Academics
Signature Programs

Global Entrepreneurship




Participants in Chatham Hall’s Global Entrepreneurship program don’t just dream, they do.

In Global Entrepreneurship, students explore the fundamentals of business and economics; gain skills in business planning, market diagnostics, presentation, and pitching; and are guided through the discovery and incubation process of a business concept. The students are led by the program's director, Beth Barksdale, a former CEO of a multi-million dollar national healthcare company.

During the program, students test and launch their own entrepreneurial ventures that can be implemented and scaled as viable businesses. Throughout, students are gaining research, leadership, and public speaking skills, among many others. At the end of the two-year program, they receive a certificate of completion.

Recent Businesses & Organizations Started by Students
  • Bite of the World - Food Cart
  • Oak Tree - Campus Coffeehouse
  • Paw-Mento Cheese - Nonprofit
  • Copper's Cookies - Horse Treats
  • FaFo - Online Art Gallery
  • Speedy Snacks - Dorm Snack Store
  • $$$ Club - Student Investment Club

The program consists of three essential pillars that ensure our students have a hands-on learning opportunity to create value for the School, in the local community, and the wider world. 



Program Modules

List of 3 items.

  • Module 1

    Ideas for Chatham Hall: Students examine the School and develop pitches that would add value to the campus community.
  • Module 2

    Ideas for the Town of Chatham: Students research the Chatham community and propose products, programs, or services that would add economic and/or social value.
  • Module 3

    Ideas for the Wider World: Students develop pitches that would add value anywhere in the world.



Global Entrepreneurship in the News




800 Chatham Hall Circle  •  Chatham, VA 24531
+1 434.432.2941  •  admissions@chathamhall.org
Day and boarding school for girls grades 9-12 in the Episcopal tradition.

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