The Week in Review: Oct 16-20

What an awesome week in CEO!

Tuesday was "Mentor Match" day. Our local mentors, as a full group, came to meet with the kids. The event was essentially "speed dating"! Each mentor sat with an individual student for  Q & A for about 7 minutes and then the students would rotate to the next mentor. The end goal was to most appropriately match each CEO student with a mentor who will help each student achieve his or her goals over the course of the year. The event was a great success, and a special shout out to Board Members Tara Weaver and Marty Lamansky for organizing and hosting the event.

Wednesday and Thursday our guest speaker was Aaron Finch. Aaron resume is super impressive, including an advanced degree from Stanford Universitsy and a stint as professional football player! He is an expert on developing business plans and specifically catered his presentation (over two days) to help jump start the business plan process for our specific class business. The presentation was very well recieved by the kids, who are now so much more excited about the group business as it started to get very real!! 

Also joining us to listen to Aaron's presentation was long-time local and successful businessman Tim Borden. Tim was so impressed after day one, he came back for day two! 

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Mentor Day

Our Mentors Geoff Pettis, Mike Morris, Craig Scheckman, Doug Davis, Adonna Allan, Ellen Kendall, Terry Brown, and Mark Fischer came to class for a "mentor match" event. Each student spent an allotted amount of time with each mentor in an attempt to discover the most appropriate pairing of mentor and student. The event was organized and hosted by Board Members Tara Weaver and Marty Lamansky. 

The kids had a blast and are looking forward to finding out who will be their mentor for the rest of the year.


The Business Model Canvas

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch came to class to help us begin the process of a business plan creation. The model he presented is called the "Business Model Canvas": it is essentially a "living" graphic display of key business concepts that help users zone in on the fundamentals of a proposed business. It was a great way for the kids to visualize what they are about to jump into in regard to their group business. The presentation lasted two entire class periods and was super ineractive and fun. We all learned significant new information that will help us get a jump start on our business. Thanks again Aaron for bringing your tremendous energy, knowledge and skills to the CEO classroom!

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