Laura Calandrella

Sustainability Strategist and Advisor
Keeping Forests

Laura is a facilitator and sustainability strategist who guides leaders to a deeper understanding of their role in creating a sustainable future for our planet.
Her consulting practice focuses on helping her clients build strong collaborative partnerships that meet the challenge of today’s intersectional environmental issues. For the last two decades, she has worked with leaders across the globe to unite diverse perspectives under shared visions for change.

She outlines her experiences, expertise, and methodology in her recent book Our Next Evolution: Transforming Collaborative Leadership to Shape Our Planet’s Future (2020).

Whether working with rural communities in Mexico or with Fortune 500 companies in her home base of Atlanta, Laura teaches the leadership and communication skills that are critical for any innovative, long-term solution. Her work leverages the power of relationship to achieve impact in holistic, creative, and unprecedented ways.

Laura holds a masters in development studies from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, where she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She holds a BS in biology and a BA in Spanish from Arizona State University, where she was nationally recognized for her environmental leadership by the Udall Foundation.

She is a rostered facilitator with the National Center for Environmental Conflict Resolution. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation with over 10 years of coaching experience. And, she is certified in multiple leadership assessment tools and frameworks that she uses to guide groups to higher levels of effectiveness.

Her love of adventure and athletic passion often take Laura across the globe with her bike and French Bulldog in tow.

Our Next Evolution: Transforming Collaborative Leadership to Shape Our Planet’s Future

Our Next Evolution introduces four leadership practices that are essential to integrate collaboration successfully into conservation and sustainability strategies. It outlines an approach to leadership that we have yet to embrace fully, but is critical to ensure a better world for people and our planet.

The book equips leaders with the tools to leverage the power of relationships among diverse stakeholders as we tackle our most complex issues. It takes cutting-edge leadership development research and applies it to practical methods for scaling conservation efforts.

Calandrella has twenty years of experience as a collaboration strategist, dialogue facilitator and leadership coach across the environmental community. In Our Next Evolution she guides leaders to strengthen their capacity to sustain natural resources, support vibrant communities, and build thriving economies – together.

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