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2019 WAN Holiday Party


The Conference Center at 

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 

1779 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20036

Wednesday, December 5, 6-9 p.m.

Join WAN on Wednesday, December 5th at the Conference Center at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for our annual holiday party! We will celebrate the season, and accomplishments in the marine and aquatic communities with our Woman of the Year Dr. Nancy Knowlton, of the Smithsonian Institution! 

Discounted tickets available with 2019 WAN membership renewal!

All WAN memberships are calendar year based so renew now 

for maximum benefit!

Join us as we celebrate each other's accomplishments in advancing conservation, science, and policy, and look forward to WAN in 2019.  Appetizers, dessert, and drinks will be served while we raffle off gift baskets and hold a silent auction. Admission includes food and two drink tickets.  Proceeds from ticket sales, raffle, and silent auction will go to supporting WAN community service activities, and keeping event costs affordable for all WAN members.

General Admission: $40.00

WAN Member: $30.00

General Admission + 2019 Professional Membership: $65.00

General Admission + 2019 Student/Fellow Membership: $55.00

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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5:00 PM17:00

Value of Water Networking Happy Hour

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SAVE THE DATE! November 7th!

Value of Water Networking Happy Hour

Hosts: WAN and US Water Alliance

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 5-8pm 

Location: The Crown and The Crow

(1317 14th St NW, Washington, DC)

Register for the event here!

On November 7th, join us for the Value of Water Happy Hour in Washington DC!

This networking event brings together professionals from across the hydrologic cycle. Hear from a special guest of the Value of Water Coalition, WAN Board Members, and the US Water Alliance. Join colleagues from water utilities, freshwater, marine, coastal, and ocean organizations to make new connections and learn about each other's work, make new connections.

Cash bar includes drink specials. Bring a colleague!

This happy hour is inspired by the WAN Photo Contest (participate here!) and the annual awareness event Imagine a Day Without Water. This 4th annual event, hosted by the Value of Water Coalition and coordinated by the US Water Alliance, marks a day to raise awareness and education about the true value of water. WAN was a proud participant in this year's event. After all, where would we be without clean water?

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International Coastal Cleanup!

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Join WAN's Community Service Committee as we continue our efforts to help cleanup the Anacostia watershed by joining forces with the Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup at Kingman Island on October 13. Breakfast, lunch, and supplies will be provided. A free shuttle service will be available from the Stadium-Armory metro stop, available from the Orange, Blue, and Silver metro lines. Parking is also available at RFK Stadium Lot #6.


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6:30 PM18:30

Salary Negotiations: Professional Development Workshop

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Are you looking to enhance your ability to negotiate at work and help ensure you’re getting the compensation you deserve?
Join WAN’s fall professional development workshop with Michelle Mock, President of Collaborative Thinking Leadership Development, to learn about how to prepare, ‘show up’, frame the conversation, make clear requests and offers, and negotiate shared agreements.

The techniques will also apply to difficult conversations such as performance reviews and workload management.

Wednesday, September 19
6:30pm - 8:00pm (doors at 6pm)
Meridian Institute
1800 M St. NW, Suite 400N
Washington, DC

Register Here

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Join Our Executive Board!

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Calling all water and ocean-minded professionals in the DC-metro area!

The Women's Aquatic Network has several positions opening on the Executive Board at the end of 2018, and we are looking to fill them with enthusiastic and motivated individuals with an interest in promoting the health and protection of our marine and aquatic resources. 

We are beginning the recruitment process early this year to provide more time to engage with interested applicants to discuss their ideas for WAN. Join us on Thursday, June 21 at Public Bar in Dupont where current WAN executive board members will be available to answer your questions and hear your ideas for WAN! 

The application period is open until August 8th!

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June Happy Hour


It's summer in DC, and that means its rooftop season. Join WAN on Thursday, June 21, at Public Bar for a rooftop happy hour in Dupont Circle!

Located midway between the Dupont Circle and Farragut North and West metro stops, Public Bar is a great location to mingle with your fellow ocean and aquatic professionals!

Come out to mingle with the community and learn about the great networking and professional development opportunities WAN will host in the summer and fall.

