Todd Roberson, senior lecturer in finance at the Kelley School of Business, is among the faculty working with the fellows during their IUPUI visit.
“It’s important for everyone to have some degree of business acumen,” explained Roberson. “A number of these young leaders are interested in founding their own enterprises, or they have done so already.
“From this workshop, I hope to demonstrate that you can’t have social impact without commercially viable enterprises. Making money and doing good things are not mutually exclusive. If you want to do good things, you do have to create commercial value.”
“I’ve been running the Makoko Dream as a nonprofit, and there’s a big gap right now in funding, which may not be sustainable. I’ve learned from this course that you can do good while making money, which will help me in the long run,” said Agunze.
Blaise Traore is a medical doctor specialized in public health and nutrition in Burkina Faso, a country in West Africa. He’s been a project manager for the humanitarian aid organization Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for years.
“The sustainability aspect is something that is challenging for our projects. I want the project I’m leading now to be sustainable not only for the current target population, but also for future generations. That’s why I’m here on this fellowship. I hope to learn more and to bring this knowledge back with me to my daily work,” said Traore.
Traore says he’s also learned much about being a leader.
“As a senior project manager, I used to say that a good leader should be a leader anywhere, anytime and in spite of anyone. But because of the team and trust-building session at Bradford Woods with the fellows, I changed my mind. My slogan is now: A good leader must be aware of what he knows and what he doesn’t. I will keep this in my mind for my entire life.”