Rachel’s Network cultivates leadership and helps deepen our understanding of important issues. From touring sustainable farms in Texas and Montana, to forecasting important environmental news stories with top journalists, unique educational and networking programs keep us “in the know.”
Delving Into Pressing Issues
Semi-annually, we gather to learn from thought-leaders and network with our peers. Our Annual Meeting, often held in Washington, DC, provides access to influential advocacy and policy leaders, while our Fall Retreat facilitates site-specific learning about a timely environmental theme. Past meetings have focused on water management in Milwaukee, sustainable agriculture in Austin; conservation in Yellowstone National Park and Costa Rica; and international philanthropy in London, England.
Exchanging Ideas and Co-Funding with Peers
Learning Circles provide an opportunity to connect with fellow members about specific environmental issues and collaboratively fund solutions. These self-directed groups regularly share perspectives, mentor one another, and learn from experts within and outside the Network. Circle dialogues have evolved into Annual Meeting and Fall Retreat themes, national initiatives, and partnerships with environmental organizations. Currently, our Circles focus on: Impact Investing, Sustainable Agriculture, and Money in Politics. Read more about our co-funding projects here.
Learning from Experts
Annual Meetings and Fall Retreats, monthly teleconferences, and regional Speaker Series events connect us to thought-leaders in the worlds of business, academia, policy, and advocacy to discuss important environmental trends. Past speakers include 350.org Director May Boeve; water rights advocate Maude Barlow; Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk; journalist Kate Sheppard; Growing Power CEO Will Allen; climate scientist Heidi Cullen, Lakefront Brewery President Russ Klisch; and Ashoka Founder Bill Drayton among many others. Read our Expert Q&As for more insight.
Weekly curated alerts provide breaking environmental news, analysis, and legislation and upcoming educational and networking events. A private Online Community allows members to share resources and commentary directly with the entire membership. Our members-only newsletter, Green Leaves, and digital bulletin, eConnections, keeps us in-touch and informed of timely program and membership news.