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Women’s Career Panel: Conservationists Share Their Roads to Success

March 9, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the Women’s Environmental Network and Island Conservation for a panel presentation and discussion with four highly accomplished women working at the intersection of conservation and philanthropy. Our guest speakers will share stories about their career pathways, talk candidly about what has helped them get to where they are in their professional lives, and provide tips and advice on how to be successful in your career and in life.

Networking 6:30 to 7:15
Panel Discussion 7:15 to 8:15
Q & A with Panel 8:15 to 8:45
Event Ends at 9:00


Meg Caldwell
Deputy Director, Oceans
David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Meg Caldwell joined the Conservation and Science program of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in April 2015 as Deputy Director, Oceans where she leads the Oceans and Fisheries team.

Prior to joining the Packard Foundation, Meg spent over 20 years as the Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program Director at Stanford Law School. While serving at Stanford, she was also the Executive Director for the Center for Ocean Solutions (COS), an organization dedicated to solving the major problems facing the ocean.

Meg served as a Senior Consultant to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The Commission ultimately adopted a majority of the recommendations for regulatory reform that were developed by COS.

Meg is an honorary professor in the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia. She was an instructor at San Jose State University; an associate in the environmental law group of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen; and a Policy Analyst with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco.

Meg holds a Bachelor’s in Science in business administration (with an emphasis on economic analysis and policy) from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Tegan Churcher Hoffmann
Vice President
Blue Earth Consultants

Dr. Tegan Hoffmann established Blue Earth Consultants in 2005, an organization providing consulting services in resource management and sustainable practices to clients around the world.

With 20 years of professional experience, Tegan works with communities, non-governmental organizations, foundations, academic institutions, and governments to provide the best ideas and consulting services that help improve resource management and sustainable practices around the world. She performs all project and operational oversight, specializing in services from strategic and business planning to technical facilitation. She utilizes her expertise in terrestrial and marine sustainable resource management and conservation.

Prior to consulting, Tegan was the Director of Programs for the Coral Reef Alliance, where she led a team of five, managed, and evaluated all of the organization’s coral reef conservation and education programs.

Tegan holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Geography and a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Resource Studies from the University of California Berkeley. She received numerous awards and research grants for her work from organizations including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s STAR Fellowship, NOAA, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, University California’s Pacific Rim Research Program, the U.S. Indonesia Society, and others.

Ash McNeely
Senior Program Staff
Pacific Foundation Services

Ash McNeely joined Pacific Foundation Services in 2012, an organization that works with private foundations to plan, execute, and oversee their philanthropic giving.

In addition to Pacific Foundation Services, Ash also serves as executive director of the Sand Hill Foundation, a family foundation in Silicon Valley that focuses on regional efforts to protect the environment and help families break the cycle of poverty. She also serves as a senior program officer for the Kimball Foundation in San Francisco, with a focus on the arts, environment, and youth development.

Prior to those endeavors, Ash spent four years in the Philanthropic Partnership Group of the Pew Charitable Trusts primarily focused on environmental policy, eight years leading advised fund grant-making for philanthropic families at Silicon Valley community foundations, and ten years in performing arts marketing and development. She has also served as a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, Harvard Business School, and Colorado College.

Ash received an MBA in nonprofit management from Golden Gate University and graduated summa cum laude from Vassar College. When not enjoying all this wonderful work, Ash can be found outside with family, friends, dogs or horses.

Wendy Millet
Executive Director
TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation

Wendy Millet is the executive director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation. The foundation serves as a learning laboratory for animal agriculture focused on climate stability, nature’s benefits, healthy food, biodiversity, and vibrant community.

For more than twenty years, Wendy has worked to bridge a love of conservation and working landscapes with practical economic solutions and effective partnerships. In addition to working for several years on cattle and dude ranches in Wyoming and Montana, she ran a local land trust, worked for a timber investment company, developed programs for an environmental economics research foundation, led education and leadership programs for the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and spent 12 years at The Nature Conservancy working with farmers, ranchers, and timberland owners to protect and restore ranches, rivers and forests.

Wendy’s efforts to share best practices led to work on several publications including Preserving California’s Natural Heritage: A Guide to Land and Water Conservation (California Resources Agency). She also is co-founder of Gallop Ventures which offers equine-guided teamwork and leadership programs to corporations, individuals and organizations.

Wendy holds a B.A. in Literature from Harvard and studied Environmental Economics at the University of Washington and Environmental Planning at University of Virginia. She currently serves on the board of the California Council of Land Trusts and the Board of Councilors of Save the Redwoods League.


Caltrain: Menlo Park Station (safe neighborhood & close to event), then Uber or carpool to 101 Jefferson Dr, Menlo Park (trains leave Menlo Park at 9:07PM &10:07PM Northbound, 9:36PM & 10:36PM Southbound. Kepler’s Bookstore – open until 10pm – is good waiting spot if earlier train is missed)

Carpool: Use link to offer or request a ride CARPOOL: Career Panel at Island Conservation

Food: Heavy appetizers and wine (included in price)

Cost: $20 Early Bird (up until midnight on March 2rd), $30 General Admission (Starting at midnight on March 3rd).

RSVP: Register on Eventbrite.


What’s the cancellation policy?
WEN runs a lean nonprofit and unfortunately cannot accept refund requests. In the event that WEN has to cancel a program you will receive a full refund. Thank you for supporting WEN.

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