Nima Farshchi

The Case Challenge: Create a Post-Pandemic Economic Plan

It’s difficult to figure out where to start when it comes to addressing the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But these Maryland Smith students have an idea.

On March 6, Maryland Smith MBA students – Ashlee Albertson, Daylin Russo, Morgan Daly and Sara Bartczak – placed fourth out of 80 teams internationally in the 3rd annual Net Impact Case Competition on Social Responsibility at the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Nima Farshchi

Nima Farshchi is the Director of the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Farshchi oversees the strategic direction of CSVC, focused on educating, engaging, and empowering Smith students to make a better world through business. Farshchi has a passion for how businesses can make the largest trickle-down effect on society through their practices.

Maryland Smith Pivots in Pandemic to Support Impact-Driven Organizations

Despite pandemic-induced social distancing, nearly 150 students are driving a Maryland Smith project this summer supporting value-driven organizations. With Zoom the primary platform, the Center for Social Value Creation at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has launched a two-month Impact Consulting Fellowship program in the vein of its earlier, signature Change the World Consulting program. Under way as of June 2020, the Impact Consulting Fellowship involves full- and part-time MBAs managing undergrads and other master’s students in providing consulting services – for example, to the blended learning school College Park Academy, a blended learning school; Black Girl Ventures, which supports founders; MLevel, a digital learning development platform; and Great Dwellings, a D.C.-based company that helps homeowners maximize their Airbnb and short-term vacation rentals.

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