In 2020-2021, our Leadership Team engaged in a strategic thinking process that culminated in a decision to prioritize and strengthen our entrepreneurship program.
We are committed to supporting the next generation of problem solvers through educational and experiential opportunities that address global challenges through entrepreneurial thinking, creativity and innovation. Over the next two years, we will create new opportunities to learn skills that are critical to entrepreneurship while strengthening our existing programs (including our Young Founders class in the LAS Edge program).
The world is moving and changing at a rapid pace. We prepare students for an ever-developing future by equipping them with the skills and practice necessary to navigate the world of entrepreneurship. Students in the LAS edge program have the opportunity to specialize in an entrepreneurial class in which they can take product ideas, business concepts, or plans for social change, and develop them into detailed business models. Students in this class receive invaluable feedback from their peers and teachers, and confront challenges ranging from monitoring supply and demand to preparing their very first invoice.
LAS students also have the chance to learn from real-life experts. Talks in Innovation, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship (TILE) events connect our young scholars with some of today’s leading thinkers, movers, and shakers, and allow students to interview them to find out just what it is that makes them tick. Lastly, LAS hosts an annual Global Futurizer event in which students work together with well known organizations, such as Generali, to help solve real issues these companies have encountered. Students work in small teams and are led through a brainstorm and business model exercise, which culminates in a pitch of their best solution.
LAS supports Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship by developing curriculum and facilitating the immersion-reflection cycle while leveraging the world-class network of alumni, staff, and families. Recent alumni speakers have included Jessica Jenkins '95, an engineer at Lockheed Martin, and Jordan Whitaker '08, a pioneer on the front lines of one of the fastest growing entertainment trends in the world! With the help of our global family, LAS strives to create transformational leaders and the next generation of global problem solvers through programming and by nurturing critical reasoning and decision-making skills.