SHIFT (Shaping How we Invest For Tomorrow) aims to advance and promote the importance of nature as a social determinant of health. This in turn gets at the heart of our mission: to build a stronger argument for our natural world at a time of unprecedented threat.

We achieve our mission via two main programs: the annual SHIFT Summit, held each autumn in Jackson Hole, that explores issues at the intersection of outdoor recreation, conservation and public health; and The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), which trains early career leaders to help develop our work at SHIFT and in America.

These core values comprise the foundation of all our work:

Making Differences Our Strength
At the core of our vision is the belief that bringing together leaders from various sectors, cultures and lived experiences to discuss the most challenging problems facing our public health and our natural world’s survival makes us stronger, smarter and more resilient.

Sharing the Gift of Mutual Respect
Personal investments in one another are our foundation. When we invest in trust and respect, we grow individually and as a community. This allows us to build upon our shared experiences at SHIFT and ELP with new allies and partnerships.

Advocating For Our Planet and Its Inhabitants:
We are part of the natural world. We learn from it and about it, and are partners in its future.

Embracing Personal Challenge:
Building a diverse coalition is difficult and complicated. We enter this work with the expectation that deeply held beliefs may be challenged—and that changing our perspectives and our minds to develop new ways of thinking may be critical to our shared success. 

Leading with Relationship:
SHIFT and ELP are built to foster and create personal relationships. The resulting alliances make our work fun, sustainable and enhance our ability to protect our natural world

After applications are diligently reviewed, compatible candidates are invited to participate in a 30- to 60-minute interview with one of our past fellows and a 60-minute interview with Dr. Green. 

Once evaluations are complete, 20 candidates will be selected to join the 2020 cohort. Participants will be notified of their invitation before any formal announcement is made.

All prospective participants must be able to attend the entirety of the experience (October 10th-17th).

Taken together, ELP and SHIFT prepares participants to explore how they work to better understand the systems that consciously and subconsciously influence our lives.

Program registration fees are $2500 and include the following:
- Full participation in ELP, including food during ELP days, lodging and instruction at Heart 6 Ranch and lodging (for shared rooms) at SHIFT
- Full participation in SHIFT

Participants are asked to cover their own travel expenses including airfare, gas, meals and lodging during SHIFT (if they will require separate rooms). Limited financial aid may be available upon request.

The deadline to apply for the 2020 Emerging Leaders Program is Sunday May 24th at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time

We encourage young leaders between the ages of 21-33 to apply and look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Green at

Thank you for your interest and your consideration:

Dr. Morgan Green, Director, The Emerging Leaders Program

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