Business & Law Track

Instructors Who Care
Summer Springboard courses are taught by accomplished and passionate faculty recruited from many area colleges, universities and professional forums. Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to both challenge and captivate students.

Dr. Michellana Jester, MIT

Michellana Jester is a Lecturer and GLab Course Manager at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is responsible for leading the design and delivery of MIT Sloan’s largest project-based course, as well as supporting teams of student entrepreneurs around the world. Michellana has a master’s degree from Harvard University and a doctorate from Columbia University.

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Whatever you do in life, foundational business skills such as sales, marketing, and financial management, will serve you well. In addition, trial law techniques such as crafting an argument and effective communication can help you in most situations.

Management & Strategy

Peter Mombaur, former McKinsey & Co. consultant

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Peter Mombaur has global experience ranges from being a management consultant with McKinsey & Co., an investor, and entrepreneur.  Peter managed a private equity investment firm and successfully executed and managed investments in multiple industries. With his experience as both an investor and management consultant, Peter's main message to students interested in finance and investing is to consider both financial and non-financial aspects thoroughly.


George Muksian, Wesleyan University

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George Muksian combines a lifetime of courtroom experience with teaching experience at some of the nation's top universities. He has worked as a criminal defense lawyer and prosecutor for many years, as well as having tried many cases in the Rhode Island and Massachusetts trial courts. George has also been a law lecturer at Tufts University, Johnson & Wales University and other universities. He holds degrees from Harvard University (Ed.M), Suffolk University (J.D.), Wesleyan University (M.A.), and Providence College (B.A.).

What You'll Learn
Each day, dive into a relevant topic in the industry and engage in dynamic, engaging discussions with leading experts and professors. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from Summer Springboard.  
Learn the basics of starting a business: from raising money and pitching to investors to developing a marketing plan and selling your first product.
Management & Strategy
Work through a business case study in the style pioneered by Harvard Business School.

Pre-College Exploration Academy


Cathy Chang, Silicon Valley Insitute
Cathy Chang is the Founder and Principal of Silicon Valley Institute. Prior to SV Institute, she was the Program Director for Custom Programs in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of California Berkeley Extension, a new initiative to introduce a dynamic higher education program that combines both interactive academic and experiential learning activities for a wide range of audiences from around the world. She has also served various organizations from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in Technology, Hospitality, and PR & Advertising industries such as Microsoft and the Westin Hotel. Teaching, designing, organizing and delivering meaningful, memorable and life-changing learning content and experiences are her passion.

Entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley. How design thinking fuels innovation and can aid in personal leadership development.
Get an in-depth look into the legal profession and learn about the judicial system through analysis of a real world case.
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Session 1: CLOSED

October 17-18 & 24-25, 2020

9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET

Session 2:

January 23-24 & 30-31, 2021

9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET

Session 3:

April 10-11 & 17-18, 2021

9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET

Session 4:

June 12-13 & 19-20, 2021

9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET

Session 5:

June 14-17, 2021

9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET


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