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Women in Leadership & Business Academy

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 following during their four years at SHA:

Four courses including Entrepreneurship, Accounting (1/2 year), Practical and Business Law (1/2 year), and an Internship (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, Moog and Pegula Sports and Entertainment.  (Summer before senior year)

Attendance at seminars and workshops on leadership, management and entrepreneurship.

Students who complete these requirements and achieve an 85% in each class (Law, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, and Internship) and will be presented with a certificate at the Baccalaureate Awards Ceremony.

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, Program Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, University at Buffalo; Sarah Savattieri '07, M&T Bank; Betsy Sullivan, Director of Special Events, Baker Victory Services; Sara Vescio, Director, Women's Business Center at Canisius College; Laura Zaepfel, Uniland Development Corporation