Across campus, past the football stadium, to the LBJ School I go…
I am once again broadening my horizons and taking classes outside of the McCombs School of Business. Since my concentration is Social Enterprise, I thought it would make since to take a class specifically dedicated to social entrepreneurship and innovation. Luckily, the Texas MBA has a flexible curriculum and I am able to dedicate a few of my electives to topics that really interest me and may not be offered at McCombs.
This semester, as part of my pursuit of the RGK Center’s Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies, I am taking a class at the LBJ School called Social Innovation. The class is co-taught by Dr. Peter Frumkin, Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, and Suzi Sosa from MPower Labs, Inc. So far, the course has been very insightful and has allowed me to adapt the skills and knowledge I have gained in my MBA to the challenges often faced in the world of social entrepreneurship. It has also been refreshing to study different types of cases that focus on social responsibility and positive change leaders around the world. Not to mention, each case analysis is coupled with complex and interesting discussion since the classroom is filled with a variety of graduate students, including those from the LBJ School, Law, and the School of Social Work.
As part of the class, I have the opportunity to participate in the Dell Social Innovation Competition hosted by the RGK Center. For all of you social innovators out there, I would definitely encourage you to check out the competition and preview all of the great ideas submitted.