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CSVC Fellowship Ends With Huddle – And Awards

Feb 23, 2021
Experiential / Reality-based Learning

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Maryland Smith’s Center for Social Value Creation recently concluded its second Impact Consulting Fellowship, a program that puts students to work in cross-functional teams to provide pro bono consulting services to impact-driven organizations. And as with every ICF term, this one ended with an ICF Huddle, and a chance to present their final deliverables and compete for awards.

The winners of the Fall 2020 ICF Huddle Best Recommendation Award were MBA Project Manager Maria Iglesias, master’s students Shlok Nileshkumar Jethwa and Aditya Deshpande, and sophomores Ifeoluwa Ogunkola, Abaan Kermani, Karen Hao and Catherine Agostini.

The team provided consulting services to nonprofit A Mother’s Promise, which aims to deliver life-changing enrichment programs and life-affirming experiences to at-risk girls in the Washington, D.C., area.

Since its launch in summer of 2020, ICF has provided over 20,000 hours of consulting to 32 Maryland and UMD-alumni-led organizations, with a combined 211 students and 29 alumni consulting advisors participating.

The student teams consist of students from the undergraduate, business master’s and MBA programs at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

“We were excited to continue this experiential learning opportunity that showcases to our students how social value creation generates profit,” said Nima Farshchi, director of Maryland Smith’s Center for Social Value Creation.

In December, CSVC won the MBA Roundtable Fast Track Innovation Award from Net Impact.

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