Programs and Events
Our in-person gatherings and virtual programs educate our network on environmental issues and philanthropy, elevate the work of women leaders, and strengthen community ties. Programs are open to Rachel’s Network members and invited guests only. Members also receive access to past recorded events. To learn more about our programs, email Program Director Jamie Boese.
Rachel’s Network strives to cultivate bonds that enable us to grow with and learn from one another, and we celebrate our unique differences. We are committed to safe and inclusive gatherings for all attendees regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or background, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, parental or marital status, political affiliation, neuro(a)typicality, or physical appearance.
We can build a stronger community when we approach our interactions with empathy and kindness. We ask that participants in our meetings review our tips for making Rachel’s Network a welcoming space.
Past Programs & Events
Rachel’s Network in-person events bring our community together to network, learn about environmental issues, and engage with local and national experts. Past programs have included annual meetings (Everglades National Park; Washington, DC); fall retreats (Yosemite National Park; Durham; Albuquerque); regional gatherings (Arizona Borderlands; Seattle; Santa Barbara), and international excursions (Costa Rica; Chile).
Virtual Book Clubs
Roughly twice a year, we host a series of small-group discussions on books written by women environmentalists. The authors themselves sometimes join us during the concluding meeting. Past book clubs have featured Farming While Black, Braiding Sweetgrass, All We Can Save: Truth Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, and Erosion: Essays of Undoing.
Virtual Community Gatherings
Connecting women is central to everything we do at Rachel’s Network, even when we can’t meet in person. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been convening casual community-building programs, such as member-led discussion groups on topics of interest and Yoga classes. Such virtual programs are now a regular part of our offerings.
We believe in the power of women, particularly women of color, to create and nurture a healthy environment for all. We elevate their work in community webinars like our Women’s Environmental Leadership Speaker Series, Catalyst Awardee Conversations, and other partner organization convenings (Philanos, WeGive Summit, etc.).
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Guided by our commitment to racial justice, we provide resources, trainings, and programs for our members and community to engage in anti-racist philanthropy and grow as allies. We elevate the work of women of color in programs, and provide opportunities for members to learn and grow as funders through our annual JEDI Warriors program, an anti-racism small-group learning journey.