The Center for Nature and Leadership would like to wish you a joyful and relaxing holiday season. Winter is here in the northern hemisphere! As we greet these longest nights and shortest days of the year, it is comforting to rest in stillness and reflect on that which gives us strength to get through the harsh winter. 

This year, I especially want to honor the incredible lessons I have learned from nature while in community with women leaders across the globe, an experience unique to this incredible organization. We gather both virtually and in person to share wisdom and support each other. In our connections we find strength and wholeness that enables us to bring our very best to the work that we do -- work that heals and brings positive change that the world so urgently needs right now. 

We have a lot more in store for the coming year, but we can't do it without your support! With your tax-deductible donation, we will be able to: 
  • Launch regional gatherings to enable a return to in-person programming while reducing travel costs and carbon footprint  
  • Continue to offer virtual programs and events to meet women where they are 
  • Provide financial support for those who need it
  • Bring salary of our Executive Director into closer parity with her non-profit peers
As we celebrate the return of the light and the start of a new year, join us in continuing to empower women leaders around the world. Please donate today! 
In gratitude,

Kim Slack, 
Director, Center for Nature and Leadership
What's New
Vote for our next read in our Unlearning Racism Book Club! 

Don't forget to vote in the poll for our next Unlearning Racism book! We created the Unlearning Racism Conversation Series and Book Club in order to provide a regular, ongoing space to convene and guide each other in the critical work of dismantling white supremacy. Remember, the work is never done but we can always support each other on the journey! Click here to vote. Thank you! 

Employer Matching Made Easy: The Center for Nature and Leadership has earned a 2022 Gold Seal of Transparency with Candid! 

This Gold Seal means that Candid has evaluated our financial and annual reports, verified our nonprofit status, and reviewed our IRS filings. The rating is often used by employers with matching gift programs, foundation staff, and donor-advised fund representatives to ensure that gifts are given to legitimate nonprofits.

If you would like to support CNL with an employer match, contact your Human Resources office or reach out
to Executive Director Kim Slack or our Treasurer, Debbie Sagen to get started.

Member Spotlight
This month's member spotlight shines on Evelyn Brítez Navarro. Evelyn joined Generative Council in 2022 with the Groundwork cohort, and she hosted a powerful conversation about mindfulness as a leadership tool for our September GC Nature Hour. Shine on, Evelyn!
Evelyn Brítez Navarro
Conservation Biologist, Asunción, Paraguay 

I am a conservationist with expertise in protected area management and project management for
ecosystem restoration. I am interested in ecosystem restoration as an approach to preserve biodiversity and tackle the challenges posed by climate change. I started my conservation career in my home country, Paraguay, in 2014. Back then I volunteered for the Department of Protected Areas of the
Ministry for the Environment and the local non-governmental organisation Guyra Paraguay. I became a staff member of Guyra Paraguay in 2014 and worked for the Sites Programme until 2020, while also collaborating with the Species Programme for mammal research in the Pantanal and Chaco regions.
From 2016 to 2020 my work focus was the Atlantic Forest region. I managed projects to promote its conservation and restoration through different strategies, being agroforestry with shade-grown Yerba Mate one of the main ones. I hold a bachelor´s degree in Environmental Engineering and a Master´s
Degree in Conservation Leadership, which I completed in 2021. For my master´s degree dissertation I explored how mindfulness could help conservationists improve their leadership, well-being and performance considering the high demands of our job. I have a passion for supporting people to keep their well-being while preserving nature, using my creativity for strategic planning and working together with multiple stakeholders to address conservation challenges.

In my free time I like doing ashtanga yoga, listening to music, reading, spending time with friends, dancing and spending time in nature.

Upcoming Events
Winter Solstice Seasons Council Gathering 
January 8, 2023, 1 - 2:15 ET (12pm CT/11am MT/10am PT/6pm BST)
This event is open to all GCC members. 

In the northern hemisphere, Winter Solstice marks the longest and darkest night of the year. The dark stillness of December and January invite us to pause and reflect on our lives. 

You are warmly welcomed to come and gather around the (virtual) Council fire with your Generative Council sisters as we ponder and share our hopes and dreams. 

This event will be facilitated by our marvelous GC sisters Chris Schneider and Terra Shimada.

We hope to see you there! Click here to RSVP and learn more.

January GC Nature Hour: Generative Council Collective Meet & Greet! 
January 26, 2023, 1 - 2 ET (12pm CT/11am MT/10am PT/6pm BST)
This event is open to all GCC members. 

Since the founding cohort of Generative Council in 2012, our collective has grown to include women from across the United States and the globe.

Ever wonder what other women are out there in the Generative Council Collective? Perhaps you have a friend who is curious about signing up for one of our programs and wants to know more about the Generative Council Collective. Or maybe you haven't seen us for a while and want to catch up. 

If you've been wanting to get to know more of your Generative Council Collective sisters in an informal setting, now is your chance! Please join us!

We hope to see you there! Click here to RSVP, and email to invite a friend. 

Photo Credits:
Snow: Kim Slack
Member Spotlight: Evelyn
 Brítez Navarro 
Winter Council Fire: Karen Christenson
Mushrooms: Photo by Jesse Bauer on Unsplash

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