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Keynote Presentation (5 pm)

The World Is Our Oyster: How the Right Stories and Storytellers Can Create Change

Presented by Liz Georges
In 2018, a small group of seven shellfish growers set out to bring their voices to bear on the issue of climate change. Two years, 130+ members in 20 states and one 17-minute documentary later, the Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition has already seen the needle move in unexpected ways on climate action. These unlikely climate change advocates show how the right story, and the right storytellers, can make a difference for our planet.

See the film and hear the story from Liz Georges, who has been directing the communications strategy for this effort since its inception, and who leads climate communications strategy for The Nature Conservancy in North America.


Liz Georges

Associate Director of Communications for Climate Change Policy, North America

Liz Georges is the strategic communications lead for The Nature Conservancy’s climate mitigation efforts in the U.S., working in all 50 states to promote climate action at the state and federal levels. She also spearheads national communications efforts including The Nature Conservancy’s “Choosing Clean Energy” platform and its “Can We Talk Climate” campaign.

Liz’s career in communications was not a straight path. After earning her JD from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Liz practiced at law firms for over four years, focusing mostly on environmental regulation and commercial litigation, and working pro bono on policy issues for the John G. Shedd Aquarium. These experiences confirmed her passion for environmental issues and led her to become a voice promoting sustainability and most importantly, human connection. Persuasion, the art of figuring out how to motivate people to act, is at the core of all of her work.

In her spare time, Liz serves on the Board of the Arlington Arts Center and is an active participant in the DC Metro area visual arts community, as a writer, storyteller, curator, confidante, collector and co-conspirator. She watches superhero tv shows with her son and knits somewhat ineptly.


We'd like to thank DocYourWorld, Columbia College Chicago, the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago, the Department of Science and Mathematics at Columbia College Chicago, and Microcosm for helping us create a professional and inspirational event that's accessible to the public.

Without their support, we wouldn't be able to bring you this exclusive dive into our underwater world.