This is a free event so bring your friends and colleagues. It will be a fantastic time to catch up with new and old friends a like!

Located at 1214 18th St NW B, Washington, DC 20036

RSVP Here!

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Women + Watersheds = Communicating for Success  Across Aquatic Sectors

WAN Panel and Networking Session

Tuesday, June 5, 12:15-1:15 p.m


In today’s world of tweets, likes, and shares, it can be a challenge finding the best ways to effectively communicate about priorities across the marine, coastal, and freshwater fields. Whether you’re celebrating a victory for ocean protection or calling attention to flooding risks in coastal communities, it’s important to think about ways to amplify and educate in a manner that brings people together.  

Join the Women's Aquatic Network for a panel and networking opportunity at Capitol Hill Ocean Week to share ideas for successful communications on Tuesday, June 5, at 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Hemisphere A of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Convened by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation every June, CHOW brings together more than 600 national and global policymakers, scientists, scholars, businesses and conservation leaders to address pressing science, conservation, and management issues facing our ocean and Great Lakes. 

You can register for CHOW for free


Thanks to our panel co-sponsors at CHOW!


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Restore America's Estuaries is a national alliance of 10 coastal conservation groups that stretch from Rhode Island to Washington State. Local projects restore coastal wetlands, improve water quality, open fish passages, build living shorelines, re-plant salt marshes and restore shellfish habitat.


Coastal States Organization represents the 35 U.S. Coastal States, Territories & Commonwealths on ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resource issues. CSO supports working groups that focus on coastal resilience in the face of climate change, management of health beaches and inlets, and supports information sharing between states and federal agencies to facilitate responses to water quality related issues.

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The Sea Grant Association (SGA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the Sea Grant program concept. The SGA's regular members are the academic institutions that participate in the National Sea Grant College Program. The SGA advocates for greater understanding, use, and conservation of marine, coastal and Great Lakes resources.

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12:45 PM12:45

Town Hall at ECCWO 18

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Oh the Places You’ll Go: Lessons for Early Career Professionals

WAN Panel and Networking Event: 

Monday, June 4, 12:45-2 p.m.

Open to symposium attendees only

To foster the growth of the next generation of scientists, the Women’s Aquatic Network will host  a professional development event for early career men and women as part of the 4th International Symposium on The Effects of Climate Change in Our World Oceans.  Through a moderated panel, attendees will learn about potential career paths in their field, hear lessons learned, and have an opportunity to connect with mentors and peers.  Panelists will be leaders from the WAN community based in Washington DC and other areas.


Confirmed panelists include:

Gretta Pecl, Director, Centre for Marine Socioecology; ARC Future Fellow, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies; University of Tasmania

Sarah Close, Officer, Lenfest Ocean Program, Pew Charitable Trusts

Kirstin Holsman, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries

The 4th ECCWO Symposium comes at a key juncture in understanding and responding to climate impacts on ocean systems, and the information generated will be useful to national and international assessments of the implications of climate-related changes on oceans, marine ecosystems, and society.

Stay up to date here.

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7:00 PM19:00

Dinner with a Champion (Lois Schiffer) *Members Only*

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This year, we are thrilled to kick off a new series of mentoring events that is solely for our WAN members. This new series is called "Dinner with a Champion" and our inaugural event will be one of many dinners with some of the top professional women in the environmental field.

Join us for an exciting mentor "Dinner with a Champion", Ms. Lois Schiffer, on May 29th. 

Lois is an environmental lawyer with extensive experience in natural resources and pollution protection laws through her work in federal jobs, in private practice, and for non-profit organizations. She has served as General Counsel at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2010-2017), and as the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice (1993-2001). Other career highlights include serving as General Counsel to National Public Radio and the National Capital Planning Commission, in addition to 30 years as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

As a WAN member, you have an opportunity to grab one of eight spots to join Lois for dinner and if you're interested in learning more about environmental policy and justice, this is an event you will not want to miss!  If you are not a WAN member, there is still time to join as you will not want to miss out on meeting Lois!

