The Storm and Swedish partnered with Washington Business Week to support their Professional Development Summer Program at Seattle University from July 28 through August 2. The program featured students with business, healthcare and technology interests. In just seven days, Washington Business Week places students in a dynamic simulation where they role play as industry professionals, launch a company, sharpen their communication skills, and solve real-world challenges. Students take the lead as their team races against the clock to develop a world-changing idea and pitch it to potential investors at the end-of-week competition. Guided by a mentor from a local business, students learn to work as a team, explore careers, take a test run of university life, build a network with professionals and future leaders, earn college credit, and maybe even win a scholarship.
To encourage all interested students in registering for the program, the Storm provided a contribution of $5,000 to help with scholarships for high school students to attend the camp, regardless of their financial situation.
The Storm also provided programming and speakers for two (2) sessions at the Washington Business Week Summer Session. On Tuesday, July 30, Alisha Valavanis joined 15-20 student CEOs to take part in the CEO Lunch. She shared her story and challenges/learnings throughout her career journey. The student leaders engaged and asked tons of questions over the hour visit. Later that day, Storm guard Sami Whitcomb engaged with all 200 campers and shared about her career journey, leadership, adversity and answered questions for all campers.
All students and staff received special Swedish and Storm-branded t-shirts and a voucher to attend an upcoming Storm game.