Take Palmetto Boys’ State, mix in a heavy dose of Wachovia Business Scholars, and then add in some of the leaders in the Business World in South Carolina, and you end up with Business Week at Presbyterian College. One week that causes leaders to arise quickly. Within 24 hours, the companies that have been arranged by the staff, randomly before the camp begins find themselves with a CEO, one round of decisions made about their business, and one skit completed.
The camp works with a speed, efficiency, and smoothness that allows for a lot to get done while not feeling packed. During the week there are speakers that discuss subjects from diversity, personal finance, to personality types, and one week long business simulation. The simulation is a competition that simulates the real business world, requiring participants to determine price, production, advertising, and the purchasing of raw goods for a company that produces 2 goods that require different types of raw materials. Dilemmas are also introduced that require the companies to answer ethical questions as well as professional.
Each company is afforded with CA’s and the chance to interact with industry leaders, and are also allowed to tour a plant. This year, we toured Fujifilm. Teamwork is of the utmost importance during the week because of the ongoing spirit competition. Also because of the time invested in various meetings, participants find themselves linked with their companies if not with everyone else who attended camp.
Because grade level is from rising 10th graders to rising college freshmen it is very interesting to watch how these leaders interact. The applications are vetted heavily and those who attend represent the best that South Carolina has to offer. The Board of CEOs meets for lunch once along with an Advisor and basically have a discussion on leadership. As my company’s CEO I was privy to this and I found it very interesting. All in all, the camp pulled out qualities in me that I wasn’t quite sure I possessed.