Please keep in mind WAN memberships are annual from January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018. If you have not bought a membership this year your membership may be expired. Feel free to reach out to us to check on your current status!

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Professional Development Wellness Workshop

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The Women's Aquatic Network will be hosting it's second professional development event of 2018, a Wellness Workshop with Collaborative Thinking, on Monday, May 21st at 6 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. and event starts at 6:30 p.m.

It’s no secret that your physical, mental and emotional health are of utmost importance, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. And now that many people are spending most of their day sitting at a desk or inside an office, it’s critical to consider how nutrition, exercise and stress-management routines play a role in an individual’s well-being, as well as the collective health status of entire organizations.

Participants will be joined by instructions Liz Greenlaw and Nathan Mitchell for an interactive course that mixes health education with practical goal-setting techniques. The course will help bring awareness to your current habits and provide you with a framework and effective tools that will help you implement healthy lifestyle changes reflecting your desired health goals.

Where and When?

National Wildlife Federation

1200 G Street NW Suite 900

Washington, DC 20005

Member Admission: $20

Nonmember Admission: $30

Admission and Student/Fellow Membership: $45

Admission and Professional Membership: $55

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Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup

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Every April the Alice Ferguson Foundation's Potomac River Watershed Cleanup hosts events throughout Maryland, DC, and Virginia to clean up our Nation's river. This year WAN will be joining Blue Planet Scuba and the Rock Creek Conservancy for their 9th Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup this Sunday, April 15th at 10 a.m.!

Volunteers will clean-up the lands, banks, tributaries, and waters of Rock Creek and surrounding neighborhoods where the trash originates. We will also be celebrating World Fish Migration Day with programs offered on fish migrations in Rock Creek Park.

We will meet at Picnic Area #1 near the intersection of Tilden Street NW and Shoemaker Street NW. Limited parking is available, but Cleveland Park and Van Ness metro stations are both about a 15-minute walk away.

Can't join us on April 15th? The Alice Ferguson Foundation is hosting numerous events throughout the month of April. Cleanups will be conducted the length of the Potomac River from western Maryland to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay. A list of volunteer opportunities can be found here.

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This is one of the most fun events of the year! Join us , PIANC, and the Council on Marine Transportation for a BBQ full of networking, games, and more! Vegetarian options will be available! The event will be held at the brand new Capitol Yacht Club right on the South West waterfront!

Price of admission includes dinner and two drink tickets.

Thursday, April 12

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Capital Yacht Club

800 Wharf Street SW

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Giving & Receiving Feedback with Michelle Mock

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The Women's Aquatic Network will be hosting it's first professional development event of 2018, Giving and Receiving Feedback with Michelle Mock of Collaborative Thinking, on February 20th.

Feedback is all around us at work and at home. Giving and receiving feedback is essential skill to build trust, effectively communicate, engage with colleagues and achieve results. When feedback can happen throughout each day, it's even more helpful than waiting for that annual performance review. 

This interactive workshop will help you get comfortable with the discomfort of giving and receiving feedback. Participants will explore feedback triggers and identify self-management strategies and preventative approaches.

Using common and fun scenarios and in a light and fun environment, you'll have the chance to practice giving and receiving feedback by using a model to guide you through the experience. Special emphasis will be placed on creating a safe environment where participants can be open and learn from each other.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of appreciative and constructive feedback
  • Describe the physical, emotional and thought response that may be triggered by feedback
  • Apply a feedback model and
  • Practice giving and receiving feedback

Key Topics will include:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Self-management and the Amygdala Hijack
  • Feedback Model
  • Making Requests and Offers
  • Powerful Questions

Where and When?

National Parks Conservation Association

777 6th St NW #700

Washington, D.C. 20001

Tuesday, February 20th - Doors open at 6 p.m. and event starts at 6:30 p.m.


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Holiday Party

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Save the Date! Join WAN on Friday, December 15th at the Carnegie Institute for Science for our annual holiday party!  We will celebrate the season, and the accomplishments of women in the marine and aquatic communities with our new Woman of the Year Dr. Marcia McNutt! Dr. McNutt joins an impressive legacy of WAN Women of the Year, including Christy Goldfuss (2016), former Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan (2015), former NOAA Administrator. 

