Arlie Haddix

Current Employer:  Operation Stand Down Tennessee

What TFC Programming did you participate in? 

The Americas MBA is part of the executive MBA program, so I did not participate in any TFC programming as an MBA student.  My interaction with the TFC began in 2018 after I started work at Operation Stand Down Tennessee (OSDTN), a non-profit that serves Veterans.  Since joining OSDTN, I have participated in VU and TFC events on the non-profit and/or corporate social responsibility sectors.

Why would you encourage others to get involved with the TFC?

A consistent trend in my interactions with VU students and alumni is a desire to do good/make an impact for the better of the world.  Two associated sub-trends are the conceptual equations:

  1. Doing good means being in the non-profit sector
  2. Non-profits are not businesses

This runs counter to my experience at OSDTN and as I look back on it, part of my education from the AMBA program.  The AMBA curriculum included courses on corporate social responsibility and strategies for emerging markets in the Sao Paulo residency.  I do not believe that making a profit must come at the expense of bettering society.

From my experience at a non-profit, non-profits need money and much of that money comes from corporations via foundations.  You can do a lot more good when you have money.  I can promise you that non-profits have balance sheets, cash flow statements and income statements.

Get involved with the TFC if you want to make a difference.

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