On International Women’s Day, join us to learn why women are proven to play an essential role in protecting our forests.
You’ll hear from female foresters and environmental experts about how gender equity strengthens outcomes in the field, as well as their barrier-breaking career journeys.
Learn about opportunities to build your knowledge and get involved.
Meet three amazing women leaders: Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Isabella Cortes, and Kathleen "Kas" Guillozet. Hear what motivates them, compelling stories from the field, and advice for people interested in forestry and forest health.
We’re sure you'll want to know more, so choose a moderated breakout room for a deeper Q&A with one of the speakers.
Leave with key takeaways that you can apply to your own life, as well as ways to get involved and stay connected!
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), an award-winning NGO that protects endangered gorillas and other wildlife through One Health approaches.
After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 1996, she established Uganda Wildlife Authority’s first veterinary department. In 2000, she did a Zoological Medicine Residency and Master in Specialized Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina Zoological Park and North Carolina State University, where masters research on disease at the human/wildlife/livestock interface led her to found CTPH in 2003. In 2015, she founded Gorilla Conservation Coffee to support farmers living around habitats where gorillas are found.
CTPH’s most recent award is the 2020 Saint Andrews Prize for the Environment. Dr. Gladys is a National Geographic Explorer and winner of the 2009 Whitley Gold Award, 2017 Golden Jubilee Medal from the President of Uganda and 2018 Sierra Club EarthCare Award. In 2020, she was awarded the Uganda Veterinary Association World Veterinary Day Award and Aldo Leopold Award for Mammologists. In 2021, she was recognised by Avance Media as one of the 100 most influential women in Africa and recently won the UNEP Champions of the Earth Award for Science and Innovation.
She is the current chairperson of the Africa Chapter of the Explorers Club, on the leadership council of Women for the Environment in Africa, and vice president of the African Primatological Society. She has recently been appointed to the World Health Organization Special Advisory Group for the Origin of Novel Pathogens.
Isabella is a passionate conservationist and artist, born in the Andean mountains of Cauca, Colombia. She has a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management and Conservation Ecology from West Virginia University. Presently, Isabella is the Director of Conservation for Women for Conservation, a nonprofit that empowers women in rural communities around Key Biodiversity Areas. She also directs two nature reserves in northern Colombia. Isabella has the great honor of being the namesake of a new species of hummingbird, Eriocnemis isabellae, which is listed on the IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered. As a muralist, she creates interactive art designed to educate people on the importance of endemic species and their conservation. Her main interests are reducing habitat loss, establishing protected areas, saving endangered species, promoting sex education and establishing successful community engagement programs. She currently lives in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, Colombia. In her free time, she loves to dance, paint, run, travel and rock climb.
Kas supports Pacific Northwest-centered collaboration, fundraising and monitoring in service to watershed partners through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). She co-leads the Washington State Floodplains by Design initiative, an ambitious public-private partnership led by the Department of Ecology, BEF and American Rivers. She also manages a dynamic team that builds bridges and serves communities through: Collaborative Grow streamlined native plant procurement, knowledge sharing on climate adaptation, Promise the Pod (an initiative that supports Orca whales by restoring the rivers that flow into the Pacific Ocean), forest restoration, and various Willamette River Basin (Oregon) partnerships.
Kas holds a PhD in Forest Social Science from Oregon State University and a BS in Biology from Evergreen State College. She has worked in collaborative planning, ecological restoration and socio-ecological research for 25+ years.
One Tree Planted and Planet Women are partnering to offer this special International Women’s Day event, which launches our collaborative “Women For Forests” series.
One Tree Planted is a global reforestation organization. Planet Women directly invests in women-focused, women-led solutions to the environmental crisis, while transforming the culture of conservation.
During this 1.5 hour event you will: