The Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) at Chicago Booth is pleased to announce Alyse Athans and Madeline King as the recipients of the annual Lauren and Keith Breslauer, ’88, Social Impact Scholarship. This scholarship, which supports Chicago Booth students with career ambitions in social entrepreneurship and impact investing, awards two rising second-year students with scholarships of $20,000.

Meet the Recipients

Alyse Athans is a graduate student Alyse Athans Photoat the University of Chicago pursuing a joint MBA/MSW from the Chicago Booth School of Business and the School of Social Service Administration. Alyse is passionate about improving access to mental health care for vulnerable populations and is the co-founder and CEO of Mind Matters, a startup providing convenient, culturally competent online counseling for U.S. veterans. Working to bring this socially conscious vision to the real world, Mind Matters participated in both SEI’s John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge and the Polsky Center Accelerator program in 2016. 

In 2014-2015, Alyse worked as a case management intern at the Lincoln Park Community Shelter, providing direct social services to homeless adults struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, and underemployment. Alyse also has experience assessing and funding nonprofits at the organizational level, interning in 2015-16 for two of Chicago’s largest foundations, the Polk Bros. Foundation and Chicago Community Trust. Prior to graduate school, Alyse spent six years in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs, where she worked as an Investment Strategist, Fixed Income Sales Trader, and Financial Analyst.

Madeline King is a second-year MBA student at Chicago Booth, where she is a student career coach and active in various education and social impact groups. In the 2015-16 school year, Madeline participated in the MBA Impact Investing Network and Training (MIINT) competition. Madeline King Photo

Over the summer, Madeline interned as the inaugural Strategic Planning Fellow at the Surge Institute in Chicago via the Education Pioneers Fellowship. Surge is a nonprofit start-up that focuses on talent diversity and leadership development in the education space, matching well with Madeline’s passion for issues surrounding talent and retention in social impact organizations. Prior to Booth, Madeline was director of operations for an education nonprofit. She hopes to add to her operations experience in the nonprofit world to include experience with strategy and impact creation.

Meet Keith Breslauer, '88

Keith Breslauer is the founder and managing partner of Patron Capital, which represents approximately €2.5 billion of capital across several funds and related co-investments throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Breslauer is actively engaged with a number of civic and social impact organizations, including the SEI advisory board, the European Supervisory Board for Chicago Booth, North London Collegiate School, the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, the Royal Hasler Company, the Prince's Teaching Institute, and the Prince's Regeneration Trust (Prince's Trust).

Meet the Social Enterprise Initiative

In 2012, Booth launched SEI in response to the broadening interests in social impact among students, alumni, and faculty. The initiative supports the aspiration of students and alumni to impact social issues and fosters research on how institutions help solve global problems. Among its activities, SEI offers programming and resources in support of a variety of career aspirations and around a multitude of social issues. To learn more about the Lauren and Keith Breslauer, '88, Social Impact Scholarship or SEI's other offerings, sign up to receive email updates using the Join Our Community form below.