The Next Generation of GEOINTers

GEOINT 2017 features young professionals program

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Twenty-six young professionals hand-selected by USGIF have the opportunity to participate in the GEOINT 2017 Young Professionals Golden Ticket Program this week. This program is an exclusive agenda for young professionals—those 35-years-old and under or with five or less years experience in the GEOINT Community—to receive complimentary GEOINT Foreword and GEOINT 2017 Symposium registration.

As a Golden Ticket recipient, the young professionals will participate in a special agenda comprised of mentoring sessions and luncheons with senior leaders as well as USGIF’s invitation-only Chairman’s reception.

The recipients will also participate in the USGIF Young Professionals Group’s outreach project and accompany 30 San Antonio Boy Scouts on a geocaching mission Wednesday morning.

The GEOINT 2017 Young Professional Golden Ticket winners are:

• Leanna Borrelli, DigitalGlobe

• Zachary Chatelain, BAE Systems

• Kristin Connifey, S2 Analytical Solutions

• Crystal English, San Diego State University

• Zachary Ferriola-Bruckenstein, PricewaterhouseCoopers

• Heather FitzGerald, NGA

• Marisa Hess, MDA Information Systems

• Stephen Huether, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

• Lidia Lopez, NGA

• Luis Machado, Washington College

• Megan Maloney, Appalachian St. University

• Sara McDale, NGA

• Greg Milbourne, Vricon

• Angela Oliver, Xcellent Technology Solutions

• Harrison Parker, University of Mississippi School of Law

• Keyur Patel, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

• Natalii Pitts, MDA Information Systems

• Ashley Richter, Tanzle

• Michael Rutka, NGA

• Elizabeth Slaydon, DigitalGlobe

• Jaclyn Tules, Esri

• Pia Ulrich, Federation of American Scientists

• Madeline Warndorf, DigitalGlobe (HumanGeo)

• Meghan Washington, NGA

• Krystal Wilson, Secure World Foundation

• Hannah Wiser, Wiser

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