2013 News

Students 'Get Networking' at Social Impact Career Workshop 3 (December 13)
For many Smith students, an ideal career is one with more than just a big salary. They want a career that aligns with their values and supports a mission they feel passionate about. During the Social Impact Career Workshop series co-hosted by Center for Social Value Creation, Office of Career Services, and co-founder of More Than Money Careers, Mrim Boutla, Smith students learned how to translate experience and education into a career path aligned with their personal values. Learn more.

Students Showcase a Semester of Nonprofit Consulting Work (December 5)
There was certainly a sense of accomplishment at the ChangeTheWorld.org Symposium and Reception hosted by the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC). After a semester-long consulting engagement with nonprofits across the country, student consultants were eager to discuss the impressive outcomes of their work. In the beginning of the fall semester, students were grouped in teams and then paired with nonprofits through ChangeTheWorld.org, a program run in partnership between CSVC and Grassroots.org. Learn more.

Sustainability Jam: Building Skills to Change the World (November 26)
Learning a new skill and then applying that skill to cr eate new, real-world solutions in one weekend is a remarkable accomplishment for anyone. Last weekend, that’s exactly what a group of 40 motivated students did at the 2nd annual College Park Sustainability Jam. Students used the principles of Design Thinking to develop prototype solutions to a myriad of sustainability issues. Learn more.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 15)
During the week of November 18–22, the Smith School will participate as a partner in Global Entrepreneurship Week – the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. At Smith, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Social Value Creation have several events planned. The week will be full of exciting events with participants from across our community. Take a look at what we’ve got planned and become part of something truly remarkable. Learn more.

Net Impact is Chapter of the Year (October 30)
Last week at the Net Impact Conference in San Jose, the Smith Undergraduate Net Impact chapter (SUNI) at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business was awarded 2013 Undergraduate National Chapter of the Year. The Net Impact conference is a national convening of nearly 3,000 students and professional leaders using their careers to change the world. Learn more.

Honest Tea's Seth Goldman Speaks to Students (October 25)
Seth Goldman, Founder and 'TEO' of Honest Tea, spoke to students of the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business on October 15, 2013. Learn more and watch the recap video.

Announcing the 2014 Do Good Challenge (October 10)
CSVC has joined the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership in hosting the third annual Do Good Challenge. The Do Good Challenge is both a fun competition and a real-world opportunity for student teams to advance the causes they’re passionate about and work towards solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. During the Challenge, University of Maryland students further their favorite causes by volunteering, fundraising, promoting awareness, or starting or advancing a social enterprise. Learn more.

MBA Students Provide Hands on Consulting in Sri Lanka (September 27)
If all goes to plan, six Smith School of Business MBA students will have helped create 290 full-time jobs in northern and eastern Sri Lanka – the regions most devastated by a 25 year civil war. And it only took them three weeks. Learn more.

TS/UM Social Innovation Challenge Announced (September 9)
Broadcaster Tavis Smiley, in partnership with the University of Maryland, will launch a $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. Learn more.

Innovation Fridays (September 6)
This semester The University of Maryland is launching Innovation Fridays. Every Friday throughout the semester, students, faculty and staff can get feedback and advice to help start and grow businesses. These events are hosted by the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship; the Center for Social Value Creation; The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership; and the A. James Clark School of Engineering’s Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (MTECH). Learn more.

Students Foster Social Entrepreneurship in Nicaragua (June 18)
Eleven University of Maryland students have traveled to Nicaragua this summer as part of a new UMD study abroad program that combines entrepreneurship with service learning. The students, members of the Maryland Social Entrepreneur Corps, will spend eight weeks helping develop and promote small businesses. Learn more.

Smith School’s “Argentine Terps” Take First Prize for at this Year’s Do Good Challenge (April 10)
Celebrity judges Fran Drescher, Carl Lewis, and Melanie Schnoll Begun awarded the $5,000 First Prize in this year’s Do Good Challenge to the Argentine Terps, which raises funds to pay for lawyers to work in the slums of Argentina. Learn more.

Business Rx: Sustainable Systems International (April 7) 
John Spears has been in the solar energy industry since the early 1970s. In the mid-1990s, he spent time in South Africa, helping rebuild the housing infrastructure as the country emerged from apartheid. More recently, he saw an opportunity for yet another venture focused on helping developing countries replace inefficient diesel generators with sustainable solar-powered options. Melissa Carrier offers advice. Read more.

Social Venture Start-Up Earth Starter Wins Cupid’s Cup 2013! (April 5)
Maryland’s own social venture start-up Earth Starter took home the 2013 Cupid’s Cup, along with the top $50,000 cash prize. Learn more at www.cupidscup.com.

Kid Fitness Program and Mobile Money Transfer Service Both Take Top Prize in UMD Social Impact Pitch Competition (March 14)
Competition was so close among University of Maryland student social entrepreneurs that judges awarded two top winners in a recent “No Limits Social Impact Pitch Competition.” Read more.

Maryland International Magazine (Spring, 2013) 
In this spring issues, CSVC talks about Going Global with UMD's Social Entrepreneurs (page 5), and highlights are shared from a recent international engagement in Thailand where CSVC, CIBER and a group of students engaged international and Thai organizations helping to alleviate poverty and disease in Thailand. Read more.

Washington Post, Business Rx: “Recoup” (March 10) 
Melissa Carrier offers advice to a tech entrepreneur who wants to marry his expertise with his personal mission to help nonprofits and schools. Read more.

Smith Business Close Up: Benefit Corporations (March 7)
Melissa Carrier talks about the state of Maryland's benefit corporation legislation and a recent study by a group of MBAs of how companies in the state are faring. Watch.

Washington Post, Business Rx: "STEMitUP" (March 3)
CSVC Social Entrepreneur in Residence Drew Bewick offers advice to a collaborative Web-based platform that empowers students to create mobile apps for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while applying 21st century project management skills. Read more.

Social Enterprise Symposium (March 1)
The passion for sustainable business practices and fostering a work-place culture centered on creating social value was palpable at the Robert H. Smith School of Business’ 5th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium on March 1, 2013. Read more.

Washington Post, Career Coach: "Do-good organizations" (Feb. 10)
Drew Bewick, social entrepreneur-in-residence at the Center for Social Value Creation, offers his thoughts on improving workforce engagement and motivation. Read more.

Non-Profit or For-Profit: The Social Entrepreneurs Dilemma (Jan. 25)
Darius Graham attorney, co-founder of DC Social Innovation Project and Social Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Center for Social Value Creation, offers insight on the social entrepreneur’s dilemma.Read more.

First-Ever Study of Maryland Benefit Corps Released (Jan. 25)
The work of Smith MBA’s in the Social Venture Consulting Practicum, offered by the Center for Social Value Creation, was recognized in Forbes for contributing to the understanding of the Benefit Corporation movement. Learn more.

Washington Post Express Article: “In the Business of Doing Good” (Jan. 14)
CSVC’s Melissa Carrier was recently quoted in a Washington Post Express article highlighting MBAs pursuing the traditional degree for non-traditional use in the non-profit sector. Smith MBA candidate Alex Maciulaitis was also featured in the article, which discussed the growing trend of non-profits toward utilizing traditional business processes to improve their practices, and the growing numbers of MBAs with a goal for social good. Read the full article here.