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UC Merced Executive Education: Applications Now Available for Executive Leadership Seminar for Park and Public Land Managers

October 20, 2009

MERCED - The context surrounding parks and protected areas is
rapidly changing.

Climate change
, habitat loss, suburban and urban encroachment,
increased fire severity, budget constraints and countless other
problems pose challenges that require careful analysis and
sophisticated solutions by leaders.

There is an immediate need for effective leadership training for
the stewards of the world’s natural and cultural heritage. Thanks
to the joint efforts of the
University of California,
, the
National Park Service,
at the Golden Gate
, the
Great Valley Center, and
National Parks Conservation
Association’s Center for Park Management
that need will soon be filled.

These public agencies have created an
11-day intensive
management seminar
on leadership, innovation and organization
renewal that will provide valuable training for international
executive-level managers of parks and protected areas.

The seminar, which runs April 27, 2010, through May 7, 2010,
will use locations at the Institute at the Golden Gate in San
Francisco, UC Merced and Yosemite National Park as field
laboratories for learning. Participants will meet industry leaders
and innovative thinkers with expertise in leadership and park
management, and will be able to form a network of global public
land management leaders.

There is only space for 24 participants; early application is
highly recommended.

Tentative speakers and facilitators include Charles A. O’Reilly
of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and David Sibbet,
president and founder of Grove Consultants International, as well
as university professors, government leaders and other experts.

This seminar has been made possible by generous gifts from
NPCA’s Center for Park Management, Toyota USA Foundation and The
Yosemite Fund.


What: Executive Leadership Seminar for Park and Public Land

When:April 27-May 7, 2010

Where:The course will begin at the Institute at
the Golden Gate in San Francisco, proceed to the UC Merced campus
and end in Yosemite National Park.

Curriculum: Case studies will focus on leading change and
organizational renewal, trends and critical issues for public land
managers, innovation, and generating motivation and commitment.
Participants will apply lessons learned using a universal framework
and will gain take-home action plans.

Who should apply:International leaders in park,
protected area and cultural resource management from governments
and nonprofit organizations

Price:$10,000 (includes tuition, lodging, food and
transportation during seminar);
Scholarships are available—see


for details.

Deadline:The deadline to apply is November 20,

Info and To Apply:Visit