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A WAN Signature Event!

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Due to construction moving faster than anticipated, we have to postpone the BBQ for the Spring of 2018. It will be held in the NEW and BEAUTIFUL yacht club on the SW waterfront. If you have already purchased tickets, you will be emailed directly.


This is one of the most fun events of the year! Join us, PIANC, and the Council on Marine Transportation for a BBQ full of networking, games, and more! Vegetarian options will be available!

Price of admission also includes two drink tickets.

Friday September 29

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Capital Yacht Club

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Professional Development: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

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Monday, September 25

6:30 - 8 pm

Doors open at 6:00 pm

National Wildlife Federation, 1200 G Street Northwest, Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005

Research conducted over the past 25 years show that Emotional Intelligence (EI) contributes to both professional success and personal satisfaction and happiness.  At this WAN workshop you will learn specific strategies and tips for developing your emotional intelligence and leadership presence.  Whether you are interviewing, engaging in a meeting, collaborating with colleagues, managing difficult conversation, or serving in a leadership role, you'll learn important distinctions to enable your self-awareness. Participants will draw on their own experiences so examples are relevant, and leave with a plan for focused practice and self-development. 

Participants will be able to:

  • Define emotional intelligence and describe the impact of EI in the workplace and personal lives
  • Identify the four competencies of emotional intelligence (EI) including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and social management
  • Identify EI strengths and recognize the interrelatedness of mind, body, and emotion (state of mind)
  • Generate personal strategies for tapping into your own mind and body wisdom and choosing emotions and states of mind that enable you to be more productive and effective at life and work

About Michelle:

Michelle Mock, President of Collaborative Thinking, has thirty years of business and leadership experience partnering with clients to reach their strategic business goals. She serves as a leadership coach, organizational consultant, trainer and facilitator.


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A Watershed Moment:

Fostering connections between freshwater, coastal, and marine communities

Tuesday June 13th at 12:00

Panel Discussion 12:00 - 12:30pm

Open Networking 12:30 - 1:00pm

Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center

Join us for a special panel and networking event at Capitol Hill Ocean Week. Event sponsors include Restore America's Estuaries, Coastal States Organization, and Sea Grant Association!

More info on CHOW can be found at

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WAN Happy Hour at Archipelago!

Wednesday May 24 at 5pm

Archipelago - 1201 U St NW Washington, D.C. 20009

Summer is almost upon us in DC! Beat the heat with WAN and tropical inspired beverages at Archipelago. Partially owned and operated by a former Sea Grant fellow, Archipelago has a tropical marine vibe that makes it the perfect scene for a networking event with all your marine and aquatic community colleagues! All are welcome at this event, whether they are a WAN member or not so bring your friends and colleagues. It will be a fantastic time to catch up with net and old friends alike! 

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Women & The Ocean Dinner

As part of the Blue Vision Summit, WAN is hosting...

Tuesday May 9th

The Front Page D.C.


As part of the Blue Vision Summit, WAN is sponsoring a themed dinner all about women and their connection to the ocean. Join us, Women4Oceans, and others for a night of drinks, dining, and discussion on the future of our marine world.

This event is only open to participants of the Blue Vision Summit and is expected to reach capacity quickly.

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6:30 PM18:30

Managing Up

Managing Up!

Thursday, April 13th

6:30 - 8:30pm

Pew Charitable Trusts

901 E St NW #10, Washington, D.C. 20004

Join Stephanie Goetsch for a professional development seminar on Managing Up. From identifying career direction to negotiating the salary you deserve, and everywhere in between, Stephanie delivers a practical, actionable, results-oriented career advice.

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First Happy Hour of 2017!

First WAN Happy Hour of 2017!

February 21, 6-8pm

RFD, 810 7th St NW

Come out to mingle with the community and learn about the great networking and professional development opportunities WAN hosts throughout the year! Whether you're new to WAN or a returning member, you are welcome! We will also be welcoming a new class of Knauss Fellows!

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