Girls’ Business & Entrepreneurship

Explore your passion for business at Annie Wright Upper School for Girls.

The Girls' Business & Entrepreneurship Program consists of three business courses and a business mentorship program. Inside and outside of the classroom, GBEP will help you delve deeper into your passion as you explore the many facets of business, including entrepreneurship, human resources, personal and organizational finance, marketing, operations and business strategy.
Class subjects include Social Impact & Entrepreneurship, Business Fundamentals & Personal Finance, and International Baccalaureate Business Management. Class time will offer design challenges, guest speakers, field trips, lectures, case studies and more as students explore business concepts and develop presentation and leadership skills.

Outside of the classroom GBEP students develop a personal portfolio, design a path to accomplish your goals and secure an internship or externship during your senior year. Students also travel locally and nationally to learn from experts at top companies in multiple fields.

Program Courses

Social Impact & Entrepreneurship
In this class, design challenges, guest speakers, field trips, and developing business/social venture plans allow you to engage with and impact your community while developing presentation, communication and leadership skills. 
Business Fundamentals & Personal Finance
Through simulations, case studies and field trips, this class introduces foundational business concepts and personal finance and budgeting, while practicing presentation and communication skills. 
IB Business
This two-year course provides a comprehensive overview of the business environment and the way in which individuals and groups interact in the global workplace. Topics studied include: human resources, finance and accounting, marketing, operations and business strategy. 
Advisory Program
Working in tandem with AWS’s grade-level advisory program, Mrs. Bush will serve as the advisor for the GBEP cohort, helping frame CAS, EE and Personal impact projects within the business framework. 
    • Program Director Sandra Bush advises the cohort, helping frame personal projects within the business framework.

      Program Director Sandra Bush advises the cohort, helping frame personal projects within the business framework.

    • Business students visit the Gates Foundation in Seattle.

      Business students visit the Gates Foundation in Seattle.

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.