SEG Women's Network
The SEG Women’s Network is supported by the activities of the SEG Women’s Network Committee. The SEG Women’s Network Committee (WNC) was created in March 2011, and works to raise awareness of and find solutions for the challenges women encounter in the field of applied geophysics.
The mission of the WNC is to:
- promote greater participation and leadership by women in geophysics worldwide,
- create a community for mutual support among female SEG members,
- enhance recruiting and retention of women in the profession and mentoring of students and young professionals, and
- elevate awareness of the value that a diverse workforce brings to the profession.
The network's online community as well as gatherings at the annual and regional meetings will help establish these connections for support, collaboration and mentoring. We also collaborate when possible with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Association of Women Geoscientists (AWG).
The WNC is actively soliciting new members to represent global regions such as South America, Europe/Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.
- Chair: Maitri Erwin (2015-17)
- Vice Chair: Patricia MacQueen
- Finance Chair: Dee Smith
- Secretary: Uche Aigbokhai
- Staff Liaison: Laurie Whitesell
- SEG Board Liaison: John Bradford
- Past Chairs: Maria Angela Capello (2013-15), Nancy House (2012-13), Eve Sprunt (2011-12)
- Anti-Harassment Policy for SEG meetings and activities | Harassment Reporting Form
- SEG Outstanding Educator Award
- Full Spectrum column in The Leading Edge, a column designed to be a commentary on women's career topics.
- Inaugural WNC Webinar: Career Coordination for Couples by Dr. Eve Sprunt. The SEG Women’s Network Committee is offering its inaugural webinar in their new free Webinar Series. The first webinar is on the topic of dual career couples and how to deal with some of the challenges and benefits. Dr. Eve Sprunt, SEG First Vice President will present. Dr. Hendratta Ali (Fort Hays State University) will facilitate the webinar as host for the event.
- The WNC will offer four events at the 2016 SEG annual meeting in Dallas!
- Monday evening networking event A brief welcome and introduction to the SEG Women’s Network by WNC Chair Maitri Erwin will immediately precede the featured Pioneers in Geophysics posters that highlight a few pioneering women in geophysics. 5-6:30pm | Monday, October 17th | Omni Hotel | Ticket: $20/person and includes a drink ticket with served hors d'oeuvres (Special student pricing; please see link.)
- Women’s Network Committee business meeting | 3-4pm | Tuesday, October 18th | Omni Hotel | FLYER
- Sixth Annual Women’s Network Breakfast | 8:30-11am | Wednesday, October 19th | Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. This year's theme is Brand ME for Change with a breakout session on What can the Women’s Network Committee do for SEG members during trying times? The breakfast features keynote speaker Patricia E. Walker, Chief Geoscientist of ExxonMobil. Ticket: $20/person with continental breakfast. (Special student pricing; please see link.)
- WNC’s Inaugural Post-Conference Workshop | 1:30-5pm | Thursday, October 20th | Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center | Workplace Navigating: How to Recognize and Avoid Bias and Bullying This workshop, facilitated by Dr. Sheryl Skaggs, professor of sociology at University of Texas – Dallas, will focus on discussing and providing tips for navigating the workplace when bias and bullying are present. A high-response survey of SEG members indicates that workplace bias and bullying are an active concern, especially during the current low-oil-price environment and high-stress time in the industry and academia. Due to the sensitive nature of the subject, this workshop will operate in accordance with the Chatham House Rule, which means participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. Chatham House Rule is invoked to encourage openness and the sharing of information. FLYER
- Houston Women’s Networking Event | 5-8pm | Thursday, November 3rd 2016 | PGS Offices, Houston, Texas | Alchemy of Success with cocktails. A networking happy hour, brought to you by Geophysical Society of Houston and SEG Women’s Network Committee, featuring speakers Nancy House and Scott Tinker.
- Women in Geosciences Forum at AAPG|SEG International Convention and Exhibition in Cancun, Mexico | 6-9pm, Wednesday, September 7th 2016 | Take Control of Your Career: Surviving and Thriving In The Industry Downturn
- AAPG-AWG-SEG Women Geoscientists' Networking Reception | 6:30-9pm, Saturday, June 19th, 2016 | AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition | Calgary, Canada
- Women In Geosciences panel at the AAPG|SEG International Convention and Exhibition | April 2016 | Barcelona, Spain | ARTICLE
- Women in Geosciences panel at the opening ceremony of the International Conference on Engineering Geophysics SEG International Convention and Exhibition | November 15th, 2015 | Al Ain, UAE
- Fifth Annual Women's Network Breakfast | 8-10am, Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 | SEG Annual Meeting New Orleans, LA, USA
- AAPG PROWESS-AWG-SEG Networking Reception - Connecting Women Geoscientists | 6:30-9pm, Saturday, May 30th, 2015 | AAPG Annual Convention 2015 Denver, CO, USA
Join the Community!
- The corporate level - The female geophysicist's experience, Anna Shaughnessy, Eve Sprunt, Maria Angela Capello, and Nancy House (Full Spectrum: The Leading Edge, August 2016)
- WNC panel on women beyond geosciences a success at AAPG/SEG ICE Barcelona, Maria Angela Capello and Paulina Kotlarek (Full Spectrum: The Leading Edge, June 2016)
- How the WNC transformed SEG's approach to the advancement of women in only 5 years, Maria Angela Capello and Maitri Erwin (The Leading Edge, February 2016)
- Women in geophysical service companies: Three stories, Nancy House and Maria Angela Capello (Full Spectrum: The Leading Edge, October 2015)
- Interview with Sally Zinke: First woman President of SEG, Nancy House and Maria Angela Capello (Full Spectrum: The Leading Edge, July 2015)
- Women geophysicists' contributions and participation in SEG: Part 1, Maria Angela Capello, Louise Pellerin, and Ted Bakamjian (Full Spectrum: The Leading Edge, June 2015)
- Dual careers in geoscience, Anna Shaughnessy, Eve Sprunt, and Blair Schneider (Full Spectrum: The Leading Edge, April 2015)