ELP Testimonials

20 quotes from recent ELP fellows...

1. “The experience was exhilarating, inspirational, motivating, and exciting. Nudging me to mildly uncomfortable places facilitated great introspection, growth, and “a-ha” moments. The facilitators are an excellent team. I’d wish every human being to be lucky enough to undergo this experience. - Deborah Beer, DEWN 2016

2. “I can’t think of another time when I laughed so hard and learned so much!” - Katie Bush, NERN 2015

3. “ELP has given me the skills and tools to map out change I’d like to see in my organization’s programs. It has also provided me with the space to share my personal and professional plans and my POD will hold me accountable and help me succeed.” - David Chang, National 2015

4. “The interactive activities were effective at conveying difficult topics and themes in an engaging, non-confrontational manner. The facilitators were dynamic, attentive, and engaging. I sincerely appreciated their ability to create meaningful dialogue.” - Saleem Chapman, ERN 2015

5. “Rekindled my passions while giving me new tools to enact them and people with whom to work on them! - James Croonenberghs, National 2015

6. ​"The ELP PNW Fellowship came at the perfect time in my personal and professional development.  I had found modest success in my own work so far, but the close friendships I was able to form through ELP with ~20 diverse people across the environmental field in the PNW have already dramatically broadened my perspective—both personally and professionally—and introduced many new opportunities for projects and collaborations.  Beyond the direct networking benefit, the trainings on diversity, learning organizations, and strength-based leadership have been directly applicable to my own work and are already attracting interest as I bring these ideas back to my organization.  I am so grateful for this opportunity, and am more excited than ever for the future." David Diaz, PNW 2014

​7. “The ELP experience presents a unique opportunity for guided self-reflection, professional skill-building, and networking with like-minded people - plus it’s a lot of fun!” - Patty Elkis, DEWN 2016

​8. “ELP is unique in that it focuses on self-actualization and personal leadership before professional leadership. I can’t recommend the approach and ELP more highly.” - Nathan Herschler, National 2015

9. “This has been the best example of leadership and facilitation I have ever seen; it’s obvious you are professionals at what you do. This has been one of the best experiences of my career so far and I am looking forward to the next retreat.” - Jamie Knecht, DEWN 2015

10. "ELP is a journey in which you get to know fellow environmental professionals in a deep way that you couldn’t experience anywhere else. You hear and share in their frustrations, as well as their joys and strengths. ELP helps you to stretch your mind and believes so you can take a renewed energy back to your organization." Heidi Kunka, ERN 2014

11. ​​“Facilitation was brilliantly executed - creating instant comfort and turning strangers to friends with unique depth and speed.”  - Juniper Leifer, DEWN 2015

​12. “Revealing and empowering experience. I totally trust this leadership program will make me not only a better professional but a better person immersed in a diverse community.” - Laura Marincola, ERN 2015

13. ​“Be prepared to dig down, get personal, and have your mind-blown in the most thought-provoking way!” - Kristen Meistrell, DEWN 2015

14. "This experience moved me in truly unexpected ways. The constant support and appreciation allowed me to grow and live in a learning environment. It was transformative and one of the best experiences of my life." Ismail Ocasio, ERN 2014

15. “ELP will give you the opportunity to reflect on your strengths and how to push yourself to achieve your goals of social and environmental change. This program draws together a group of impressive and inspiring individuals.” - Marcy Ostberg, NERN 2015

16. "Participation in ELP couldn't have come at a better time. I've been seeking ways to advance change in the environmental and environmental education fields but didn't have the resources to imagine and manifest new models. I now not only have the tools but a community of support to hold me accountable to the changes I want to lead." - Traci Price, PNW 2014​

17. “The program surpassed my expectations -  providing real tools and reflection on improving my leadership skills and in understanding the qualities of true leadership.” - Elliott Ruga, DEWN 2016

18. ​“I’m shocked by how much I’ve learned this weekend about myself and the people around me. I can’t wait to build on those experiences over the coming months.”  - Holly Shields, ERN 2015

19. "I was told before coming to this retreat that it would change my life, but nothing could have truly prepared me for what it would be like to spend 4 days with 19 of the most profoundly talented and beautiful people in the world and build a community of practice together." Elizabeth Theriault, NERN14

20. “Awesome facilitation and experience! The amount of knowledge ELP staff possess to help fellows achieve a greater understanding of maximizing self is exceptional.” - Robert Thomas, National 2015