“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead.
People who know me the best, know that I have a hard time closing things, like cabinet doors. Growing up, I could never sneak and get something out of the kitchen because my mother could always tell when I was around. I am happy this shows in intangible ways in my life. My goal when going back to business school was to leave the school a better place than when I found it; I hope in many ways that I have. My classmate and close friend (hopefully he sees me the same way) brought to my attention last week of some of the things that were accomplished in my tenure. Not only have I shown that an ally can be a co-founder the first ever GLBTQ group in our business school, but also host the first religion and diversity forums just to name a few. Oh, and hopefully bringing Friday Night Lights to Purdue from my alma mater Penn State!!!!
But the project I am most proud is the Impact Scholarship. After having a candid conservation with someone about the disparity between salaries of social sector/non-profit internships and others, I knew something had to be done. So a dream was produced. I just didn’t know how to fund it. So the idea of a Service Auction was born. Thanks to the great folks at Benefit Events, and Jim for being patient with my design skills, my dream is now reality!! Words cannot express how much gratitude I have to all my friends and family who believed in me as a person. Who donated their skills and services from telling a joke to full food tours of DC. Even before I sold you on my pitch, you got out your checkbooks or made me laugh with your ideas. I am very thankful of your sense of community. You have all sustained me!
ALL proceeds of the service auction support the Impact Scholarship. The Impact Summer Internship Program provides funding support for graduate business students seeking to apply their business skills to the social sector through a summer internship, enabling Purdue students to learn about the rewards and challenges of social sector/non-profit management without making a significant financial sacrifice. In addition, the program enables organizations that otherwise could not afford to hire student interns to benefit from students’ expertise in areas such as operations, human resources, finance, management consulting, strategic planning and marketing.
Door almost closed….