Summer Programs for High School Students


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Please Note: This Institute is almost full.  

This Institute will run on the following dates:

June 22 - June 29, 2014

Explore the advantages and challenges of managing your own enterprise in a program focused on ethical entrepreneurship and the business operations of both private and non-profit sectors. Lectures given by guest speakers including faculty members from Georgetown’s prestigious McDonough School of Business as well as local entrepreneurs discussing social responsibility, personal development and risk management. Students will build and improve their public speaking and communications skills through practical experiences that include developing business plans, networking and team-building exercises. Visits to area corporations and start-ups provide opportunities to see firsthand what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.

Core Topics Covered*

  • Personal development
  • Teamwork
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Communication skills
  • Risk management
  • Research
  • Public speaking skills
  • Start ups

Hands-on Experience*

  • Listen to guest speakers, including Georgetown faculty and entrepreneurs
  • Develop a business plan and presentation
  • Participate in interactive discussions on business-related topics
  • Engage in exercises to improve your team-building and project management skills
  • Visit area corporations and start ups

Sample Day*

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.     Breakfast in the Dining Hall

8:30 – 11:00 a.m.   Guest Speaker, Beginning Your Own Start Up

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Changing the Landscape of Entrepreneurship

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.   Lunch

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.    Visit to National Science Foundation

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.    Discussion Section

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.    Dinner in the Dining Hall

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.    Introduction to Networking Group Activity

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

Faculty Biographies
Cleveland Justis, Academic Director

An accomplished organizational leader for the past 20 years, Cleveland Justis has worked and consulted widely throughout numerous businesses, nonprofits and governmental organizations.

Cleveland is the executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and he also runs a successful management consulting firm, the Potrero Group. Formerly, Cleveland was the director and co-founder of the Institute at the Golden Gate. Under his leadership his organization won California’s most prestigious environmental award, The Governor’s Award for Economic and Environmental Leadership. Prior to this position, Cleveland was the Executive Director of the award-winning Headlands Institute in Sausalito, California.

Cleveland has taught and lectured about entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship at top universities including UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Georgetown University, and the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Cleveland studied biology and environmental sciences at Swarthmore College and the University of California, Berkeley. He received his MBA in strategic management and finance at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and is pursuing his PhD at UC Davis.

Cleveland is an active volunteer in the community, currently serving as the board chair of the Marin Community Foundation, a large community foundation with over $1.3 billion in assets. He formerly served on the board of directors of Net Impact, an organization with a global network of over 15,000 leaders who are changing the world through business. Cleveland is an avid windsurfer, skier, sailor, and outdoor adventurer having led trips in remote areas of Alaska, Mexico, Chile, and the United States. His primary passion is spending time (preferably outdoors) with his wife and children.

Charisma Howell, Capstone Director

Prior to joining the Executive Office of the Mayor as the Deputy Director and General Counsel of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Charisma X. Howell was a Visiting Professor and Clinic Co-Director at Georgetown University Law Center. She has conducted research in the areas of education policy, accountability, assessment and best practices. Mrs. Howell is a practicing lawyer and is a successful trial attorney. She opened her first business at the age of 15 and continues to be an entrepreneur, small business owner and legal advisor. She has worked in a number of ventures improving and enhancing internal operations that improve profit margins.

Mrs. Howell attended Arizona State University achieving a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with an emphasis in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She obtained her law degree from California Western School of Law and her Master of Laws in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center.                

Mrs. Howell has also worked with the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service at Georgetown University as a Curriculum Consultant and Program Developer where she evaluated and adjusted the program offerings to promote genuine learning opportunities for youth.


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