The American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Early Career Leadership Academy (ECLA) aims to build and sustain a diverse network of early career leaders in weather, water, and climate science. ECLA will bring together a select group of early career individuals—in particular, women and underrepresented minorities—for an immersion experience in leadership, such as creative problem-solving, conflict resolution, building trust, and enhancing communication skills. We seek early career individuals from a wide range of professions, interests, perspectives, cultures, and experiences.
AMS defines early career scientists as follows:
Early career is nominally taken to include scientists who are within 10 years of having earned their highest graduate degree or within 15 years of having earned their baccalaureate, whichever is greater. Consideration will also be given, however, to those who are still in the early stage of their careers but have seen these interrupted for up to 5–10 years by family leaves, military service, and the like.
Each year, the AMS selects a small group of early career professionals to participate in the Academy. All eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:
Consideration will be given to applicants who have volunteered their time and service to any AMS board, committee, or panel.
ECLA is an invigorating professional development experience built around emerging trends in weather, water, and climate science enterprise that will shape the future of professions. Topics that will be covered include workplace issues, crisis management, building trust, conflict resolution, communication, key societal trends, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Participants will take leadership assessments to identify their unique strengths and construct their own personal leadership style.
Participants will develop new analytical lenses, systems thinking skills, and skills to deal with differences and diversity when making decisions that affect weather, water, and climate.
After graduation, participants will
All accepted participants are required to attend all online webinars, peer mentoring calls, and the in-person meeting.
All webinars will take place virtually on Zoom and start at 2:00pm ET. The orientation webinar will last 60 minutes and all three leadership webinars will last 90 minutes. Monthly peer mentoring calls will take place in small groups in March, April, and May, and the days and times of each of those calls will be determined by each assigned group.
All participants are expected to provide their own funding for attending the in-person meeting. There may be a limited number of need-based partial travel scholarships made available to selected applicants if funding becomes available. The registration fee will be $200.
The Early Career Leadership Academy will take place from 10-12 June 2020 at the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown in Kansas City, MO. More information on the location will become available once Applicants have been notified.