esri senior executive summit

june 26, 2016 | san diego, ca

Hilton Bayfront Hotel

Featured Speakers and Moderators

Jillian Elder

Director of Enterprise Location Intelligence, Walgreens

After earning a degree in Geography from the University of Illinois, Jillian began her career with Walgreens in 1999 as a site analyst. She used spatial and analytical expertise to strategically plan drugstore locations, manage markets, and facilitate mergers and acquisitions.

Subsequently, Jillian has also worked to expand the role of GIS throughout the department and company, and currently is the Director of Enterprise Location Intelligence. Spatial analysis as an aid in strategic decision-making has gained enterprise wide adoption at Walgreens, including serving as a critical resource to executive leadership. Jillian currently serves as President of the Geographic Society of Chicago.

Stephen Shacketon

Research Scientist, Sierra Nevada Research Institute and Academic Coordinator, University of California, Merced

Steve Shackelton has served as the first Director of the Vernal Pools Natural Reserve at UC Merced and the Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. Steve currently works in research and teaching in the area of parks and protected area management, on the establishment of the new UC Sierra program, and on organization development in the School of Engineering.retired from a career in the National Park Service and National Forest Service in 2012 that began forty years earlier in 1972.

He has held a storied career in park protection, serving as Associate Director at the National Park Service in Washington, DC from March 2010 to June 2012. In this post, he managed programs of park protection and emergency services over a national system of parks that encompass 84 million acres and a system that is visited by 280 million people each year - spread out through 12 time zones and 401 park areas. Programs in his portfolio included: fire management, wildlife protection, incident management, law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medicine, aviation, wilderness, public health, safety, risk management, and critical infrastructure security.

Previously, Mr. Shackelton was the chief ranger in Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains for nine years, where he enjoyed many of the same challenges, and as the Superintendent of Pinnacles National Monument in central coastal California. Before this, he served three years in legislation in Washington, D.C.

Spending nine years in Alaska as the regional law enforcement manager and five years in Hawaii as a law enforcement manager for the Pacific Area put high levels of focus on wildlife protection, habitat, and ecosystem protection. He began his park service career at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming as a ranger working in the fields of fire, search and rescue, emergency medicine and law enforcement; and six summers as a fire fighter on the Sierra National Forest in California.

Mr. Shackelton has BS and MS degrees in Criminology from California State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Alaska. In 1990 he completed the FBI National Academy executive management program and served as a Congressional Fellow from 1997 through 1999. In 2005, he finished OPM’s Federal Senior Executive Candidate Development Program – an 18-month program in the Department of the Interior, completing a detail assignment with the University of California and time at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Executive Development Program.

Clara Brenner

Chief Executive Officer, Tumml

Clara Brenner is responsible for Tumml's partnership development, marketing, and fund-raising. She has a background in urban real estate and sustainability. Most recently, she worked as an Associate with WestMill Capital, a real estate investment start-up focused on alternative financing and merchandising mixes authentic to the local area. Notably, she developed and edited content for two WestMill web platforms ( and to interact with the community about local real estate projects, solicit feedback on those projects, and allow the community to invest in those projects.

Prior to WestMill Capital, Brenner worked at AECOM, a Fortune-500 company specializing in construction management, engineering, design, planning, and consulting. She also spent several years with GVA Advantis and Monument Realty. Brenner is a LEED Accredited Professional and a notary public.

She was Co-Chair of the 2012 MIT Sloan Women in Management Conference, and was awarded the Martin Trust Community Fellowship for her student leadership, as well as a Forte Fellowship. Brenner earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and her BA from NYU.

David Hicks

President, David Hicks Company

A 31-year commercial real estate veteran, David Hicks is President of David Hicks Company, a Dallas based commercial real estate services firm. Over the past 17 years, David has represented Dal Briar Corporation in the planning, entitlement, development and sales of mixed use sites in a 2500 acre planned development in Allen, Texas; a 225 acre planned development in Richardson and Plano, Texas; and a 110 acre Planned Development in Richardson Texas. David also represents JBGL Capital in the acquisition and development of residential and active adult communities in Allen, Texas.

From 2002 to 2006, David was Senior Vice President - Capital Division of Hillwood Development Company, LLC. Hillwood Capital named David “Outstanding Performer” for 2004. From 1991 to 2002 David was Executive Vice President at the Bradford - Vantage Companies. Focused on landlord representation in office leasing, Hicks represented clients such as Equitable, Prudential and Litton Industries. He earned the Top Producer designations at Bradford in 1998, 1999 and 2000. In 2000, The Dallas Business Journal named him the "Number One Office Leasing Agent in Dallas”. In 2002 Hicks was President of the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors (NTCAR) and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the International Shopping Center Council (ICSC) and The North Texas Land Council as well as NTCAR. Prior to Bradford David served with Bright Realty Corporation (1987-1991) and Merrill Lynch Commercial Real Estate (1984 - 1987).

He and his wife Mary Ellen Hicks have four daughters.

Jack Dangermond

Founder and President, Esri

A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond's leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and GeoDesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.

Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs 2,700 people in the U.S.; many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful.