URISA Leadership Academy



December 7-11, 2009 - Seattle, WA

A Leadership Academy for the GIS Practitioner

  • Do you see GIS potential in every industry/application?
  • Do you recognize GIS as a major enabling technology to help achieve most goals?
  • Do you want to make a positive difference in the world around you using GIS?
  • Do you understand the power of visualizing and spatially analyzing information?
  • Are you frustrated by others in your organization that just don’t “get” GIS?
  • Are you overwhelmed by your management responsibilities?

If you can answer “yes” to two or more of these questions, then the URISA Leadership Academy (ULA) is for you.

The entire five day program, the only leadership training program of its type, is tailored to industry leaders and practitioners faced with unique challenges of GIS leadership and management and who want to make an impact leveraging the power of GIS.

ULA attendees work together in a collegial environment designed to foster networking during the session and to enhance your professional network outside the Academy. The Academy is a full-service conference. Each day, ULA members will learn, dine, and socialize together. To that end, each day is structured to promote and encourage strong relationships between instructors and attendees. Note that each ULA session is limited to no more than 75 attendees.

GISCI GISP® Points for Attending the full ULA = 1.25 EDU Points.

Who has already attended the ULA?

Individuals attended from 34 states and 6 countries.
They work for a wide variety of organizations, representing:

  • Local Government - 45%
  • State Government - 4%
  • Federal Government - 6%
  • Regional Government - 8%
  • Consultants - 25%
  • Other (Nonprofit, utility, university, tribal, private sector) - 12%

They hold a wide range of job titles (a few examples: GIS Specialist, Senior Project Manager, Planning Director, GIS Manager, Engineer, GIS Consultant)

Course Outline for ULA - Seattle

Courses are taught by proven leaders in the profession, with materials reviewed and enhanced by a team of reviewers and editors. Each course will include numerous interactive exercises, team-building tools, and opportunities to delve into topics in a way you cannot do at large conferences. Course attendance is limited in size to encourage such interaction.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Session 1: Introduction to Leadership and Management
Welcome Reception
Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Session 2: Building a Successful Team

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Session 3a: GIS and Organizational Capacity Building: How May I Help You?

Session 3b: Show Me the Money - An Introduction to Budgeting & Finance for GIS
Seattle Night Life Launch Pad Reception!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Session 4: GIS Politics and Change Management

Friday, December 11, 2009
Session 5: Putting It All Together – Evaluating Where You Are and Planning Where You’re Going

Luncheon Keynote - Cy Smith, GISP

For more information and to register on-line, see: http://www.urisa.org/education-events/urisa-leadership-academy/