2024 Women's Environmental Leadership Summit

About the Women's Environmental Leadership Summit

Launched in 2018 to build capacity for the next generation of environmental leadership, Women’s Environmental Leadership (WEL) engages a multigenerational network of women whose environmental efforts at local, national, and international levels are shaped by a justice and humanities-based framework. Acknowledging that exploring environmental issues through a social justice lens allows for a more nuanced and inclusive exploration of environmentalism and civic engagement, WEL’s programming is designed to create spaces in which women meet to consider new visions for leadership and community impact. 

A flagship program of the Smithsonian’s Center for Environmental Justice at the Anacostia Community Museum the fourth WEL Summit will once again gather its network of current and future leaders to explore the multiple ways in which environmentalism is practiced, pathways to environmental leadership, and best practices for community-centered advocacy and activism. 

Over the course of three days, summit attendees will engage in panel discussions, workshops, networking events, and field trips which will be enriched by explorations of how various Smithsonian units, community- led and environmental organizations are thinking about and engaging environmental issues, how they can serve as resources for communities, and how communities can serve as guides and collaborators  as the  Institution supports the development of  holistic approaches to environmental conservation. 

You can learn more about the 2023 WEL Summit here.

The 2024 Women's Environmental Leadership Summit will take place October 18-20, 2024 in Washington, D.C. 
If you are interested in hearing about when registration opens, please fill out the form below.

Questions about the 2024 Summit? Reach out to the team at ACMWELSummit@si.edu.  

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