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The M&T Bank Women in Leadership & Business Academy at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart is a unique, comprehensive and dynamic business certificate program made possible with the support of M&T Bank. It has been created to introduce girls to a variety of career opportunities and support the entrepreneurial goals of students who wish to launch a business.
This certificate program will create a framework of exposure and solid introduction to business, including a sequence of coursework, an internship, involvement in a business club, local field trips and guest speakers as well as a culminating project.
To receive the certificate, students will be required to complete the Entrepreneurship class and internship as well as two of three of the following classes: Accounting (1/2 year), Practical and Business Law (1/2 year), and Desktop Publishing (1/2 year).
Membership in the DECA business club offered at SHA is strongly encouraged.
Participation is the Business Academy Summer Experiences consisting of ten half-day visits to a variety of local businesses that have included Manzella Marketing, The Advantage Co., M&T Bank, Waterbikes of Buffalo, Revolution Gym, Build Up Buffalo, Feed More WNY, Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunnigham, Moog and Pegula Sports & Entertainment. (Summer before senior year)
Attendance at seminars and workshops on leadership, management and entrepreneurship.
Business Academy Advisory Board: Jamie Batt '97, Partner, Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham; Matt Collard, Partner, Pratt Collard; Jennifer Demert, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart; Carrie Fahey, Partner, Fahey Financial; Olivia Goldstein '07, CEO, Rephike; Jackie McGuire Gurney '86, McGuire Group; Patty Haberman '80, Patricia A. Haberman DDS; Rebecca Haslinger '96; Ted Kuzniarek, CEO, Upstate Pharmacy; Marnie Lavigne '80, CEO, Launch NY, Inc.; Joan Maira '77, HSBC Bank; Jim Manzella, CEO, Manzella Marketing; Lynne Moore, Wegmans; Jennifer Judge Murphy, CEO, Net Plus Alliance; Alex Cleary Pelc, Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, University at Buffalo; Sarah Savattieri '07, M&T Bank; Betsy Sullivan; Sarah Vescio, Director, Women's Business Center at Canisius College; Laura Zaepfel, Uniland Development Corporation