Leadership has always intrigued me.
My studies began with research on women's leadership in Palestinian refugee camps, a project for the UN Women's Program in Lebanon (UNRWA, 2008).
I transitioned into wildland fire and took my curiosity about leadership with me. I began leading a wildfire crew in 2012, and took a step off the fireline and into research and advocacy in 2017.
My research on wildland fire leadership, The Wildfire Within: Firefighter perspectives on gender and leadership in wildland fire, offered a ground-breaking and industry-changing perspective.
It was nominated by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for the Nelson Mandela Award (2016), awarded the recommendation of distinction by Royal Roads University (2017), and nominated for the Governor General's Gold Medal Award (2017).
It is the first project of its kind to engage firefighters in open dialogue about gender, using technology to create a safe space, in the midst of a wildland fire community.
My current PhD project, Rise: A comparative study of leadership, diversity and inclusion in the avalanche and mountain focus on bringing these insights into the guiding and avalanche profession in Canada and New Zealand, explores resilient and inclusive leadership amongst mountain professionals.
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