MAD Coastal Career Development Workshop: November 18, 2019, in Wilmington, NC

Date/Time: Monday, November 18, 2019, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (check-in starting at 8:00AM; informal gathering follows the program from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM)

Location: Madeline Suite, Wagoner Hall, UNC-Wilmington

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 and early-career coastal professionals.

Preliminary Program Description: The full-day event features a seminar-style morning session with seasoned professionals who provided personal insights on pathways to coastal-related career options in academic, governmental, commercial, and non-profit sectors. The afternoon session is focused on developing career skills, such as networking, resumé writing, interviewing, and job searching, with smaller break-out group discussions. During lunch and breaks, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with speakers, potential mentors, and their peers. In addition, participants are invited to an informal gathering following the workshop to continue conversations and networking.

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Note – This coastal career workshop is the day before the North Carolina Coastal Conference, also in Wilmington. We encourage workshop attendees to register for the conference, too. Visit for details. 

Confirmed speakers represent the following organizations/institutions:

  • Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Duke University TCS chapter
  • East Carolina University
  • NOAA Ocean Service
  • North Carolina Coastal Federation
  • North Carolina Sea Grant
  • Pender County, North Carolina
  • Rostan Solutions, Inc.
  • The Coastal Society
  • Thrivner, Inc.
  • UNC-Wilmington
  • U.S. Geological Survey (retired)

Questions? Contact Tom Bigford at

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