New England Summit

Shawn engages summit participantsThis past weekend (November 10th and 11th), Shawn and I traveled up to Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, Mass. for the third annual New England Regional Summit. A group of over 70 Roots & Shoots members from all corners of New England gathered to listen and participate in workshops from 15 different people.

The highlight of the weekend had to be the New England Youth Leadership Council who sang songs, read poetry, presented and educated folks on everything Roots & Shoots. The newest member to the council, Khalifa Stafford, made her shining debut by reciting a poem she had written and leading the entire council in a song.

Other highlights included a workshop about leadership using the ancient art of rock piling as a metaphor and a workshop lead by Dorie Clark, owner of Clark Strategic Communications, which gave participants the skills and the know-how to get their Roots & Shoots stories into the papers.

As for the fellows, Shawn gave three presentations, including a unique way to learn about Dr. Jane and the Chimps of Gombe. This came in the form of a movie pitch. Shawn pitched to a group of Roots & Shoots members a feature length film about the life of Dr. Jane, including who would play Jane and the other major characters. I gave two presentations, which were hopefully great as one of them was entitled ‘Selling Your Message: How to Give a Great Presentation!’

The summit is held every year in early November along with summits in other regions of the US. It is safe to say that New England knows how to throw a summit, kudos to Christine Ellersick, New England Regional Manger, and Kellen Hayes, New England Regional Program Assistant, I look forward to next year’s summit!


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