Where emerging science leaders step into purpose
Through our leadership programs, scientists initiate meaningful change within themselves, their communities, and society. We create inclusive, supportive spaces for growing as a person and a professional, building lifelong relationships, and taking on new leadership roles.
Learning how to wield your own power is transformational
Our leadership programs each begin with a retreat where scientists dive deep and examine why and how they want to become agents of change. Together, we explore the fundamentals of communication, engagement, and purposeful leadership, while creating lasting bonds over storytelling sessions, fireside talks, and shared experiences. Fun plays a big part too!
Our programs are rooted in relationships, collaboration, and a commitment to celebrating victories and supporting each other through hard times. Participants join a larger network devoted to career advancement, solutions-driven impact, and building a scientific community that embraces the full spectrum of identities, voices, values, and ways of knowing. COMPASS is the trusted partner for scientists all over the world who want to step into their purpose and improve the wellbeing of people and nature.
Interested in partnering with COMPASS to design a leadership program? Reach out to us here.
Our Leadership Programs
Wilburforce Leaders in Conservation Science
This year-long program is designed to support conservation scientists to be leaders in a rapidly changing West, as they work collaboratively and independently to advance equitable, inclusive, and just solutions to the challenges that people, western lands, and wildlife face.
Learn more about Wilburforce Leaders
We partner to provide training for these programs
Forging the Vega Fellowship—Interview with Dr. Daniel Conley
From the Ground Up—Building a Fellowship with Dr. Diana Wall
Wilburforce Training: The Heart of the Matter
Often the doors for career-enhancing opportunities are closed to people who don't fit a conventional model of a scientist, but real conservation depends on tremendously diverse skill sets. COMPASS and Wilburforce opened their leadership programs up to people with a variety of skills and backgrounds, and that's what really appealed to me. It was the highlight of my year.
~ Dr. Jonaki Bhattacharyya, Researcher and Technical Consultant – Stewardship Initiatives
I have the photograph from the very first day of the training, where we were making mental maps and putting up post-its of what we wanted to do, and in that photograph I was describing the vision I had for a project for my new job. That photo captured exactly what I’ve accomplished now—the partners, the process, the vision.
~ Sergio Avila, Local Outdoors Coordinator, Sierra Club
I feel so fortunate to have been selected into such a wonderful group of highly talented people. Every time COMPASS contacts me, I look forward to being able to participate. The network just keeps paying dividends.
~ Bray Beltrán, Science Director, Heart of the Rockies Initiative
The connections made at the training are ones that will help change the world. It was a humbling experience to be with such astounding individuals with such passion, drive, and kind hearts.
~ Scientist Sentinel
I feel so much more empowered now. I actually have tools at my disposal, and this awesome network of people who are interested and impassioned. That’s been the greatest gift.
~ Dr. Se Jin Song, Director of Research, Center for Microbiome Innovation, University of California
I learned a new identity for myself, that I can be a good scientist and a good citizen at the same time.
~ Michelle del Rio, PhD Student, University of Texas
I feel like my soul and my science have come together.
~ Dr. Jonathan Moore, Liber Ero Chair of Coastal Science and Management, Simon Frasier University