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Young Leaders Gather at Gonzaga University July 13-19 for Annual Business Week

Posted on July 8, 2014 in: Academics, Business Administration, Spotlight, Students


SPOKANE, Wash. – More than 150 high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors statewide will be on the Gonzaga University campus Saturday, July 13 through July 19 to learn more about business principles during the 38th annual Business Week 2014, co-sponsored by Washington Business Week and Gonzaga.

The week-long, intensive summer program provides university-level, experiential learning and hands-on mentorship with Washington business leaders and executives, making it unlike any youth program in the marketplace. Students are placed in an actual business simulation and then asked to solve problems and make tough decisions in a real-world economy context.

Students will give presentations to stockholders/board of directors, and conduct Trade Shows from 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday July 18 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.

The Healthcare Pathway program, which runs parallel to the traditional Business Week program at Gonzaga, is in its eighth year. Similar to the business simulation, healthcare executives statewide introduce students to the world of healthcare and guide them through intense marketing and clinic competitions in which the students try to solve a current health care crisis.

Allen Battle, founder of A Strategic Solution, is welcoming the students. Speakers scheduled to address the students this week include Melina Young, Director of Marketing at Verity Credit Union; Todd Finkle, Pigott Professor of Entrepreneurship at Gonzaga University; Dr. Jerry Cufley, retired physician, First Choice Health; Hoan Do, Student Success Coach and Author; Mike Egan, Director of Corporate Affairs for Microsoft; and Cecil Jackson, founder of the nonprofit Jackson Sports Academy.

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.

For 38 years, WBW has provided thousands of high school students with a competitive edge on college applications, job interviews, and overall career advancement. CEO Steve McGraw understands how important the WBW program has become, noting, “we’ve served more than 60,000 student over nearly four decades, working closely with our education and business partners, so we have a proven track record of success. And today’s employers are telling us there is more need now for what we offer than ever before.”

For more than 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 as in Poland.

The week concludes with a dance Friday evening.

Founded in 1976 by the Association of Washington Business, WBW is a 501©3 non-profit made possible by the financial contributions of Washington State businesses.

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

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