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Loyola to host “Building a Better World Through Business” event series

| By Stephanie Weaver
Jessica Jackley
Jessica Jackley

Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management presents “Building a Better World Through Business,” a series of events in celebration of the good that business does for society by transforming the world through sustainable economic and social development. The events will be held on Loyola’s Evergreen campus and will take place Monday, March 27, through Wednesday, March 29. The events are open to the Loyola community and to the public.

The event series is a new initiative under the leadership of Kathleen A. Getz, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School.

“I am thrilled to launch this engaging initiative inspired by our commitment in the Sellinger School to embrace an educational approach that helps future leaders understand the relevance of business in the world as a vital contributor to economic and societal well-being,” said Getz. “We are producing the leaders of the future—leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit. I hope they will graduate with an optimistic approach to their work and their lives. I always encourage students and faculty to see a world of possibilities, rather than one of burdens.”

The event series will begin with a keynote lecture by Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva and author of Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least, on Monday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in McManus Theatre. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Jackley co-founded Kiva, the world’s first peer-to-peer microlending website, in 2005. Kiva allows investors to lend money via the Internet to low-income entrepreneurs and students in more than 82 countries and has facilitated more than $940 million loans worldwide. The nonprofit recently expanded to Baltimore, and plans to work with Catonsville, Md.-based Guidewell Financial Solutions to target women and minority entrepreneurs. Jackley currently serves as an independent consultant and investor with the Collaborative Fund. She recently served as Walt Disney Imagineering’s first Entrepreneur in Residence, focusing on projects related to corporate citizenship, social impact, and happiness.

From 2010-12, Jackley served as a visiting practitioner at Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. She has previously taught entrepreneurial design for social changes at Drew University and global entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and a 2011 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. 

The series continues on Tuesday, March 28, at noon in the 4th Floor Program Room with a luncheon panel discussion, “Building a Better Baltimore? One Company’s Vision for Revitalizing Port Covington.” The panelists include Tom Geddes, CEO of Plank Industries; Luke Broadwater, Baltimore Sun reporter; and Stephen J.K. Walters, Ph.D., professor of economics at Loyola and author ofBoom Towns: Restoring the Urban American Dream.

Other events include a panel discussion for students and alumni on critical career skills, and an entrepreneurial poster and pitch competition for current undergraduate and graduate students.

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