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by Holly Li (a DC EcoWomen member)

It was a refreshing experience to participate in DC EcoWomen’s Resume Workshop taught by Jessica Lubetsky.

I learned several practical tricks in tailoring my resume to specific jobs. For example, always adjust the content in the “Summary” section using keywords from the job posts. I also felt that I was part of a larger community of professional women with a positive attitude towards life and full of ambition for self-improvement and self-realization.

As an environmental lawyer who is “in-between (real) jobs” and doing document review work, I can’t help doubting my skills and ability. Especially considering that most of my friends already have their (or my) dream jobs. At the workshop, I met two extraordinary women who are also licensed lawyers with professional training in the environmental legal field, and they were also doing document review projects. Laughing at our common occupation, I realized two things: first, document review was the safety net webbed by the forward-looking legal pioneers to protect their fellow lawyers from unemployment in hard times; and second, I was not the only one hit by the economy and actually have many allies in my battle to find a better professional path.

In addition, Jessica was a wonderful teacher – supportive and resourceful. She encouraged each of us to talk about our goals and passions, and then tried to help us connect with people who might be helpful in certain fields. She also generously offered to provide individual resume critiques to each woman who attended the workshop.

I was inspired to learn about how to market myself better and to connect with other professionals who have similar passions and are confronting the same barriers that I am.  Together, we are building a better future for the planet, and for the professional women who care about the planet.

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by Molly Cheatum (a DC EcoWomen member)

The resume workshop last week was my second DC EcoWomen event. My first was to hear Dr. Jennifer Sass speak at EcoHour about her story as a career-driven woman in a mostly male environment. Good stuff. I wish I had more EcoWomen experience to draw from, especially after this past week’s resume workshop. Jessica Lubetsky led the workshop, and she did not disappoint. I am continually amazed at how many smart, capable, and genuinely interesting women live and work in this city. Jessica, along with the other 20+ women who attended the workshop, are either already in the environmental field or looking for work in this field, and all had varied experiences, including engineering, water, and policy.

I am no different, just recently laid off from a job in conservation economics and looking for similar work. This resume workshop gave me the much-needed motivation to get my resume in tip top shape. Covering the basics, Jessica laid out the framework of a good resume, flipping between her own resume as an example and pointing out what she looks for in others’ resumes. As the workshop rolled along, there were a couple of tidbits that stood out for me:

  1. Add a splash of color. Not too much, but a little, might make your resume stand out a bit more than the bland black and white, Times New Roman resume we all, or most, started out wit
  2. If I’m not getting paid then it doesn’t countnot true. Including volunteer or extracurricular work in experience, especially if you were managing a database, project, or team shows you aren’t a couch potato. (Though watching episodes of Law & Order, or BSG are exceptions.)
  3. Don’t stress if you’re unemployed. Take time to visit museums, coffee shops, and go out with your friends. Your status will change. Taking the time to appreciate and enjoy the affordable, free entertainment that exists in a city like Washington, DC will leave you with little regrets.

There were other helpful tidbits, like including “keywords,” changing up your resume to reflect each job posting, and including languages and computer skills. Maybe the number one thing Jessica mentioned is to remember that what encompasses a good resume is slightly different from person to person, so make it your own. All in all, this was a very helpful workshop and an evening well spent.

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We are excited to kick off our new mentoring program with the first of many dinners with some of the top professional women in the environmental field.

Learn more about the first mentor dinner on our events page, or keep reading to learn about the fabulous mentor, Dr. Gabriela Chavarria.

Dr. Gabriela Chavarria

Science Advisor to the Director;  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Dr. Gabriela Chavarria has served as Science Advisor to the Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since July 2010. As Science Advisor, Dr. Chavarria serves as counsel to the Service Director and provides leadership on science policy and scientific applications in resource management. This includes leading agency efforts to respond to changes in the global climate system; shaping the Service’s agenda for change toward a science-driven landscape conservation business model; expanding Service capacities to acquire, apply and communicate scientific information; promoting active involvement of the Service and its employees in the larger scientific community; strengthening and expanding partnerships between the Service and other scientific organizations, particularly states and the U.S. Geological Survey; and cultivating the next generation of Service scientists.

