Special meet and greets were arranged that included receiving career advice from Audrey Cooper, the first female editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle. The students traveled by train to San Jose to Adobe Systems, Inc., and met with Ann Lewnes ’83 ’22P, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, who spoke about the value of her Lehigh journalism education and succeeding as a woman in Silicon Valley. Recent Lehigh global studies and journalism graduate Nadine Elsayed ’18, marketing communications specialist, shared her journey from Lehigh to her first job at Adobe.
Jessica Hicks ’19, a journalism and sociology/anthropology double major with a marketing minor, said the trip to San Francisco was a great opportunity to use the skills she acquired through the class in a real professional setting.
“The trip itself taught us to be jacks-of-all trades—we conducted studio interviews, helped run social media accounts, networked with Lehigh alumni and figureheads from the Silicon Valley, and kept up with our responsibilities back on campus,” said Hicks. “It was also a way for us to step outside of our everyday routines and become comfortable being uncomfortable in a new environment.”
Since the trip coincided with the San Francisco launch of GO: the Campaign for Lehigh, the students attended the Oct. 27 event at The Legion of Honor and had another opportunity to network with alumni.
Kendall Coughlin ’19, a journalism major and marketing minor, is pleased the course has been extended to the spring semester.
“Dateline Silicon Valley was unlike any class I have ever taken throughout my four years at Lehigh. I had the opportunity to interview CEOs, venture capitalists, and some of the brightest minds in Silicon Valley,” she said. “I am eternally grateful to Craig Gordon for making this class a reality and serving as a mentor for myself and the other media fellows throughout the semester. I cannot thank him enough for making it possible to travel to San Francisco and visit the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center and to explore Silicon Valley. We had the privilege of meeting and working with incredible people."
Story by Dawn Thren ’21P