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Esri Employees Were “Pumped Up” for Bike to Work Week

Several activities took place last week in celebration of Bike to Work Week. From an informative brown bag session on bike safety, our bike sharing program, and a new proposed bike trail, to a bike ride around campus, many employees took the opportunity to show their support of getting to work on two wheels.

In addition to the benefits of getting exercise and saving the environment, Esri offers ongoing incentives for employees who bike to work (as well as walk, carpool, or take public transportation). It’s a win-win!

During a brown bag session, employees heard about a proposed bike trail
connecting the neighboring city of Highland to Redlands.

It was a great day for a short bike ride around campus!

A bike sharing program, developed by Esri staff, the Inland Empire Biking Alliance, and our friendly neighborhood BikeBBQ, is for employees who need to get around our expansive campus.

Bike to Work Week concluded with a display in the Cafe where employees submitted pledgesto bike to work and were entered into a drawing for cool prizes.

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Mapping Our Country’s First Mothers

By Guest Blogger Lynnae Van Voorthuysen, Media Relations Intern

Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt

Forty-four women gave birth to the most influential men in U.S. history—our nation’s Presidents. This Mother’s Day, Esri highlights these “First Mothers” in an interactive story map.

Navigate the story map to discover many historical insights including:

  • At 18 years old, Stanley Ann Obama became the youngest First Mother
  • All 7 presidents born in Ohio were Republican
  • Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams were born .2 miles apart

George Washington famously stated, “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother.”

Join us in celebrating the mothers who raised the men who swore to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

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David DiBiase Explains the Importance of Offering MOOCs as Part of Esri’s Education Program

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Esri’s Jim Baumann, published in the May 2015 issue of GeoConnexion. 

Esri’s education enterprise is diverse and spread across the entire company. For the most part, however, our education offerings serve people who already use our technology. What’s new about massive open online courses (MOOCs) is that they provide a way to engage with people who are curious about the power of spatial thinking and geospatial technologies, but who may not be GIS users or even have heard of Esri.

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Earth Day, Esri Style

There was a lot of activity on campus last Wednesday in celebration of Earth Day. From a tree giveaway to an e-waste collection event, Esri employees did their part to make Mother Earth proud.

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Wearing Two Equally-Important Hats at Esri

One of the things many Esri employees enjoy about working here is the variety in their roles. This is certainly the case with Matt Madigan, who has been with Esri just over two and a half years. His situation is a little unique in that he works out of two offices. His main job is as an account manager in our Washington, DC regional office, but he also works with startups and 1776 out of the Esri R&D Center–DC. I enjoyed getting to know more about Matt and his work, as well as his time as an Olympic rowing coach.

Tell us about your work with Esri.

As an account manager, I’m responsible for a couple of accounts on the intel team. Previously, I was the operations director and director of federal business at GeoIQ. We were working with In-Q-Tel and deployed at many agencies within the intelligence community, so that carried over into my role on Esri’s federal team because I was very familiar with the community.

My work at the R&D center is also really exciting. Last fall we started a relationship with 1776, which is a startup incubator with 240-plus member companies. We want to empower them with the ArcGIS platform and then let them bring their innovation to that platform. So instead of having to build a new GIS out of Open Source, they’re using our tools to actually build out their solutions.

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#EsriJobChat: Your Chance to Talk with Esri Staff From Wherever You Are!

Whether you know all about Esri or are “meeting” us for the first time, join us for #EsriJobChat on Twitter and talk with us about everything careers related … our work environment, our innovative GIS software, current internship and job openings, resumé and interview advice, and more.


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NSBE 41, Here We Come!

We are fired up about attending and exhibiting at the NSBE National Convention in Anaheim this month! Patty and Corey from our HR team share what they’re most looking forward to and the skills they are seeking in future Esri talent.

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Esri Employees Show Their Skills on the Soccer Field

A typically collaborative spirit got a bit competitive recently when a group of Esri employees met for a friendly soccer tournament known as the Esri Cup—co-ed, cross-departmental teams who compete on three fields in at least four matches. Friends and family members can also play, or just come out to enjoy the action and root teams on.

This was the first year some participated, including a colleague of mine in Human Resources, Megan. She got involved after hearing about Esri Cup from one of the hiring managers she supports. “I was a little worried about playing, because I had just finished recovering from an ankle injury,” she said. The day of the tournament, she was a little nervous, but excited. “It’s a very competitive match, and I knew some had been playing for several years.”

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Life in the Fast Lane for Esri Product Engineer Rohan

One of the great things about my role with Esri is the opportunity to interact with employees around the globe—in this case, some 8,300 miles away. Rohan Ganapathy, a product engineer in the Esri R&D Center–Sharjah, tells us about his work since joining Esri in May 2014 and his passion for Formula 1 racing.

How did you end up at Esri?

I was working for a GIS and mapping company called Fugro MAPS as a Product Support Executive for software called PromptServer. I worked mainly on the client side of this software and helped out with testing during its development in Sharjah. This Esri office was just a floor above MAPS.

After I left MAPS in 2013, I met with the general manager for the Esri R&D Center about a possible position as a product engineer. I was eager to take this, as I had experience with Esri software from the development side.
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Holiday Traditions Around the World, Thanks to Esri Story Maps

One of the things that’s so cool about working at Esri is our employees: we have countless opportunities to meet and collaborate with people from all over the world. Currently our workforce of 3,100 employees hails from 70 countries.

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