Women in Geography webinar collage of Patti Edgar, Guo Chen, Bri Ferguson-Barrineau, LaToya Eaves, Jill Urban-Karr and Bandana Kar

Women in Geography: Thriving and Advancing in a Male Dominated Field

In honor of Women’s History month, women geographers working in government, industry and academia share their experiences, perspectives and advice for thriving and advancing when you routinely find that you are one of the few women in the room or in the field.

March 15, 2022, 4:00pm Eastern Time – March 15, 2022, 5:15pm Eastern Time

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Photo of Patti EdgarPatti Edgar, Texas A&M University Career Center

Patti Edgar is a scientist, educator and career services professional currently serving students, faculty and employers in the earth sciences through the Texas A&M University Career Center. Her own non-linear career path through the pharmaceutical industry, full-time parenting and K-12 STEM instruction and curriculum development motivates her to help others pursue their unique journeys. She especially enjoys mentoring and speaking with women pursuing STEM careers.

Photo of Guo ChenGuo Chen, Michigan State University

Guo Chen (Ph.D., Geography, Penn State) is an Associate Professor jointly appointed in Geography and Global Urban Studies at Michigan State University with a research focus on poverty, inequality, migration, slums, and social justice. At MSU, she is also a core faculty member of the Asian Pacific American (APA) Studies Program, affiliates with the Asian Studies Program and Environmental Science and Policy Program, advises the Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) group.

Photo of Bri Ferguson-BarrineauBri Ferguson-Barrineau, WK Dickson & Co., Inc.

Bri Ferguson-Barrineau is an Aviation Planner at WK Dickson & Co., Inc. Her work involves developing ALP reports, forecasting aviation activity, planning/design/construction management, and securing funding for airport infrastructure projects. She has a background in data science and environmental planning and management. Her previous experience includes GIS, Geology, Geomorphology, Airport Planning, Project Management, and Environmental Planning and Management.

Photo of LaToya EavesLaToya Eaves, The University of Tennessee Knoxville

LaToya Eaves is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Broadly situated, her research is located at the intersections of race, gender, diaspora, critical geography and queer studies. She explores the geographic imaginaries of Blackness, gender, and queerness by bringing critical approaches to the social transformation of places, the nuances of region, and lived experiences under rights-based progress narratives.

Photo of Jill Urban-KarrJill Urban-Karr, Trimble Incorporated

Jill Urban-Karr graduated from Texas A&M in 1986 with a degree in Geography, and then began her career in the development and implementation of GIS and geospatial solutions in the public sector. Today she is the Executive Director of the Consulting Services/Landfolio Solutions team for the Land Administration Solutions Group of Trimble Incorporated. She is also a member of the World Bank’s Task Force on Public Private Partnerships in Land Administration and has led strategic discussions with the Heads of State of Sri Lanka, Romania, The Gambia, Bulgaria, Namibia, Ghana, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and others regarding land rights as a catalyst for economic growth.

Photo of Bandana KarBandana Kar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Bandana Kar is a Senior Research Scientist in the National Security Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Her research focuses on the intersection of science, technology and policy to address resilience of energy infrastructures and cities by accounting for coupled built environment-human-natural systems.