Nearly 500 participants, in-person and virtually, from 38 U.S. states, three Canadian provinces, and eight additional nations attended the inaugural Women’s Forest Congress (WFC) in Minneapolis, October 17-20. Attendees used their diverse and collective expertise to develop strategies and solutions and propose resolutions to address today’s and tomorrow’s most pressing challenges for forests and women.
The chance to interact with a community of almost 500 women was one of the highlights of the Congress. The diversity at the Congress showed a shared commitment to creating community and cultivating change. All were welcome: women and allies of all ages, perspectives, cultural backgrounds, professional levels, abilities, and education, as were trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming participants.
Topics Addressed included:
- Leadership for Equity & Inclusion
- Workforce Opportunities for Increasing Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement
- Women as Catalysts for Change
- Addressing Today’s Greatest Forest Challenges
- Supporting Each Other