Kayla Armgardt, MBA ’18 (Owen) | TFC Social Enterprise Consulting Director
This spring, thirteen graduate students participated in Social Enterprise Consulting projects for local businesses. The projects ranged from identifying new revenue streams for Soles4Souls to helping launch a new business, Nations in Our Neighborhood, which revolves around promoting the diversity of Nashville cuisine. Other students worked with the mayor’s office to provide content for a youth enrichment program, Opportunity Now. One group worked with teachers in the community to launch and market an exciting new education technology app. Lastly, students worked on a project to expand Tennessee New Beginning’s service offerings to promote healthy lifestyles in the community. Overall, Social Enterprise Consulting gave students the invaluable experience of applying our academic curriculum to the real world business problems.
Teams of three to five students demonstrated leadership and initiative to solve some challenging problems for businesses in the Nashville area. In addition to working with our clients, SEC participants met once a week to discuss some of the most salient issues with in the social impact space. From impact metrics to learning about microfinance, the participants broadened their knowledge about social enterprises. Furthermore, the participants each brought a unique background and perspective from their graduate program that helped us all learn from each other.