Tag Archives: Social Impact

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).

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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Interview with Social Enterprise Initiative Director Christina Hachikian

Last week, I sat down with Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) Director Christina Hachikian to learn more about her new lab class, Scaling Social Innovation. But what I took away from our discussion was so much more. I left with a deeper appreciation for the huge challenges that social sector institutions face to scale their work in order to make impactful sustainable changes, and for the myriad ways SEI equips students and alumni to make an impact in the social space.  Proving yet again… Booth is so much more than a finance school! Continue reading Interview with Social Enterprise Initiative Director Christina Hachikian