The Gilkey Executive Lecture Series: Laura Orvidas

Sept. 28, 2021

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MISSOULA - The University of Montana College of Business hosts The Gilkey Executive Lecture Series, featuring Laura Orvidas, CEO of onXmaps, Inc. on Sept. 30, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. This virtual event over Zoom is free and open to the public. The talk, entitled “Expanding the Map: Overcoming Obstacles During Business Scaling,” will be moderated by Professor of Marketing, Dr. Justin Angle. Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit questions for Laura Orvidas during the event.

Although the event can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, the event will also be streaming live in Gallagher Business Building Room 119.

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Laura Orvidas

After a 19-year career at e-commerce giant Amazon, where she served as vice president of consumer electronics, Laura Orvidas joined onX as CEO in 2018. onX is a pioneer in digital outdoor navigation, bringing outdoor experiences to life with our apps, so users can better find, safely experience, and later relive their adventures. Founded in 2009, onX has grown rapidly from a one-person start-up to a staff of nearly 300 people. The company has also expanded its suite of apps to now include its flagship product for hunters, a second app for off-roaders and power sports enthusiasts, and a recently released app tailored to human powered adventurers-like hikers, backpackers, and backcountry skiers and split boarders. Because off-the-beaten path experiences are at the heart of what onX does, the company also leads initiatives to protect and expand access to public land and promote stewardship opportunities. By 2023, onX is committed to securing or improving access to 150,000 acres of land and restoring or building 150 miles of trails.

About the Gilkey Lecture Series

The Gilkey Executive Lecture Series was established by Harold and Priscilla Gilkey in 2004 to enrich business education at the University of Montana by providing students, faculty, and the community with direct access to business leaders.

Gilkey lecturers address issues across marketing, management, finance, ethics, and leadership. In addition to leading classroom lectures and discussion, speakers present a lecture at a public forum on a topic of their choice and are invited to meet with graduate students and campus and community leaders.

Both Harold and Priscilla acknowledge the powerful impact of mentors and role models on their own professional and personal achievements.

Harold Gilkey is a 1962 graduate of the University of Montana and holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is retired as chairman and CEO of Sterling Financial Corporation. Priscilla Gilkey is a 1962 graduate of the University of Montana. She is retired as Vice President of Community Relations for Empire Health Services, a multi-hospital system in Spokane.


The University of Montana is the flagship university of the state. The College of Business at UM is nationally renowned and has been named the top business school in the Big Sky Conference by U.S. News and World Report for five consecutive years.