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Tuesday, October 28 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Special Interest Group: Women in GIS

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Objective of the Session
This special interest group session will explore and discuss the challenges and opportunities experienced by women in the GIS profession, with particular emphasis on the Caribbean. The objective is to provide women in GIS with key pointers, support and guidance in strengthening their capabilities and defining their career path in a male dominated and led industry.

Organization of the Session
The session will be divided into three sections, the first will be a series of speakers with different levels of experience and backgrounds, who will share their experiences and provide advice on surviving and excelling as a woman in the industry.   This will be followed by group discussions on selected topics.  In the final section participants will regroup and each group leader will share key take away pointers and strategies for advancement.

Attendees will be invited to continue the discussion by joining the Women in GIS LinkedIn group.  URISA continues to support women in GIS by integrating feedback into the URISA Vanguard Cabinet Mentoring Program and is looking to implementing suggestions from the session as well as from the form hosted on the URISA website.

Moderator: Cecille Blake - Introduction and Brief overview of Women in GIS

Valrie Grant, GeoTech Vision, Jamaica and Guyana
Paula Drakes, Land Settlement Agency, Trinidad
Angeleta Wilson, Lands and Survey Department, Cayman Islands
Erica McMaster Washington College, Maryland, United States

Group Discussion Topics

  1. What are the leadership characteristics and strategies needed for women to advance in the GI Profession (government and private sector)
  2. Do women have the entrepreneurial skills needed to create GIS jobs or should they provide supporting GIS Roles.  If yes or no provide arguments to support your position.
  3. Is there need for a Caribbean Women’s GIS Network? Prepare a swot table to support your response.



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Cecille Blake

United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management
In August 2012 Cecille joined the United Nations Statistics Division as a member of the Global Geospatial Information Management Secretariat.  Her responsibilities include co-ordinating the development of appropriate methods for obtaining relevant geospatial data and undertaking methodological research on the Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) initiatives to assist countries and other constituents in strengthening their... Read More →

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Paula Drakes

Paula Drakes is a Chartered Geomatics Surveyor and has active memberships in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Institute of Surveyors of Trinidad and Tobago (ISTT) and the GIS Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GISSTT).  She has over two decades of working experience in both the Private and Public sectors in Trinidad and Tobago in the specializations of GIS and aerial survey and lectured part-time in those specializations... Read More →
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Valrie Grant, GISP

Managing Director, GeoTechVision
Valrie Grant is the founder and Managing Director of GeoTechVision Enterprises Ltd. She earned a BSc. Degree in Geology from the University of West Indies and a MSc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University and is also a certified GIS Professional (GISP). | Ms. Grant has over 15 years of experience as a Geospatial Analyst, Spatial Technologies and Policy Consultant with engagements... Read More →
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Erica McMaster, GISP

Senior GIS Project Manager, Washington College
Erica McMaster is a Senior GIS Project Manager at Washington College. She has over ten years of experience in GIS and ESRI software products, and is a certified GIS Professional through the GIS Certification Institute. Erica earned her Bachelor of Science in Geography from Salisbury University and her Master of Science in Geography from University of Delaware. Erica has worked on projects related to image processing and manipulation... Read More →

Angeleta Wilson-Daley

GIS Analyst/GIS Development Assistant, Lands and Survey Department/National Geographic Information Systems (NGIS)
Angeleta Wilson-Daley, GIS Analyst/GIS Development Assistant, Lands and Survey Department, Cayman Islands Government - MSc in GIS, Lund University, Sweden; BSc, Computing & IT UTech,  Jamaica. | Angeleta joined the Lands and Survey Department of the Cayman Islands Government in March of 2008 as a GIS Data Technician, and has since been promoted to GIS Assistant Officer and then to her current position as a GIS Analyst/GIS Development... Read More →

Tuesday October 28, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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