Business students visit Silicon Valley

Students from the Greehey Scholars Program recently traveled to San Francisco to visit the headquarters of top companies — giving the St. Mary’s University students up-close interactions with leaders in the tech industry.

The trip included site visits to Google, PayPal and Hired, Inc. headquarters, which offered a variety of different opportunities for students to learn about product innovation, career tips on how to market yourself, and global sales.

“The Greehey Scholars helped choose the companies that we visited, researched the innovative products or services offered by each of these companies and thought about interesting questions, in advance, that piqued their curiosity,” said Suzanne Oliva, J.D., who is Visiting Professor of Accounting and Director of the Greehey Scholars Program.

During the trip, 11 Greehey Scholar students attended lectures, toured facilities, and interacted with management and employees, including St. Mary’s alumni Ben Barling (B.B.A. ’06), who works in sales products at Google, and Amanda Crosby-Rickman (B.B.A. ’12), senior talent advocate at Hired, Inc.

First-year Greehey Scholar Hannah Odom shared how she has grown as a person, an academic scholar, and as a business professional through experiences such as this one.

“The opportunities made accessible to me through the Greehey Scholars Program are invaluable,” Odom said. “Not only did I learn of career opportunities and business operations with multinational corporations, but was able to experience firsthand the innovative company culture of Silicon Valley.”


St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.

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