Summer Business Academy

Summer Business Academy

The 2023 application is now open.

Bringing diverse perspectives to business leadership

Professionals from historically underrepresented groups are advancing into leadership roles from a wide range of business sectors spanning an increasingly diverse workforce. As a result, they are being recognized as essential additions to the functioning of current and future business, government, and entrepreneurial organizations in the Baltimore-Washington region, the nation, and the world.

To facilitate the growth and cultivation of diverse leaders in the region and beyond, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School has created the Summer Business Academy. This is an immersive experience to support rising college juniors and seniors in their exploration of graduate-level business education. The Summer Business Academy offers free exposure to real-life industry challenges and the latest management and leadership theories and applications. The week-long experience develops key leadership skills and facilitates the personal and professional growth of future leaders. Participants engage in a robust learning environment to enhance their knowledge of business education through experiential learning and real-life consulting experience.

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The Summer Business Academy at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School provides rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors from historically underrepresented groups the opportunity to explore graduate-level business education with exposure to the latest management and leadership theory and applications.

The Summer Business Academy at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School provides rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors from historically underrepresented groups the opportunity to explore graduate-level business education with exposure to the latest management and leadership theory and applications.

Participating scholars gain a unique Johns Hopkins Carey Business School experience with exposure to current leadership practices and models such as design thinking, case training and competitions, roundtable discussions with alumni, and project-based learning opportunities to work on problems faced by local businesses. Students benefit from one-on-one training with Carey Business School experts, along with engaging community leaders and diverse perspectives in Baltimore City. The week concludes with students presenting their findings and recommendations in an actual case analysis to a panel of expert judges from a local sponsoring organization.

Carey Business School is collaborating with INROADS, Inc. to create a pipeline for talented and underrepresented youth pursuing careers in business through the Summer Business Academy. For additional information, please contact Roger Williams, senior associate director of diversity and inclusion at Carey Business School.


Guy Deweever portrait

“The Summer Business Academy was an amazing opportunity to see firsthand what it would be like to be an MBA student at Johns Hopkins University. It also allowed me to meet likeminded peers from across the country. By the end of the program, I knew admissions staff, professors, graduates, and current students at Hopkins.”

Guy DeWeever II

Summer Business Academy '19
Virginia State University '19
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Design Leadership MA/MBA '22


 

Admissions criteria

Participants are selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and personal characteristics. Because the Summer Business Academy is designed to help promote educational diversity and opportunity in business, we also take into consideration additional criteria of the applicant:

  • Identifies as a member of a group that is currently underrepresented in business schools and corporate America (e.g., African American, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender);
  • Is the first family member to attend college, or from a family with little business education and
  • Is from a school whose graduates are historically underrepresented (e.g., attends an HBCU, Women's College/University, or a community college as part of a four-year degree).

International students are not eligible.


 

Summer Business Academy Focus Areas

Individual
personal and career development

Team
team dynamics and experiential learning

Community
professional network building

Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors for their generous support of the 2023 Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Summer Business Academy.

  • Presenting sponsor: Transamerica
  • AT&T
  • Verizon

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Roger Williams

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School