Spring 2010

in this issue

Rethinking Business Strategy and Models
By Melissa Carrier, Executive Director
Costa RicaWelcome to our spring newsletter! It's been a busy three months for us, from hosting 500 students, faculty and professionals at our Social Enterprise Symposium... Read More

Center to Co-host Muhammad Yunus in May 
Tickets will sell out quickly - Register today! Read More

Global Challenge Winners
Tremendous Response to Inaugural Competition
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Dennis Wraase Joins the Center
Former Chairman and CEO of Pepco Holdings, Inc. Becomes the Center's First Executive-in-Residence  Read More

Social Enterprise Symposium
Highlights of the Second Annual Event  Read More

Empowering Emerging Markets
Panel Discussion Examines the Challenges of Working in International Development Read More

Microfinance in Action
Smith Students Travel to Ethiopia to Conduct Field Research  Read More

Your World, Your Vision: Project E.N.V.O.G.U.E.
Maryland Undergraduate Social Entrepreneurs Win E&Y Challenge  Read More
Costa Rica
Pura Vida in Costa Rica
Smith MBAs Explore the Intersection of Public Health and the Environment  Read More

alumni feature:

Building More Sustainable Communities, One Lender at a Time
Smith School Alumnus Works to Meld Public- and Private-Sector Thinking  Read More

student spotlight:
Positioned for Success
A Smith MBA's Strategic Approach to Balancing Work and School  Read More

faculty focus:
Exploring Ethics
Smith Professor Challenges Students to Think about Values 
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from the blog:
Climbing the Engagement Ladder
Social Media Tips for Nonprofits  Read More

Partner Events & Opportunities
Spring Happenings at the Smith School and more  Read More

extra, extra! 

The Diamondback - April 2010 - Student takeaways from the April 8 'Beyond the Latte' event were highlighted in an article in the University of Maryland's student-run newspaper.  Read More

New York Times - February 2010 - Executive Director Melissa Carrier was featured in a blog on NYTimes.com, speaking about the realistic opportunities for entrepreneurs in a post-earthquake Haiti.  Read More

Washington Post - February 2010 - A group of Smith MBA students, working with CSVC, spent time this winter and spring teaching local elementary school children the basics of entrepreneurship, business and finance through the BizWorld program.  The program was highlighted in a recent article detailing the newly formalized partnership between the University of Maryland and Paint Branch Elementary School in College Park.  Read More

about the center

The Center for Social Value Creation at the Robert H. Smith School of Business seeks to develop leaders with a deep sense of individual responsibility and the knowledge to use business as a vehicle for social change. Through an engaging curriculum, real-world field experience, cutting-edge research, and targeted career planning, the center immerses students in complex and dynamic marketplaces where creative vision and thoughtful entrepreneurship tackle some of society’s most critical environmental and humanitarian needs.  Contact us at csvc@rhsmith.umd.edu.

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coming up

May 6, 2010 - Interested in learning more about the work of our Social Venture Consultants this semester? You're invited to attend an evening of presentations by our MBA and undergraduate teams. Come hear about the terrific work they did for their nonprofit clients this semester! RSVP by May 3.

Building Social BusinessMay 14, 2010 - Join CSVC at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. for a very special event: Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Prize-winner and founder of Grameen Bank, will talk about his new book Building Social Business.

Looking ahead - Do you know of a nonprofit organization that could benefit from a team of Smith MBA or undergraduate consultants? Look for the application for the Fall 2010 Social Venture Consulting Program in July.

Check out the full calendar for more!

get involved!

At the Center for Social Value Creation, we're constantly challenging our students to find their own unique "moments of obligation" -- the experiences that will shape not only their future careers and lives, but the lives they have the potential to change in their roles as business leaders in the 21st century.  Whether through our Social Venture Consulting Program, our Global Impact Program, or the many individual programs and opportunities we create for our students, the impact of your gift has the potential to be multiplied many times over.  View a selected list of giving opportunities, or contact Kathi Dantley-Warren for information on endowment or special opportunities.