IAP2 2013 Presenter Check-In: Wendy Lowe
As we count down the days to #IAP2NA2013, we thought it would be nice to check in with our speakers and presenters to see what they’re looking forward to at the conference. Enjoy!
Who are you and what do you do?
I run my own public participation consulting business in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I have over 25 years experience working with federal, state, and local agencies seeking to engage the public in decisions that matter. I love my work, in part because it always keeps me on my toes. I feel like I learn new things every day.
What topic will you be presenting on at the conference, and what makes you feel passionate about it?
I came to public participation work after graduate study in public administration. I am fascinated how our field attracts people from diverse academic fields including communications, planning, journalism, forestry, political science, and more. I thought it would be fun to bring people together to explore how each of those fields view public participation and how university programs prepare us to do this work. Would we be a better profession if a single academic field prepared us, or are we strengthened by the diversity of our backgrounds?
Based on the conference program, what other sessions do you hope to attend (and why)?
I chaired the program committee this year. We were astonished at the diverse array of proposals we received and we are so excited about the program. I wish I could attend all of the sessions! I am really excited about the IAP2 Talks sessions and the Technology Fair!
Where can we follow you?
I am not particularly skilled at social media. I guess I am a bit old fashioned. I liked this sign I saw recently. I look forward to connecting with new friends and old at the conference!