Women in Geography, Building Leaders for Tomorrow

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Geography Faculty Development Alliance (GFDA), Careers and Professional Development, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Harassment-Free AAG Initiative, Esri, Harassment-Free AAG Initiative
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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Wilson A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Jane Read, Justine Blanford
Chairs: Jane Read


This panel discussion will explore challenges women currently face in our universities, and provide recommendations to retain women leaders in geography.

The panel will bring together women leaders from across different areas of geography (human, physical, geospatial) to share their experiences and strategies for success as leaders in their fields. Discussions will touch on one or many of work-life integration, career trajectories and leadership, mentoring and coaching, communication and language, and obstacles, conflicts and solutions.
The motivation for this panel stems from the first TRELIS* (Training and Retaining Leaders in STEM - Geospatial Sciences) workshop held in Madison, WI in May 2018, which brought together 16 women from diverse institutions to network and discuss career development and trajectories in the geospatial sciences. While it is clear that some issues are specific to the geospatial sciences, others relate to women across the discipline. We hope this panel will enable us to continue some of the conversations started in Madison with a wider group of geographers attending the AAG meeting in 2019.

This discussion will be relevant to academics at all career stages, including graduate students, post-docs, and early- and mid-career faculty.

*TRELIS leadership team: Kate Beard-Tisdale, University of Maine; Laxmi Ramasubramanian, Hunter College; Diana Sinton, UCGIS; Sarah Battersby, Tableau; Barbara Buttenfield, University of Colorado; Karen Kemp, University of Southern California; Elizabeth Wentz, Arizona State University. Funded by NSF (Grant #1660400).


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Justine Blanford The Pennsylvania State University 5
Introduction Jane Read Syracuse University 5
Panelist Elizabeth Wentz Arizona State University 12
Panelist Toni Alexander Southeast Missouri State University 12
Panelist Dawn Wright Esri 12
Panelist Deborah Thomas University of North Carolina - Charlotte 12
Panelist Darla Munroe Ohio State University 12
Discussant Jing Li University of Denver 5
Discussant Hamil Pearsall Temple University 5
Discussant Carolynne Hultquist Pennsylvania State University 5

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