MAD Coastal Career Development Workshop: June 3, 2019, in Washington, DC

Date/Time: Monday, June 3, 2019, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Duke University in DC Office, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Overview: As part of the “Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Development Program,” The Coastal Society (TCS) is proud to honor Margaret’s legacy with this full-day workshop designed to provide valuable skills and information to the next generation of coastal practitioners, particularly college students, recent graduates, and early-career coastal professionals. The Coastal Society hosted the workshop at the Duke in DC office and in coordination with Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW). Conveniently, the Duke in DC office is across the street from the Ronald Reagan Building where most CHOW activities took place. Thanks to those who joined us to jump-start or enhance your coastal career path!

Preliminary Program Description: This full-day event featured two morning plenary sessions where seasoned professionals shared personal insights on pathways to coastal-related career options in the academic, governmental, private, and non-profit sectors. The afternoon was devoted to interactive break-out sessions focused on honing skills and sharing tools to boost your career. During lunch and breaks, attendees had the opportunity to network with speakers, potential mentors, and each other.

WORKSHOP AGENDA available here.

Thanks to those who took the TCS Pre-Workshop Survey to help us better cater the program to you!

Workshop registration supported the entire Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Development Program and included lunch, coffee/tea, and snacks during the morning and afternoon breaks, contact list of workshop participants and speakers, and digital copies of all workshop materials.

For questions about the workshop program, contact Tom Bigford at or Kim Grubert at

 We thank our Sponsors:

  • The Ocean Foundation
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • Duke in DC and the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment





We thank our Partners:

  • National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and Capitol Hill Ocean Week