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Agenda 2021

Geo-Resolution 2021: Building a 21st Century Geospatial Ecosystem From Hard Problems to Opportunities will take place at Saint Louis University September 14, 2021. All listed events will take place in the Central Time Zone. 

7:30-8:30 A.M. 

Registration and Coffee

8 A.M-3 P.M.

Student Poster Session

Students present their research on a variety of topics using geospatial technologies or tools. The posters will be displayed at the conference and available digitally. 

8:30-8:35 A.M. 

Welcome and Introduction

Laurna Godwin, Vector Communications Corporation, President 

8:35-9:15 A.M. 

Moderated Conversation: “Leaders’ Look” – Developments in the Geospatial Ecosystem

Moderator: Sarah Fenske, St. Louis Public Radio, Host/Producer


9:15-9:45 A.M.

Morning Keynote Address

9:45-10:15 A.M.

Networking Break

10:15-11 A.M.

Panel One: Hard Problems in a Geospatial World

In a world of hard problems, everything happens in time and space. Geospatial science captures those problems and aids in building solutions. As problems evolve in their complexity, the geospatial profession must do the same. This panel will explore how government, industry and academia are maturing geospatial technologies and their application to problems of today and tomorrow.

Moderator: Robert Cardillo, Saint Louis University, Distinguished Fellow


  • Dr. Nikki Markiel, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Senior GEOINT Authority for Geomatics
  • Dr. Vasit Sagan, Saint Louis University, Director of Geospatial Institute, Associate Professor
  • Dr. Ian Howat, The Ohio State University, Professor, Distinguished University Scholar

11-11:45 A.M.

Panel Two: Preparing the Next Generation of Geospatial Experts

The exponential growth of location data and imagery require a new workforce with digital skills and an understanding of geomatics to tackle hard problems. This panel focuses on how to create an equitable talent pipeline through traditional academic degrees, workforce development, educational outreach and training trajectories for those looking to transition into the geospatial field.

Moderator: Dr. Tara Mott, Esri, Account Manager; USGIF Saint Louis Area Working Group, Co-Chair


  • Zekita Armstrong, Gateway Global, President and CEO
  • Andrew Hayden, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency College, Director
  • Brian Feldman, Launch Code, Vice President Talent Solutions
  • Dr. Freddie Wills, Harris-Stowe State University, Vice President for STEM Initiatives and Research Partnerships

12-12:40 P.M.

Attendee Lunch

Complimentary lunch.

12-12:35 P.M.

Student Mentoring Lunch with Career Exploration

By invitation only.

12:40-1:20 P.M.

Networking Social

Meet the academic institutions, innovation hubs, start-up support companies and nonprofit organizations in the geospatial ecosystem

12:40-1:20 P.M.

Special Broadcast: Why a Geospatial Career? Ask Young Professionals

Young professionals discuss why they chose a career in geospatial innovation and take questions from students in the audience. The event will be recorded and made available to students.

Moderator: Tara Vansell, Lindenwood University, Instructor


  • Austin Johnessee, Maxar, Geospatial Analyst
  •  Chris Nava, Booz Allen Hamilton, Data Scientist
  • Dr. Kemba Noel London, Saint Louis University, Researcher
  • TyRik Thompson, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Analyst
  • Behnjamin Zib, Leidos, Sr. Geospatial Analyst/Production Manager
  • Victoria Tuli, City of Seattle, Management System Analyst Assistant

1:30-2:00 P.M.

Afternoon Keynote Address

  • Tony Frazier, Maxar, Executive Vice President of Global Field Operations

2-2:45 P.M.

Panel Three: Geospatial Ethics: Privacy, Persistent Surveillance and Connectivity

Personal activity is tracked by GPS location and shared with outsiders at increasing rates. Individual data can be broadcast during daily activities. What are the safeguards, and how is the need for public safety balanced with the expectation of privacy? Explore ethical issues involved in living in a world of ever-increasing surveillance and connectivity.

Moderator: Father Michael Rozier, M.D., American Geographical Society, EthicalGEO Fellow; Saint Louis University, Associate Professor in Public Health


  • Dr. Enbal Shacham, Saint Louis University, Co-Director of Geospatial Institute, Professor in Public Health
  • Kevin Pomfret, Williams Mullen, Attorney, John Hopkins University, Adjunct Professor, USGIF Geospatial and Remote Sensing Law Working Group, Co-chair
  • Allison Stevens, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Acting General Counsel
2:45-3:30 p.m.

Panel Four: Geospatial Opportunities and Innovation

Local leaders talk about opportunities in the St. Louis region as a geospatial center of excellence. They will share the initiatives that pave the way to an inclusive, coordinated, innovative and growing ecosystem.

Moderator: Eric Druker, GeoFutures, Board Member


  • Andy Dearing, Spatial STL Advisors, President
  • Dara Eskridge, InvestSTL, Executive Director
  •  Jason Hall, Greater St. Louis Inc, CEO
  • Sue Pollmann, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, West Executive, N2W Program Manager

3:30-3:40 P.M.

Poster Session Winner Announcement

3:40-3:50 P.M.

Geospatial Ecosystem Announcements

  • Ronda Schrenk, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, CEO

3:50-4 P.M.

Closing Remarks

  • Vice Adm. Robert Sharp and Laurna Godwin

4-6 P.M.


Please join us for the post-conference social and a continuation of the networking social.

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