This seminar is a sharply focused, six-week experience sponsored by the Marriott School’s Global Management Center. Classes will be held at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, where students will learn the skills, theory, and practice of social innovation, responsible entrepreneurship, and ethical leadership. The seminar will give students a chance to work on a real-life social enterprise project and attend the annual Business and Poverty Conference held at the University of Oxford. The seminar will be led by John Hoffmire, who joined the faculty at Oxford’s Saïd Business School after a twenty-year career in equity investing, venture capital, consulting, and investment banking. Hoffmire is also the founder of Progress Through Business, a nonprofit organization that uses strategic business partnerships to sustain and enhance underserved communities worldwide. Participants in the program will also be exposed to Oxford’s rich history and culture and have the opportunity to take nearby excursions to Stonehenge, Bath, the Salisbury Cathedral, London, and other sites.
Students will then fly to Hyderabad, India, to continue the projects with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). ICRISAT is an international nonprofit organization that undertakes scientific research for development. This year students will help them increase awareness and use of a drought-resistant, high-yielding, and nutrient-rich crop called millet. Among other topics, students will learn how to improve search engine optimization (SEO). Students will also participate in a service project with the local LDS church, work on flood control, and participate in events with international companies. In India, the group will visit Golconda Fort, the Charminar District in Hyderabad, the Red Fort in Delhi, and the Taj Mahal.
The program is open to all majors. Students can expect to develop real-life marketing and strategy experience.