Using GIS to solve global issues

Using GIS to solve global issues

Adam Pfister C’06, M’10 can’t deny that speaking to the U.N. in early December was a career highlight.

But Pfister’s career is full of highlights. As a solutions engineer on the nonprofit and global organizations team for Esri, he works closely with organizations who are solving global problems like the World Health Organization and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is successfully eradicating Polio.

A graduate of Saint Mary’s University’s M.S. in Geographic Information Science program, Pfister works for a company which is an international supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software and technology.

Courses are helping alumna excel at IBM

Courses are helping alumna excel at IBM

Destiny Dux ’16 has only worked at IBM as a financial data scientist for a few months.

But after making presentations at work, she’s received the positive feedback that she sounds like a seasoned professional.

She owes it all, she says, to her finance and data analytics and business intelligence courses at Saint Mary’s, particularly her business strategies course.

Fighting sexual harassment

Fighting sexual harassment

The list of high-profile men — in media, in sports, in entertainment, and in politics — who are being fired due to inappropriate sexual behavior continues to grow longer.

Susan Strauss D’07, for one, isn’t surprised.

“I guess what surprises me is that finally it’s all erupting; there are women coming forward to proclaim what they’ve experienced for years, but they had never felt safe in coming forward before,” she said. “But does it surprise me that these men are guilty of it? No, not in the least.”

Although the “#Me Too” movement is empowering women to come forward, Dr. Strauss — a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant, investigator, and an expert witness for harassment and bullying lawsuits — said the focus needs to be on how we create a culture where women are respected and no longer subjected to this harassment.

And she believes it begins with the education system.

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