Germantown Academy’s Upper School Entrepreneurship Class had the tremendous opportunity to hear and learn from several alumni entrepreneurs prior to spring break in the Honickman Auditorium, including Patrick Fitzgerald ’93 (DreamIt Ventures, Lecturer at Wharton), Rich Podulka '95 (United American Builders Inc.), Krista Sherkey ’98 (Streamline6 Communications, LLC), and Mason Wartman ’06 (Rosa’s Fresh Pizza).
"We are finding more and more opportunities for bringing GA’s alumni back to campus to interact with, share life stories, and help mentor our students as well as reconnect with our faculty,” said Director of Alumni Relations Heather Durkin. “It is so rewarding to see how much everyone involved takes away from the experience. These sorts of activities enhance the students’ understanding of how their education applies in 'real life' and how an alum can connect to today’s GA.”
Each graduate had the chance to share how he or she built their businesses and what they’ve learned along the way. They also participated in a question and answer session with the students.
The Entrepreneurship Class was offered for the first time this year as a first semester mini-mester course. Its companion class during the second semester is Marketing and Branding. Several other classes have been developed in a strand of Business, Management, and Entrepreneurship programming taught by Tony Garvan, Tom Taft, David Martin, and Chidi Asoluka's New Community Project which focuses on social entrepreneurship. Students from all of these content area participated int he event which was designed to build a community of students with like interests who can share in and build on each others work.