LAWRENCE — MBA students have worked diligently since August on business plans for five Kansas organizations as part of the Kansas Impact Project – known as KIP – and will present their solutions at the inaugural KIP gala at 4 p.m. May 25 at the Oread Hotel.
The public is invited to attend the presentations, which will include remarks from Dean Neeli Bendapudi and Benjamin Anderson, CEO of Ashland Healthcare Center, one of KIP’s clients.
The Kansas Impact Project pairs Kansas nonprofit organizations and businesses with teams of first-year MBA students. The core outcome of the program is to provide MBA students with team-based consulting experience while benefiting state nonprofit organizations.
Students were challenged to hone their leadership and communication skills while applying the knowledge they gained in the classroom to real business issues. Each team determined project milestones, facilitated on-site meetings and research, and maintained ongoing client communication.
The project is divided into five teams, each working with a different organization, listed below.
- Ashland Health Center
- Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center
- City of Lawrence sustainability office
- The Douglas County Food Policy Council
- Central Exchange
The Kansas Impact Project is coordinated by lecturer Christie Garton, and was developed to complement the business school’s new full-time MBA program.
If you’re interested in participating in future KIP challenges or learning more about the program, contact Catherine Shenoy, MBA program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-7519.