By Brittany Grosser-Basile | Student reporter
The first cohort of the Baumhart Center’s Social Impact Scholars program began on September 10 with five extraordinary social impact leaders who were selected from a large pool of talented applicants.
The program, generously supported by a philanthropic gift, offers half scholarships to established leaders from high-performing nonprofits to participate in Quinlan’s 10-week Mini-MBA program.
The students meet one evening per week to engage in business topics and strategies that can be implemented at work the next day. The Baumhart Center then hosts a special eleventh workshop exclusively for the scholarship recipients that focuses on how to leverage the Mini-MBA knowledge and skills toward advancing impact at their nonprofit organizations.
The scholars are already off to a strong start. Here’s why they are excited about the program in their own words:
“I am thrilled to be a Social Impact Scholar through the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise. The Loyola Mini MBA program will give me a framework to lead Access Living with focus and clarity as we tackle some important challenges in the coming year, including the launch of our first for-profit initiative.”
“I believe that this mini-MBA will help me build the skills needed to feel confident in what has to date felt like a foreign world. Cultivating a solid foundation in leadership, strategy, and business models will help me move at a quicker pace and give me the competitive edge, both in my current role and as I continue on in my career.”
“Participating in the mini-MBA program will provide me with the business acumen I need to help my organization successfully execute against a new and ambitious strategic plan and demonstrate meaningful growth and impact in the women’s health space.”
“This timing of this program is great and the content lines up perfectly against my work plan for the coming year. I’m so excited to learn from the faculty and interact with others in the cohort. I was inspired on the first night!”
“As the managing director of Aspire CoffeeWorks, a growing social enterprise coffee company that employs adults with disabilities by selling coffee to businesses, I am in a unique position to impact lives in a positive way. The Quinlan Mini-MBA will help me become a well-rounded business leader who can successfully effect change in the community by raising awareness of inclusion for people with disabilities.”