How do you pursue a wildlife career when you don’t know such a path exists? Or no one in your family supports your choices? Or this career path is perceived as inferior, uncommon, or unpopular by your culture? This panel discussion provides an interactive forum for in-depth discussion about challenges faced by and solutions for people from underrepresented groups working in the wildlife profession. It aims to improve understanding of differences in acquiring wildlife experience and professional training that affect the recruitment, retention, and career development in scientific fields and the wildlife profession. This panel will provide (1) information on strategies and skills to help with career advancement and success and (2) knowledge and opportunities that can be applied in diversity recruitment and retention, enhancing team performance, and strengthening the workforce overall. Each panelist will describe their path to a wildlife career, highlighting challenges or barriers they experienced and how they overcame them. The panel discussion provides a forum to reflect on past perceptions, current values, and specific approaches that employers, employees, and The Wildlife Society can undertake to improve diversity and opportunities. Panelists will represent a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives. The panel discussion will allow time for the audience questions and comments.
Supported By:Women of Wildlife Organizational Committee