Diversity is a critical element underpinning the Bureau of Economic Geology's success, and its many benefits were on broad display at the organization's recent Retreat. Well over 100 researchers and staff—bringing different backgrounds, cultures, disciplines, and perspectives to the table—came together for a day of opinion-sharing, with the unifying objective of setting the course for the Bureau's ventures for years to come. The Retreat was held at Austin's new Top Golf facility and opened with Director Scott W. Tinker's welcome, which underlined the need for and importance of the day's discussions. The opening informational sessions updated those present on vital Bureau initiatives. That afternoon, attendees rolled up their sleeves and actively participated in insightful discussions covering topics ranging from a Strengths/
Opportunities/Threats analysis, to an examination of the recruitment and retention of talent, to the new Marketing and Communication Plan. The outcome of this lively interplay of ideas will serve as the basis for a new Bureau Strategic Plan. The day concluded with laughter and camaraderie as Bureau members demonstrated their golfing skills (or lack thereof) and traded stories while enjoying the energetic ambience of the Top Golf facility.