Ethical Entrepreneurship

I learned, firsthand, what efforts go into making a business ethical and all the various parts of planning a business.

I enjoyed the different workshops and I feel like I now have the skills required to run a business successfully. -Recent Participant

Ethical Entrepreneurship 2019: Making the World Better Through Innovation

The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School has again partnered with Montclair State University’s Center for Innovation to offer this unique opportunity that combines ethics, innovation, product design, and business skills. Learn the skills that it takes to become a socially-responsible entrepreneur and how to take an idea from “incubation to creation to market” with experts in the fields of ethics, innovation, and business!

New This Year - Learn How to Take Your Prototype to Market!
Optional Experience (at no additional cost) 2-Day Business Planning Workshop
Kent Place School Campus, July 1-2

2-day Business Planning Workshop Highlights:
  • Create your own personalized business plan to market your creation
  • Learn the skills needed to start your own small business
  • Discover ways to secure funding to get your prototype product to market
  • Create a sales and marketing strategy
  • Work with a one-on-one mentor who will coach you on marketing your product

2019 Program Details

June 24-28, 2019
July 1-2, 2019 (optional program)

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

The program is open to rising 9th through 12th-graders, both KPS, and non-KPS students. 

$1,695 includes all materials for the program including laptops, breakfast, and lunch daily.

Early Bird: 10% off if registered and application is complete by Feb 1, 2019
Financial Aid available - please contact Elyse Post at

Participants who enroll are asked to commit to the full program.

2019 Facilitators

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  • Dr. Karen Rezach

    Karen Rezach joined the Kent Place community in 2000, and is the Director of the Middle School and the Director of The Ethics Institute. She has a master’s in divinity from Yale University, an EdD from Seton Hall University and is an ordained Episcopal priest. Her doctoral research, “Spiritual Leadership as a Model of Effective Leadership in Independent School,” explores the ways in which educators can bring values and moral awareness in non-religious ways into a variety of school settings. Dr. Rezach has over 20 years of experience as an independent school administrator, including director of the middle school at Kent Place and assistant head of school at St. Philip’s Academy in Newark, NJ. She has been teaching and facilitating workshops on ethics for more than a decade.
  • Michele Ansbacher

    Michele Ansbacher holds a B.A. degree in economics and political science from Montclair State University and her M.B.A. degree in finance from New York University. She has recently retired from Prudential Financial. Her role prior to retiring was the Vice President of the Eastern Territory in Agency Distribution. She is currently an adjunct professor and chair of the advisory board for the Feliciano School of Business. She most recently accepted the role of Executive-in-Residence at the School of Business. Prior to her appointment as Eastern Territorial Vice President, she was vice president, Corporate Compliance and Corporate Chief Ethics Officer at Prudential. Previously, she was vice president of Field Support and also served as Agency Distribution’s business ethics officer.
  • Mark Semioli

    Mark Semioli, who has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University, earned his juris doctor from the Santa Clara School of Law and holds a master’s in elementary and middle school education from Mercy College. Mr. Semioli joined the Kent Place School faculty in 2010 and teaches Ancient and Classical Civilizations and World Cultures and Geography in the Middle School. Mark is the current Chair of the History Department, helps facilitate the Ethical Leadership in Business Summer Institute and assists with Kent Place’s Saturday-morning soccer program.
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The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School is a first-of-its-kind Institute at the primary and secondary school levels. We believe promoting the process and practice of ethical thinking and ethical decision-making in the youngest of children prepares them to be the most effective leaders and compassionate citizens of tomorrow.