Developing and Connecting Leaders
We live in an era of polarization and mistrust – and environmental challenges. The need for informed understanding and candid, empathetic dialogue is more pressing than ever before. Environmental issues can be particularly complex and potentially contentious. It takes collaboration and connection to find shared solutions.
IGEL is uniquely positioned to make those connections. Each year 30+ Georgia leaders are chosen in a competitive application process to form an IGEL class. The core program fosters a culture of curiosity, candor, and action. So far, we’ve empowered more than 600 environmental leaders from across the state to start the conversations and make the connections that help move Georgia forward.
Building the Future
More than 20 years ago, an advisory committee came together to forge a new way to address environmental issues in Georgia. The idea was to build a collaborative network of knowledgeable leaders, people from all sectors and every region of the state, to create solutions as an alternative to divisive debates and lawsuits.
From that inspiration, IGEL was born in 2001, and in 2004, IGEL, Inc., was formed to act as the program’s governing body. At the core of the IGEL mission is our immersive leadership development program – a rigorous, year-long experience that brings together a diverse group of leaders to explore and grow together. Over the years, IGEL classes have grown in diversity – and, in turn, the network has expanded and diversified.
Hundreds of IGELians have completed the core program – including leaders from academia, industry, government, and civic organizations. After graduation, alumni put their new skills and training to work, addressing environmental challenges, often hand-in-hand with fellow IGELians.
Today, the organization is investing in engagement beyond the core leadership program, with tools and communications to develop more engaged communities of practice, to support Georgia’s environmental leaders continue to work together to create a brighter future for our state.
Collaborative Network of Leaders
Our leaders are united by one common trait: a love for the environment and natural resources that make Georgia unique.
Leading the Leaders
Comprised entirely of IGELians who have completed the core program, IGEL’s Board of Directors are leaders in government, non-profit organizations, and industry from across Georgia. They bring exceptional knowledge, hands-on experience, and passion to their work: developing and challenging Georgia’s environmental leaders.