:00 – 3:00 PM: Afternoon session – choice of teach-ins

3:00 – 4:30 PM: Networking and optional guided tour of the Alnoba woodlands and art collection


(select one during registration)

Social movement messaging: How to communicate so that we win

with Lila Kohrman-Glaser of 350NH.org

In this interactive workshop participants will learn how to communicate with allies and opponents in a way that builds political power and brings people over to our side. We will use climate movement messaging as a case study and practice telling powerful stories to create change. The lessons learned in this workshop can be applied to a wide variety of causes and situations from everything between talking to your conservative uncle at Thanksgiving to writing a press release or giving a speech at a rally.

Lila Kohrman-Glaser is the Director of 350NH, an independent statewide organization building the movement for climate justice. Lila graduated from Tufts in 2015 with a degree in Biopyschology. She brings 12 years of community organizing experience in and out of the climate movement to 350NH and can be found hiking, biking, skiing, and running around outside when she isn’t organizing for a radical shift in climate and energy policy.

Women in leadership: moving the needle

with Melissa Churchard Hannon

The workplace is changing, as is the face of the country. The number of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies spiked to 33 in 2019. Never before have women had so many options and opportunities. Or do they? The gender pay gap still exists with little gain and in 2018 female CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies decreased by 25%. In this module we will share stories, solutions, and discuss how to embrace and utilize your strengths to approach your career with genuineness and confidence. This workshop is strongly geared towards women or people who identify as female.

Melissa Churchard Hannon is a leadership development coach passionate about working with female leaders. She loves the simple yet complex challenge of helping people work better together.

The future of sustainable design: opportunities and solutions

with Matt O’Malia of GO Logic

Buildings account for approximately 39 percent of all CO2 emissions globally, exceeding both the industrial and transportation sectors. By 2060, new construction and major renovation is projected to double the building floor area that currently exists on the planet to 230 billion square meters—the equivalent of building an entire New York City every month for the next 40 years. Lets learn how we can design buildings today that pay their full carbon debt and actually help reduce atmospheric CO2.

Matthew O’Malia is an award winning architect and executive partner at OPAL, a forward-looking architecture firm in Belfast, ME and partner at GO Lab, an innovative research and development company. He is the award-winning architect responsible for the design of Alnoba and is widely recognized as one of the leaders of Passive House design in the United States.


(select one during registration)

Zero Waste: How to reduce waste at your institution through policy, infrastructure, and system change

with Alex Freid of PLAN

Map out a strategic plan for achieving zero waste. We’ll review some of the latest methodologies for “sustainable materials management” and answer all of your burning questions. Then we’ll break up into small groups and work through a number of hands-on exercises – from categorizing actions along the “Zero Waste Hierarchy”, to re-designing system maps that identify the infrastructure, policies, and logistics needed at each institution to achieve zero waste. Attendees will walk away from this workshop with a clear vision for zero waste at their institutions, and a tangible set of next steps to get started.

Alex Freid is the Founder and Co-Director of the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), a national nonprofit network of over 400 campuses working towards Zero Waste, and an Alnoba Leadership Award recipient.

Thinking local: effecting real change through state government

with Anna Brown of Citizens Count and Jackie Benson of Alnoba

Sometimes the biggest steps towards global change happen close to our own backyard. State government offers individuals and organizations great potential to make an impact. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the various moments during the legislative process where you can push the needle. Explore rules and processes, get tips on best practices, and discuss some of the hottest current debates in sustainability and environmental justice at the state level.

Anna Brown is the Director of Research and Analysis for Citizens Count, and has spent over a decade analyzing public policy, tracking legislation and profiling candidates and elected officials. She’ll be joined by Jacquelyn Benson, her former colleague at Citizens Count, now serving as Director of Social Mission for Alnoba.

Effective goal setting with the GRPI leadership model

with Jeff Heyliger of Pinnacle Leadership Foundation

The GRPI model is a powerful framework for effective leadership rooted in establishing clear, measurable goals. You’ll explore how to give your colleagues clarity and accountability, to make them feel challenged, and provide a sense of value that encourages them to speak up about issues and problems.

Jeff Heyliger is the President of Pinnacle Leadership Foundation, with 25 years of experience in developing leaders and high performing teams at all organizational levels across five continents and dozens of countries.


March 27
8:30 am - 4:30 pm




24 Cottage Road
Kensington, NH 03833 United States
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