Rotary District 5170
Enterprise Leadership Conference
Silicon Valley West
Contact: Michael Klein or Dr. Julie Herndon
Phone: (408) 695-3994


September 1, 2016

SUNNYVALE, CA,– The Rotary Clubs of Campbell, Los Altos, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, and Sunnyvale Sunrise have launched the 8th annual Enterprise Leadership Conference– a three-day training program at the Asilomar Conference grounds in Pacific Grove, CA for high school juniors.

These five Rotary Clubs of District 5170 will recruit 48 students from local area high schools for the Conference. The students are divided into 8 teams of three girls and three boys, and all from different high schools.

At the Conference, business leaders, drawn from Rotary membership and local businesses, present key business concepts such as management structure, finance, marketing, product/service development, and human resources, in a seminar environment. The challenge to the students is to use these concepts to develop a virtual company with a virtual product or service. Time for team building and recreational activities is also included.

On the concluding day of the Conference, each student team presents their company business plan to a panel of Rotarian judges. The teams are evaluated on the degree to which they have applied the enterprise principles to create a company and their skills in presenting their vision to the judges through their business plan.

Student comments following past years’ conferences, included:

“This program seems to be the answer to the apathy in my life.”

“This was so helpful and more informative than any AP or College Prep class.”

“I got to learn about business essentials, it was fun, informative and productive.”

Recruitment at local schools is now under way. Deadline for student applications to the program is December 23, 2016. For more information go to or contact Michael Klein or Dr. Julie Herndon at

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