Where and When

Date:  July 21, 2016
Time:  9:30AM to 1:30PM
Cost:  $25 for NYS GIS Association Members – lunch included
Place:  Environmental Finance Center, Syracuse University


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This workshop will introduce attendees to a different approach to developing presentations that both instruct and engage.  Participants will learn to identify and target their audiences so their stories and messages are appropriate to the communities they are trying to reach. Attendees will learn:

1)    How to use striking visuals (including videos) to reach different audiences
2)    How to present a message with impact so audiences are moved to action
3)    Understand the structure and tools needed for effective technical or non-technical presentations to diverse audience types.

About the presenter

Sarah Diefendorf is the Executive Director of the Environmental Finance Center West @ Earth Island Institute. She has founded and managed numerous nonprofit organizations throughout her career and has specialized in building financial, communications and leadership capacity in the US and abroad.  Currently she serves as a Leadership and Communications trainer for the Environmental Finance Center Network. Understanding that we can all be leaders, she has honed and implemented a wide variety of capacity-building tools in her professional and training life to enable individual and team growth and success.

Most recently Sarah co-facilitated leadership and internal/external communications training to elected officials, water systems and government agencies in Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, New Mexico, California, Montana, North Carolina, Kansas, Hawaii, Alaska, Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, and West Virginia to gather support for water and other sustainability initiatives.  In addition, Sarah is an International Capacity Building and Leadership trainer for the League of Women Voters.  She is an Expert Witness for the USEPA National Environmental Finance Advisory Board and serves on the board of the Carbon Cycle Institute.  A native of Buffalo, NY she moved to California to work towards a BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University   and then moved on to receive an MS in Environmental Geography from Cambridge University.