Summer Business Academy

Summer Business Academy

Bringing Diverse Perspectives to Business Leadership

The most innovative, productive, and successful organizations attract prepared leaders and managers from a wide range of business sectors spanning an increasingly diverse workforce.

Professionals from historically underrepresented groups are advancing into leadership roles across many professional areas. 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, we created the Carey Summer Business Academy. Its goal is to support rising college juniors and seniors in their exploration of graduate-level business education by offering exposure to the latest management and leadership theory and applications. This takes the form of a one-week academically-centered experience that offers participants a robust learning environment to enhance their knowledge of business education and how a graduate degree can enhance professional development. The program provides participants with both experiential learning and real-life consulting experience.

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The Summer Business Academy at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School provides rising college 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.

Participants have 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, project-based learning opportunities to work on problems faced by local businesses, and one-on-one training with Carey Business School experts, along with engaging community leaders and diverse perspectives in Baltimore City. The week culminates 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, 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

Summer Business Academy Focus Areas

personal and career development

team dynamics and experiential learning

professional network building


Thanks to our sponsors for their generous support of the 2021 JHU Summer Business Academy.

  • Presenting sponsor: Transamerica
  • AT&T
  • Stanley Black & Decker

  • Verizon

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.

The 2022 application is now closed. The 2023 application will open later this year.

michael weaver

“I believe this experience has shown me, beyond the classroom, beyond the graduate degree, what goes into a case study, how to develop your personal skills in the workplace, how to ‘show up’ in corporate America. This program has given me a lot more insight.”

Michael Weaver, Jr.

Summer Business Academy '19
Howard University '20

Interested in Summer Business Academy?

Roger Williams

Senior Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School