Summer Programs for High School Students

Fundamentals of Business: Leadership in a Global Economy

Session II: July 5 - August 8, 2015

8:30a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   Monday, Wednesday, Friday

You will be introduced to business leadership, which provides an exceptional foundation for college and a future career in business.  As a participant in this course, you will gain valuable exposure to important business topics and methods of analysis as you learn from Georgetown professors and leading experts in the field. Combining investment challenges and group presentations with dynamic faculty lectures and case studies, Fundamentals of Business helps students develop practical skills and critical thinking abilities that will benefit them in their future academic and professional lives. The course ends with a business simulation that takes students through the process of starting a company and being an entrepreneur.

Core Topics Covered*

  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Business law
  • Finance
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Business Planning

Hands-on Experience*

  • Study with professors from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business
  • Engage in discussion with Washington-area business experts
  • Participate in an engaging, hands-on business simulation 
    • With classmates, become an entrepreneur and work together to run a start-up company
    • Invest in hard assets and manufacturing
    • Conduct advertising and financial management practices

Students who are interested in Business may also be interested in a second course or program such as:

Fundamentals of American Government
Fundamentals of Economics
Fundamentals of Law: The American Legal System
Entrepreneurship Institute
Law Institute
Leadership Institute
Sports Industry Management Institute

* Core topics and hands-on experience are subject to change.

Faculty Biography
Thomas Cooke, Academic Director

Thomas Barry Cooke is a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the Robert E. McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.  Today, Professor Cooke’s areas of concentration include federal income taxation, tax ethics, tax practice and procedure, contract law, business planning, the regulatory environment of business and business ethics. Prof. Cooke is a recognized expert on the subject of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

In addition to teaching undergraduate courses in Federal Income Taxation, Professor Cooke shared responsibility for the 2002-2011 Global Experience Vietnam programs. Over a 10 year time period, Prof. Cooke traveled along with second-year MBA students (working on business projects) in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi Vietnam.
Professor Cooke is the Academic Director of the Fundamentals of Business program for the Summer Programs for High School students.  From 1996-2006, Mr. Cooke served as the Editor of the Federal Tax Alert and the Tax Client Newsletter. Mr. Cooke was a member of the Board and Executive Director of the National Society of Tax Professionals. 
He received his law degree (JD), master in laws (LLM) degree and master of laws in taxation (MLT) from the Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Cooke’s legal career started as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland. After serving as a state prosecutor, Prof. Cooke served as an Assistant Public Defender while maintaining a private law practice and pursuing graduate law degrees.


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