Why Esri? … To the Point!

Getting to the point and being concise with your responses can sometimes be a nice way to express yourself. Some employees only needed a few words to express how they felt or what they were thinking and answered Why Esri? in under five words. Stay tuned and watch for more Why Esri? posts in the coming weeks!

Colten Zacharias
Extended Support Program

Emily Dux
Technical Advisor Practice Lead

Gela Malek Pour
Software Products Release

Chad Helm
Extended Support Programs

John Preysner
Professional Services

Ritika Sinha
Managed Cloud Service

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Former Esri Intern’s Contributions to Ebola Response

When Olivia Hollenhorst started her Esri internship in the summer of 2014, she probably never dreamed she would one day be accompanying her colleagues to Geneva, Switzerland, to help map the Ebola outbreak. Upon completion of her internship, she was hired last September full time, and continued working on the health and public safety team in our Professional Services Division. That’s where she received the opportunity to spend a month working with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.

The experience in Geneva allowed Olivia to combine her interest in GIS with her educational background in global public health. “My undergraduate degree was in public health, focusing on international public health. Near the end of my undergraduate career, I added on a GIS certificate with the hopes of somehow mashing them together. This internship and the consequent full-time work was great because it allowed me to explore what I could do with my two interests,” she said. Olivia is now going back to school at University of Washington to pursue her master’s in human geography with a concentration in infectious disease mitigation and management using GIS.

When asked why she wants to work with diseases she replied, “I like how a community responds to crisis and how they come together and problem-solve on the fly, really quick, to try and come up with a solution that can solve the immediate problem. That always rolls into a more sustainable effort to solve future problems that would arise.”

In time sensitive projects like this, getting accurate and up to date data is crucial. Olivia mentioned that one of the main difficulties of working on the project was coordinating and organizing data coming from multiple sources into a standard useable format. “We were getting data from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, but it was all coming in different schemas, at different times, and was going into all these different data hubs. We had to pull it back together and compile it in standard format,” she explained. With the help of the Esri Ebola response team, the WHO created daily briefing maps on disease distribution and resource location for internal use and weekly Map Journal Situation Reports for public consumption.

Would she go back abroad and do something similar in the future? “Oh yeah, absolutely,” Olivia exclaimed. “I would love to do any sort of emergency response or infectious disease work. I definitely want to do international GIS work related to health.”

For all of your future endeavors Olivia, we wish you good luck and hope you enjoy your time in your master’s program.

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Celebrating Summer in Southern California

Southern California has an abundance of events and activities year-round, especially during the summer months. There are festivals galore, all within a short drive from Redlands. We’ve highlighted a few of them for this upcoming weekend.

  • In beautiful downtown Santa Monica, Picnic on the Promenade is home to weekly summer events. On July 10th there will be a street performer showcase. While you are there you can check out the eateries, walk the promenade, and soak in the beautiful rays on the beach.

Aerial View of the Promenade

  • The Lotus Festival in Los Angeles is a celebration focusing on the culture and heritage of different Asian Pacific regions. This two day event from July 11th to 12th has a variety of interesting activities to check out, from Hawaiian and Tahitian dancing to western music of Japan.
 
  • Even if hot sauces aren’t your thing the California Hot Sauce Expo in Long Beach is still a cool attraction to check out. Don’t miss this two day event from July 11th to 12th, where there will be a ton of insane eating challenges at the expo and anyone can enter. The final event at the expo is one for the Guinness book of world records … literally. The challenge is to eat three Carolina Reaper chilis as fast as possible.
 
  • Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series is a great family event. The concert series is supporting the preservation and sustainability of the Mission of San Juan Capistrano. The concerts occur throughout the summer and feature performances by a variety of musicians.

Check back next week to see more festivals and events happening in So Cal.

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Why Esri? … For Diversity!

With a growing organization such as Esri it is always nice to touch base with employees from all over the company. From interns to seasoned employees, there is a spectacular spectrum of diversity among our workforce. With different opinions and outlooks on life, you can see the evolution of creativity within Esri.

Alexander Ponce
Creative Lab

Danny Chan
Accounting

Karina Zavaleta-Abel
Patterns & Practices

Kaitlin Burroughs
Professional Services

Martin Wu
GeoDesign

Adrianna Castillo
Human Resources

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Interns Gain Insight During “Meet the Managers” Sessions

Esri interns recently had the unique opportunity to hear from managers of different departments to learn more about the work their teams do. With the chance to ask questions to the managers, the interns became more knowledgeable in what Esri does throughout the entire company rather than just the end product. All the managers did a great job engaging the interns during their speeches and we were grateful for the opportunity.

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Why Esri? … Why Not?

This week the employees of Esri got creative with their answers in their own special ways. By leaving the question up for interpretation by the employee, we see creativity flow from department to department. There were many different approaches to the answer.

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Festive “Tea” Honors Retiring Employee

A colorful table setting and festive hats were part of a “high tea” luncheon held in the Washington, DC office to honor Judy Rote, who will be retiring from Esri June 30th. It was also Judy’s birthday, so it was a dual celebration!

“My time with Esri has been a blessing, from getting to know of Jack and Laura and to having wonderful managers/supervisors,” Judy reflected. “It truly has been a pleasure to work for and with Esri. My retirement is bittersweet because of getting to know everyone and missing them. So, thank you Esri for 16 wonderful years!”

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Are You Made for Tech Support?

At a recent brown bag lunch for interns, a young professional, Kara, from Technical Support came to speak about what Esri looks for in a potential employee.

Relaxing after work

After graduating with a degree in geography, Kara became an intern at the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank. With encouragement from her aunt, a geography professor at the University of Redlands, she pursued a job at Esri in Technical Support.

Kara spoke to the interns about her department and shredded any misconceptions of working in Technical Support. She showed the interns how being part of her department can be a stepping stone to a long-term career with Esri.

When hiring for the department, many would be intrigued to know what the most important characteristics are that hiring staff look for. Here are the four characteristics they look for in order of must have to teachable.

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More Than Just Co-Workers

Rapport in Esri offices often extends beyond regular working hours, and the Denver office is no exception. They shared a few pictures of recent activities the team participated in.

Staff worked with the City of Broomfield to plantan American Linden Tree in East Park in honor of Earth Day.

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You Can’t Sink These Interns … Boats

Have you ever wondered what you’d do if you were stranded on an island and only had a few materials to help you leave?

Last week the interns got together to do this on an imaginary island. Eight teams of six interns made boats and rafts to help them get off the “island,” but naturally there was a twist. A seasoned employee was assigned to each team and would tell members they could not do something within their team, such as speak or use their hands or eyes.

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