Recent Alumni Profile – Jillian Huels

This time last year Jillian Huels was reluctant to apply for FTE’s Economics for Leaders program. By the following October she was a guest speaker at the TFAS/FTE Leadership Conference looking back with fondness on her time at Duke University saying of her experience, “It was an incredible one which I never expected”. huels, jillian

Since her time at Economics for Leaders Jillian says she has become more perceptive to the political world around her developing a deeper understanding of public policy issues and even joining her high school debate team.

When asked her favorite part of the experience, Jillian remembers the people with which she spent her time.

“Immersed in an environment with some of the most intellectual people I have ever met”, people who “truly cared about their future and supported those around them”.

As a senior in high school Jillian is also looking towards the future. She hopes to advance her studies by following a pre-medical track in the future but also continue to stay exposed to a variety of subject fields such as macroeconomics, psychology, and comparative government throughout the remainder of her school year.

If you’d like to learn more about Economics for Leaders and the spaces we have available then click here!

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Where We are Wednesday – College of William and Mary


It’s a William an Mary Wednesday! We still have spaces available for both students AND teachers on this beautiful historic campus.

Just how historic you ask? The College of William and Mary was chartered on February 8th, 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II, making it the second oldest college in the United States! While on campus you can even pay a visit to the Wren building which is the oldest academic building still in use today.

Former alumni such as Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler would be sure to agree that it’s a great place to learn a little leadership and economics.

You can learn more about how to sign up on our website!

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Alumni Spotlight – Ruby Au – Nashville 2011

Ruby Au, has traveled near and far. Since participating in the Economics for Leaders program at Vanderbilt in Nashville, she moved to Los Angeles to attend college at Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and Dornsife College. Throughout her time in college, she worked abroad in Panama, Hondurans and Cape Town.

These days however, Ruby can be found in rural Kenya running Lumen, a social enterprise organization that works with students to create a financially sustainable model for computer education.

Having the opportunity to work with international micro-businesses through college is what led Ruby on her path towards Lumen. While always interested in studying business, it wasn’t until she went to Vanderbilt University to attend Economics for Leaders (EFL), that Ruby began to think about economics as a cultural, behavioral, and human-interest issue as well.img_2809-1

About her EFL experience she says, “It wasn’t just about acquiring a skill set- it was also about impacting lives through the ability to apply a theoretical system of thinking to situational contexts. This largely influenced my decision to study business in university later on”.

Since then, the process of creating Lumen has been exactly that: trying to understand a different context, and innovating existing business models to fit that unique need.

Although 70% of Kenya’s population lives in rural communities, these areas are by and large cut off from the digital revolution sweeping the urban centers of the country.

Lumen helps to establish computer labs where its students work, providing market research services for development organizations. Students are then able to master project-based computer skills while also learning to analyze and think critically about issues in their community.

Lumen is currently participating it its very own crowdfunding campaign and would love your support to raise awareness about this issue! Please feel free to read more about the organization on their website at


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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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