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2019 Panel: Women in GIS

Speakers and Celebrations - Yale Science Building, O.C. Marsh Lecture Hall
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Time Event
Nov 15
Opening Remarks
Speaker: Susan Gibbons  
Vice Provost for Collections and Scholarly Communication
Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian
Nov 15
Panel: Women in GIS
Moderator: Professor Holly Rushmeier  
John C. Malone Professor of Computer Science

Cecille Blake

Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Statistics Division
Global Geospatial Information Management Section
United Nations

Cecille joined the United Nations Statistics Division in August 2012 and supports the work programme of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).  She is also responsible for delivering Secretariat services for the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN). 
Before joining the United Nations, she served as the National GIS Coordinator/Senior Director of the National Spatial Data Management Division, Government of Jamaica for 15 years.  Ms Blake successfully directed and managed several initiatives aimed at transforming and influencing the capabilities and capacities of numerous government organizations, private sector entities and Professional Groups to invest, implement and use GIS and related technologies to support the development of Jamaica’s spatial data management infrastructure.
She has a first degree from the University of the West Indies –Mona, in Geography and Social Sciences, post graduate work in GIS with specialisation in Land Information Systems from ITC in the Netherlands and a MSc in Management Information Systems from the University of the West Indies Mona.
Cecille is a member of the Urban and Regional Information System Association (URISA), is an art enthusiast and loves to read.

Margot Bordne

Account Manager
Global Business Development

In her role, Margot Bordine drives adoption of GIS solutions for advancing Equity & Social Justice among governments, corporations, and NGOs.  She is proud to work with inspiring organizations using GIS to eliminate social disparities and build more inclusive communities. In 2017, she founded Esri’s grassroots Women’s Empowerment & Career Advancement Network (WeCan) to help women at Esri and in the Esri user community achieve their goals and build strong careers. Margot is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Diversity & Inclusion Leadership at Tufts University, where her goal is to promote greater inclusion of underrepresented groups in the GIS field.

Cary Chadwick

Coordinator, Geospatial Training Program
Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)
University of Connecticut

Cary Chadwick is a Geospatial Educator at the University of Connecticut’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR), part of the Department of Extension in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Since 2006, she has coordinated the Geospatial Training Program at CLEAR, leading hands-on training focused on geographic information systems, GPS, and web-based tech to a wide range of audiences in both formal and informal classrooms. She is actively involved in a number of collaborative research projects that use geospatial technologies to better understand and manage Connecticut’s natural resources. Cary is also a long-time member of the CT GIS Network, playing an active role in encouraging GIS coordination at the state level.

Meredith Reba


Research Associate
Seto Lab
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Meredith Reba is interested in the intersection of urbanization and agriculture, focusing on the relationship between historical urban growth and its correlation to highly productive agricultural lands through the use of such tools as GIS, remote sensing, statistical analysis, and modeling.   She is co-author of the book “City Unseen” which shows urban landscapes in new perspectives using satellite data.   She has worked in various agricultural settings, both in the US and abroad and has extensive practical farming experience.