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Artemis endeavors to get more women in the field and on the water, to support women as leaders in the conservation movement, to ensure the vitality of our lands, waters, and wildlife. Artemis endeavors to change the face of conservation.

May 5, 2022

When Kathy Hadley was living in New York, one of her nephews got unexpectedly sick. Several kids in the neighborhood were experiencing the same thing, and it turned out that the town's school was built on a toxic waste site. Being involved in the Love Canal environmental disaster kickstarted Hadley's career in conservation. When she moved to Montana and noticed that plants wouldn't grow on certain parts along the Clark Fork River (places now called "slickens"), she recognized a similar situation. Hadley has been a long-standing leader and board member for the Montana Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation. In the sixth installment of the Artemis Women in Conservation Leadership Series, we talk about meaningful service and how you can doggedly pursue change that matters. 

4:00 Growing up on an island in the middle of the Niagara River 

10:00 Changing from an outdoorswoman to a conservationist

12:00 Sharing mom duties with your sister 

13:00 An interest in activism... it started with sick kids at the Love Canal contamination site in New York

16:00 Sick children, homes with no value, and a meeting with President Carter

20:00 Finding another contamination site after a cross-country move to Montana

21:00 "Slickens" on the Clark Fork, spots where nothing grows

22:00 A flood plain catches many contaminants; eventually the Clark Fork River was designated as a Superfund site

23:00 The Clark Fork Coalition

24:00 "Sometimes change takes decades when you're talking about landscapes and bureaucracies."

30:00 Board service and the institutional knowledge in a strong board

35:00 Montana Wildlife Federation - longest standing conservation org in Montana

36:00 In the 80s there was a rise in conservation orgs (especially species-specific ones)

37:00 Did you catch Artemis' episode on RAWA with Sara Parker Pauley?

38:00 Rise in coalition-building between conservation groups

41:00 Has the era of connectivity threatened more meaningful communication with one another?

43:00 On successful teams, everyone contributes -- even if it's making coffee for the group, we all do all the jobs/chores

46:00 Starting meetings with a set of expectations for group conduct

52:00 Small organizational changes, like replacing vice chairs with co-chairs

56:00 So... how about you run for secretary?

58:00 Detaching emotions from work that matters; You don't need to have deep personal relationships with colleagues to do meaningful work with them

1:01 The rise of self-directed learning in sporting pursuits