How can the culture of leadership change?
Wheelhouse Institute is a growing network of women working together to fulfill their leadership potential. Founded by Nina Elder and Twila Moon in 2016, Wheelhouse brings together visionaries in art, science, and communication to address climate and environment. Through skills development and community-building cohorts, the organization fosters collaborative leadership and professional careers defined by stability, sustainability, and breadth.
This project is made possible by the Art Works program at the National Endowment for the Arts, the Harper Arts Touring Fund, New Pathways Alaska, the Juneau Community Foundation through the contributions of the Machamer Fund, the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, the Gustavus Public Library, and Hoonah City Schools.
Called to action by climate change and environmental injustice - issues that demand diverse skills and inspired, motivated leadership - scientist Dr. Twila Moon and artist/activist Nina Elder founded the Wheelhouse Institute in 2018. Wheelhouse addresses a serious need in women’s professional development, a need for facilitated peer-to-peer networking and structure to guide women in identifying, sharing, and applying their skills. As we face climate and environment challenges, women are leading the way in developing new community-to-community partnerships. But it is difficult to forge new paths without a network of support and connection. Wheelhouse supports women pushing past linear, disciplinary paths to create lasting impact. Learn more.
The Wheelhouse Founding Fellows gathered during 2018-2019 to envision the future of Wheelhouse, prototype our activities and program design, and build a foundational network. Wheelhouse is thankful for their incredible contributions and leadership, and we are so excited for their continued involvement across the organization.
Fiona McDonald, PhD
Professor of Community, Culture, and Global Studies
University of British Columbia
Julia Rosen, PhD
Science Reporter, LA Times
Heidi Roop, PhD
Lead Scientist for Science Communication
University of Washington
Wheelhouse Institute generated some good press during its founding years.
THE ART OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION, Explore Big Sky, January 2019
LET OUR POWERS COMBINE: Female leaders from across the U.S. gather in Big Sky as founding fellows of Wheelhouse Institute, Lone Peak Lookout, February 2018
WHEELHOUSE INSTITUTE CONNECTS WOMEN ACROSS DISCIPLINES TO ENACT CHANGE, Explore Big Sky, January 2018