Mandela Washington fellows learn about social value during Indianapolis visit

Young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa are visiting Indiana as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

As part of their visit with faculty in both Bloomington and Indianapolis, the scholars participated in a two-day workshop with W. Todd Roberson, Kelley School senior lecturer in finance on the IUPUI campus.

The workshop, entitled “Business & the Good Society,” was designed to showcase how to recognize, create and sustain commercial and social value.

Roberson says for this workshop, he looks back to the Benjamin Franklin quote, “No nation was ever ruined by too much commerce.”

“What I love about this group, is that there is so much engagement – they’re so engaged in our discussions and conversations about business. I learn as much from them as they do from me,” said Roberson. “We watched videos on creating social value, and they were so engaged by that video and had so many ideas about how social and commercial value work together. It’s inspiring to share these perspectives.”