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Tuesday, September 9 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mapping Your Way Into a GIS Career

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This session will introduce young professionals and students to the Geospatial Industry. Several career paths will be highlighted, including the skills required for entry- and mid-level positions. It will also give advice on creating effective resumes and portfolios, as well as proper etiquette and tips for a successful interview. Young professionals will also be introduced to URISA and the GISP certification. Resources for locating job listings will also be provided.

  • Panelists
    Wendy Peloquin, GISP, GISi, Jacksonville, FL
    Stephen M. Berry, GISP, Clark County GIS, Winchester, KY

    Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP, Connected Nation, Bowling Green, KY
    Kim H. McDonough, GISP, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville, TN
    Kevin J Mickey, GISP, The Polis Center, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana
    Teresa Townsend, AICP, Planning Communities, Raleigh, NC 

Moderators
avatar for Valrie Grant, GISP

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Berry GISP

Stephen Berry GISP

GIS Coordinator, Clark County GIS
Stephen Berry, GISP, is a 1995 Graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography. Stephen has been a Certified GISP since 2007 and has over 20 years of work experience in the GIS Profession. He has worked with GIS in industries ranging from utilities and transportation to mining and local government planning. His current professional position is the GIS Coordinator of the Clark County Consortium for GIS in Winchester, Kentucky... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP

Ashley Littell Hitt, GISP

Director, GIS Services, Connected Nation
Ashley Hitt, GISP, is the Director of GIS Services at Connected Nation, developing methodologies for using broadband internet mapping data to provide solutions to stakeholders that impact policy, economic development, and the digital divide. She is currently on the URISA Board of Directors (Secretary), is a Past-President of the Cumberland Chapter of URISA, and was on the inaugural URISA Vanguard Cabinet - an advisory board of young GIS... Read More →
avatar for Kim McDonough, GISP

Kim McDonough, GISP

GIS Coordinator, Tennessee Department of Transportation
I have been involved in GIS since my first course in Computer Cartography in 1981. I worked in the Computer Cartography Lab for the School of Forest Resources at N.C. State Univ. from 1983 until 1986. At that time, I moved back to my home town of Nashville and worked initially in design review at the Planning Department for 4 years and then back into full time GIS in 1990, where I managed the GIS until 2004. I moved to the Tennessee Department of... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Mickey

Kevin Mickey

Director, Geospatial Technologies Education, The Polis Center - Indiana University
Director, Development and Geospatial Technologies Education; URISA Board of Directors; Chair, National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council; Chair, Indiana Geographic Information Council Education Committee; previous Indiana Geographic Information Council Board of Directors, over two decades of experience in research, development and implementation of geospatial technology solutions.
avatar for Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Wendy Peloquin, GISP

Account Manager, GISinc
Wendy Peloquin, GISP is an Account Manager at GISinc supporting State and Local Governments and is based out of Jacksonville, FL. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geography and a Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS).
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Teresa Townsend

CEO, Planning Communities
Ms. Townsend has 22 years of experience and extensive knowledge in multidisciplinary background in community, environmental and transportation planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and socio-economic and demographic analysis. She is an active leader in the integration of GIS tools in planning applications, educating policy makers and leaders and promoting planning and GIS integration across various industries. Teresa is a founding... Read More →



Tuesday September 9, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Chenier

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