More than two dozen executives from around the world who are responsible for conservation of some of the most treasured places on earth are coming to California for help in making sure there's a future for national parks.
Attendees from as far as Ulaanbaatar and Kathmandu to Mexico and the United States will attend the National Parks Institute Executive Leadership Seminar this month, where they will receive tools to address the challenges that threaten future generations.
The seminar — a partnership between the University of California, Merced, the National Park Service, the Great Valley Center, the Institute at the Golden Gate, the National Parks Conservation and the Stanford Graduate School of Business — provides the opportunity for park leaders to share knowledge and learn how to anticipate and lead strategic change, reinvigorate their organizations and incorporate innovative thinking into their management repertoire.
"Today's problems in park protection require a manager to be grounded in law, science and policy — a foundation made stronger by relationships with research universities," Steve Shackelton, associate director for National Park Service Visitor and Resource Protection, said in a press release.
Previous keynote speakers include former President Jimmy Carter, Harvard Professor E.O. Wilson and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.