Category Archives: Social Impact

Introducing: Random Walk New Orleans

Why am I here and not somewhere else?  I think this question is my constant reminder to keep striving toward my goals and to create change.  I came to Chicago Booth, because I truly felt that only here could I explore my ideas and have the resources necessary to ensure their success.  The ability to follow your passions and to create new initiatives is endless so long as you have the drive to see the work through.  I knew that Booth would give me both the opportunity and the toolkit to create and lead in the capacity that I wanted whether instituting a student group, launching a business venture, or establishing a never before visited Random Walk destination.

For me, this type of leadership involves constantly affecting change.  I believe that when I see a problem, I can and should work to implement a solution to solve for the problem.  It is up to me to be the change—not someone else. 

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Growing my Social Impact Startup at Chicago Booth

I’m dual a degree MBA/MPP full time student, and I also run a social enterprise. KitcheNet provides urban food deserts (areas without access to quality nutrition) with easy access of affordable fresh produce and food education to empower and celebrate community wellness.

We’ve been in operation since August 2017, and so far have served more than 200+ boxes (1000 pounds of fresh food) to the Englewood community in Chicago. I often get asked how I ended up being a social entrepreneur while pursuing dual grad degrees. And how do I manage everything? Good question…

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MLK Day of Service – Extending the “Pay it Forward” culture beyond Booth

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is a reminder that we all have the ability to create and inspire positive change in our communities. While MLK Day is nationally observed on the third Monday of January, the Saturday prior, UChicago conducts a Day of Service in honor of MLK. Booth’s Giving Something Back club joins UChicago’s undergrads, graduate programs, faculty, alumni, elementary school students from the Lab and Charter Schools, and even affiliated friends and family to serve local charities, schools, and foundations in the Chicago community.

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The Net Impact Conference: Exploring a career in Social Impact

As a first year MBA student, it’s easy to get swept away by singling in on consulting or investment banking recruiting. However, for me, as the recruiting process kicked into high gear at the end of October, the Net Impact 2017 Conference was a refreshing opportunity for me to join like-minded individuals dedicated to arriving at careers focused in social impact.

A dozen of us Booth students took the trip to Atlanta, GA, the site of this year’s conference, to learn about our “Path to Purpose,” this year’s theme for the annual social impact event. If the conference provided the “path,” the Booth Net Impact co-chairs were our mountain guides.

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Take a Break from Midterms, Get Inspired by Barack Obama and Chance the Rapper, and Know Why You are Here

Nine years ago, Barack Obama returned to Hyde Park for a visit after being elected president of the United States. A lot has changed since then, but one thing remains constant: the change-makers Obama surrounds himself with.

On November 1, I was blessed to have the opportunity to spend an evening with both Barack and Michelle Obama, Chance the Rapper, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Nas, Gloria Estefan, and many more inspiring artists and social leaders to celebrate the kickoff of the Obama Foundation in Hyde Park. The opportunity to see a president and former first lady show so much love and passion for Hyde Park, and to see the incredible individuals who are working to shape the future of Chicago, inspired me to take a night off from midterms and recruiting to refocus on why I am here.

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