Professional Practice

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The School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as other Schools, Programs, and Centers within Yale University offer a broad range of training in professional skills that are not typically the focus of most academic courses, yet are key for success in most professional settings
F&ES offers opportunities in five core skill areas to help students identify opportunities in areas they wish to develop.

Professional Practice Team

Martin Becker Toro
MEM '17
Melissa Castera
MEM '17
Emily Dolhansky
MFS '18
Emma Greenbaum
MEM '18
Kevin Lee
MEM '17
Logan McCoy
Minna Brown
Case Study Integration Manager
Brad Gentry
Associate Dean of Professional Practice
1. Strategic Communication and Marketing (CM)
Verbal communication skills | Written communication skills | Marketing skills
2. Project Management & Finance (PM)
Financial/Business Skills | Strategic Planning/Management Skills
3. Leadership & Interpersonal Skills (LI)
Effective Leadership Skills | Working in Teams/Workplace Dynamics | Negotiation Skills | Collaboration and Organizational Skills | Facilitation Skills
4. Technical Skills for Environmental & Resource Managers (TS)
Technology Skills (Excel, Endnote etc.) | Specialized Technical Environmental Skills (e.g. Forest Data, Chainsaw Safety) | First Aid
5. Navigating the Work-Life Balance (WL)
Time Management Skills | Career Development Skills
The Professional Skills team coordinates a variety of workshops and courses over the course of the academic year. In 2016-2017, we hosted the following Technical Skills Module (TSM) Workshops.


  • 9/16 Speed Reading *TS, WL
  • 9/19 Time Management *WL
  • 10/6 EndNote *TS
  • 10/7 Excel *TS
  • 10/14 Public Speaking *CM
  • 10/28 Photography *CM, TS
  • 11/4 Grant Writing *CM, PM, TS
  • 11/12 Finding the Stories (Center for Whole Communities) *CM, LI
  • 11/14 FSC Audit *TS
  • 11/16 Backpacking basics (skillshare) *TS


  • 2/17 Standing Ovation Presentations *CM
  • 2/20 Fierce Conversations *CM, LI
  • 2/23 Etiquette Dinner *TS, LI
  • 2/27 Advanced Excel *TS
  • 3/30 Managing Personal Priorities and Time *WL
  • 4/4 Research Day Presentations Prep *CM

2016-2017 For-Credit Professional Skills Courses (PSCs) included:

  • Foundations of Environmental Leadership & Management *PM, LI
  • Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Skills for Environmental Professionals *LI
  • Environmental Communicator *CM
  • Financial Concepts for Environmental Managers *PM
  • Fundamentals of Working with People *LI, CM, PM

In addition to the above workshops and courses, we’re always excited to help students, staff, and faculty share their skills with each other. If you have a skill you would like to share with your peers, and would like to run a workshop this year, please complete this proposal form here.
We also curate a database of offerings beyond the walls of F&ES. This resource should be considered as a starting point for students looking for such opportunities and is organized around each of the five skills areas.
Suggestions or feedback, let us know!

Upcoming Technical Skills Modules

Professional Skills Jumpstart
Sep. 1, 2017 - Friday
8:30 AM — 12:30 PM
Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall
Professional Skills Jumpstart 2
Sep. 8, 2017 - Friday
8:30 AM — 12:30 PM
Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall
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