• What It's All About


    HW Inc is a five day summer program for motivated HW students to explore business and entrepreneurship. Inc participants can expect to develop valuable business skills, go behind the scenes of a diverse group of companies and ventures, and learn to speak with industry standouts. We are looking for any and all motivated and creative HW students of any grade, regardless of experience!


    Only 36 students will be admitted.

    For a taste of Inc, check out this video from 2015's event!


    Watch our student made documentary from our 2015 event!

    Or watch a short two minute trailer.

  • Meet the Mentors

    These esteemed business elites will be lecturing and teaching over the five day session!

    Rick Seireeni

    Founder and Senior Brand Architect at THe BRand Architect group

    Rick Seireeni, co-founder of Seireeni and Chinn Brand Architects, invented the term “brand architect” thing after the bottom fell out of the logo design business he owned. He grudginly blames that on the invention of the Mac and desktop publishing that turned every client’s kid into a trademark designer. Rick’s first job was working for the City team that saved the Pike Place Market. After that high point, the first of many years of aimless drifting began: living La Dolce Vita in Rome, conning his way into Rolling Stone Magazine as an art director, then Creative Director of Warner Bros Records. After taking an unauthorized three month vacation to the south of France, he was fired and forced to start his own business. Over the last three decades, Seireeni has worked with some amazing entrepreneurs who have created Southern California’s most iconic brands, like Gotcha, The Little Door, Guess?, Quicksilver, Wolfgang Puck, Toyota and so many others. After partnering with chinn, they began to work for clients like Mitsubishi Bank, Uniqlo, Sony, ANA Airlines and the World Trade Center Japan. In the case of Uniqlo, Chinn and Seireeni turned this unknown sportswear retailer into the fastest growing fast fashion brand in the world.

    Peter D. Kaufman

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Glenair, Inc.

    Peter Kaufman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Glenair, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of electrical and fiber optic components and assemblies for the aerospace industry. He has served in various capacities at that company since 1977. Kaufman has many years of practical experience as a chief executive officer, and he specializes in fostering a business culture that motivates and retains exceptional employees. His background in accounting also makes him a valuable member of the company's audit committee.

    Jodie Lesh

    Senior Vice President, National Delivery System Strategy, Planning & Design at Kaiser Permanente

    In her current capacity at Kaiser Permanente, Jodie Lesh leads the planning and design for the program’s care delivery system, representing approximately $3 billion a year in capital spending. She heads the Garfield Center for Innovation, as well as the Tustin Design and Learning Center, with both innovation studios focused on designing future care models and further developing the organization’s human centered design capabilities. She lead the Re-imagining Ambulatory Design initiative, featured in Fast Company, to develop a vision for the future of outpatient care, and is driving implementation of this vision. Ms. Lesh co-developed and is currently leading CULTIVATE, Kaiser Permanente’s community health improvement strategy, which seeks to improve the upstream social, economic and environmental conditions within communities. Through land redevelopment and job pipeline programs, as well as economic development initiatives such as KP’s partnership with the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Ms. Lesh strives to harness the resources and expertise of KP to improve the conditions facing our most disadvantaged communities.

    In her prior role as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and New Ventures for Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Ms. Lesh lead the region's strategic planning activities and development of new business ventures. Before joining Kaiser Permanente in 2003, Ms. Lesh was Vice President of Strategic Planning at Health Net, where she directed strategic planning for its western region and product development and marketing for Health Net of California. Prior to Health Net, Ms. Lesh spent nine years at Deloitte Consulting where she specialized in health care strategy. Along with her work at Kaiser Permanente, Ms. Lesh serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times and serves on the Ronald McDonald Charities of Southern California Board of Trustees and is currently the Vice Chair and Chair-Elect of the Board of Governors for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.


  • People Behind HW Inc

    DJ Lesh


    (Chief Executive Officer)

    "And in the end, it's not the years in your life, but the life in your years."

    -Abraham Lincoln

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    Jonathan Damico


    (Chief Operations Officer)

    "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."

    -Mark Twain

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    Evan Keare


    (Chief Marketing Officer)

    “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

    -Mae West

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    Tiber Seireeni


    (Chief Financial Officer)

    "When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do."

    -Walt Disney

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    Jim Patterson

    Director of Kutler Center and Summer Programs

    "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter."

    - Mark Twain


    Rob Levin

    Mentor & Teacher at HW

    “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”


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  • When?

    Monday, June 12 to Saturday, June 17 2017

    • Monday begins at 6:00 PM and ends by 8 PM
    • Tuesday and Wednesday begin at 9 AM and end by 4:00 PM
    • Thursday begins at 9 AM and ends by 4:30 PM
    • Friday begins at 9 AM and ends by 9 PM with an optional extension period to work on projects ending by 11 PM.
    • Saturday begins at 10 AM.
    • Teams will demo new ventures for friends, family, & alumni panelists at 7:30 PM on Saturday
    • There will be a dinner for all friends and family at 6:00 PM on Saturday
    • HW Inc ends by 9:30 PM on Saturday


    Harvard Westlake Upper School


    3700 Coldwater Canyon
    Studio City, CA 91604

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    HW Inc is open to Harvard-Westlake's emerging

    innovators, collaborators, & founders!

    Space is restricted to only 36 students.

    Accepting applications NOW.

    Student attendees are joined by a number of successful faculty and alumni entrepreneurs who have led startups, organizations, and initiatives.

    Ticket Availability?

    ONLY 36 Tickets Will Be Released!


    Here are just a few reasons...


    Find job and internship connections.


    Build a team to create a startup to enter in local & national startup competitions.


    Learn what it takes to raise capital and launch awesome companies.


    Test-drive new skills while working to build real ventures.


    Make lasting friendships and enjoy an experience unlike any other with fellow Harvard-Westlake students!

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