“A lot of the best candidates for Civic Scholars are people who don’t think they want an MBA,” Johnson said. “But do you want to be executive director or CEO leading a public organization? That’s what an MBA is going to prepare you for.”
Since then, he’s taken advantage of many of the university’s social impact resources. He took the startup idea through the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC), a socially focused venture startup competition that's run by the Rustandy Center and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Business Services Collective took home second place and $30,000 in the SNVC Finals and went on to earn spots in the Polsky Accelerator and Polsky Incubator. As one of the Rustandy Center’s Tarrson Social Venture Fellowship winners, he is now able to work on Business Services Collective full time.
He said he’s been impressed by Booth’s ever-growing list of social impact lab courses, student groups, and the Rustandy Center’s work to help students leverage their MBAs for social good.
“A lot of the best candidates for Civic Scholars are people who don’t think they want an MBA,” Johnson said. “But do you want to be executive director or CEO leading a public organization? That’s what an MBA is going to prepare you for. How do you lead teams of people? How do you manage a budget? How do you allocate and best engage limited resources? If you are serious about leading an organization to generate significant social impact, an MBA is definitely going to provide you the tools, confidence, and networks to implement change.”
Interested in the Civic Scholars Program or know someone who might be a good fit? Check out the Civic Scholars website, nominate individuals through this online form, or contact Prentiss Koldyke at Prentiss.email@example.com. You can also share this pdf.
Note: The deadline to participate in the 2020-21 cycle is January 7 for full time and February 17 for part time.