The Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute provides environmental and natural resources professionals with the skills needed to better address the many complex environmental issues facing our state.   This annual cohort-based program welcomes participants from diverse backgrounds in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, as well as those with aspirations to become environmental leaders. 

OELI offers a core curriculum of environmental communication, collaboration and conflict resolution skills and leadership development strategies through presentations, group exercizes and discussions and informal networking opportunities. Program instructors include practitioners, policy makers, researchers, and OSU faculty who are state and national leaders in their fields.

What recent participants are saying about OELI

"Great interaction with other attendees. I very much value the dialogue and thought provoking format."

"The negotiation skills role play example is something I can take back to the office and immediately implement."

"I heard many new perspectives on sustainability...negotiation technique, and self-awareness as a leader."

"The mix of presentations and discussions helped give context and ability to digest concepts."

"Fantastic opportunity. I will be sending my staff to future institutes."

"Experiences and contacts extraordinary"

100% of participants in previous OELI programs agree...

  • they were exposed to new ideas and perspectives,
  • learned about tools that they will be able to apply in their personal and private lives,
  • felt the program met or exceeded their expectations,
  • would recommend the OELI program to their friends or colleagues.

For more information about the Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute (OELI), please contact Maggie Lewis, lewis.933@osu.edu or Mary Slyby at 614-688-3421.