Phoenixville-area student to take part in prestigious business forum

Brendan McGinn, of LaSalle College High School, will take part in Envision’s National Youth Leadership Forum of Business Innovation this summer.
Brendan McGinn, of LaSalle College High School, will take part in Envision’s National Youth Leadership Forum of Business Innovation this summer. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Phoenixville >> This summer, a Phoenixville student will join other outstanding students in a career-oriented developmental experience at Yale University.

Brendan McGinn, a sophomore at LaSalle College High School in Wyncote will take part in The National Youth Leadership Forum of Business Innovation. McGinn is part of the Lab Manager Program, investment club, and the Explorers Inc. club at LaSalle College High School, an independent Catholic college prep school for boys. He also plays football and rugby for the school, and he plays golf and sails outside of it.

“It is a great honor to be selected, and I am very excited to participate in this program, as well as meet and collaborate with new people from all around,” McGinn wrote in an email.

The program helps “business-minded high school students” learn and build skills needed, according to McGinn.

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The National Youth Leadership Forum of Business Innovation includes a “6 Days to Startup” initiative.

“Along with other students like me, I will be participating in a start-up simulation where we compete against other start-ups for six days,” McGinn said.

The students will be taking on “hurdles every successful entrepreneur must face,” according to the website.

“We will compete, learn from some of the best business people in the world and business professors from Yale, and work and collaborate with other students,” McGinn said.

The speakers set to talk in front of at least one of the programs throughout the summer includes: Jonathan Feinstein, who is a professor of economics and management at Yale School of Management; Sarah Biggerstaff, who is a lecturer in practice of leadership at Yale University; Sara Sapire, who is a new business and product development manager at Yale University Press; and Kanyi Maqubela, who is an investor, entrepreneur, board member of Heartbeat Health Inc, and adjunct professor at NYU.

“I am very excited to learn from some of the best business people, as well as meet and work with some of the best students in the country,” McGinn said. “I am also excited what I can discover about myself and see how well I can do at leading a business.”

The National Youth Leadership Forum of Business Innovation is a part of Envison, which, since 1985, has served more than 800,000 students from 145 countries programs created for students to succeed in today’s world.

“(Students) gain hands-on experience and the success skills they need to become our next generation of entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, engineers, influencers, journalists, digital media stars, diplomats, and leaders,” the website states.