The Center educates future civic leaders, corporate and non-profit managers, and entrepreneurs on all matters related to business and finance. Although it is committed to teaching the rudiments of individual budgeting, planning and investing, the Center ventures far beyond the world of personal finance. Students will explore institutional financial management, corporate marketing and accounting, micro and macroeconomics, and business and professional standards and ethics. The Center is committed to training future leaders to be wise and responsible with money, whether public or private, and to be keenly aware of the positive consequences of sound financial management and ethical, informed decision making.
JA Titan creates a world in which players are CEOs of their own companies and is a widely recognized business simulation for high school students. During game play, students must run a manufacturing company and master six key business decisions: price of product, production levels, marketing expenses, research and development costs, capital investment level, and charitable giving.
Success in JA Titan is measured by a “Performance Index,” an evaluation of each fictional company’s performance based on the following:
•Retained Earnings (50%)
•Supply and Demand Potential (20%)
•Market Share (10%)
During game play, players attempt to achieve the highest Performance Index possible. At game end, the player with the highest company Performance Index wins.
Sophomores will be matched with a professional, female mentor from Deloitte. The mentoring program begins with a kick-off event at Key Tower. Students will participate in other initiatives, including a leadership conference and shadowing. Mentees will learn first-hand about the corporate world in this program.
Business School in a Box
Developed by Peter Zale, MBA
Peter Zale’s curriculum leads juniors through a demystification of business school through a discussion of seven key business topics: leadership, finance, accounting, marketing, economics, strategy and values. The course meets once per six day cycle and concludes with a project that applies the seven concepts to the workings of Hathaway Brown.
The entrepreneurship program is designed to allow a student to choose a field of interest and pursue specific objectives related to business, finance or economics. Normally, the developmental process begins in the sophomore year and the hands on experience follows. Students can start their own business, participate in a business plan competition, manage an existing business or organization already established by the School, or delve deeply into the inter-workings of business and management through a series of site visits and other hands-on experiences.
The Center sponsors five Senior Seminars on personal finance. Outside experts come to HB to deliver the curriculum. The series covers everything from budgeting to taxes to insurance to investing. The design of the program is to reach every senior concerning these topics before she moves on to college.
In addition to completing the 10th and 11th grade Center offerings, Business and Finance Scholars must take an honors level capstone course and complete a required thesis paper with an economics basis. Defending the thesis is also a Center requirement. Course choices include: Contemporary American Politics and Society, Economic Policy, Ethics and Leadership, International Relations and American Government and Law.