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Young Leaders Gather at Gonzaga through July 13 for Annual Business Week

Posted on July 8, 2013 in: Academics, Events, Feature Stories, Students
SPOKANE, Wash. – More than 190 high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors statewide will descend upon Gonzaga University campus this week through Saturday, July 13 to learn more about business principles during the 37th annual Business Week 2013, co-sponsored by Gonzaga and the Association of Washington Business.

Students will give presentations to stockholders/board of directors, and conduct Trade Shows from 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday in Cataldo Hall. Photo by Rajah Bose.

SPOKANE, Wash. – More than 190 high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors statewide are on the Gonzaga University campus this week through Saturday, July 13 to learn more about business principles during the 37th annual Business Week 2013, co-sponsored by Washington Business Week and Gonzaga.

The Healthcare Pathway program, which runs parallel to the traditional Business Week program at Gonzaga, is in its seventh year. Business and healthcare executives statewide will introduce students to the worlds of business and healthcare and guide them through intense marketing and clinic competitions in which the students will act as executives in their own mock organizations.

In the video below, Bryce Wilkinson, board chair of Washington Business Week, discusses benefits to students.

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Students will give presentations to stockholders/board of directors, and conduct Trade Shows from 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday in Cataldo Hall. The students will design, create and exhibit to “investors” a new product or service and use their creativity to draw Trade Show judges to their booths and get them to invest in their companies and clinics.

Chris Stevens, assistant professor of business entrepreneurship and director of Gonzaga’s Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, is welcoming the students. Speakers scheduled to address the students this week included Alyssa Norwood, vice president of operations for Biking Billboards; Mike Egan, director of government affairs for Microsoft; Cecil Jackson, founder of the nonprofit Jackson Sports Academy; and Joe Albert, co-founder of Gonzaga’s Comprehensive Leadership Program and associate professor of organizational leadership.

Most of the large-group presentations and meetings will take place in the Globe Room at Cataldo Hall. Small-group discussions and activities will be held in “company rooms” in the St. Catherine and St. Monica residence halls.

Students attend the event through scholarships provided by businesses. Washington Business Week solicits corporate sponsorships for the scholarship program throughout the year. Students are joined by high school teachers, company advisers and speakers who discuss a variety of business and healthcare-related topics.

Every summer for the past 30 years, Gonzaga has been the Eastern Washington site of this summer program, which serves as a model for similar programs in more than two dozen states as well four cities in Poland.

The week concludes with a dance Friday evening.

For more than 35 years, Washington Business Week, generously supported by the Association of Washington Business, has prepared high school students to understand the fundamentals of business and to successfully enter the workforce by giving them the skills, confidence and values to succeed in life through a motiving hands-on experience. The program has grown to serve more than 3,000 teens statewide through annual summer camps and in-school community programs with dozens of businesses and hundreds of working professionals helping to give youth a real-world experience in a variety of careers. Click the following link to view a more detailed history of Washington Business Week,

For more information, please contact Jane Hession at the GU School of Business Administration at (509) 313-3425 or via e-mail. For more information about Washington Business Week, please contact Executive Director Steve McGraw at (253) 815-6900 or visit the WBW website .

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