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Company Advisors

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Company Advisors

Company Advisors (CAs) are directly responsible for shaping the futures of today’s teens!

Company Advisors (CAs) play an important role in the success of each Washington Business Week program. Not only do they serve as real-world role models from the community, they also develop personal connections with the teens helping to inspire a grand future of opportunities.

Ready to sign up?

Download a CA information sheet and benefits brochure.

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The Role of the Company Advisor (CA)

Company Advisors are business professionals who volunteer for a full week to guide a group of 10-12 teens (a.k.a. a Company) through an interactive real-world business simulation. As a CA you’ll mentor your student-led Company as they elect officers, make decisions for their simulation, brainstorm ideas for an imaginary business venture, develop leadership skills and begin to work as a cohesive team. They'll practice real life principles in finance, marketing, production, planning and project management. You are their support as they navigate their way through a series of challenges designed to introduce them to the REAL world of business and careers. Your role is to engage, educate and empower the students to be involved in the activities. The team will benefit as you: share your experiences and expertise, ask engaging questions and provide feedback on the team’s involvement and interactions.

But don’t worry. We provide you with extensive training and mentoring throughout the week. All materials and curriculum are provided which means you’re working with a proven approach.

The most successful Company Advisor is someone who has:

  • A sincere desire to mentor young adults to help them learn about themselves and their potential

  • The desire to learn more about youth, business skills and group dynamics

  • A basic understanding of the business nature of their industry

  • A desire to meet new people, network and have fun

  • A sense of humor and is adaptable.

The CA experience is a professional development opportunity unlike any other.

CAs will tell you that the experience is exhausting. In their next breath, they will also tell you that it was one of the most rewarding weeks of their lives. The benefits don't end with the chance to make a difference in the lives of teens. CAs say they are better employees after they've participated in the program. They gain valuable business insights and learn new techniques while at the same time practicing their professional skills and expanding their career and community leadership capacity.

Each week long program engages a group of CAs (1/3 returning and 2/3 new) to exchange new ideas intermixed with previous CA experience. The commitment as a mentor of a student-led team comes with a variety of opportunities to:

  • engage in intergenerational and mentoring relationships with future business leaders
  • network and share experiences with other business professionals and establish life-long business connections
  • enhance and practice your leadership skills, including those in communications, creative and critical thinking and collaboration
  • be a catalyst and contributor to life-changing experiences guaranteed to impact students and other adults
  • and, by the way - to have FUN!

See more of our Volunteer Benefits here.

For a video story about what happens at Washington Business Week, please  watch the 35th Anniversary Washington Business Week video.


Our Corporate Partners include:

The Boeing Company, PEMCO, State Farm,

Deloitte & Touche, Sterling Bank, KeyBank,

Puget Sound Energy, Nucor Steel,

US Bank, SALAL Credit Union, BECU,

First Choice Health, Premera Blue Cross

and many others...

Join them as volunteers this summer!


Frequently Asked Questions about Being a Company Advisor

What is the time commitment?

While being a CA is an incredibly rewarding experience, it can also be exhausting. The Summer Program takes place on four university campuses across the state. Daily programming begins at 7:30am and ends each around 9:30pm. CAs stay in hotels nearby and are expected to arrive early on the Saturday morning before the program begins and stay through the following Saturday morning.

What kind of training will I receive?

Washington Business Week requires CAs to attend one of two full-day trainings in early June prior to the program as well as a full day of training on campus right before the program begins (on Saturday). These sessions will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the Business Week experience, as well as offer the tools, skills and knowledge needed to guide your team through the week. See the sample company meeting agenda to get a sense of what exactly will take place during the company meetings. If additional training is required, the Business Week staff is happy to help at any time.

Are my expenses for the Summer Program covered?

All program materials are provided by WBW. CAs are asked to pay $325 to cover all meals during the week (except for dinner on Wednesday evening) and to pay their own hotel and transporation costs. CAs are welcome to stay on campus for approximately $45/night if they'd prefer. Many companies see Business Week as a professional development tool and pay for their employees to participate.


Ready to sign up?

Click here to learn more.

Download a CA information sheet and benefits brochure.


Company Advisor Recommendations for Returning Students

Note - as of April 1, 2014 we have waived this requirement.

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