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MBA Consulting Clinic Helps Local Middle School

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MBA students in the Social Entrepreneurship Consulting Clinic at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business used their knowledge and business insights to support the organizational planning and strategy for the Washington Middle School for Girls (WMSG).

“One of the great benefits of both teaching and learning at a Jesuit business school, even for non-Catholics, is the opportunity to learn how business education can be situated in the long history of the Jesuit approach to education,” said Adjunct Professor John Whitman, who teaches the course. “The fact that this project was meant to put technology in the hands of young girls as risk of leaving school in under-served neighborhoods exemplifies our commitment to Jesuit values.”

The Consulting Clinic is specifically designed to enhance students’ transformative learning experience by working in teams to apply theories and techniques from the classroom to analyze and propose solutions to actual organizational problems within a six-week time frame.

“The students did an extensive investigation of our current resources and practices and an analysis as our present inventory of soft and hardware,” said Laura Hunt, WMSG grant writer. “WMSG is focused on implementing their recommendations including hiring an educational technologist to provide technical education to students and professional development to staff needed to embed technology into day to day classroom use.”

“Improving the education system in DC is important,” said Michael Greenwald (MBA ’13). “It was rewarding and a great opportunity to apply concepts I learned in the classroom to make a difference within the education sector for underprivileged girls.”

The relationship between WMSG and the McDonough School of Business originated in Spring 2012 when MBA students developed actionable and sustainable plans to cultivate a community of young, online donors for WMSG.

-- Lamar Dawson