The Vanguard Cabinet (VC) is a URISA initiative (which debuted in 2011) to engage young GIS practitioners, increase their numbers in the organization, and better understand the concerns facing these future leaders of the GIS community. The VC is an advisory board made up of URISA young professionals who represent the young membership of the organization. The Cabinet’s mission is to collaborate with URISA’s Board of Directors and Committees in creating and promoting programs and policies of benefit to young professionals. Comprised entirely of passionate young members selected from different geospatial disciplines, the Cabinet aims to position URISA as the center of opportunities for creative young professionals who are committed to improving URISA and the geospatial profession via innovation, collaboration, networking, and professional development.
URISA members who are age 35 and under are encouraged to apply for membership to the Cabinet. Each year, five young professionals will be selected by the Vanguard Steering Committee, and each will serve a two year appointment on the Cabinet. In addition, each Cabinet member will participate on a URISA Committee to bring their unique perspective to the activities of that Committee. In recognition of their service, each Cabinet member will be offered a free GIS-Pro conference registration while serving on the Cabinet. In addition, one Cabinet member will be chosen as GIS Young Professional of the Year and will be awarded free tuition to the URISA Leadership Academy.
- 2015 Vanguard Cabinet Applications due November 30
- Vanguard Cabinet to Host Student Competition at GIS-Pro 2014 in New Orleans
- URISA Introduces Discounted Young Professional Membership Category
- Check out Ryan Bowe & Wendy Peloquin's GIS-Pro 2013 Ignite Talk: "We Are Vanguard!"
2014-2015 Vanguard Cabinet Members:
- Kari Chael – Chicago, Illinois
- Sarah Finne – Bowling Green, Kentucky
- William Moore – Winchester, Kentucky
- Andrew Spiliotis – Raleigh, North Carolina
Kari Chael - "I am very excited to have been selected to serve on the Vanguard Cabinet. Over the next two years I hope to connect and grow with other young professionals in my field. I look forward to getting more involved in other committees within URISA, as well as learning new ways in which GIS is being used by those in different areas of our field. GIS is a powerful resource; by working together we can help find innovative ways to utilize and develop this technology for the future."
Sarah Finne - "The Vanguard Cabinet provides a unique platform for young GIS professionals to foster networking and professional development opportunities for other young professionals. I am honored to be a part of this increasingly important mission and will use my tenure to help college students and other young professionals realize the benefits that URISA provides. I look forward to working with my fellow cabinet members and URISA leadership to help increase student outreach, promote networking and other professional development opportunities, and be a voice for young professionals in our field."
Billy Moore – “I am very excited to be a part of the Vanguard Cabinet! I look forward to diligently working with everyone to provide young professionals and students with information, tools, and first-hand experience on how to help them grow in the GIS world. I look forward to expanding my knowledge of GIS from my other Vanguard Cabinet members as well as others within URISA. As we all know the young professionals are the future to taking GIS to the next level.”
Drew Spiliotis - “I am honored to represent URISA young professionals on the Vanguard Cabinet. I hope to use this opportunity to promote networking and mentoring opportunities for students and young professionals. I am looking forward to working with URISA members and seeing the innovative ways GIS is applied in different disciplines.”
2013-2014 Vanguard Cabinet Members:
- Caitlin Blundell - Mississauga, Ontario
- Andrew Hayslip - St Petersburg, Florida
- Chauncey Robbs - Alexandria, Virginia
- Wendy Peloquin - Jacksonville, Florida
Caitlin Blundell - "As a recently graduated GIS professional and entrepreneur, I know firsthand the importance of connecting with peers and mentors. The field is always changing and evolving, and communicating about new ideas and innovative tools will help drive the entire industry forward. I'm excited to be a part of the Vanguard Cabinet as it develops tools to engage and connect people from different disciplines. Connect with me @geog_design.".
Andrew Hayslip - "The next generation of geographers, planners, scientists, and GIS practitioners represent the future of these disciplines, which we can all agree are astoundingly and increasingly important. I'm honored to help represent this generation as a member of the Vanguard Cabinet, and through working with my fellow cabinet members and other URISA members, I hope to foster better connections between young professionals in this field and provide additional outlets for personal, academic, and professional growth."
Chauncey Robbs - "I am very excited to be a member of the Vanguard Cabinet. During my tenure, I look forward to working with URISA’s leadership and its members to introduce young professionals to a community that can aid in their professional growth through mentorship, training seminars, and networking opportunities. I will strive to ensure that my peers have an avenue to share their ideas and to engage in the affairs of URISA."
Wendy Peloqiun - "The Vanguard Cabinet provides valuable resources for young GIS professionals through URISA. Networking, building relationships, and sharing knowledge with other professionals are important pieces to enhancing the future of GIS. As part of the Vanguard Cabinet, I am excited to have the opportunity to help other young professionals get involved in the GIS community.”
Vision, Mission and Member Policies
Vanguard Cabinet Committees
- Mentoring Committee (Chair: Diana Maties)
The mentoring committee is focused on fostering relationships between individuals who have questions or needs regarding the GIS profession, and individuals who have the knowledge or skills to answer those questions. Entering into a profession is a difficult task in itself and the goal of this mentoring program is to provide individuals with an invaluable asset, which are people that have the knowledge, experience, and skills that can become their go-to person. This committee is responsible for creating a website that hosts this mentoring program, developing resource materials that help mentors and mentees in this process, and coming up with innovative ways to make this mentoring program a success. If you have ever wanted to mentor someone, have questions about career paths or resume development, have experience with developing or hosting a website, or simply want to be part of a group focused on connecting people, this is the place for you!
Proceed to the Vanguard Cabinet Mentoring Site
- Outreach Committee (Chair: Ashley Hitt)
This committee is responsible for outreach to university students in geospatial fields and developing programs/events to support students in their academic work and their transition into young professionals. The main objectives of this group are to attract student members to URISA and to cultivate university relationships. The committee meets via conference call on the second Tuesday of each month at 3 PM Eastern.
f you want to connect and network with young, ambitious GIS practitioners who are committed to improving their profession and their communities, then the Vanguard Cabinet is the organization for you. If you think you have what it takes to be in the URISA Vanguard Cabinet, please complete the application form by November 30, 2014. Contact Wendy Nelson, URISA Executive Director, if you have any questions about the application or your prospective appointment.
Thank you for your interest in the Vanguard Cabinet and good luck!
The Vanguard Steering Committee:
- Clare Brown, GISP - Chair of the Vanguard Steering Committee - Data Manager, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission
- Amy Esnard - URISA Board of Directors, President of the Oregon/Southwest Washington URISA Chapter
- Hilary Perkins, GISP, AICP - Past President of URISA - Planner, City of Maryland Heights, MO
- Ryan E. Bowe, GISP -GIS Technician, Photo Science - a Quantum Spatial Company, Lexington, KY