Leadership Interviews

Confidence to Lead Sustainably
September 17, 2018 —
BY ALEC MASELLA – SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 In her former role at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) alumna, Becky Long, discovered her passion for sustainability while working with international business leaders across different industries. “I was an International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2009 to 2015,” Becky explains, “and I had the opportunity to plan study trips for international business leaders from the former Soviet Union. In this role, I was… Read More
Leadership and Career Change
September 10, 2018 —
BY ALEC MASELLA – SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program alumnus Hugo Mogollon had been conducting fieldwork for nearly a decade in Ecuador for the nonprofit Finding Species, before deciding to pursue a managerial role within the organization, graduate school, and then a career change with Community Foodworks in Washington, D.C.  “My initial role in Finding Species was as a taxonomist, a scientist who groups plants into categories,” Mogollon explains. “I coordinated a team of photographers to… Read More
Designing Sustainable Landscapes
August 27, 2018 —
BY ALEC MASELLA – AUGUST 20, 2018.  Nicole Hersch is a recent Masters of Natural Resources (MNR) graduate who combined her studies in sustainability with the Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program at Virginia Tech. She aims to pair her skills in landscape design with an advanced sense of ecology through a cultural perspective. Wedding these two areas of study has already been recognized by the town of Blacksburg. Nicole was one of four artists granted the opportunity to paint… Read More
Building Trust
July 23, 2018 —
BY ALEC MASELLA – JULY 23, 2018.  Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) graduate Kelly Watkinson has taken her skills in sustainability leadership to the national level, now working as the Land and Climate Program Manager for the Land Trust Alliance. In this recent career shift from local land protection work to a national focus on sustainability leadership, she finds that her experiences in the XMNR program have helped her develop the credentials, competencies, confidence, and connections she needs to… Read More
David Robertson
Building Credentials, Competencies, and Connections
January 4, 2018 —
BY ALEC MASELLA – JANUARY 4, 2018.  David Robertson, PhD, is the founding director of the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) graduate degree program and a Senior Fellow and Associate Director at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). In a recent interview, he provided some insight to how the XMNR program provides students with not only a graduate degree and an exceptional learning experience but also professional networking opportunities that help students accomplish their career goals.… Read More