The Road to UC.
Karlee and Taylor are Esri events marketing coordinators who handle the housing needs for the Esri UC. As you can imagine, it’s a big job that requires two people – although some days it probably feels like an army couldn’t get it all done!
It’s helpful that they knew each other before working so closely together here in Redlands - both ladies worked at the same retailer previously, one as a scheduler and another in accounting. They also attended the same University - California State University San Bernardino.
Karlee has a GIS certificate, as well as her bachelor in Geography with a minor in Environmental Studies. Taylor is a Sports and Entertainment Marketing major. Together, they make sure there are places to stay in San Diego so you can get a good night’s sleep and get the most you can out of the conference.
While neither one would share any funny stories they had about the UC (what happens in San Diego, stays in San Diego? At any rate – your secrets are safe with these two!) They did tell us a little bit about themselves and what goes into their preparations for the UC.
How did you discover Esri?
Karlee: I discovered Esri the moment I started the GIS program in college. Esri was the place to work if you wanted anything to do with GIS. I found that Esri was hiring through a career fair at Cal State – San Bernardino. Esri had a booth there and someone from the human resources department did an interview on the spot and told me to apply online.
When do you start preparing for the UC?
Taylor: The minute it’s over! I begin setting timelines and organizing information for the next year in August.
What are some fun facts about housing at the UC you can share?
K Karlee: We block around 30,000 room nights for attendees to book at a discounted rate throughout the conference dates.
What do you like most about the UC?
Karlee:I love seeing and meeting so many different people from all walks of life. I am always amazed to see people from almost every country one place, with one common interest.
Taylor: There are a lot of late nights and stressful days leading up to UC, so I love getting on-site and seeing all of our hard work come to life. I also love interacting with users on-site. They are all so excited to be there and are so passionate about what they do.
Why do you like maps?
Karlee: There are so many things that can be mapped. Trends, patterns, phenomena, all sorts of things! It’s also fascinating to me that we can map the same thing in multiple ways, giving us a different perspective each time we look at it again.
Taylor: I like maps because they each tell their own story.
What is your insider tip for the UC?
Karlee: Make your hotel reservations as early as possible to get rooms at the closest hotels! Rooms sell out fast!!
Taylor: Wear comfortable shoes!
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