As part of the McGowan experience, Fellows work with nonprofit partners selected by the Fund to address a social issue. Structured as a human-centered design project, the effort involves research, analysis, problem-solving, and presentation. Why bring MBA students into questions of homelessness, emergency room management, and metabolic syndrome (MetS)? Because the Fellows have the capacity to bring fresh thinking, evolving leadership skills, a collaborative ethos, sharp insights, and viable solutions. Because it’s an uncomfortable, stretch experience that fosters growth. And because there’s a world of strained resources, family poverty, and professional heroism the Fellows may not have encountered, and that’s a worthwhile journey for any ethical leader.
Fellows developed a business plan and other recommendations for the Eat Well, Love Better, Move More program, a lifestyle intervention that addresses metabolic syndrome.