Over the course of a jam-packed four days, 25 Orfalea College of Business Student Ambassadors traveled to the Pacific Northwest, where they toured companies like Nike and Amazon and visited local high schools. This trip was the first time Orfalea has taken its student ambassadors to the region.
Students arrived in Portland, Ore. on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The ambassadors had a full schedule, with visits to Nike as well as Wieden+Kennedy, one of the largest independently owned advertising agencies in the world. The ambassadors were given tours of the businesses’ headquarters and gained an inside look into the company culture. Along the way, the ambassadors met up with several Cal Poly alumni in the area, including former Orfalea Student Ambassador president Greg Krickl. Krickl now works at Boeing as a packaging engineer.
Following their day in Portland, the ambassadors flew to Seattle. Here, they toured Amazon’s corporate offices and also visited Point B’s headquarters, a management consulting, property development and venture capital company. During these visits, the ambassadors had the opportunity to speak with professionals about their experiences and gained invaluable information about their industries.
“Each company was different and had something unique to offer,” said ambassador Sarah Monday. “I learned so much about what employers are looking for and how to conduct yourself in different industries, and it is something that I will take with me forever.”
While in the Pacific Northwest, the ambassadors also visited four high schools, including Westview High and Bellvue High. The ambassadors answered questions from students applying to college, including Cal Poly, about what the college experience is like. The ambassadors were enthusiastic to represent Orfalea and shared their experiences with students.
The ambassadors returned to San Luis Obispo on Saturday, Jan 21. Following their return, many ambassadors stated they felt more prepared for their future professional business endeavors. With this successful first trip to the Pacific Northwest, the Orfalea College of Business hopes to plan more industry tours for the future.