SPHS Virtual Business Club hosts the nation’s largest virtual business leadership training day | South Pasadenan
The excitement in the South Pasadena High School auditorium was palpable. On Thursday, October 13, 2022, after a two-year hiatus, SPHS welcomed more than 400 high school students from across California for the 2022 Los Angeles Area Virtual Corporate Student Leadership Training Day. It represents the coup Virtual Enterprise Contest of the Year kick-off and teams started the day by introducing themselves and their team businesses to thunderous cheers not just from their teammates, but from everyone in attendance. It was obvious that all the teams were delighted to be back in person and very proud of the hard work they put in.
Students attending the conference were able to meet business professionals who made presentations in various fields such as market research, networking, graphic design, business ethics and law and much more, while having a taste of real-world business practices. It was a chance for student teams to bond with other teams and network with local professionals. There were some very high profile presenters and speakers with three SPHS alumni among them, including Ryan Chase who works in the entertainment industry, Lou Nicolaides who is a specialty food marketing and sales professional, and Michael Ruan who works for a start-up healthcare organization. At New York.
SPHS Principal John Eldred was delighted with the turnout and the excitement of the day saying, “The virtual business provides a very dynamic environment for really highly motivated students who have that drive to succeed not just in high school , but beyond. It’s really encouraging for me to be able to see these students coming back, after the pandemic, and falling into it almost as if nothing had happened. And I think that’s really down to Cathy Mason (SPHS Virtual Enterprise Advisor and CTE Teacher) and her ability to guide these kids and bring out the best in them. He went on to discuss student motivation at the local, state and national levels saying, “It’s impressive to me as a principal and gratifying to be able to see them perform at such a structured level.” It was a point of honor to host the conference, which SPHS has done in the past and Eldred says it is a goal to host it regularly in the future.
The theme for this year’s conference was “Lead Your School” which was chosen by the SPHS Virtual Enterprise Varsity team. CEO of the SPHS Varsity Team, Avik Gautum tells us that SPHS has generally played an important role in the planning and hosting of the conference and says, “this year, since it was the first year that we knew we would be back in person, we started planning a few months back – creating the designs. We’ve always played a part in it, but this year has been a big year for us in the sense that we finally got to welcome back in person. This is Gautum’s last year and his third year with the Virtual Business team. He goes on to explain, “Virtual business empowers students in schools across the country to start a business and operate it in a virtual economy that teaches students the values of business and the values of leadership. It’s a great program.
Annette Woo is a junior and this is her first year on the varsity team after being part of the JV team last year. “I was really nervous coming from JV to Varsity where people have a lot more experience, but I think it’s really exciting to work with people who have more experience than me and it’s an opportunity which I’m really happy to grab. ” She went on to explain, “It really helps the class bond and gives us a real experience of how different departments come together in a real company and I think that’s really key for us before we start. move on and move on.”
Elijah Macias remembers reading about SPHS’ Virtual Business program in South Pasadenan when he was in eighth grade and told us, “I really appreciate what you do in South Pasadenan, because when I read this article, it made me a really big fan of Virtual Enterprise and I became a really big fanboy of this program! He laughed and went on to say, “It’s a bit of a surreal moment for me in right now, to be part of the leadership team, and I really appreciate your promoting our program.
Danielle Fong says she feels she and all participating students will really benefit from meeting each other. “It’s really interesting to see what other students have come up with, their business ideas, slogans and company names. It’s really fun to see other schools and meet other people.
It will certainly be exciting to see where our team goes this year. Watch this space for a follow-up with our teams to talk about their business model and competitions. Congratulations to Cathy Mason and the students of Virtual Enterprise for hosting such a successful event that benefited hundreds of California students and good luck this year!