Decadal Strategic Planning at GSA [ January 2018 ]
We are pleased to share with you that GSA has embarked on an 18-month strategic planning effort that will define
bold and compelling strategic goals to guide the Society over the next decade. This multi-phase planning process
focuses on defining the Society’s aspirations, assessing evolving member needs and opportunities, and identifying
critical issues, all in the context of the key strengths that distinguish GSA as a premier global geosciences
society. Importantly, this long-term strategic plan will permit GSA to impart systemic change and to develop legacy
projects, thus assuring the relevancy and sustainability of the Society into the future.
The strategic planning effort, initiated in August 2017 and targeted to wrap up by the close of 2018, involves
mission- and validation-planning phases and will produce a comprehensive strategic plan including proactive
program, finance, and development plans that will bring our goals to fruition. Collaboration of GSA and the GSA
Foundation will ensure that fundraising efforts are in full alignment with the strategic goals of the Society. And
we have partnered with an external consultant to ensure maximum synergy and efficiency of our efforts.
Engaging the membership broadly is an integral component of these strategic planning activities. As we go forward we
will be reaching out to many of you to participate through task force committees, surveys, and focus groups. We
strongly encourage you to participate. Building a key constituent perspective is critical to producing alignment
among the various domains of GSA and to ensure representation of the rich diversity of our membership. Thank you in
advance for your willingness to share your time and expertise.
We welcome your thoughts and insight and will keep you abreast of the activities. Please contact any of us
with your comments.