Emerging Leaders to Take Center Stage at The People’s Banquet

Members of the ELP Class of 2017 pose in front of the Tetons.

The Emerging Leaders Program (“ELP”) prepares a diverse group of outdoor recreationists, ages 21-30, to help engage in discussions critical to the protection of public lands at SHIFT.

Jackson Hole’s “foodie event of the year,” The People’s Banquet matches the producers and chefs of Jackson Hole for a delicious celebration of the local food system.

On Thursday, Oct. 18—the closing event of this year’s SHIFT—the two will meet up in a dynamic—and delicious—showcase of the future of conservation.

Tickets for this and other SHIFT events may be purchased here.

More than two dozen early career leaders comprise this year’s ELP. Land managers, adventure athletes, physicians, hunters and social justice advocates will all participate in the program, which is led at The Teton Science Schools’ Jackson Campus by TSS staff and ELP alumni.

Locally sourced dishes at The People’s Banquet. CREDIT: David J Swift

As it does every year, The People’s Banquet will commence at 5 p.m. with a hand-picked selection of locally sourced cocktails and hor d’ouevres.

At 6:30 p.m., The Emerging Leaders will take the stage. Coordinated by 2018 Emerging Leader Sarah Shimazaki, the evening will feature a Story Slam—a series of short stories of 2018 ELP participants who, in telling them, show how seemingly disparate pieces of the American puzzle can fit together around our public lands.

Following the StorySlam, The People’s Banquet begins at 8:00.


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