Emerging Environmental Professionals Career Skills & Motivational Workshop


Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, Washington
Half-Day Afternoon Training – Sunday, March 11, 2018, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Learn what it takes to land an environmental job that is a good fit for you both from a skill set perspective and from the hiring perspective. This workshop is for anyone seeking an environmental career or who are already working and wants to make a switch. We will also cover the benefits of being a National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) member throughout your environmental career. As a bonus, stay after the training to get a smooth introduction to networking as we accompany you to the networking reception.


Instructor Bios:

Leslie Tice, HDR

Leslie Tice is a career-long NAEP member currently serving as an elected board member and the Membership Chair. She is a Certified Environmental Professional and has about 20 years of experience leading NEPA, CEQA, and other state environmental impact analyses, regulatory processes, and other environmental programs across numerous sectors of our industry. Leslie leads HDR’s cross-sector environmental program in Northern California managing a team of about 60 planners, scientists, biologists, cultural practitioners, and managers. This includes technical leadership, staff development, recruiting and team growth, and business development. As such, Leslie plays a daily game of team development and relies heavily on her NAEP and state AEP networks and tools to fulfill her professional objectives. She believes that this method of constant learning and collaboration is what makes us better at what we do, creates opportunities we wouldn’t have had otherwise, and it also makes the challenges more fun to figure out.

John Esson, PASE Corps/ Environmental Career Center

John is the Director of the Environmental Career Center and Partners Achieving Sustainability Excellence Corps (PASEcorps. org). He also served as president of the ECW Environmental Group. John is an environmental careers leader having established the 14 Environmental Career Center (ECC) in 1980. ECC operates EnvironmentalCareer.com, conducts environmental careers research, provides environmental careers coaching, operates environmental intern programs for employers, published the Green Careers Journal, and conducts environmental career seminars including many sessions at NAEP annual conferences since 1995. John has 30 years of sustainability, ecological and the NEPA experience with federal, state, and local agencies and consulting companies. He has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Minnesota and graduate studies in wildlife biology at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. He led the NAEP Career Development Committee and Subcommittee for seven years.

Laura Thorne, Laura Thorne Consulting

Laura Thorne, BS, PMP, LSSGB, GEN-X, RVr, has over 25 years of experience working in management and consulting roles in various industries. She started her own management consulting business after working 10 years with a local environmental government agency and full-time RV’ing for 3 years. As a minimalist and a realist, she has been praised for her ability to break complex issues into manageable bites. She specializes in guiding organizations through a 3-Step Integrated Strategy to Solutions System to re-align their operations and propel them forward! While serving in roles, such as the President of the Tampa Bay Association of Environmental Professionals, Vice President of Hillsborough County Toastmasters, and advisor on the Hillsborough Education Foundation Scholarship Committee, Laura utilizes her Quality Award-winning performance excellence skill set to help others work more effectively to improve results. In 2016, she spearheaded an annual Women in STEM Workshop and group specifically focused on women in environmental careers and has started coaching environmental students on their transition from academia to workforce.

Brock Hoegh, HNTB Corporation

Brock is currently an Associate Vice President and serves as the Southeast Environmental Planning Practice Leader and Operations Manager for the HNTB Atlanta Office. Brock has 19 years of experience in the consulting industry managing delivery of NEPA documents for a wide variety of federal infrastructure expansion projects across the country including highway, rail, bridge, pedestrian trails and transit projects. Brock leads the efforts of professional NEPA staff including ecologists, historians, archaeologists and planners. Brock has been committed to the environmental profession by becoming part of the National and local scene of the profession since 2004. Brock led the initiation of the Indiana Association of Environmental Professionals Chapter in 2005 and was President and NAEP Chapter Representative for Indiana Association of Environmental Professionals from 2006-2010 and moved to Georgia in November 2011. For NAEP, he is currently serving his second term as Immediate Past President. As a NAEP board member, Brock has worked to support NAEP current initiatives as well as work on new initiatives to grow NAEP as an organization in membership, increase the associations image within the industry, and develop forums for continued interaction and education between members and the industry