Until Next Time

Well, it’s a wrap! It seems like these past three weeks have flown by! We came as strangers and left as family. Our program staff has gotten the chance to see some of our quiet, shy students blossom into courageous, outgoing leaders and we had the chance to be a part of our emerging young entrepreneurs’ beginnings. From preparing for their business start up presentations at General Assembly, to unwinding at Hex & Co. to play board games, the students have had the busiest last few days. The icing on the cake for our program was a visit to Goldman Sachs in Jersey City, New Jersey, where students had the opportunity to tour and learn more about the company and ways to get their career started. Finally, students gave their start up presentations not only in front of program staff and faculty, but in front of other business individuals who come from backgrounds in higher education, journalism, and even one of our own from the Summerfuel Headquarters. We all had bittersweet good byes but this will not the end; as we know, we live in a small world and our paths will cross again.


Your Leadership and Innovation Staff

Destress + Financial Literacy

As we are at our academic peak of the program, students were able to decompress with some tie dye fun at Riverside Park. Others chose to participate in a financial modeling mini- seminar to prepare them for their current and future business ventures. Long after the mini- seminar finished, we still had students sitting in the hallway with our patient faculty talking them through the financial model!


FIFA World Cup + DUMBO


Bright and early Summerfuel Leadership and Innovation was out to Rockefeller Plaza to watch the World Cup on the megatrons. After France took the win, some ventured to DUMBO to site see as well as peruse through the markets. Our first time being outside of Manhattan visiting a neighboring borough, what better way to get back to campus than to take the water ferry! We arrived just on time to settle in for the night and for students to work on their homework assignments and prepare for their final presentations. Busy, yet fulfilling day!

Lucky Strike

Today students gave their TED talk- Summerfuel Edition, in preparation for their final presentations for next week. With all the nerves and butterflies in their stomachs, our students were able to connect with their audience of peers and relay content rich stories. This evening we went to Lucky Strike Manhattan, tucked away in the quieter part of Times Square. We were able to spend some quality time and relax after a busy, yet successful day.

Now Touring: the Museum at FIT

After preparing for Ted Talks- Summerfuel Edition- at Leadership and Innovation today, students got the chance to tour the fashion museum at SUNY FIT. A fun way to look at style interpretation through decades, culture, and material. Then, some of the ladies had New York style pizza for the first time, and it never tasted so good! To finish our night, we celebrated one of our own’s Sweet Sixteen. No better way to spend it by eating his favorite red velvet cake and singing “Happy Birthday” in his native tongue of Portuguese.

Next Stop: Union Square

After a day full of classes, a few students and program staff went to Union Square for an evening of shopping and good eats! The students were even able to recognize some of the buildings in the area that we passed on our Fourth of July cruise. We were happy to know that our students are turning into true New Yorkers!

Leading By Example

After a routine day of going to class and working on strengthening individual and group leadership dynamics, some relaxed by playing a game of basketball. Let’s see what tomorrow has in store!

The More You Know

To finish our first weekend in New York, we visited the Museum of Modern Art, also known as MoMA. With 6 different levels and an outside garden, the museum carried works depicting police brutality, social injustices, sculptures and abstract pieces. With much to do and so little time, we journey off to Central Park and Columbus Circle to enjoy some quiet time, as well as grab a bite to eat and shop. Back to business as usual tomorrow at Leadership and Innovation Columbia!