Being “All In” on Social Change
Tuesday May 18 2021
The Ballard Center for Social Impact at the BYU Marriott School of Business connects students with opportunities to make a difference through social innovation. One way the Ballard Center helps students create a positive impact in the world is through its on-campus Social Innovation Projects (SIP) internship classes. Giving students the unique chance to improve lives through joint efforts with nonprofit organizations, SIPs help students find purpose in helping others.
Doing Good Better Through Science and Social Innovation
Wednesday Apr 28 2021
In a world still reeling from a global pandemic, many are wondering how to prevent or prepare for the next global disease outbreak. BYU microbiology major Curtis Hoffmann discovered what he believes is the answer through his work with the Ballard Center for Social Impact.
The Intersection of Business Strategy and Social Impact
Friday Apr 02 2021
At home in Australia, Jaysen Valdes felt like he was “marinating in stagnation” and that his goals were out of reach. However, thanks to his own grit and the resources available at the BYU Marriott School of Business, the senior in the strategy program now uses his business skills to reach his own aspirations and to help early-stage organizations around the world reach theirs.
Opportunities to Serve
Monday Nov 16 2020
Steven Fox's life experiences have taught him how to look outside himself and serve those around him. Now, as he returns to BYU Marriott, Fox continues to prioritize serving others.
Online Internship to Online MTC
Saturday Nov 14 2020
In a year where many plans and events have been postponed or canceled altogether, Alexa Elliott is cautiously and optimistically moving forward. Despite a variety of challenges faced, Elliott, a junior from Gaithersburg, Maryland studying journalism at BYU, recently decided now was the right time to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Delivering the Law
Wednesday Oct 21 2020
When BYU Marriott MBA alum George Simons discovered the difficulty of sending legal documents through the mail, he decided to make a difference and find a better solution.
The Man Behind the Ballard Center
Thursday Sep 24 2020
When Todd Manwaring first heard the term social impact, he had no clue how much those two words would change his life. It was 1996 and Manwaring was searching for his legacy vocation after a successful information technology career. Now looking back almost twenty-five years later as the founder, director, and professor-of-practice of the Melvin J. Ballard Center for Social Impact at the BYU Marriott School of Business, Manwaring says the change in career was one of the best decisions he made in his life.
Helping Others on a Large Scale
Tuesday Jul 07 2020
Graduating from college often means the beginning of a new journey for students. Gone are textbooks and class schedules, replaced by commutes and paychecks. For Jennica Collette, her career in social impact is taking off as she begins her internship at Latter-day Saint Charities. Collette, who recently graduated from BYU in political science, is one of four Ballard Center for Social Impact scholars who were accepted into highly competitive and sought-after internships at Latter-day Saint Charities this summer.
More than a Manager
Thursday Jun 25 2020
Cheryl Crockett, assistant office manager at the Ballard Center for Social Impact, first recognized the diversity of the human condition while reading National Geographic as a girl. “Looking through those pages, I learned that there were others in the world who not only lived differently than me but had so much less opportunity and material abundance. Early on I felt love for the people in those distant places and longed to travel and help in some way,” she remembers.
Low-cost ventilator evolves from BYU Capstone project to FDA-approved device for COVID-19
Monday Jun 22 2020
Eight years ago, a group of BYU engineering students started a project to create a neonatal ventilator for premature babies born in third-world countries. Today, several iterations later, that original idea has been reengineered as an affordable adult ventilator that just received FDA emergency authorization for use in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
BYU Marriott Names New Associate Dean
Bonnie Anderson Assumes Role 18 May Thursday May 14 2020
BYU Marriott School of Business dean Brigitte C. Madrian has announced the appointment of Bonnie Anderson as the school’s newest associate dean. Anderson takes over for previous associate dean Keith Vorkink on 18 May.
BYU Undergraduate Team Honored by MIT
Monday Apr 27 2020
The Ballard and Rollins Centers aren't the only groups to recognize Neptune Plastics. MIT recently honored the BYU student-led company as 2020 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winners with a $10,000 award.
Giving Back Through Education
Monday Apr 20 2020
Jill Piacitelli didn't always know she wanted to work in the social impact field. However, after participating in socially conscious projects during college and later unexpectedly landing a director role in a nonprofit, she found her personal calling. Piacitelli is now using her expertise to teach students as a new adjunct professor at the Ballard Center for Social Impact at BYU Marriott.
Making a Real Impact
Tuesday Mar 24 2020
For many students at BYU, the Ballard Center for Social Impact at BYU Marriott provides unique hands-on experiences in working to solve social and community-based issues. In order to broaden its reach and help BYU students who are new to social impact, the Ballard Center has launched a new student-led organization, the Impact Investing Association (IIA).
11 TED Talks That Can Change the World
Monday Mar 16 2020
The TEDxBYU forum is known for its inspiring speakers and thought-provoking speeches. For viewers interested in social impact, the following eleven talks address social issues in a novel, hopeful way.
The Man Behind Neptune
Monday Mar 09 2020
As Marx Acosta-Rubio biked down the streets of Florida, he was shocked by the trash he saw. Garbage lined the beaches, covered the roads, and littered the sidewalks. This would serve as the inspiration for a potentially groundbreaking new product.
A Semester with Walmart
Wednesday Mar 04 2020
The summer of 2020 will bring big things for Katelynne Hinckley—she’s flying to Walmart’s worldwide headquarters in Arkansas. Read more about the process and experiences that landed her a dream internship.
Ballard Center Announces Name Change
New name reflects focus on solving social problems Friday Jan 31 2020
As the calendar recently turned a page to a new year and decade, the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance at the BYU Marriott School of Business has something new for 2020. The BYU Board of Trustees approved that the center be renamed the Melvin J. Ballard Center for Social Impact.
Smart Minds in the Same Room
Thursday Jan 16 2020
When Isaac Blake served a mission in Argentina in 2013, he experienced a vastly different economy and culture from what he was used to in his affluent Boston neighborhood. “Ever since my mission, I've been motivated to have a higher purpose in my career. There are a lot of ways in which business can do good in the world,” says Blake.
Behind the Numbers
Thursday Dec 19 2019
Heather Hammond Cruz discovered her interest in the social innovation field after serving humanitarian trips in Zambia, Greece, and India. After seeing the direct positive impact her work had on people, she asked herself, “If working in social impact is what I love and what I’m passionate about, why am I not doing this for my career?