There are Esri UC veterans, and then there’s Lorri Peltz-Lewis. “I gave my first presentation in 1992!” says Peltz-Lewis. “Except for a few years, I’ve submitted at least one paper annually since then. One year I did three papers, and in another I had four sessions.”
Peltz-Lewis, a GIS coordinator who now specializes in fire and aviation management for the US Forest Service, says that she was first driven to present in 1992 because she wanted to share her work. “The publication credit is nice, but I’ve always benefited from presenting more than I ever imagined. Networking, meeting colleagues that have similar interests, gaining new insights, the list just goes on. And, of course, I’ve also learned how to do my job better.”
Peltz-Lewis says that while presenting helps her justify her attendance, it’s more than just a means to an end. “I’ve been a certified GIS Professional through ASPRS since 1995 and it’s a way for me to give back to the community.”
Given Lorri’s passion for sharing her work, it’s no surprise that attendees consistently rate her presentations extremely well. One survey respondent said that her 2012 discussion about the USFS Region 5 GIS Lab was one of the best presentations at the conference.
“If you’re on the fence about giving a presentation, do it!” says Peltz-Lewis. “It’s definitely worth all of the effort. And you’ll get over the worries.”
Follow Lorri’s lead and submit your idea for a presentation at the 2013 Esri UC by October 26, 2012. Lorri’s already working on an update to last year’s presentation about recent activities in her GIS lab. What will yours be about?