Terri Bowers, GSA Foundation Trustee and Principal at Gradient, an environmental and risk sciences consulting firm, shares how her experience of the GSA community as a student inspires her service for the Foundation.
What inspires you to give so freely of your time serving as a GSAF Trustee?
GSA was my “home” when I started my career. I gave my first professional presentation at a GSA meeting; I remember both the stress of the occasion and the support I received from other students and academics that got me through it. GSA members were such a community for me when I was young that now is the time for me to help on the other end.
What motivates you to give to GSA?
There may never have been a time when earth science education was as important as it is now. Resources for this support are ever more limited. I don’t know if we, the Society members, can make up the gaps, but we have to try.
What would you say to others thinking about making a financial commitment to the Society?
You have to decide what kinds of things you are most motivated to support. The two areas I feel most passionate about are opportunities for the young and science education. Once you pick what you care about the most, then you have to identify organizations that also support your goals. I hope GSA will be one of them.
What would you like to say to other people who donate their time and resources to GSA?
Thank you! Together we can do things.