ELP Testimonials

20 quotes from recent ELP fellows...

1. “I never imagined how connected and exhilarated I could feel after 3.5 days spent with a completely new group of people and ideas, especially in a virtual format. ...I am eager to continue through the year, and I am grateful for meeting so many smart, thoughtful, supportive individuals who I am confident will enable me to bring out my full potential as a fellow and leader." Alexandra Molnar, NERN 2020

2. "As a constant gardener, I am always checking my plants for growth. My favorite thing about the first retreat is the ability to see others, and myself, growing in real-time. It's amazing to be around a group of people committed to self-improvement in the environmental field, and beyond." Dan Schupsky, ERN 2020

3. ​"...I am excited to witness the teachings experienced through ELP come alive in my work, with coworkers, partnerships, and my personal inner journeys --- just, life in itself. Thank you endlessly for making this such a thoughtful, beautiful retreat while being virtual due to COVID-19 and giving us space to navigate through such challenging times together. You each inspire me and are phenomenal!" Nagiarry Porcena-Meneus, DEWN 2020

4. "ELP has created a magical experience composed of thoughtful and progressive content; skilled facilitation that allows time for learning, connection and personal reflection each in their turn; skill building through direct experience; inspiring and beautiful retreat settings; and maybe most importantly, the sense that what you leave with is something that you can take with you where ever you go. Each ingredient elevates the others. People are at the core of the experience and ELP has done a fantastic job of attracting some pretty exceptional people (staff, facilitators and participants)." Taylor Jang, PRN 2019

5. “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

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

7. “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

8. “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

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

10. ​"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

​11. “I was pleasantly surprised at how well the virtual format worked for something that is meant to be an intimate, vulnerable program where we open up about ourselves and our differences and weaknesses. It was obvious how hard the facilitators and senior fellows worked to make this experience everything it could be, and their hard work paid off immensely. I feel more connected now than I have ever since this quarantine began, and I can't begin to say how excited I am to continue to work with this amazing group of people." Alex Ambrose, ERN 2020

​12. “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

13. “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

14. "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

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

​16. “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

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

18. "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

19. "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​

20. "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


Any questions?  Contact Lori Braunstein, Outreach Coordinator at [email protected] or 609-238-3449.