I learned from a tweet from @URISA last week (April 16) that all three keynotes at CalGIS, last week’s URISA California GIS Conference, were by women.
- Opening Keynote Address - Estella “Este” M. Geraghty, MD, MS, MPH, FACP, GISP, Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, University of California Davis
- Awards Breakfast & Keynote Address - Maggi Glasscoe, Geophysicist in the Solid Earth Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
- Closing Plenary Address- Gretchen Peterson, GISP, Principal Consultant, PetersonGIS, Fort Collins, CO
I understand there was a Women in GIS meetup, April 17:
Join us for the Women in GIS meet up in the lobby of the Westin at noon today! #CalGIS
I responded to the first tweet asking:
The responses were interesting:
This situation got me thinking, mostly prompting questions :
- What is the impact of a woman (or more than one) giving a keynote at a GIS Conference? How would we measure it?
- Should GIS conferences actively seek out women as keynoters and/or speakers?
- Should conferences promote the participation of women (or other groups for that matter) in the program?
- If a goal of the "women in GIS" people is recruiting more women into GIS or further developing the ones already in the industry, what other things might we try?
I wanted to raise these questions as URISA prepares for its GIS Pro event this fall. There is discussion about a Women in GIS session.