Prior to her work with the Fish and Wildlife Service, Dr. Chavarria served as Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Science Center, where she applied her scientific knowledge to translate the most up-to-date science into solutions for environmental problems. Her close ties to scientists and key policy-makers helped advance NRDC’s goal of uniting sound science with sound policy and education for the mutual benefit of people and nature. She also has served as Vice President for Science and International Conservation at Defenders of Wildlife, Policy Director for Wildlife Conservation at the National Wildlife Federation and as the Director of International and Special Programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in Washington, D.C. In addition, Dr. Chavarria serves on a number of boards and advisory councils, including the Society for Conservation Biology, the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Committee on Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities, and the Mexican Conservation Fund for Nature. She was also a member of the National Invasive Species Advisory Committee, the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, the Alice Ferguson Foundation, and the Black-footed Ferret Recovery Team. She is a member of several professional societies, including the Association for Women in Science, the Society for Conservation Biology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Ecological Society of America, and The Wildlife Society.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Dr. Chavarria has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the National University of Mexico, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University. Her research focused on the systematics, behavior, and biogeography of Neotropical bumble bees. She has conducted research on these topics in more than 30 countries in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and is a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, where she works on pollinator conservation.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Science Advisor, Dr. Gabriela Chavarria. Credit: Clinton Brandhagen.

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Nancy Bocskor will be speaking at The 2012 Project on Tuesday, October 25, an event co-hosted by DC EcoWomen and Rachel’s Network.

About Nancy Bocskor

Nancy Bocskor is the immediate past Vice President of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, where she chaired the school’s Curriculum Committee for the last five years.  She is on the board for Running Start, an organization that encourages young women to run for office, and, an organization at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management that prepares young leaders for public service.

A graduate of Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, Nancy received the 2010 “Distinguished Alumna Award” for her “passion to affect change in national and international communities through significant and poignant communication, for the training and consulting with our nation’s and world’s political leaders, and for your commitment to educate others, especially women, around the world.”

Nancy is the author of “Go Fish: How to Catch (and Keep) Contributors: A Practical Guide to Fundraising.” She is a professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management where she teaches both online and “live” fundraising courses.  She also teaches advanced public relations writing, political ethics, research methods, communications strategies, and campaign management courses for GSPM’ s online program.

Nancy worked with the family of Jack Kemp to launch the Jack Kemp Foundation in his honor.

As a senior advisor for the Center for Liberty in the Middle East (CLIME), Nancy helped launch its Online Activism Institute for women in the Middle East, the first of its kind in Arabic.  More than 120 women participated in the pilot E-Learning environment in Egypt and Jordan.  Nancy coordinated the mentoring phase, which provided motivated women with personalized one-on-one training and advice to reach their community activism goals. The project was named one of the “Top Ten Who Are Changing the World of Politics and the Internet” and received the prestigious award in October 2009 at the World E*Democracy Forum in Paris.

Nancy was selected by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies as a “mentor” to women candidates from the Middle East, where she spent a week in Turkey training more than a dozen candidates from Jordan, Morocco and Algeria.  One of her candidates was the top woman vote getter in Jordan and is now serving as the youngest woman member of the Parliament.

Nancy Bocskor, tagged a “Democracy Coach” by a major German newspaper, teaches citizens in the United States and internationally how to communicate with passion to affect change in their communities.

Her work on behalf of her clients has been highlighted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and on National Public Radio.  Named a “Rising Star in Politics” by Campaigns & Elections magazine, she was featured in the PBS documentary, “Vote for Me:  Politics in America.”  She has served as a political analyst for CNN, and has appeared on C-SPAN.


Nancy started her political career in the office of then-freshman Congressman Newt Gingrich, and returned to serve as Education Director for Gingrich’s non-partisan organization, American Solutions.  She has served as a chief of staff on Capitol Hill, as a campaign manager, as a fundraiser and as a political educator.  In 1990, Nancy started The Nancy Bocskor Company, a political consulting firm specializing in training for officeholders, candidates and campaign workers, and fundraising for Members of Congress.

Nancy has taught campaign schools in all 50 states and a more than a dozen foreign countries, and consistently receives top marks for her innovative techniques and her humorous anecdotes.

In June 2010, she travelled to La Paz and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where she taught advanced leadership and communication skills to graduate students at two universities.

She travelled to Nigeria in May 2009 where she advised nine women Members of Parliament, and returned there in August to produce a documentary about the women’s path to public service.

