In her President’s Forum lecture, “Creating a Climate for Change in Ocean Conservation,” Vikki N. Spruill P’12 will share her expertise as president and CEO of the Ocean Conservancy, discussing the challenges of maritime preservation, as Andrew Donovan ’12 Tweets live throughout the lecture on behalf of the Colleges.
Spruill began serving as president and CEO of the Ocean Conservancy in 2006, becoming just the fifth person, and the only woman, ever to hold that title. Prior to her appointment at the Ocean Conservancy, she was president and founder of SeaWeb, a non-profit organization that uses strategic communications techniques to advance ocean conservation. At SeaWeb, Spruill led a team that in 11 years designed and executed countless important and innovative programs to promote ocean conservation and improve ocean governance.
Her talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. All are encouraged to attend.
Prior to SeaWeb, Spruill spent 15 years in public relations, including five years as a senior vice president at Ruder Finn, one of the largest independently held public relations firms in the world, where she was responsible for client management and new business development. Spruill is a member of the board of directors for Sky Truth and sits on the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Steering Committee. She is currently a director of COMPASS, the Communications Partnership for Science and the Sea. Spruill serves on the Advisory Committee for the Ocean Hall of the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum and the Conservation Committee of the SeaChange Investment Fund. She is also a newly appointed member of the Pew Fellows Advisory Committee.
Most recently, Spruill founded FoundationWorks, a nonprofit organization working with foundations to enhance effectiveness for foundations and grantees.
Spruill graduated cum laude from Loyola University in New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in religious studies. She received her master’s degree, also in communications, from the University of West Florida.
Established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, the Series is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members.