Upper School Business & EntrepReneurship
Like a booming startup, Harker's student-led business and entrepreneurship (B.E.) initiative has rapidly expanded to offer a variety of inspiring programs since its launch in 2013. Our B.E. department aims to develop, foster and provide business and entrepreneurial education, leadership opportunities and career preparatory programs to upper school students.
Harker DECA Chapter
Harker DECA is an internationally recognized, award-winning competitive business organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in the business fields of marketing, finance, hospitality and management.Our DECA chapter integrates classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business and promotes competition in order to prepare the next generation to be:
- academically prepared,
- community oriented,
- professionally responsible, and
- experienced leaders.
TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, “ideas worth spreading." It supports independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their own communities.
TEDxHarkerSchool is designed to spark conversation and connection through a local, student-led TED-like experience. A combination of live presenters, TED Talks videos, organization booths/exhibits, and a special mentor luncheon are the key components of the event. Essentially, TEDxHarkerSchool strives to ignite a special passion in the attendees and help them leave inspired to do better in the world.
Business & Entrepreneurship Podcast Series
Hosted by students. Powered by ideas. The B.E. podcast series presents video podcasts with thought leaders, entrepreneurs and influential people from all over the country. Guests share their experiences, successful moments, challenges and ideas to all who desire to hear.
The series offers exposure to the myriad of fields and expertise that surround us in the Silicon Valley and is free to stream and/or download on our website and iTunes.
Harker CareerConnect is a student-led networking, career preparatory and professionalism program. CareerConnect comprises three main facets: mentorship, panels and professionalism.
We connect students to their futures through meaningful mentorships, provocative panel discussions and live, hands-on programs with Silicon Valley's leaders and beyond.
While emphasis is given to the fields of law, medicine, computer science/engineering and business/entrepreneurship, these concepts touch all industries, and we dig deep into the issues that matter to students.
CareerConnect mentorship offers rising sophomores and juniors the opportunity to participate in a rewarding, multi-faceted working relationship.
Mentors show mentees what it's like to work in a field, give them an overall experience of the industry, and advise them on a future in that field. Fields include medicine, business, computer science/engineering and law.
Contact us at CareerConnect@harker.org if you are up for a rewarding mentor experience, or if you have a recommendation for a great mentor.
Hosted by CareerConnect, panels explore Silicon Valley's leading industries. Seasoned professionals discuss what it's like to work in their industries, and then field students' questions. Afterward, panelists are available for brief one-on-one interactions.
If you are interested in being a 2016 career panelist, please contact us at CareerConnect@harker.org
To prepare students for their professional futures, we present workshops that teach them how to:
- develop networking skills,
- build a resume,
- create a LinkedIn profile and
- dress professionally,
We also provide students with knowledge of and opportunities to attend events that are held throughout Silicon Valley, from the Computer History Museum to Stanford University. Students gain firsthand experience networking with professionals - and they participate in industry events that few teens are even aware of.
We're always looking for more professional participants and opportunities! Don't hesitate to contact us at CareerConnect@harker.org.
- Be a mentor
- Be a 2016 panelist
- Hold a professionalism workshop
Please contact us at CareerConnect@harker.org and let us know if you want to be a 2016 mentor, hold a professionalism workshop, be a 2016 panelist, or just have any questions/recommendations regarding CareerConnect.
Business and Entrepreneurship Curriculum
The B.E. department currently has two courses available: Principles of Business and Entrepreneurship and DECA Officers. The department plans to add more offerings in the coming year.
The business and entrepreneurship curriculum focuses on developing real-world business acumen, entrepreneurial readiness and innovative skills in students. In order to bolster the conventional high school curriculum, unique education such as business simulations, case studies, competitive opportunities and capstone projects will provide students with one-of-a-kind experiences. The unique characteristic of the Principles of Business and Entrepreneurship course is that it is in a mini-MBA format consisting of four separate modules to be touched upon throughout the year: marketing, accounting & finance, entrepreneurship, and strategy & management. Students will apply their learning and live the mantra “learn by doing" as they simulate roles of CEO, consultant, CFO, etc., to bring solutions to complex and extraordinary issues that companies/entrepreneurs often face.
Wharton @ Harker Summer SOAR
We partner with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to bring an intensive, experiential, certificate-based program that will help Harker students take flight into the business world. Students are able to experience a Wharton-like education and experience, yet remain near the excitement and opportunities that the Silicon Valley offers. The curriculum is developed by Professor Keith W. Weigelt (Marks-Darivoff Family Professor, Wharton School of Business) and is facilitated by Juston Glass, who holds curriculum certification.
SOAR stands for what will be learned, and even more importantly, experienced, during the two weeks of participation: Strategy. Operations. Action. Research. Or in other words, a Summer Of Awesome Readiness. Readiness for the business world, that is. The program immerses students into engaging experiences, off-campus excursions, business simulations, exciting economic competitions and learning that will shape participants into the next generation of business leaders. They will learn about corporate strategy, entrepreneurial principles, financial literacy, business plans, and how to grow and develop their own endeavors.
Held each year, Harker BEcon is a convention for Bay Area high school students who want to network with other entrepreneurial teens. Local entrepreneurs stop by to teach the wonders of our market today, while students staff booths to present their ideas.
- 2014 Keynote Highlights
- Poster Sessions
- Networking Lunch
- Econ Jeopardy
- [s]Harker Tank
- Golden Ball
- Sample BECON Schedule
Golden Ball is a unique game that is simple to understand. Two people are presented with a load of money and have two options to choose from: Steal or Split. If both players choose to steal, no one receives the money, however, if both players split, then each player receives half of the money. On the other hand, if player one decides to steal, while player two decides to split, player one receives all of the money while player two is left with nothing.