Nancy spent a week in guest lecturing at Lake Seliger, a summer camp for young political leaders across Russia, and returned there in July 2010 to teach.  She traveled to Mexico City in to speak to 300 students at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the largest university in Latin America, in September 2009 and again in July 2010.  She also taught attendees from 22 countries at an International School of Fundraising held in England, and conducted a three-day leadership conference in Lithuania for women activists from Belarus.  Nancy was also a keynote speaker at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin and Mainz, Germany.

She regularly meets with aspiring political leaders when they visit the United States, including recently conducting a messaging and leadership development workshop for women from Bahrain at Meridian International.

The Democracy Coach

November 19th, 2007 – Translated from Die Welt (original article)

Nancy Bocskor spreads democracy throughout the world…..the lively American travels from one country to the next coaching candidates on how to win elections, especially encouraging women to make it into parliament.





posted by | Comments Off on October EcoHour Recap: Community History & Revitalization

This is a recap from the 2011 October EcoHour with Kennedy Lawson Smith.

“You can read a community’s history in its buildings,” said Kennedy Lawson Smith to a full house at October’s EcoHour event. Kennedy is one of the nation’s foremost experts on commercial district revitalization and main street economics and has been a leader in downtown economic development for 25 years.

Despite her expertise these days, many years ago she was working in the town of Charlottesville, VA and faced with a problem. How do you get people who work downtown to stay downtown – giving life to local businesses and revitalizing urban centers? By creating a daily ‘soap opera’ acted out by locals to highlight downtown restaurants, people stopped driving to the nearest mall for lunch and started eating at local businesses. By the end of the first week, the number of people eating lunch at local restaurants jumped from 50 people a day to 500 people a day! As Kennedy says, “I was hooked and I never looked back.”

Kennedy spoke to the many ways that small towns and community centers have been left in the dust by large shopping centers and big box stores. As people and businesses start leaving, there’s a surplus of space leading to more vacancies and lower rent prices which begins a downward cycle. But this isn’t the end for these communities. By identifying areas where no one is competing, providing resources and tools, or pursuing local and regional investments communities can often turn the cycle around and start the process of revitalization – bringing their communities back to life.

Community revitalization not only has an important economic component, but an environmental one as well. By re-using and rehabilitating older buildings, people can save money and benefit from the energy efficiencies that many older buildings incorporated before central heating or air conditioning. Kennedy mentioned a building built in the 1500s with an oak roof expected to last 300 years. The builders had planted oak saplings outside so that in 300 years, there would be a ready supply of oak to re-build the roof. Throughout her talk, Kennedy emphasized the importance of looking ahead, being creative with resources, and re-using what you already have to work with. In a sense, learning to plant our own saplings for years ahead, so that communities continue to thrive.

Join us next month on November 15 to hear a panel of three women discuss illegal logging and sustainable forest management.

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Pledge to UnCar for a Day!

Join DC EcoWomen to celebrate Car Free Day (Thursday, Sept. 22), a worldwide event that encourages all of us to rely less on cars. Take the Pledge to UnCar today!

Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every September 22nd in which people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, subway, vanpool, walk or telework. Car Free Day is open to all commuters, students, homemakers and seniors in the Washington metropolitan area.

Take the Pledge today for your chance to win an Apple iPad, a bicycle or SmarTrip cards!

Celebrate the Capital Bikeshare Birthday!

Join Capital Bikeshare to celebrate their birthday and Car Free Day with live music, food, games, moonbounces, giveaways and more! The festivities take place at Yards Park on Thursday, September 22 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

posted by | Comments Off on About Monica Murphy … this month’s EcoHour speaker!

RSVP for this month’s EcoHour on Facebook or by e-mailing [email protected].

Monica Murphy was appointed Manager, Advanced Technology Demonstration Programs for the Eastern Region located in Washington D.C. in August of 2007.  In this role she manages GM’s fleet of Chevrolet Equinox Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles and the new electric vehicle the Chevrolet Volt. Activities that fall under her responsibility in the metro-Washington, D.C. area, include test drives, loan deployments, and educational outreach with government officials, national and local media, school groups and other community organizations and leaders.  Murphy was the primary GM representative supporting the D.C. area public drivers participating in the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell market test fleet- GM’s Project Driveway.  In the fall of 2010, Murphy’s team also supported drivers in the DC area as GM launched the Chevrolet Volt Advisory Board to gain feedback on the Volt prior to production

Prior to her current assignment, Murphy was the Chevrolet Marketing Manager in the Washington, Baltimore, Harrisburg and Philadelphia markets beginning in June of 2006, where she worked with retail Chevrolet dealer groups on marketing initiatives along with advertising creative and placement.  In her 21-year career with General Motors, Murphy has worked extensively in marketing regions for General Motors as a District Sales Manager, wholesale selling of cars and trucks to dealerships and as a District Service Manager improving dealership service departments and creating customer satisfaction programs.

