Category Archives: Social Impact

The World is Your Classroom: Global Social Impact Practicum (Part I)

As Fall Quarter wraps up, most Boothies are gearing up for some much needed rest and relaxation. For fifteen of my classmates and me, however, our term is not quite over. Once our finals are complete this week, we will jet off to India as part of the Global Social Impact Practicum (GSIP), a class at Booth that marries innovation with social impact in an emerging market. The course is facilitated by the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, Booth’s destination for those committed to helping solve complex social and environmental problems.

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Social Impact and stewardship at booth

My name’s Sean, and among some of the hats that I wear, I Co-Chair the Graduate Business Council (GBC) Social Impact and Sustainability Committee with Aditya Srinath. I was asked to write about my experience in Social Impact at Booth, so let me set the scene and start from the beginning…

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Expanding the Classroom with Social Impact in India

I came to Booth not only to build out my investing skill-set but to discover how to use those skills to better society. The Global Social Impact Practicum (GSIP) is helping me reach that goal.


Our Autism Therapy Startup Won the Social New Venture Challenge!

Last week was exciting… to say the least. The startup I founded with fellow classmate Frankie Schiller was selected as the new 2018 John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge champion! Our idea, Autism in Motion Clinics, aims to set up and operate autism clinics in markets that have substantial and underserved populations of children with autism, such as in Arkansas, where we are currently running a pilot program.

Read more about our social startup here!

Me with Social New Venture namesake John Edwardson (on left) and AIM cofounder and joint Booth and School of Social Service Administration student Frankie Schiller (on right).

Finding my Voice at Booth

When I started at Booth I knew that one of the skills I wanted to continue to cultivate was public speaking. I had always been in awe of the fluency with which great business and political leaders were able to speak in front of their respective audiences. While I wanted to strive towards that oratory ease, I still maintained a common case of stage nerves and fear of blanking in the middle of my speech.

I knew the more I practiced the better I would be, so I leveraged all of the different opportunities at Booth as ways to develop this muscle. Whether it be running for cohort president (where candidates are required to make a small speech in front of classmates) or signing up for Persuasion class, I was determined to find ways to get more practice reps in.

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