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“Thank You!” from Beth with the College of Business’ Global Business Academy

Dear Green and Gold Foundation members, 

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks for your contributions to make your 2019 Global Business Academy a resounding success! 

Your support helped us welcome a talented, diverse class of more than 50 students to the College of Business from 11 different states and 13 different countries spanning from Brazil to Singapore, the UK, Italy the Caribbean and more! Clearly, our program is gaining in reputation. This year, we had over 190 applications. You also helped provide scholarships to students from underrepresented and economically disadvantaged communities in Colorado, as well as around the whole world, enabling them to experience new perspectives. Thank you! 

Your engagement had a transformative and direct impact on the lives of our incredible students. In less than two weeks our students gained an understanding of international business relationships, how to put entrepreneurship principles to use, what it takes to lead a team, the importance of ethics, how to practice financial literacy, as well as so many other life lessons they picked up along the way. Here are just a few of the comments students shared about their experience: 

 

Isabella came to the Global Business Academy from her home in Columbia, and had her first experience exploring mountains at CSU’s campus in the Rockies. She had this to say: 

“This summer camp was eye-opening. I learned things I would have never guessed would impact my life. I am sure – and not afraid – to say that being part of this program is probably the best experience I have had.” 

Darragh shared how he was surprised at how the hands-on and rigorous curriculum didn’t feel like regular school work, but instead: 

“We were putting what we learned into practice almost immediately… I was able to learn so much from the many lecturers that taught us about our negotiation, personal finance, marketing, income statements and balance sheets, equality and assumptions, customer discovery, communication and so much more.” 

Khadro, one of the students that joined us from Colorado, learned about the importance of teamwork and communication, all while making new friends. But the experience that really stuck out to her was going whitewater rafting. Although she was scared at first by the rushing river, she said that because of going through that challenge, 

“I can face my fears without hesitation.” 

A powerful tool for a highschooler with dreams of opening a hospital in her home country of Somalia. 

 

At the end of the Global Business Academy, the number of students who said they were interested in seeking a business education was over 90% – nearly double from just over 45% at the beginning of the camp. We are so proud of what our students accomplished this summer. We know that they will use what they learned to inform their academic careers and ultimately use business to make the world a better place. 

And, last but not least, we wanted to share some photos of the 2019 Global Business Academy! 

Building on this success, we are already making plans for the 2020 Global Business Academy. If you are interested in helping us continue to develop this innovative program, here is how you can stay up to date on next year’s academy and help promote the program: 

  • Let potential students, parents or supporters know about the program. 
  • Visit our website for the latest information. We anticipate posting the date for next year’s program later this fall.
  • As always, you can reach out to me or our program team at cob_globalbizacademy@colostate.edu with any questions. 

We are so appreciative of your continued support and engagement with the College of Business and look forward to sharing next year’s highlights with you. 

Thank you,

Beth