Murphy also spent a number of years of her career focused on customer assistance activities including representing GM at Better Business Bureau hearings and working at Chevrolet’s Customer Assistance Center.

Murphy earned a bachelor degree in Management with a minor in Business Administration from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, in 1989.  Murphy resides in Laurel, Maryland.

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You’re invited to join DC EcoWomen for an al fresco potluck!

Our community is growing bigger every day and we would like to invite you to come out and get to know us better as well as each other. Please feel free to bring friends and family as this event is co-ed! The more the merrier … you can even bring your four-legged friends!

There will be fun and family friendly game events such as a balloon toss, bocce ball, frisbee and other outdoor activities. Who’s up for a game of freeze tag? The fall weather will be beautiful and we look forward to seeing you all there!

DC EcoWomen will provide:

  • Non-alcoholic drinks (note: there is no alcohol permitted in Rock Creek Park.)
  • A small supply of charcoal for those who wish to use the grill (plan to do your own grilling!)
  • Extra napkins, silverware and plates for those who can’t bring their own (we encourage you to bring your own resusable silverware and plates to cut down on waste and keep this an ecofriendly event.)
  • Games!

You should bring:

  • A friend!
  • A dish of your choice to share (and a serving utensil if necessary).
  • Reusable silverware and plates.
  • Your favorite outdoor game!


Sunday, October 16th at 12:00 p.m.


Rock Creek Park, Shelter 6


  • The shelter area is located North of Military Rd. at the intersection of Beach Dr.
  • Directions to Rock Creek Park
  • map of the grounds (look for the dot labeled 6)
  • Public Transportation: Van Ness (red line) is the closest metro stop, but our shelter is not immediately accessible from there (approx 1 mile walk). Get directions.

Interested in riding your bike to the park? We encourage you to take public transportation, ride your bike or rollerblade to Lunch on the Lawn. Try and find other people interested in biking together by posting on the wall of the Facebook event page.

If you are interested in leading a bike ride to the lunch, please e-mail Mary Ellen at [email protected].


On Facebook; or send an e-mail to [email protected].

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Join DC EcoWomen for the September EcoHour, featuring:

Monica Murphy

Manager of Advanced Technology Demonstration Programs for General Motors

What if driving could be a more sustainable transportation option? What if increased fuel efficiency were not only more sustainable for the planet, but more sustainable for your wallet? Wait, you were thinking the same thing?

Then join us for our September EcoHour as DC EcoWomen presents Monica Murphy, Manager of Advanced Technology Demonstration Programs for General Motors (GM). She will speak about her career, GM’s work on fuel efficient vehicles, and will show off a Chevy Volt right outside of Teaism!

Learn more about our speaker, Monica Murphy.



Tuesday, September 20
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Teaism Penn Quarter* (Map)
400 8th Street NW; Washington, DC
Metro: Archives/Metro Center/Chinatown


On Facebook; or send an e-mail to [email protected]

*Teaism is a generous sponsor of DC EcoWomen and provides their space free of charge. Please help us say Thank You by purchasing a drink, dinner or a yummy salty oat cookie!

Note: Please remember that our EcoHour event is for women only.

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Join DC Ecowomen’s Green Economy eco-mmunity group to learn more about the ongoing debate surrounding vehicle fuel economy standards, and what it means for consumers, automakers, and the environment.


Wednesday, July 20; 6:30-8:00 pm


Union of Concerned Scientists (1825 K St. NW, Ste. 800, Washington, DC 20006)


Michelle Robinson is the co-director of the Washington Office and the Director of the Clean Vehicles Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Michelle is a recognized expert on state and federal transportation policy and the legislative debates surrounding them. Based in the Washington, DC office, she has been with UCS since 1992 and has more than 25 years of experience in public-interest advocacy and organizing.

As always, this will be an interactive discussion. We welcome your thoughts, ideas and experiences. Please bring light snacks and/or refreshments to share with the group.


Via Facebook or send an email to [email protected].