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Jacquelyn Hodgson


MBA '15

Combining interests in business and community service

Jackie Hodgson hopes to make social issues relevant to the for-profit sector

Jacquelyn Hodgson has always been interested in business and community service. As an undergraduate at Boston University, she studied Business Management while being an active member of the Community Service Department. After graduation she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA leader for Massachusetts Campus Compact, a program that leverages the resources of higher education institutions to meet the needs of local low-income communities. Through hiring and strategic visioning for the VISTA Program, she ensured the partnerships were intentional and reciprocal. “I liked the idea of cross-sector collaboration, specifically utilizing higher education resources to make change in the local community,” Jackie says.

Jackie chose Heller specifically because she knew the MBA in Nonprofit Management would value her AmeriCorps background, allowing her to draw on her experience while strengthening her management skills. This particular blend of community service and business offered at Heller makes for an ideal setting to study strategies to address social justice issues, leaving Jackie confident she will graduate with tangible skills in this area. Her favorite class has been “Strategic Management,” taught by Carole Carlson. In this class she developed the tools to think strategically in both for-profit and nonprofit settings.

Thinking about the Heller community, Jackie is struck by the overarching goal of social justice in the MBA Program. “The discussions and level of awareness of social justice issues are so prevalent here,” she explains.

After graduating from Heller, Jackie would like to continue with cross-sector collaboration, ideally working in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). She is hoping to make social issues relevant to the for-profit sector by using the “creating shared value” (CSV) approach, an initiative that involves value creation for both business and society.

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