Smith Students Bring Passion and Business Together in Social Innovation Fellows (December 16)
Now in its fourth year at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Social Innovation Fellows (SIF) welcomed a new face of the program this Fall. Professor David Kirsch has taken on the SIF curriculum and breathed a new energy into the program. Read more.
Students Get Real about Social Entrepreneurship in New Lab (December 16)
This Fall, the Social Entrepreneurship Lab (SE Lab) was piloted at the Robert H. Smith School of Business under the leadership of Professor Christine Beckman and Adjunct Professor Sara Herald. The Lab is an active learning environment where students test hypotheses around the creation of social ventures, and thereby develop a first-hand understanding of how the field works. Read more.
Students Advance Sustainability on Campus at UMD Sustainability Jam (November 26)
A movement of "Jammers" convened at the University of Maryland to build sustainable solutions for our UMD community. The 3rd annual Sustainability Jam united students from diverse backgrounds to create new, real-world ideas that promote and advance Sustainability on campus. Students also collaborated with UMD staff on how to make their ideas a reality at UMD. Read more.
Smith Center Launches Living Lab Portal (November 19)
The Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business officially launched the Living Lab Portal. This online platform is designed to connect UMD students with experiential learning projects focused on improving the UMD campus and local community. Read more.
Students Showcase Nonprofit Consulting Projects (November 19)
Ten ChangeTheWorld.org student teams showcased their work this semester at the ChangeTheWorld.org Fall 2014 Symposium. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about each project and gave feedback to the presenters. Attendees included fellow and prospective student consultants, ChangeTheWorld mentors and clients and Smith School staff. Read more.
Impact Career Panel Connects MBAs with Impact Alumni (November 10)
How do you translate an MBA education into an impact-driven career? That was the topic of conversation at the Social Impact Careers panel discussion hosted by the Robert H. Smith School of Business's Office of Career Services on Monday, Novemeber 10th. Read more.
Students Share Experiences at Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps Symposium (October 22)
After spending eight weeks in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic or Ecuador this past summer, the 2014 Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps (MSEC) wrapped up with an evening symposium for students to share their experiences with program partners, sponsors and prospective students. Read more.
MBAs Explore Trends in Corporate Sustainability (September 29)
The Center for Social Value Creation brought together twelve MBAs, three staff and the Director of Corporate Responsibility at PwC for Smith's first ever Sustainability Roundtable Lunch & Learn. Read more.
Smith Ranks 20th in Social Impact in Net Impact’s “Business as UNusual” Rankings (September 9)
According to Net Impact’s recently released 2014 “Business as UNusual” rankings, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business ranks 20th in Social Impact and 30th in Sustainability among MBA programs. Read more.
First MBA Impact Fellows Wraps Up (August 8)
The Center for Social Value Creation partnered with the Office of Career Services to launch the first ever MBA Impact Fellows program this summer. The first cohort included four MBA students who worked in a variety of impact sectors, including international development, impact investing, and alternative energy, and took on roles in finance, operations, human capital management, and development. Their pay was supplemented by the Smith School to be par with competitive MBA intern wages. Read more.
Business Rx: How should a start-up train its volunteers? (July 27)
Do you have trouble finding and training the right volunteers? Pull some insights from Melissa Carrier's advice to Brooks Gabel, founder of justlikeyou.org, on how to grow their volunteer base at Universities and from a primarily digital community. Read more.
Facilitating Economic Growth in Sri Lanka, International Student Consulting (July 23)
Through a collaboration between the Center for International Business Education Research (CIBER), the office of Global Initiatives (OGI), and the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC), ten graduate students ventured to Sri Lanka in May 2014 to spend three weeks consulting with small business owners and government agencies. Teams composed of MBA, MPP, and MSIS students worked on high impact projects with key stakeholders in the local communities. Read more.
