Talent Pool Strategy Task Force

The Talent Pool Strategy Task Force is responsible for guiding the development of the vision and strategic plan for AGU’s talent pool programs in concert with the organization’s strategic plan and objectives. The Talent Pool Strategy Task Force reports on progress to the Board of Directors and Council.

Chair
Sabine Stanley, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Members
Tiara Adducie, FM Global, Johnston, RI
Niels Claes, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Catherine Constable, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA
Deborah Glickson, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, DC
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine, Media, PA
Rebecca Haacker, NCAR, Boulder, CO
Jonathan H. Jiang, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Ashanti Johnson, Cirrus Academy Charter School, Macon, GA
Brandon Jones, National Science Foundation, Alexandria, VA
Judith McKenzie, ETH Zürich Geological Institute, Zürich, Switzerland
Cynthia Murphy, Chevron Corporation, Richmond, CA
Mark Musumba, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Dalal Najib, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, DC
Catalina Oaida, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Tibisay Pérez, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Caracas, Venezuela
Jenny Riker, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
Debjani Sihi, University of Maryland, Frostburg, MD
Eleanour Snow, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA
Danielle Sumy, The IRIS Consortium, Washington, DC
Madison Turner, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
Lei Zhou, State Oceanic Administration, Hangzhou, China

Staff Partner
David Harwell, Director, Talent Pool

Charge
The Talent Pool Strategy Task Force will guide the development of the vision and strategic plan for AGU’s Talent Pool programs to achieve the AGU Board’s objective to build a global and diverse talent pool in Earth and space science. This strategy will identify short term and long-term goals for Talent Pool programs and culminate in a 3-5 year plan. Additionally, guiding principles about how to make AGU Talent Pool programs more impactful for the global scientific community will be a key component.

Current Talent Pool Goal and Objectives (approved 2010)

The American Geophysical Union is a diverse and inclusive organization that uses its position to build the global talent pool in Earth and space science.

  1. Increase our understanding of the real barriers to gender and ethnic diversity and involvement within AGU and within Earth and space science.
  2. Enhance engagement and involvement in AGU of students and early career scientists.
  3. Identify career alternatives within Earth and space science and subsequent career paths available.
  4. Enhance mutual support and networking opportunities for students and early career scientists.
  5. Increase participation of underrepresented populations.

Key Initiatives 

  • Envision tomorrow’s Earth and space science workforce by seeking to answer the questions, “What should the Earth and space science workforce look like in 2025?” and “What would it take to get there?” Craft approach and mechanisms to gather necessary feedback from stakeholders and create a strategy development plan and timeline.
  • Update the goal and objectives for AGU’s Talent Pool programs including desired outcomes and measures of success.
  • Provide advice to AGU’s Talent Pool programs and service areas for short- and longer-term implementation of the strategic plan.
  • Establish criteria for creating, evaluating and sun-setting talent pool programs, products, and services.
  • Apply these criteria to evaluate AGU’s existing programs, products, and services and provide recommendations for changes, if appropriate.

Calendar
This task force will commence work in Fall 2017 and is expected to complete its work in time for a Board and Council presentation in Spring 2018.

Questions about this task force can be directed to David Harwell (dharwell@agu.org).