As previously announced, based on the work of the Strategic Options (SO) Task Force—the Board has decided to accelerate the transformation of SEG as an independent organization. As part of the SO Task Force’s work, SEG hired a 3rd-party independent contractor to facilitate focus groups to get feedback. The focus group structure included students, committees, researchers, SEG leaders, service companies, non-members, near surface, and mining representatives.
The sessions were designed to explore the fundamental value SEG can and should provide, not to collect ideas on specific programs or approaches. They explored why someone should be a member. In addition to these focus groups, the SO Task Force had conversations with various stakeholders including the SEG Foundation, key supporters, and direct input from members.
Overarching themes for increased focus included:
- Broaden community/connections/networking to appeal to all our members
- Meet the needs of members at all stages of their careers (from starting a career, to transitions, to mentorship, and leadership training)
- Modernize SEG’s approaches
- Improve diversity (e.g. geographics, demographics, technical specialty, plus more)
With the feedback received from the focus groups, the research done by the SO Task Force, and the feedback it received, we are confident it is time to move forward. We are now in the process of forming the SEG Transformation Task Force. This Task Force will include representation of our leadership, and they will work to develop guidelines, vision, and process. This team will tap into the expertise of others within the organization and a diverse group of members. The Task Force will be guiding implementation and will include a project manager for coordination.
This is a very exciting time for our Society as we embark on our transformation journey. I will continue to update you once the Transformation Task Force is formed and begins its work.
SEG President and Chair of the Board