Golub Capital, Chicago Booth, and the Chicago Urban League launch social lmpact partnership to serve communities of color.
- January 19, 2022
- Social Impact
“We believe this is an outstanding opportunity to offer resources specifically tailored to help nonprofits strengthen and scale their impact.”
“There is no shortage of resourceful and capable leaders working to address critical needs in communities of color, but far too often, these individuals have limited access to resources to strengthen their leadership capacity and increase their impact,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. “IGNITE can be a game changer for these nonprofit leaders and the communities they serve in Chicago and across the nation. We’re incredibly excited to be part of the new Golub Capital Social Impact Lab and to expand our partnership with Booth.”
The Golub Capital Lab and IGNITE will live within the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, Booth’s social impact hub. George Wu, the John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science at Booth, will serve as the faculty director. Wu is also a faculty lead for the IMPACT Leadership Development program, developed by the Chicago Urban League and Booth in 2014 to prepare up-and-coming professionals for leadership positions in Chicago’s for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors.
“I’m delighted to serve as the inaugural faculty director of the Golub Capital Lab and see it as another opportunity for Chicago Booth to partner with the Chicago Urban League to support leaders and organizations dedicated to our city,” Wu said. “IGNITE will help equip the next generation of nonprofit leaders with the tools, frameworks, and resources they need to tackle systemic issues and drive social change.”
Golub Capital is a market-leading, award-winning direct lender and credit asset manager with more than 325 employees based in Chicago. The company chose to invest in Chicago Booth because of the school’s world-class content on leadership and business, vast network of corporate leaders and alumni, expertise in social sector innovation, and infrastructure that will allow it to build and scale IGNITE.
“IGNITE will help equip the next generation of nonprofit leaders with the tools, frameworks, and resources they need to tackle systemic issues and drive social change.”
“We are thrilled that Chicago Booth is the home of the newest Golub Capital Lab,” said Madhav Rajan, Chicago Booth Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting. “The university and Booth are dedicated to investing in our community, and Golub Capital’s gift allows us to continue to expand our impact in meaningful ways.”
The growing network of Golub Capital Social Impact Labs is designed to engage the next generation of business leaders and academics at leading business schools to accelerate progress across the nonprofit ecosystem. In 2019, Golub Capital established its first lab at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and in 2021, it announced the creation of a second lab at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.