Spring Break in the Valley: Day 3

Author: Rebekah DeLine

Sean McGee is reporting from ESTEEM’s Spring Break trip to Silicon Valley each day this week.

On Wednesday, the ESTEEM students each shadowed at different companies across the Bay Area. The sites included ZELTIQ, a medical technology company; PivotNorth Capital, a venture capital firm; Workday, which provides enterprise cloud applications for human resources and finance; Jive Software, which provides communication and collaboration solutions for business; Geissler Engineering, a multidisciplinary engineering firm that specializes in earthquake-resistant buildings; and Forward Accelerator, which helps entrepreneurial founders increase startup success.

“It was interesting to see how an entire team builds a successful company,” said student Nasiha Rahim, who visited ZELTIQ. “That strong management is necessary and really had an impact on me. It's so cool to see what we're studying applied in a real- world context.”