Member Spotlight: Marci Schwartz, Thrive College Counseling

Member Spotlight: Marci Schwartz, Thrive College Counseling

I am Marci Schwartz, and I work as a college counselor to support neurodiverse students and students with various learning profiles to navigate a path to college. I work with students to help them understand the differences between high school and college as it pertains to their learning needs, so they are in the best position possible to access the educational experience they desire.

 

I founded Thrive College Counseling with the goal of supporting teens with learning differences to make the difficult but important transition into independence. Thrive College Counseling works with students to discover their best college fit to ensure a successful transition to the college or program of their choice after high school. I began my career as a therapist and provided counseling services to parents of children with developmental and learning challenges since 1989. In this capacity, I worked with children and teens to better understand their strengths and challenges and develop the independent living skills and self-advocacy skills necessary for independence. I received my Ph.D. from New York University and my Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA Extension in 2016. I currently teach an online class at UC Irvine to individuals who are working on their college counseling certificates. The class is entitled “Working With Students With Learning Differences”. I am also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.

 

I transitioned to being a college counselor from the role of therapist, as I saw so many students struggle with adjusting to college and finding success. I decided to refocus my work to support students to be prepared for the college experience and educated as to what skills they can build while in high school to achieve their goals.

 

I am excited about the people I get to meet at colleges across the country who are building programs to support the learning needs of students more holistically than in years past. It is wonderful to work with families and professionals who take a strengths-based approach in their work, and I am looking forward to continuing my learning in this space at the upcoming Stanford Neurodiversity Summit

 

Like many people, I have realized how productive I can be by working through Zoom, and so I made the decision to give up my office space. I appreciate the location of Satellite Los Gatos, the option to use space at other locations as needed based on my schedule, and the friendly people and atmosphere.  

 

My favorite aspect of Satellite Workplaces is the relaxed and open energy that is welcoming to me and the students that I do see there in person when it is a fit for their needs. 

Waffle Wednesdays!

Waffle Wednesdays!

Join us for Waffle Wednesday at Satellite Workplaces!

Stop by your local Satellite on select Wednesday mornings for a delicious waffle breakfast sure to get you through the mid-week slump. Check in with the Community Manager at each of our coworking space locations to find out when they’ll be firing up the waffle iron and breaking out the syrup!

Satellite Campbell: Every 4th Wednesday of the Month

Contact us! campbell@satelliteworkplaces.com / (408) 608-0761

Satellite Felton: Twice Per Month

Contact us! felton@satelliteworkplaces.com / (831) 222-2100

Greenhouse Coworking Gilroy: Every Wednesday

Contact us! gilroy@satelliteworkplaces.com / (408) 848-5410

Satellite Santa Cruz: Every Wednesday

Contact us! santacruz@satelliteworkplaces.com / (831) 531-2300

Satellite Sunnyvale: Twice Per Month

Contact us! sunnyvale@satelliteworkplaces.com / (408) 675-9600

Free Coworking Fridays

Free Coworking Fridays

Satellite Workplaces is offering FREE coworking on the first Friday of every month!

Our comfortable and community-centric coworking spaces feature blazing-fast wifi, friendly staff and co-workers, a break room with complimentary coffee, a variety of seating choices, and so much more!

…But for those professionals and entrepreneurs who are still hesitant to check out what coworking can do for them, stop by to give it a try. Free for a whole day!

Contact us to learn more or to schedule a tour Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

*Please note: Satellite Los Gatos is offering Free Coworking from 9 AM to 1 PM until further notice. Satellite Santa Cruz offers Free Coworking every Wednesday!

The Bustling Hotel Lyndon: Home to Satellite Los Gatos

The Bustling Hotel Lyndon: Home to Satellite Los Gatos

Lyndon Plaza, which houses Satellite Workplaces Los Gatos, sits at 20 S. Santa Cruz Avenue and W. Main Street. It was at one time The Los Gatos Hotel. The hotel sat in the heart of Los Gatos and was central to the lives of those who lived there. 

 

John Lyndon was an early settler in the Los Gatos area. In 1878, he deeded land to the Pacific Coast Railroad and built a hotel across the street from the train station. This brought an influx of business and tourism to the town. That hotel burned down on May 26, 1898, when a gas lamp exploded. Hotel Lyndon opened on June 1, 1899, as the replacement for the original hotel. 

 

 

The beautiful new building served as the site of numerous celebrations, banquets, meetings, and dances until it was destroyed in 1963. Old articles found in the building suggest that almost anything that could happen in the daily life of a small town happened at the hotel.

 

From hotel to coworking space, our central location is perfect for business and community activities alike. We love being within walking distance of amazing restaurants, shopping, coffee shops, and cafes. Nestled right at the base of the stunning Santa Cruz mountains, you have an ideal work atmosphere with an unmatchable downtown vibe only Los Gatos can offer. 

Member Spotlight: Raymond & Erin Rand, Growing Greener Innovations

Member Spotlight: Raymond & Erin Rand, Growing Greener Innovations

Raymond & Erin Rand are a couple that has lived in Silicon Valley for the last 20 years. Erin is from Canada and Raymond is from England. They originally met at University in Canada and transitioned to California after graduating. The last 20 years have been a mixture of start-ups and corporations, with Erin in Operations and Finance roles and Raymond in Marketing, Engineering, and Program Management. They both love to travel, try new food, and go hiking.

Hi Raymond, tell me about your business and what you do!

Growing Greener Innovations (GGI) is a Canadian renewable energy start-up that is building LFP batteries at its headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta. GGI will be one of the few companies in North America that will fully manufacture cells & battery packs. Most North American companies build battery packs from cells that are manufactured outside North America. GGI is a social enterprise company that is working to reduce energy poverty in areas where traditional grid infrastructures are not available (remote, inhospitable, etc). Erin is the CEO of the company and I’m the Head of Product Development.

What drew you to this industry?

Both Erin and I are engineers by education and have a background in software and hardware systems. The draw of renewable energy is the possibility of improving people’s lives while helping to reduce carbon emissions and replace traditional generation using devices such as Diesel Generators. 

What’s something you’re excited about right now?

The amount of interest in the world to replace greenhouse gas producing devices. There’s also the real push for clean energy alternatives that are more than just talking points. I think the next 5 years are going to see an explosion in wind, solar, and other alternative energy sources.

What brought you to Satellite Workplaces?

We are longtime residents of Los Gatos and have friends who have used Satellite Workplaces before. When we did the tour with Stacy we were impressed with how well-kept the offices and common spaces are.

What’s your favorite thing about Satellite Workplaces?

Very friendly people, both the staff and the other occupants. I also love the coffee and some of the treats that are put out.

Check out Raymond & Erin’s website! → www.grengine.com