Pandas and Prose

About the Series

Welcome to Pandas and Prose–WWF's virtual series in which we host conversations with writers who use nature and the written word to inspire and educate readers around the world.

Each Pandas and Prose webinar will feature a writer alongside a WWF expert to hear their stories, learn from their experiences, and introduce audiences to potentially new ways of thinking.

Please note: WWF may not share all the same views and opinions as the authors featured in Pandas and Prose.

Upcoming

Please join us on Thursday, April 18th at 11am ET / 8am PTfor our next installment of Pandas & Prose with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant and Deirdre Jennings-Holton. The discussion will be guided by Dr. Wynn-Grant’s new book Wild Life.

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© Deirdre Jennings-Holton

 

Deirdre Jennings-Holton

Deirdre Jennings-Holton is director of talent acquisition for WWF, where she leads efforts to analyze the recruiting and hiring life cycle for entry points for bias while developing and seamlessly integrating tools and resources to mitigate its negative impacts. She served as inhouse expert on implicit bias at Education Development Center, codeveloping and co-facilitating in-house and online versions of their “Understanding and Mitigating Implicit Bias”© internal training program. She developed and led trainings centering equitable and inclusive best practices in performance management, team building, professional development, cross-cultural communication, and recruitment. She supported Maternal and Child Health Home Visiting Programs, networks of public school district early childcare providers, and technical assistance providers throughout Massachusetts supporting substance misuse prevention. Ms. Jennings-Holton holds a BSc from University of Maryland Smith School of Business.

© Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

 

Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant is a wildlife ecologist with an expertise in uncovering how human activity influences carnivore behavior and ecology. She received her BS in environmental studies from Emory University, her MS in environmental studies from Yale University, and her PhD in ecology and evolution from Columbia University. She is a Research Fellow with the National Geographic Society, with whom she has appeared on a variety of televised nature programs and for whom she’s currently on a 20-city speaking tour as part of Nat Geo Live. She serves on The North Face’s Explore Fund Council, co-hosts Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Protecting the Wild on NBC, hosts the podcast “Going Wild with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant,” produced by PBS, and has been featured in Vogue, Forbes, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, among many others. She lives in California.

In Case You Missed It

  • In February 2024, we hosted a Pandas & Prose webinar with author Alison Pearce Stevens and WWF's senior director of wildlife communications and strategy, Danielle Brigida, for a conversation guided by Alison's book Animal Climate Heroes! Check out their conversation.




  • In September 2023, we hosted a Pandas & Prose webinar with poet and novelist Ben Okri and WWF's Director of Climate Science and Carbon Metrics, Climate Change, Dr. Christa Anderson for a conversation guided by Ben's book Tiger Work: Stories, Essays and Poems About Climate Change. Check out their conversation:



  • In April 2023, WWF hosted a Pandas and Prose webinar with author Wendy Williams and WWF's Monica Echeverria. We invited audience members to join our WWF community in reading Wendy’s book, The Language of Butterflies, ahead of the event. Check out their conversation:



  • In January 2023, WWF hosted a Pandas and Prose webinar with author Karen Bakker and WWF's Global Data and Technology Lead Scientist Dave Thau. We invited audience members to join our WWF community in reading Karen’s book, The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants, ahead of the webinar. Check out their conversation:

  • In June 2021, WWF hosted a Pandas and Prose webinar with ecologist and author, Carl Safina, and WWF's Director of Climate, Communities and Wildlife, Nikhil Advani. We invited audience members to join our WWF community in reading Carl’s book, Becoming Wild, ahead of the webinar. Check out their conversation:

  • In May 2021, WWF hosted a Pandas and Prose webinar with Instagram poet and artist Morgan Harper Nichols and WWF's Chief Operating Officer, Loren Mayor. We invited audience members to join our WWF community in reading Morgan's new book of poetry and essays, How Far You Have Come, ahead of the webinar. Check out their conversation:

  • In February, WWF hosted our inaugural Pandas and Prose with author and Emmy and Tony award winning actress Jane Alexander and WWF's Senior Vice President of Wildlife Conservation, Ginette Hemley. Check out their conversation:

  • In March, WWF hosted a Pandas and Prose webinar with PhD, cultural geographer and author Carolyn Finney and WWF's senior director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Renee Johnson. Check out their conversation: