Update from the Chair

AIC News Network Column, January 2020

Fall Webinar 
ECPN hosted its fall webinar entitled, “An Introduction to Navigating the Workplace, Building Community, and Leveraging Resources” with speakers Anisha Gupta and Leslie Gat on November 19th, 2019. The panel discussion focused on the various roles an emerging conservation professional (ECP) may occupy within the conservation profession, and how AIC/ECPN can function as a professional resource as well as a support community. Discussion questions were solicited in advance and the speakers shared their experiences and perspectives on challenging workplace situations. The webinar has been uploaded to AIC’s YouTube Channel. 

New Content on the ECP Community
ECPN is happy to announce new content on the Emerging Conservation Professionals Community. Check out the recent posts on the PMG Liaison Feature with Sarah Casto, OSG Liaison Feature with Tatianna Shannon, and ECPN Library and Archives Interview with Laura McNulty. We also want to highlight the recent blog post “Empowering Change though Salary Advocacy and Negotiation” by Anisha Gupta, Ariel O’Connor, and Jen Munch which continues the discussion from ECPN’s and E&IC’s joint webinar last spring on Gender Equity in the Conservation Field

2020 AIC Annual Meeting
Registration is now available for ECPN’s programming during the AIC Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City. We are pleased to offer the following events: › ECPN Workshop “Making the Ask: Developing Negotiation Tactics in the Field of Conservation” › ECPN Happy Hour › ECPN Lunchtime Panel Discussion “Conservation: Past, Present, Future” › ECPN Information Session The ECPN Workshop is being generously supported by FAIC. Please see full event descriptions and RSVP on
or register for ticketed events here

Berger Family Foundation Programming
FAIC has received a grant from the Berger Family Foundation, supporting activities to “…disseminate information to students from high school to college-age, particularly in underserved and under-represented communities, about the discipline of conservation as a career possibility.” With this directive, ECPN is working with the Atlanta University Center Collective for the Study of Art History & Curatorial Studies (AUC Art Collective) to organize a full-day programming event entitled “To Preserve A Legacy: Art Conservation at the Atlanta University Center.” The goal of the program is to inform students, staff, and faculty about art conservation and the importance of preserving cultural heritage. ECPN is supporting two guest speakers, Shannon A. Brogdon-Grantham and LaStarsha McGarity, to travel to Atlanta to share their journey into the conservation profession. The event will take place on Friday, January 24, 2020, and will be open to local emerging conservation professionals. 


There is a new page on the ECPN Wiki dedicated to Getting Started in Conservation Science. We would like to thank RATS Specialty Group Liaison Elyse Canosa for all her work putting together this amazing resource. January is our annual wiki-thon month; be on the lookout for information about how to contribute content to the ECPN Wiki pages. If you have ideas for new content, please email ecpn.chair@culturalheritage.org. 

— Eve Mayberger, Chair, ecpn.chair@culturalheritage.org 


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