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“The Global Trade Mission Program is a very unique experience and provides strong creative learning for high school students which could never be imparted through a text book alone.  The students who participate are required to work in four person teams with other students around the region and create a fictional business plan for emerging technologies across international borders.  Their outside of the box thinking and energy are both refreshing and promising.  I wish they would have had such a program when I was in school.  However as a business coach and evaluator, I was given far more than what I was able to provide to the students. I think it is a one of a kind opportunity to give back to the community.”

Beverly Cornell
Director of Marketing and Sales
Iterotext Translation Services

“Participating in the GTM was one of the most worthwhile things I will do all year.  I was flabbergasted at how talented, bright and energetic the students were.  I also was humbled at how much I learned in the event (there were times I wasn’t sure who the “teachers” were).  I would recommend participation in the GTM to any business professional seeking enrichment. I originally signed up to volunteer for the minimum requested time, which was two hours, total. But once I got involved, I was hooked and ended volunteering for two days!”
Kevin B. Lasser
Chief Executive Officer

“Global Trade Mission for high school students was one of the more exciting programs I’ve been involved with.   I attended as a business coach and evaluator, so I had the chance to see things at work over all three days.  The first day, students had ideas flowing with some uncertainty, but the form of each team’s presentation was taking shape.  The second day, all the students were deep in work.  As an evaluator, I felt bad if I interrupted them when I walked into a room!  On both days, they weren’t reluctant to ask questions and use each evaluator’s knowledge to advance their project.  On Presentation Day, I was really amazed and pleased at how well the presentations and projects came together.  While it is a short period of time, it is clear that a lot of learning goes on and students I talked with afterwards were more inspired to take paths they hadn’t thought of before in their education.  This is an example of what learning and school should be.  I applaud you for the program’s success and hope you are able to touch many students in the future.”

Carolann Morykwas
Credit Executive
JP Morgan Chase Bank