Girls’ Business & Entrepreneurship

Girls' Business & Entrepreneurship at Annie Wright Schools offers girls in Grades 10-12 the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of starting and building a business including defining a business model, accounting, recruiting, management, marketing, social ventures, and more.

As one of our Signature Programs, Girls' Business & Entrepreneurship was developed in response to girls' desires to engage more deeply in certain subjects, specifically in areas where women are - and historically have been - under represented. Signature Programs compliment Annie Wright Upper School's curriculum, including International Baccalaureate classes and exams college prep and an all-girls environment.
Snapshot of the three-year program:

Grade 10
  • Elective course
  • Topics: business plans, resume writing, personal finance, entrepreneurship 101, communications, leadership
  • Business & Entrepreneurship activity
  • Curated visits to local business organizations
  • Develop mentorship opportunities
  • Summer between Grades 10 & 11: internship, support for creating a start-up venture
Grade 11
  • IB Business course
  • CAS Project
  • Business & entrepreneurship portfolio
  • Business activity & travel
  • Mentorships
  • Curated visits to business colleges at select universities
  • Summer between Grades 11 & 12: internship, entrepreneurial start-up, potential travel
Grade 12
  • IB Business course
  • CAS Project
  • Design & present business & entrepreneurship portfolio/capstone experience
  • Business activity & travel
  • Specialized support & advice for college applications

Admission Criteria

Sandra Forero Bush

Girls' Business & Entrepreneurship Program Director
Sandra joined Annie Wright Schools in 2010. After earning her BA in international relations and Portuguese and Brazilian studies from Brown University and her MA in international management and public policy from the University of California San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy, she worked for the Inter-American Dialogue, a US/Latin America non-profit in Washington DC. She moved to Tacoma and worked for Russell for a total of 16 years in several capacities, the last five years of which were during her tenure at AWS as part-time Business teacher. During this time, she also served as Chief Operating Officer of the World Trade Center Tacoma. Sandra enjoys the ability to bring her work experience into the classroom, giving life to the theories discussed in class and making the business world understandable and real for the students. Sandra initiated the IB Business program at Annie Wright Schools.


Annie Wright Schools
Main Campus:
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

Downtown Campus:
936 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.