Alumni Spotlight – Madeleine Overturf – Chicago ’09

Madeleine Overturf is quite literally in the spotlight these days as a reporter at WBOC-TV in Sussex County. Before her time at WBOC, Madeleine received her B.F.A in Acting and a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from New York University.


Madeleine has also spent time working in Washington, DC at NBC’s WRC-TV as a Production Assistant and Assignment Editor. She also occasionally field produced for the NBC All Owned Stations DC Bureau, covering federal events for NBC affiliates across the country.

Attending Economics for Leaders nearly eight years ago, she has remained passionate about the EFL program, working through college as a Program Coordinator and volunteering with the FTE in her free time.

“EFL taught me how to analyze decisions and simultaneously tap into my core values (opportunity cost, hello). Those two tools have let me know that when I make a choice — and I’ve made many in my career — that I’m making the one that is right for me. It also taught me how to be an effective leader and team member, which is crucial to success and making connections along the way. ” maddie-1

When Madeleine isn’t working, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends and family. She still keeps in touch with many friends made through EFL.

“We’ve taken vacations, helped each other with resumes, and ultimately helped each other grow — that’s true friendship that only helps you thrive.”

We look forward to seeing Madeleine continue to thrive in the future!

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Where We are Wednesday – UC Berkeley


Where We are Wednesday…

The University of California, Berkeley! Home of the blue and gold Oski bears (blue for the California sky) gold (for the golden state). Founded in 1868 as the university that would “contribute even more than California’s gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations”, this vibrant college town is a great place to spend a week and learn Economics.

Berkeley rankings:

According to US News and World Report , UC Berkeley ranks as

#1 Public School in the country

#20 for all National Universities

#2 for its Business program

Due to popular demand, we will be hosting two Economics for Leaders programs at Berkeley this summer – get your application in early to secure your spot!

 DATES: June 26th-July 2nd  &  July 3rd-July 9th  (APPLY HERE)


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Recent Alumni Profile – Angela Wei

Angela Wei attended Economics for Leaders last year at Rice University in Houston, TX. About her experience she says,

“If you have any hesitation about applying to a FTE camp, you won’t regret it when you do. If you want to learn more about yourself in one week than you have your whole life, FTE is the place for you. Plus, you also get to earn real money.”

Angela still keeps in touch with some of her friends from the program and says her favorite part was meeting other kids from around the world and building friendships that would last forever.

Angela enjoys writing and her favorite subject in school is English!


Group Picture – Students and Teachers – Rice 2016

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From the Gorges of Ithaca to the Skyscrapers of Seattle…

We are proud to announce our 2017 summer sites and dates! This year we are all over the country at universities big and small. All accepted students will stay on campus in university dorms- with housing options also available for teacher attendees. Take a look at our sites and dates below.

**Stars indicate programs for both teachers and students to apply. 

The Economic History for Leaders program at Tufts University focuses on economic history.

Be sure to apply early as some locations will fill up FAST! Another added bonus for those who apply early and are accepted = an automatic $300 off the total cost of tuition. Applications must be in before February 1st to be eligible.


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Welcome to Our Blog

This blog platform is designed to give students and teachers an insight into Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) and the programs offered by the organization. It is also a chance for us to connect former and future participants of our programs. Throughout the year we will highlight outstanding alumni and staff while also sharing tips for success in both economics and leadership.

The mission of the FTE is to introduce young individuals, selected for their leadership potential, to an economic way of thinking about national and international issues, and to promote excellence in economic education by helping teachers of economics become more effective educators.

This blog is written by the staff of FTE, a non-profit organization with offices in Davis, California and Washington, DC.


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