Leadership Programs

Leadership Programs

Where emerging science leaders step into purpose

Connecting with 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

2023 Cohort in Progress! 

This 9-month 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. 

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Leaders for Sea Change Program

Not Currently Accepting Applications

This year-long program was designed to build a strong network of scientist leaders to tackle the most urgent crises affecting our oceans. From ecologists working with First Nations in British Columbia to human geographers working with fishing cooperatives in Baja, Leaders for Sea Change scientists advance meaningful change within themself, their community, and society.

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Scientist Sentinels

Not Currently Accepting Applications

This 9-month program brings together diverse scientists  in the United States to advance the role of science in society, inspire their peers, and support evidence-based decision making at the local level and beyond. The scientists in each cohort represent different perspectives, fields of study, geographies, backgrounds, identities, values, and career stages. 

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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