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Monday, January 29 • 8:00am - 12:00pm
Plenary Session, Awards Presentation & Ignite Session

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  • 8:00 AM | Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • 8:15 AM | Equity & Inclusion in the Environmental Field (Four Reasons Your Environmental Organization is Still Predominantly White)
    August M. Ball, Founder, Cream City Conservation
    With a country as racially diverse as the United States, the green industry remains racially homogenous as organizations and agencies fail to break through the decades old 12-16% “green ceiling”. This plenary session will highlight why having a diverse workforce and culturally relevant programming matters and examine four reasons organizations remain predominantly white (despite best intentions to be inclusive) and what can be done about it.

  • 8:50 AM | Smartphone Jiu Jitsu – Connecting People to Nature in the Digital Age
    Evan Hirsche, Co-Founder, Discover Nature Apps

  • 9:25 AM | The Psychological Importance of Exposing "Digital Natives" to the Natural World
    Casey A. Holtz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Wisconsin Lutheran College

  • 10:00 AM | BREAK

  • 10:20 AM | Awards Presentation

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Ignite Session
    Back by popular demand! The Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference is proud to present the 3rd annual Ignite Session as part of the Plenary Session on Monday, January 29th. Using 5-minute presentations with no more than 20 timed slides, our speakers will engage the audience on issues regarding the future of fisheries and wildlife conservation in the Midwest. We have selected speakers who can speak to personal, political, economic, policy, agency, and private landowner perspectives. Come join the conversation! Experience the passion of our speakers! Consider the future!


IGNITE SPEAKERS:
  • Emily Latch, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee - “Badgers are worth digging into”
  • Ken Leinbach, Executive Director, Urban Ecology Center (Milwaukee) - "Its Kind of Fun to do the Impossible -- The story of Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center" 
  • Eva Lewandowski, Citizen Based Monitoring Coordinator, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources - “Citizen Science: Expanding Conservation Through Partnerships”
  • Curt Meine, Senior Fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation - “Making Common Cause:  Wisconsin’s Legacy of Collaborative Conservation”
  • Jeremy Pyatskowit, Director of Environmental Services, The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin - “Menominee Lake Sturgeon Restoration-Past to Present”
  • Jenny Sereno, Communications Manager, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District - “From Flush to Fish: Managing the Wastewater Flow”

Plenary Presenters
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August M. Ball

Change Agent, Youth Advocate and Coffee Aficionada
August M. Ball is the founder of Cream City Conservation. Her two-prong social enterprise helps organizations attract diverse candidate pools and institute strategies that attain and retain top talent, making their workforce stronger and smarter and their programs more sustainable and relevant. Simultaneously, Cream City Conservation Corps cultivates the next generation of land stewards by introducing and training traditionally underrepresented teens and young adults in ecological careers.With over 14 years of youth program management experience and 9 years of helping local and national organizations, such as the Student Conservation Association, US Forrest Service and Milwaukee County Parks develop outdoor programs that are culturally relevant and inclusive; August has connected thousands of youth and young adults to hands-on service to public lands, outdoor recreation and first-time employment experiences.August received her formal education from UW-Parkside and UW-Milwaukee, having studied Sociology, Community Education and Non-Profit Management... Read More →
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Evan Hirsche

Co-Founder, Discover Nature Apps
Evan Hirsche is Co-Founder of Discover Nature Apps. He is a 27-year veteran in the wildlife conservation field. Prior to Discover Nature, he served for 12 years as President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, and before that as National Policy Office Director for Nation... Read More →
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Casey A. Holtz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology, Wisconsin Lutheran College; Licensed Psychologist
Casey A. Holtz, Ph.D. is an associate professor of psychology at Wisconsin Lutheran College and he has a private clinical psychology practice. He obtained his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Marquette University. Dr. Holtz teaches a variety of classes related to child abnorma... Read More →


Monday January 29, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
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