I’ve been working at Esri for six years in the Training Services group, where I started as an administrative assistant for the Learning Center. Later, I moved into a logistics role as an event assistant. I’m now the Esri Certification Program manager and oversee the development and maintenance of the program. Before I worked at Esri, I was an elementary school librarian. I wanted a career with stability and an educational focus. Educational Services was a natural fit.
I work with many different teams across the company including instructors, the curriculum team, marketing, customer service, and accounting. It’s important that all of these groups work together to make sure Esri offers the best possible learning experience for our customers. I also contribute to internal education programs such as Esri U, an annual event designed to educate and unify Esri international distributors.
Esri certification adds value to a GIS professional’s resumé. Certification demonstrates users are proficient in ArcGIS and they follow the best practices for our software. I think it sets users apart by giving them added credibility and their employers assurance that their skills are up to par with industry benchmarks.
The corporate culture of Esri is relaxed, but everyone has an incredible work ethic and desire to bring their contributions to the organization. It’s a culture of collaboration and innovation where employees work closely with their teams but also with groups across the company. Working together motivates me to be a constant contributor and add to that spirit of innovation.
One of the great things about Esri is the community that surrounds it. Redlands, to me, is a small town with big city perks. We’ve got some really great restaurants and a few breweries. But beyond that there is a sense of community here that’s not always found in the big city. Events such as the Redlands Forum and community concerts at the Redlands Bowl remind us that Redlands is truly a special place.