girl boss

Girl Boss 
(Grades 6-8)

Do you have what it takes to be a girl boss? At this camp, you will be introduced to the world of business and entrepreneurship. By the end of camp, you will have developed a business idea and pitch the idea to the group. Being a woman in a leadership role or a female business owner has it's own set of challenges. Learn how to navigate leadership roles as a girl and how to be successful in your approach. In it's inaugural year, WIU's "Girl Boss" will teach young girls how rise to the top, where ever that might be. 

Location  The program takes place on the WIU-Macomb campus with a commuter or residential option. Classes are held both on and off campus and will meet Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Residential Camper Check-In takes place Sunday from 3-5 pm. Commuter Camper Drop-Off takes place Monday beginning at 8:15 am. Commuter Camper Pick-Up takes place daily at 4 p.m.
Dates   June 14-18, 2020

• Branding & Logos • Business Planning
• Cashflow/Breaking Even • Financial Literacy
• Human Resources • Leadership • Lunch with Mentors • Digital Marketing
• Personal Branding • Professionalism
• Professional Headshots • Public Speaking
• Supply Chain Management • The 4 P's of Marketing (Product, Price, Plan, Promotion)
• Time/Project Management • Wellness   Healthy Choices
• Market Research

Instructors & Presenters
  • Lauren Merritt (Executive Director-Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce)
  • Sarah Grant (Manager-McDonough County Farm Bureau)
  • Susan Creasey (Asst. Professor, Marketing-WIU)
  • Norine Hammond (Illinois State Representative, District 93)
  • Jil Tracy (Illinois State Senator, 47th District) 
  • Jessica Lambert (Creative & Digital Integration Manager-WIU)
  • Jill Joline Myers (Director, School of LEJA-WIU)
  • Patti Brennan (Asst. Professor of Finance-WIU)
  • Rachel Lenz (Executive Director-Macomb Park District) 
  • Honey Zimmerman (Asst. Professor, Supply Chain Management-WIU)
  • Kim Parker (General Manager-Burlington Bees Baseball Team) 
  • Laura Leezer (Senior VP, Corporate Senior Business Development/Sales Training-Citizens Bank)
  • Diana Blue (Economic Development Specialist, IL Cooperative Development Center-WIU)
  • Amelia Hartnett (Director of Human Resources-WIU)
  • Sarah Ritter (Manager of Photograpic Laboratory- WIU Visual Production Center) 
Business Site Visits 

All In Vinyl Boutique (Owner, Liz Stoneking) 

The Crafty Coop, LLC (Owner: Laci Todd) 

Make FIt Happen (Owner: Kristen Conrad) 

Free Range Yoga & Fitness Center (Owner: Dawn Piper) 




Enrollment is limited to 20 students who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The full $300 commuter and $450 residential registration fees includes all program costs. Registration forms, with payment information, can be completed online at www.wiu.edu/summeryouth, mailed to Study Abroad and Outreach, Horrabin Hall 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Il 61455, or faxed to (309) 298-2226. Checks are to be made payable to Western Illinois University.

Refund Policy:

WIU reserves the right to withdraw a program because of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. If a program is withdrawn, participants will be notified and fees will be refunded. A $50 fee will be charged to participants who cancel two weeks prior to the start of the program. No refunds will be made to participants who cancel one week prior to the start of the program.


Participants are housed at WIU's Corbin Olson Residence Hall. They will participate in both outdoor and indoor extracurricular activities. Students are supervised by faculty and carefully-selected resident counselors to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the Western campus.

Medical/ADA Compliance:

Students do not qualify for University health care. Parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident coverage. Western Illinois University is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Please let Study Abroad and Outreach staff know how we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks prior to the program start date.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual’s membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Cost Commuter Cost: $300
Residential Cost: $450
Register before March 13, 2020 and receive a 10% Early Bird Discount off the commuter or residential registration cost. Registration includes all program costs. Payment Plan and Scholarship information is available by contacting our office. Parents who wish to use a Payment Plan must pay a $100 deposit at the time of registration in order to hold a program spot. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.
Payment Plan & Scholarship

To take part in the payment plan, please send a $100 deposit at the time of registration. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.

Further Information: To inquire about the partial scholarships, need-based assistance, or payment plan options, please contact the Office of Study Abroad and Outreach at (309) 298-1911.

Deadline Two weeks prior to the first day of camp.  








Contact Us

Sally Adams
For Questions


Horrabin Room 8

(309) 298-1911