Communication: Telling Your Story!

Forestry and natural resources professionals and students from the Pacific Northwest are invited to participate in the 2020 Leadership Conference on January 31 and February 1, at The Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington. Participants will gain insights through leadership lessons from experienced leaders and learn effective communication skills.


9:00 am        Registration and Networking (Continental Breakfast provided)

9:30              Introductions and opening remarksWes Tracy, WSSAF State Chair

9:45              Keynote Address: “The Language of Leadership”Koshare Eagle, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources

10:45            Break

11:00            The Language of Leadership” ContinuedKoshare Eagle, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources

Noon            Lunch (provided) with Leadership Lessons from Paul Davis, Vice President, Weyerhaeuser Western Timberlands

1:00 pm       Communications: Roles and Responsibilities of SupervisorsGordon Gibbs, Gibbs Consulting

2:15              Networking Break

2:45              Best Practices for Telling Your StoryJennifer Mengarelli, Farm Girl Marketing

3:45              How a Writer Approaches Telling Your StoryAndrea Watts, Associate Editor, The Forestry Source

5:00-6:00      Leadership Icebreaker—Student-led activity

6:00              Dinner (provided)—Keynote: “Different Leadership Styles—TBD


7:00 am        Continental Breakfast provided

8:00 am        Address from the SAF National OfficeTamara Cushing, SAF President

9:00              Intergenerational SAF Member Panel—TBD

10:00           Working with the National OfficeThomas M. Hanson, CF, SAF Board Member, District 1 Representative

10:30            Concurrent Sessions:

SAF Advocacy: Using SAF Policy Statements in Communications—TBD

Preparing for an InterviewGordon Gibbs

11:30            Closing Comments: Leadership Action Items for 2020 and 2020 SAF calendarWSSAF, OSAF, AKSAF Leadership

Noon            Lunch (provided) and closing icebreaker

1:00              Concurrent State Executive Committee Meetings


The Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA, is a rustic hotel featuring 182 guest rooms and a Northwest mountain lodge setting. The group rate is $148 plus tax for single or double occupancy, and $10 for additional persons. Group rates are honored for Thursday, January 30 and Friday, January 31. To make a reservation call 360-254-3100 by January 10, 2020 and mention “SAF Leadership Conference” to receive the group rate.


The registration fee for professional members is $160/person, $200/person for non-members, and $50/person for students. A late fee of $25 will be charged after January 8. See links below to either register online or fill out and mail in the registration form.

Online registration is closed.

Registration form (PDF)


Program: Wes Tracy

Registration: Melinda Olson, 503-224-8046


4.0 hours Category 1 and 5.5 hours Category 2 SAF CFE credits are available to attendees.


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