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By: Nancy Stoner

When I was first launching my career, I never would have imagined that I would pursue environmental law, environmental philanthropy, and environmental non-profit management. Had I known, I may have taken the time to study more environmental science along the way. However, there is an important lesson I have learned along my journey to becoming the President of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network, which is as long as you enjoy learning new things and continue to seek knowledge throughout your life, you can do pretty much anything you put your mind to. Yes, there may have been some merit to what our parents were saying when they shared this cliche line as we were growing up. A willingness to learn will set you leagues ahead in any career, and as you learn, you will discover more about yourself and your interests. You may end up in a pleasantly unexpected place. 

The most important question you should ask yourself about your career is “Is this where my heart takes me?” No matter what career choice you make, you will inevitably work a lot of hours, so make sure you find a career you are willing to devote a lot of time to. I have loved every job I’ve ever had — of course not every minute of every job — but every job has been interesting, rewarding, and fun. I followed my passions and curiosity and have stayed open to new experiences where I felt I could make a meaningful difference, and it has led me to some incredible opportunities. Of course you will also need to make a living with your career — as your parents also told you — so this detail can’t be overlooked. Make sure you are pursuing a career that is sustainable, but don’t forget that time is the most valuable thing you have in your life. Make sure you are spending it wisely. 

You may imagine your future career and have a clear vision of where you want to end up, or you may have no more than a faint idea of where you want to go. Both of these are fine so long as you are open to growth and new experiences, and you are willing to make adjustments along the way. When thinking about where you would like your career to take you, ask yourself where and how you would like to make a difference, because you CAN make a difference. And, if you put your mind to it, you will.


Nancy Stoner is president of Potomac Riverkeeper Network.  One of the nation’s most experienced water policy experts, Nancy has a rich and distinguished background in protecting our nation’s water. Nancy also served as Co-Director, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, where she co-directed a national program to promote sound water resource management nationally and in specific watersheds, such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and Anacostia River.

She lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband, Marc Machlin. She has two grown children, Laura and Jared. She enjoys whitewater rafting, tubing, canoeing, birding, and gardening.

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By the DC EcoWomen Executive Board

In early August, in a community room of an apartment building in Northeast D.C., the DC EcoWomen executive team sat down to discuss the upcoming board year and work on a document that would help guide our efforts – the 2018-2019 Calendar. As we wrote down all the dates, we couldn’t help but get excited. We have upcoming events and content appealing to all types of woman in our DC EcoWomen community. We’re planning speaker events, skill-building workshops, meetings for a special-interest club, outdoor adventures and more. Keep reading for more information.

If you’ve attended an event of ours, it was probably one from our signature EcoHour speaker series. This year, we’re continuing the tradition. On the third Tuesday of each month (except December and August), we’ll hear from a successful woman in the environmental field discuss her work. The free event kicks off with some networking and runs from 6-8 p.m. at Teaism Penn Quarter. The next one will be Tuesday, October 16, and will feature Analisa Freitas, Campaign Coordinator for the Peoples Climate Movement. She’ll talk about how she helps orchestrate large-scale marches for climate justice and organize Latino communities around grassroots advocacy.

In terms of professional development, we’re holding a series of mentoring dinners. They provide a unique opportunity to talk with women in the environmental field in an intimate setting. It’s a time when 6-8 women can get advice and guidance on advancing their careers while sitting down to share a meal with one experienced mentor. The mentors are selected based on their professional accomplishments and alignment with our organization and mission. The next one will be in October.

We’re also planning a few professional development workshops that will focus on helping women develop the skills to succeed in the workplace. Previous workshops included topics like salary negotiation, resume writing and public speaking. Our next workshop will be in December.

As women who are passionate about the environment and getting to know our community, our upcoming programming involves several fun outings, volunteer opportunities and networking events. In October, we have a women-only craft brewery tour & tasting at Right Proper Brewing’s Brookland Production House. In way of eco-outings, we are looking into hikes, rock climbing, cave walking, paddle boarding, and a river clean-up and tour. For the book lovers, our book club will continue to meet to discuss a book or series of small articles, blogs and podcasts with an environmental angle. We’ll have happy hours, and a book and clothing swap, too.

Every year, DC EcoWomen also hosts a spring photo contest. The contest showcases artistic images taken by our members that highlight women in the environment, conservation in action, natural beauty, travel, iconic urban landscapes, etc. Details surrounding the 2019 contest and its themes will be available in the spring. To learn more about the 2018 grand prize winner, Sarah Waybright, check-out this blog on her photo and work at Potomac Vegetable Farms.

To keep current on the various activities that we have planned, please sign-up for the newsletter and track us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We also have the DC EcoWomen blog, which will keep you informed of various topics and issues relevant to our community. Our very own board members will write many posts and we’ll have some guest posts too.

We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

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The following is a post by DC Ecowomen Board Member Rebecca Aicher.

February 12, 2013 Management Workshop

Recently, I was fortunate to attend the DC EcoWomen workshop entitled “How to Be a Successful Woman Manager.” This workshop was led by three impressive women: Elizabeth Wallace; Danielle Moodie-Mills; and Greta Bagwell from the National Wildlife Federation. Elizabeth, Danielle, and Greta emphasized that being a successful manager is not a man versus woman dynamic; rather, management is about flexibility, self-reflection, and respect.

Elizabeth, Danielle, and Greta began the workshop by asking all of us what we value in managers, and we generated a long and varied list. In addition, we talked about the less desirable characteristics of managers. Both lists highlighted a common thread; we are a multi-generational, diverse workforce with many weaknesses and a myriad of strengths. In order to play on those strengths, successful managers are able to support the myriad of personalities through trust, respect, and honesty.

Elizabeth, Greta, and Danielle provided a plethora of wonderful advice. Just to highlight a few pieces, Elizabeth shared her love of reading through providing an annotated list of recommended books about being a leader, good communicator, and successful manager.

Greta’s tips for “managing up”:

  1. Use the power of the check-in
  2. Follow the no surprises rule-give your boss a heads up if you know something that may affect your boss
  3. Act as a nudge coach to help your boss become more aware
  4. Figure out what your boss cares about and communicate about those topics
  5. Know your limits, it is acceptable to say no if you know that you don’t have the time to work on something
  6. Talk like your boss and communicate to your manager in her/his style
  7. Develop a relationship with your boss


Danielle shared her experiences working across generational lines, and gave us some entertaining and insightful advice on how to appreciate the Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millenials-we all have something to contribute!

Elizabeth said she hoped that they planted numerous “seeds” that we will use throughout our careers, and I am confident those seeds have already begun to grow. I am looking forward to reading many of Elizabeth’s book suggestions, including Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Now, I am using my weekly check-ins with my boss to outline new opportunities. And thanks to Danielle, I appreciate the unsolicited advice I receive from my intergenerational co-workers. I can say with confidence that my professional experience has been enriched from Elizabeth’s, Danielle’s, and Greta’s advice and insight.

For more tips on how to get ahead in your career, check out our Resources page!