Annual Symposium Inside Page

Planning Process

The Symposium requires over six months of planning and draws upon the talents of all ten Longwood Graduate Fellows. Topic, title, speakers, marketing strategies, and all other aspects of the day are determined and coordinated by the Fellows.

Responsibility for planning and executing the Symposium is divided among several committees. Below is a list of the Fellows serving on each committee as well as a few of their main responsibilities.

Symposium Leader:

Quill Teal-Sullivan

Organizes and oversees the Symposium planning meetings
Directs group planning and decision making
Oversees the Symposium budget

Speakers Committee:

Martin Smit (Chair), Nate Tschaenn, Lindsey Kerr

Researches and recommends potential speakers
Serves as primary contact for all speakers
Assists with travel arrangements for speakers

Marketing Committee:

Wonsoon Park (Chair), Chunying Ling, Joshua Darfler

Creates Symposium branding
Develops promotional strategies
Creates advertisements, save-the-date card, and brochure
Develops and maintains the Symposium website

Guest Relations Committee:

Laurie Metzger (Chair and Assistant Symposium Leader)

Coordinates the menu and the day-of logistics at Longwood Gardens
Manages registrations and communications with registrants
Develops and processes the attendee evaluations

Sponsorship Committee:

Sara Levin Stevenson, (Co-Chair), Abby Johnson (Co-Chair)

Oversees sponsorship campaign for the Symposium
Secures Sponsorship for the Symposium
Organizes all donor communication, recognition, and benefits

Green Efforts

Another aspect of the Longwood Graduate Program is our internal Environmental Impact Team. Led by Abby Johnson, Fellows coordinate implementation of environmentally-friendly practices for all Program activities. Here are some of the green initiatives for this year’s Symposium:

Paper Reduction:

Increasing electronic advertising
Optimizing on-line information sharing rather than printed material
Printing brochure on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper
Providing attendee materials in a compact booklet rather than using a folder


Requesting hybrid vehicles when using University of Delaware Motor Pool service.
Carpool as much as possible


Utilizing compostable tableware and cutlery for all catered meals
Requesting potted plants produced on-site at Longwood for table arrangements rather than cut flowers

2012 Longwood Graduate Program Symposium

Click here for information from previous Symposium, The Panda and the Public Garden: Reimagining Our Conservation Story

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