Since I entered high school, I knew I wanted to do something that will put a little bit more good back into the world. In my junior year of high school, I discovered social enterprise and decided that that was how I wanted to make an impact on the world around me. Whether it be through social impact consulting or working for a social enterprise, I wanted to be involved in this area of business. But there was one problem - the opportunities in the field are hard to come by and the resources to access them are rare. Luckily for us, in the program’s spring semester in freshman year, students are given the unique opportunity to partake in a course called Global Social Impact (GSI), which is a collaboration between Emzingo and the WBB program to give students the chance to develop social impact consulting skills through hands-on experience.
Since the beginning of this semester, we have been working hard with our clients, who are located in Rio de Janeiro, to help them improve their social business. Personally, I am working with a quirky fashion brand owner named Emanuela. Her business, Mulheres do Sul Global, aims to empower refugee women through creating sustainable clothing and training them in entrepreneurial skills. Since Emanuela needs help in building her brand up and creating a sustainable business model, my team and I have been working tirelessly in order to deliver the best product for her to implement on her business. From industry analysis to supply chain management, we have done it all. GSI so far has been a truly humbling and refreshing experience, because the interactions we have had with Emanuela have allowed us to see the impact that our actions have made on her. In the beginning of May, we will officially meet her in person and present to her our final findings. GSI is special in that it provides students with hands on experience and truly gifts students with an experience of working in the social impact sector of business.