Virtual Island Summit 2021

September 8, 2021 – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Virtual island summit 2021 session

Building Leadership as a Community Development Strategy for Small Islands
Wednesday, September 8 | 3:00pm EDT

View the recording here

Resilient leaders are those who can take action in the face of uncertainty and rapid change. Community leaders, groups, and innovative organizations tell the story of how they are leading the way in creating resilient communities, by building from the inside out and fostering strong leadership across generations.


  • Angel Welke, President, Island Airways (Beaver Island, MI)
  • Yvonne Thomas and Linnell Mather, Co-Chairs, Vinalhaven Sea Level Rise Committee (Vinalhaven, ME)
  • David Quinney Mee, Rathlin Development and Community Association (Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland)
  • Karen Burns, Moderator, Island Institute

We’re excited to present our panel discussion within this year’s online global summit. Join us Wednesday, September 8, at 3:00pm EDT to hear examples of how strong leadership is building resiliency and helping island communities in Maine, Michigan, and Ireland address they challenges and changes they face.

About the Virtual Island Summit

We’re joining presenters and island communities around the world as an official partner for the 2021 Virtual Island Summit, taking place September 6-12, 2021. This free, online event is designed to connect global islands to share common experiences through a digital platform. Sessions cover a variety of important topics for islands around economic recovery, sustainability, and good governance.

We encourage you explore all of the summit’s 30+ interactive panels, roundtables and keynote sessions packed with networking opportunities and the chance for you to ask questions and get involved in the discussions with world-class experts from across the globe.

Learn more here.