Thank you to the amazing individuals who served as Company Advisors for our 2021 Programs. We look forward to announcing the In-School and 2022 Program volunteer opportunities shortly.
Mentor the Leaders of Tomorrow—Be a VIRTUAL Company Advisor
Washington Business Week’s Professional Development Program offers leadership development and mentoring through the Company Advisor Experience. Prominent, high-growth companies have seen first hand the valuable skill sets their employees gained in just one week of collaborative, discovery learning. As an advisor, you will gain valuable management insights, expand your industry knowledge, grow your leadership capacity, and ultimately benefit your company and community in a priceless return on investment by bringing these skills back to your workplace. Serving as a Company Advisor is not only rewarding for mentorship of high school youth, but it is also a great leadership development experience for you as a professional! Encourage your company to send you and pay your way.
At Washington Business Week, high school students learn crucial life skills as they role play as industry professionals, launch a company, and solve real-world challenges, all guided by you—the Company Advisor.
In just five days, Company Advisors learn to coach, influence, delegate, empower, and sharpen leadership skills in a way that our participants describe as life-changing. Guide students to work as a team, run a company, and make real-world decisions. You learn firsthand how to lead a diverse team to success. It’s a hand-on leadership program like no other.
Teachers also have the opportunity of earning clock hours for time spent at the program.
If you are interested in learning more, please e-mail us.
- Be over the age of 20 and have 3+ years work experience.
- Ability to make the 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. virtual commitment of chosen program.
- Many teams find that they need to spend time outside camps hours in order to be successful in the competition.
- Attend one virtual training prior to the start of camp.
- We strive to be very flexible in training – group training dates will be released shortly but we are always willing to do one on one training at a convenient time for you.
- Comfortable interacting with students and adults virtually.
- Reliable access to an Internet connection and full time computer.
- Must pass a background check.
Questions? Please take a look at our FAQs page or contact WBW at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CA Training Videos
- WILE User Roles
- Company Advisors – Best Practices to Become an Effective Virtual CA
- Navigating Virtual Learning—What can WBW and parents do to support our students and each other during a Virtual Business Week?
- Company Advisor: Virtual Company Meetings
- Company Advisor: Speaker Presentations
- WILE: The Student Experience
- Company Advisors: Opportunities for CAs and WBW Admin to Connect during the program
Summer Company Advisors
Empower a team of 10–12 high school students to run a company on a university campus for one week during the summer. Share your expertise, engage them in critical thinking exercises, enjoy a series of dynamic speakers, industry tours, and networking with other professionals like you.
2021 Programs will be held virtually.
Traditional summer programs are held at various universities across Washington.
International Company Advisors
8 days (not including travel)
Educate a team of 10–12 English-speaking high school students in a global context. Share your expertise, engage them in critical thinking exercises, and provide feedback on the team’s mission, while developing your leadership skills in the process. International Programs are held in Poland.
2021 International Program dates and availability is not known due to the pandemic. Please contact us to find out more regarding this volunteer opportunity in 2021.
In-School Company Advisors
These community-focused day programs include the best components of the summer program in a short period of time at select rural Washington locations. Students attend our in-school programs as part of their graduation requirement.
2021 In-School Program dates are not known due to the current pandemic. Look for a release of dates in 3rd and 4th quarter of 2021.
The biggest lessons learned at Business Week that I use in my job are the inter-personal/people skills—working together with lots of people, teamwork, dealing with disputes and opposite perspectives. It’s not only the students that leave with those lessons…the CAs and other staff learn new things each year too!
Because of the value of Washington Business Week advising, many companies cover the costs of their employees to participate.
What does a Company Advisor look like?
Possesses a sincere desire to mentor young adults and ignite their potential.
Is over 21 years old with 3+ years of professional work experience.
Wants to learn about group dynamics, inter-generational communication, and millennials in the workplace.
Understands the fundamentals of the business or industry they work in.
Is excited to network, meet new people, and have fun.