The Week in Review

KWHS recaps the most important business news of the week. Students and educators are invited to discuss the impact of the news on their lives.

The Week in Review:

South Sudan: Business Ethics Can Help the World’s Youngest Country


South Sudan is the world’s youngest country. When it broke from Sudan a few years back, many were hopeful that it would build a stronger economy. However, it is struggling. KWHS teen contributor Mats Terwiesch spoke with Eric Kacou, an expert on Africa, about the role of businesses and investors in helping the country rebound and find its way.

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The Week in Review:

Poor Perfume Sales Reveal the Powerful Connection between Business and Celebrity


Sometimes even Swifties need to take the good with the bad. On August 18, fans tuned in for Taylor Swift’s much-anticipated Yahoo Worldwide Live Stream. The next day, cosmetics company Elizabeth Arden blamed its worst quarterly financial results ever on slow sales of celebrity perfumes, especially scents endorsed by Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. It’s a reminder that behind every brand is a business working hard to be profitable, and celebrity endorsements can influence success.

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The Week in Review:

Is Bossy the Other “B” Word?


Seldom does one word get people talking so much, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg couldn’t be happier. Her new “Ban Bossy” campaign is meant to elevate the conversation around what prevents women from becoming leaders in hopes of ultimately encouraging more women to step up. KWHS called on Wharton student Katlyn Grasso, founder of a company that works to empower high school girls, to offer her perspective on “bossy.”

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The Week in Review:

A New Kind of Money: Bitcoin Basics Amidst a Week of Mt. Gox Mayhem


Have you checked into the cryptocoin scene lately? Even if you haven’t, you may have heard talk of the mysterious Mt. Gox, bitcoin and freaked-out investors. Following the news of the first and most widely known bitcoin exchange suddenly going dark, KWHS helps to demystify the world of digital currency.

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The Week in Review:

Who Is Joey Hudy, Boy Genius, White House Guest?


During the 2014 State of the Union Address on January 28, U.S. President Barack Obama talked about the accomplishments of one of his invited guests, 16-year-old Joey Hudy. Who is this wonder teen? Here’s a hint: Think shooting marshmallows.

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The Greatest Risks Facing Our World Economy


Kelsey Juliana, a high school student from Oregon, has been in the news of late for her fight to protect natural resources from the effects of global warming. Climate change, as it turns out, is one of the five most likely risks threatening our world economy in 2014, according to a World Economic Forum report released the week of January 13, 2014, the same week Juliana brought her case in front of the Oregon Court of Appeals. The risks report set the stage for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, that began January 22.

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Behind the Wheel of Tesla’s Model S and Elon Musk’s Endless Innovation


While President Barack Obama is talking about the salvation of the auto industry this week, other car enthusiasts have their eyes on innovators like Elon Musk, CEO and founder of Tesla Motors. This summer, Alexander Mason, 17, visited the electric car company’s headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., and came away with key insights about entrepreneurial spirit and leadership.

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Introducing the Latest Stock Market Debutante: #TWTR


Microblogging service Twitter faced a judgment day of sorts on Thursday, Nov. 7, when it began trading as a public company on the New York Stock Exchange. It had a strong public stock debut, but does Twitter have room to grow? Teen and academic experts offer their analyses.

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