Women in the Environment Conference Schedule

7:45-8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30-9:00 a.m. Welcome and Overview by Dean Mary Watzin, NC State College of Natural Resources

Dean Watzin holds a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. Watzin specializes in aquatic ecology and watershed management, with a wide-ranging program of research focused on understanding how human activities influence ecosystem health and how adaptive management can be used to improve environmental outcomes.

9:00-9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Zakiya Leggett

Dr. Leggett is an associate professor of forestry and environmental resources at NC State’s College of Natural Resources. She currently serves as the campus director for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars (DDCS) Program, which trains undergraduate students who are interested in research experiences in conservation issues and encourages diversity in those fields. In addition to these duties, Dr. Leggett conducts research related to forest and soil ecology. Before teaching, Dr. Leggett worked for 10 years as a sustainability scientist with Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of forest products. During this time, she managed a collaborative research study with industry, university and government agencies that examined the environmental effects of cellulosic biofuel growth in a forest setting. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Leggett earned a B.S from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala. After completing a master’s degree from Duke University, she earned a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.

9:30-9:40 a.m. Break

9:40-10:45 a.m. Environmental Hot Topic Presentations

Explore “Hot Topics” in the environmental field today, including urban wildlife, sustainable materials, climate change, environmental education and more. Women professionals will discuss how they are tackling these subjects and provide insight into how attendees can play a role in addressing environmental issues.

10:45-11:00 a.m. Break

11:00-11:45 a.m. Environmental Justice Panel

The Environmental Justice Panel will serve as an introduction to the important issue of equality and fair treatment of all people in regard to access to the outdoors, enforcement and consideration of environmental laws, and pollution exposure. Attendees will hear from professionals with various backgrounds that work to incorporate inclusion and justice into the environmental world.

11:50 a.m.-12:55 p.m Lunch with Current Students, Faculty and Young Alumni

Attendees will have the opportunity to have lunch with current NC State faculty, staff, students and young alumni. This is a great opportunity to seek advice from experts in the area of environmental majors and careers.

1:00-1:45 p.m. Career Panels

A career in the environment looks differently for everyone. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose between three different environmental career panel tracks: Engineering and Innovation, In the Field and Outdoors and Community Engagement. During these career panels, attendees will hear advice from women professionals and ask questions about their career paths.

2:30-3:30 p.m. Optional Activities

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to engage in hands-on activities with some of the most prestigious faculty at NC State. Registration is on a first come first serve basis and will open on May 13. Confirmed activities include:

  • Sustainability Tour of NC State Centennial Campus
  • Paper versus Plastic: Which is More Sustainable?
  • Lake Raleigh Biodiversity: Conserving an Ecosystem
  • Wildland Fire Training: Helping Protect Our Forests