Esri and University of Redlands Partnership Celebration

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Esri and University of Redlands Partnership Celebration

Join Esri and the University of Redlands, School of Business & Society on Monday, December 5, 2022 at the Esri campus in Redlands to recognize and celebrate Esri employees who are U of R students/alumni, as well as the many staff who have collaborated with the university.

The program will include remarks by Esri President Jack Dangermond and University of Redlands President Krista Newkirk.  School of Business & Society Dean Tom Horan will introduce this year’s Esri-UR Fellows and Scholars and offer a toast on behalf of the partnership. Please join us for this celebration.

Geo Experience Center Demo to take place in Esri Building Q at 3 p.m.
Reception to take place in Esri Building E at 4 p.m.
1107 W. Park Ave.
Redlands, CA. 92373

Parking is available at the New York St. entrance
Click here to view a map of Esri

Registration for this event closed on Monday, November 28, 2022.


3:00 p.m. | Optional Demonstration of the Geo Experience Center

Join us at 3:00 p.m. in Building Q for an Optional Demonstration of the Geo Experience Center. The event reception and networking will follow at 4:00 p.m. in Building E.

4:00 p.m. | Check-in and Networking

Join us at 4:00 p.m. in Building E to check-in for the reception and network with Esri and University of Redlands alums, scholars, and employees.

4:15 p.m. | Welcome

Cindy Elliott, Director Business Industry Sector and Corporate Responsibility Lead, Esri

4:30 - 5:20 p.m. | Remarks

New Esri Fellows and Scholars Acknowledgement
Shelli Stockton, Director, Alumni & Community Relations, University of Redlands

Esri Founder and President Remarks
Jack Dangermond, Founder and President, Esri

University of Redlands President Remarks
Krista Newkirk, President, University of Redlands

Dean's Remarks
Thomas Horan, Dean, School of Business & Society, University of Redlands


5:20 p.m. | Open Reception

Network during this open reception sponsored by the University of Redlands School of Business & Society.

6:00 p.m. | Event Concludes

Thank you for joining us!


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Krista Newkirk

President | University of Redlands

Krista L. Newkirk graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the College of William & Mary. She worked for several years as an attorney before joining the Office of Legal Affairs at the UNC-Charlotte in 2003. In 2012, Krista became the Chief of Staff and addressed major issues while overseeing the strategic plan. In 2016, Krista became president of Converse College, a historic women’s college. There she led a successful process to change the name to Converse University and to become coeducational.

In July, Krista became the 12th president of the University of Redlands. She immediately launched a strategic planning process redefining the University’s mission and vision. Krista successfully completed the University’s historic Forever Yours campaign, raising a total of $207M. Krista’s forward-thinking focus has resulted in the start of a new esports program, fundamental fundraising to support the University’s large mixed-use development, and debt issuance to drive dramatic campus renovations.

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Jack Dangermond

Founder and President | Esri

Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help 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 more than 4,000 people worldwide; 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. Dangermond’s vision for Esri goes beyond building the leading GIS technology. He keeps the company mindful of global challenges and the needs of specific industries. The ongoing drive is to engineer ArcGIS to aggregate and integrate increasing quantities of data, to visualize and analyze the data to gain holistic understanding, and to help individuals and organizations make impactful evidence-based decisions.

Tom Horan, Dean, School of Business

Thomas Horan

Dean, School of Business & Society | University of Redlands

Dr. Thomas Horan, the H. Jess and Donna Senecal Chair and Dean of the School of Business & Society, is leading the University of Redlands into a new era of business education. Under his leadership, the school has created several initiatives and degree programs in purposeful leadership, spatial business, and data analytics. Dr. Horan has published over 140 articles and three books. He has consulted and collaborated with numerous public and private organizations, including the US Department of Transportation, United Nations Economic Development Corporation, Mayo Clinic, Esri, and Salesforce. His research accomplishments have been honored on two occasions by the White House.

Dr. Horan also has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, and Hong Kong University. Dr. Horan received his B.A. (with Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors) from the University of Vermont and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.

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Cindy Elliott

Director Business Industry Sector and Corporate Responsibility Lead | Esri

Cindy Elliott heads Esri’s business industry sector teams. She helps to shape the role of geospatial analytics within the consumer goods and manufacturing industries related to customer and market analysis, supply chain sustainability, and corporate responsibility.

For more than fifteen years, Cindy has worked with global organizations to influence customer-focused business transformation and advance corporate responsibility. Cindy participates in several industry boards including the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Higg, the USC Marshall Center Global Supply Chain Management Program (MCGSCM) and the TCU Neeley School of Business Center for Supply Chain Innovation (CSCI). She is a Senior Advisor to the University of Redlands School of Business & Society and the School’s Spatial Business Initiative. Cindy earned a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird Graduate School and completed Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.