Business executives statewide will introduce students to the business world and guide them through an intense marketing competition where the students will act as executives in their own mock companies. At the end of the week, on Friday, July 13, students will display their talents and energy in their Trade Show which begins at 9:10 a.m. in Cataldo Hall. Business Week students will have designed, created and will exhibit to “investors” a new product or service. Students will use their creativity to draw Trade Show judges to their booths where they will ask them to invest in their company.
Welcoming the students to Gonzaga was Dr. Kay Carnes, associate dean of the School of Business Administration. The speakers throughout the week include Patrick Clarry, vice president of human resources at Sacred Heart Medical Center; Amy Johnson of Greater Spokane, Inc., and; Joe Albert, associate professor of organizational leadership at Gonzaga. New this year is a Healthcare Pathway program, running parallel to the traditional program with its focus on business and the free-enterprise system.
Most of the large-group presentations and meetings will take place in the Globe Room in Cataldo Hall. Small-group discussions and activities will be held in “company rooms” in St. Catherine-St. Monica residence halls.
Students attend the event through scholarships provided by businesses. The Association of Washington Business 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-related topics.
Every summer for the past 24 years, Gonzaga University has been the eastern Washington site of this summer program, which serves as a model for similar programs in more than two dozen states. The week concludes with a dance Friday evening; check-out is 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14. For more information, please contact Jane Hession at the GU School of Business Administration at (509) 323-3425 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.