When Bryn Mawr Treasurer John Griffith offered the first of his series of workshops on finance, management, and entrepreneurship in 2011 he expected them to be filled with students looking to make it big in the world of business.
However, as these offerings evolved and grew in popularity, Griffith noticed a steady shift in the interests of the students attending.
“More than two-thirds of the students in this workshop expressed an interest in non-profit leadership,” says Griffith, whose office hosted its management workshop last week. “I think what’s happening is that our students are starting to realize that you need the same skills and the same business acumen in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. By the end of the workshop many students have changed their career goals from non-profit to business and vice versa. There are so many stereotypes about careers; what we try to do is show them how valuable a liberal arts degree is regardless of their chosen field.”
In large part, Griffith credits the rise in attendance by those interested in non-profits to the alumnae speakers students meet during the workshops.
Griffith’s point was echoed by Farhat Rahman ’13, one of many students who volunteered to blog about talks given by alumnae during the workshop.
In blogging about the talk given by Georgette “Gigi” Phillips ’81 on the second day of the workshop, Rahman wrote that Phillips had “changed my perception of how non-profits are run, and how they are quite similar to a for-profit institution, especially in skill levels. She claimed that ‘one big fallacy of going into non-profit work is the statement that people there did not have business skills.’”
One of the topics covered in every workshop is the importance of networking. Students get to try their hand at networking during an event held the Thursday evening of each workshop. See below for pictures from this workshop’s networking event. For one student’s take on this event, read the blog post by Maddie Brady ’15.
View photos online here.