Business & Leadership Program

July 15-21, 2018 in Chicago, IL. 

As high school students begin to narrow their focus regarding which college to attend and what to major in, it’s critical that they understand how their desired major translates into a career. The B.U.O.Y. Business & Leadership Program is designed to give high school students an in-depth look at the functional business units of major corporations.

During the week our scholars will interact with corporate executives from major corporations such as GE Healthcare, ACL Laboratories, Sherman Hospital and Heartland Blood Centers.  Our primary goal for the site visits  is to offer students an opportunity to see science, technology, engineering and math applied in real world situations that impact their lives. Students often complain that they don’t see how math or science are relevant.  We want to show them that STEM is not only relevant but that the jobs in STEM-intensive fields are attainable and interesting.

Specifically, the program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of corporate business processes and how STEM intersects. Student’s STEM and Business aptitude is developed through a combination of lecture and employee-facilitated case studies and/or projects.

Areas of focus include: finance, accounting, sourcing, life sciences, Fitness and Wellness, Nutrition Services, and research and development. At the conclusion of the program we want the students to understand each of these service areas and business processes and be able to envision themselves as professionals in these areas.

 Program Outcomes/Deliverables

After participating in our program scholars will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What does XYZ Corporation Do?
    • What are their product/service deliverables?
  • How do they meet those deliverables?
  • What role does STEM play in XYZ Corporation’s business operations?
  • What is XYZ Corporation’s biggest operating challenge(s)?
  • How does XYZ Corporation overcome that challenge(s)?
  • What specific things should I be doing now to prepare myself for a career at XYZ Corporation in the future?

Program Cost

$ 800 per scholar (Non Chicago residents will have to pay for transportation to Chicago) which includes:

  • Ground transportation in Chicago
  • Lodging for 7 nights
  • All Meals

 BUOY Business & Leadership Program Itinerary

Saturday July 14

  • Depart for Chicago (for non Chicago area residents)
  • Check into hotel & dinner (Hotel details TBD)

 Sunday July 15

  • 10:00 AM – Noon Team building exercise
  • Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM Mock interviews & Resume building
  • Leisure time in the afternoon and evening

Monday July 16

  • 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at ACL Laboratories
    • ACL executives will facilitate projects throughout the day and students will learn about ACL’s various scientific and business processes, including toxicology, Cytogenetics , Molecular Diagnostics,  Anatomic Pathology, Flow Cytometry, and Immunohistochemistry
  • 5:00-7:00 PM – Dinner
  • 7:-8:00 PM – Daily Debrief
  • 8:00 PM – Free Time

Tuesday July 17

  • 9:00 AM to Noon at Sherman Hospital
    • Sherman executives will facilitate the days activities which include exposing students to the medical and administrative aspects of Sherman’s operations
  • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Elgin Community College
    • The Dean of ECC and staff will lead the day’s activities which will include work in one or more campus simulation labs, and exposure to the nursing, emergency services, and health and life sciences programs
    • 5:00-7:00 PM – Dinner
    • 7:-8:00 PM – Daily Debrief
    • 8:00 PM – Free Time

Wednesday July 18

  • 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at GE Healthcare in Pewaukee, WI
    • Through a combination of lecture and employee-facilitated case studies executives will lead students on an exploration of GE Healthcare business processes.
    • Areas of focus will include: finance, accounting, sourcing, life sciences, Healthcare IT, and Diagnostic Imaging Equipment.
    • GE executives will also review resumes and lead scholars in mock interviews
  • 5:00-7:00 PM – Dinner
  • 7:-8:00 PM – Daily Debrief
  • 8:00 PM – Free Time

Thursday July 19

  • 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Heartland Blood Center, Aurora, IL.
    • Heartland will have a complete day of projects, lectures, and hands on learning facilitated by Heartland employees, including logistics, marketing, blood operations, and donor services.
  • 5:00-7:00 PM – Dinner
  • 7:-8:00 PM – Daily Debrief
  • 8:00 PM – Free Time

Friday July 20

  • 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Campus Tours (Specific Universities TBD)
  • 5:00-7:00 PM – Dinner
  • 7:-8:00 PM – Daily Debrief
  • 8:00 PM – Free Time

 Saturday July 21

To apply for the program click the link below to download the application. Completed applications should be emailed to: by April 20, 2018. Questions or requests for additional information can be sent to the same email address.