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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 12, 2022

When Pennsylvania game commissioner Kristen Schnepp-Giger is confronted with a decision, she takes stock of her gut feeling and then goes to the other side and lets them try to convince her. It's her way of making sure she's hearing all sides to a particular issue, and what the consequences of her decisions mean to others. In the seventh installment of the Artemis Leadership Series, we talk about having hard discussions, building relationships, keeping your composure, and knowing your own limits. For instance, whenever you tell yourself something like, "I don't have time for that" -- are you really trying to say, "I don't want to do that"?

2:00 Turkey talk - how's your turkey season going? Gobble and cluck with us in the Artemis Facebook group

6:00 A suburban upbringing takes a rural turn with a loving nudge from a high-school biology teacher

10:00 Cold call + "I'm interested in taxidermy"... words that open doors

14:00 Pennsylvania to Yellowstone

16:00 If you're 'meh' on applying to a Fish and Game commission and others are urging you to apply, why not call the existing commissioners to see how they like the job

18:00 "What's the culture of your board like?"

20:00 Life changes = professional changes; Adjusting to a single-parent household makes you see your time differently

23:00 Being strategic with where you devote your time

24:00 Listen to your internal compass: If you keep telling yourself, "I don't have the time," you may actually be feeling: "I don't want to do that"

26:00 Let's not glorify toxic productivity

30:00 "Extreme Ownership: How Navy Seals Lead and Win" by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

35:00 Detaching emotional response from sound decision-making/problem-solving

40:00 New ideas: See them through a lens of possibility versus negativity

42:00 Bringing up others around you through mentorship

45:00 Learning how to have hard conversations is crucial to effective board leadership

46:00 Keeping your composure is key to building relationships

50:00 We don't have to agree with each other, but we need to listen to each other

55:00 Be open-minded; Let the other side try to convince you