BTN LiveBIG: Maryland completes the Do Good Challenge (June 12)
The Big Ten Network covers the 3rd Annual Do Good Challenge with quotes from Boomer Esiason, David Falk, and Robert Grimm. Read more.
Student teams Show UMD How They ‘Do Good’ at Do Good Challenge Finals (May 5)
Riggs Alumni Center was full of passion and energy at the third annual Do Good Challenge. Students Helping Honduras and justlikeyou.org were the two winners of the night, each winning $6,000. Students Helping Honduras also won the Audience Choice Award, a $2,500 text-to-vote prize sponsored by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Both Students Helping Honduras and justlikeyou.org are led by undergraduates at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Read more.
Schoolchildren Visit Smith for Career Day (May 5)
The University of Maryland had a younger look on May 2, 2014, when nearly 200 fourth- and fifth-graders visited the Smith School of Business for Career Day. The children, from Broad Acres Elementary School in nearby Silver Spring, Md., met a sportswriter, astronomer, 3D animator, police officer and many other professionals. Read more.
More than 300 Smith Students Participate in Latin America Consulting Opportunities (April 18)
Over the past five years, hundreds of Smith School students have consulted on projects across the globe, but nowhere has their impact been felt as in Latin America. Since 2009, more than 300 students have consulted for Smith projects throughout the region. Read more.
Fearless Ideas Courses Inspire Innovation (April 14)
The University of Maryland offers a set of “Fearless Ideas” courses through its Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (AIE), a signature initiative to infuse the university with a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across all colleges, building on the institution's excellence as a research university. CSVC will be offering one of these courses this fall called the "Social Entrepreneurship Lab". Read more.
Smith School Business Summit Addresses Innovation (April 10)
At the North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Md., students, faculty and business professionals met for the third annual Smith School Business Summit. This year’s theme looked at innovation as an essential building block for the prosperity and survival of corporations. With more than 600 registered attendants, it was the largest Summit yet. Read more.
7 Inspiring Quotes from Smith’s Social Enterprise Symposium (March 17)
The Center for Social Value Creation at the Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted the 6th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium on March 7, 2014. Here are seven inspiring quotes from a day filled with meaningful messages about creating a better world through business. Read more.
Morning Buzz energizes SES with ideas of change (March 12)
This year’s symposium had a new feature, the “Morning Buzz,” a series of back-to-back solo presentations by thought leaders designed to pique interested and energize the audience, just as a morning coffee would. The speaker’s at the morning buzz were Mrim Boutla, co-founder and managing partner, More than Money Careers; David Bornstein, Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network; and Nicole Bassett, Director of Sustainability, PrAna. Rebecca Ratner, assistant dean for academic affairs-Undergraduate Programs, Smith School, moderated the session. Read more.
Terps talk about Impact at UMD (March 12)
Terrapin Impact: Lessons from UMD, one of eight breakout sessions during SES, was an hour-long panel and discussion about what entrepreneurs are doing on campus to create social value at the University of Maryland and beyond. Read more.
Smith Hosts 6th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium (March 12)
What could be accomplished if anything was possible, and we used our unique talents to forge fearlessly forward – without ever holding back? This was the idea behind each of the sessions at the 6th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium that took place on March 7, 2014 in the Stamp Student Union. Sponsored by the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, this year’s theme was: “Don’t hold back.” Read more.
Social Enterprise Symposium: March 7 (February 5)
The 6th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium (#SES14) returns to the University of Maryland on Friday, March 7, 2014. Sponsored by the Center for Social Value Creation at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, the Social Enterprise Symposium is unlike any other event on campus. Read more.
TS/UM Social Innovation Challenge Winners Announced (January 31)
Winners have been announced for the $75,000 TS/UM Social Innovation Challenge to help address some of society’s most pressing issues in three key areas: hunger, education and sustainability. The Center for Social Value Creation supported the competition that drew aspiring entrepreneurs to develop transformative solutions to affect positive change for individuals and communities across the nation. Read more.