SBC Gives Back: Our Social Impact Efforts
When Stacy launched our company, her mission was to “empower people to reach their most ambitious goals”. Over the past 20+ years we are proud of what we’ve done to help thousands of clients achieve their dreams. That said, we also know there is still much more work to be done. This is especially true in terms of supporting applicants from groups and communities that have been historically excluded from top MBA programs.
We believe a continuum of efforts are needed to drive the changes we want to see. To help address this, we work with consultants from a broad array of backgrounds and constantly identify special resources for women, members of the LGBTQ+ community and other diverse populations as well as first-generation college students and applicants from lower-income backgrounds. We make this available to anyone interested, for free, via our blog.
We are also expanding this work via two social impact partnerships with leading nonprofit organizations and a special offering for social impact-focused applicants.
SOCIAL IMPACT PARTNERSHIPS
SBC recently launched national partnerships with two leading nonprofit organizations serving first-generation college students, people of color, and students from lower-income backgrounds. We are proud to support these organizations and their critically important work. A little information about each of these partnerships is included below:
- The Riordan Programs. For nearly 30 years, the Riordan Programs have led the charge to provide a pathway for underrepresented and minority students to excel at the country’s top MBA programs. SBC’s partnership with the Riordan Programs includes a series of free webinars led by SBC consultants and former admissions officers from the world’s top business schools, free one-on-one consulting sessions for a number of Riordan Fellows, and other program elements to support the Riordan Programs’ important work. More information about this partnership can be found here.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Stacy Blackman Consulting. Our mission has always been to help high school students, college students, and recent college graduates from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds — often the first in their families to go to college — prepare for careers in management through education, mentorship, professional development, and leadership training. This partnership has already dramatically expanded the resources we offer to the MBA applicants from across the country that we work with.” —Roxanne Mendez, Executive Director of the Riordan Programs
- iMentor. SBC also partners with iMentor, a leading nonprofit organization that works with high schools in communities in which most students will be first-generation college graduates. Each year, iMentor recruits thousands of volunteers who commit to mentor a high school student for at least three years, in many cases supporting these students throughout their undergraduate college experience. iMentor and SBC work together on a number of initiatives supporting iMentor high school students, college students and alums who are interested in using business to advance their life goals. More information about this partnership can be found here. <insert link when ready from Yvonne>
“We are thrilled to partner with Stacy Blackman Consulting. Our mission is to build mentoring relationships that empower first-generation students to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. We know that many of the young people we work with are interested in business careers, and our partnership with SBC has expanded the resources we offer to both the young people we serve and mentors with whom we work. We are excited to continue to add to our students’ toolkits for pursuing their professional goals.” —Jana L. Reed, iMentor Interim CEO
OFFERINGS FOR SOCIAL IMPACT-FOCUSED CLIENTS
Over the past two decades SBC has seen more and more applicants using their MBAs to advance social change. We know that an MBA can be a powerful tool for those seeking to drive social impact in the public, private, and government sectors—from social entrepreneurs to innovative nonprofit leaders, from corporate advocates to impact investors, and many other roles. For this reason, SBC recently launched the MBA Social Impact Accelerator, the first and only program of its kind specially created for social impact-focused MBA applicants.
This new client offering pairs our one-on-one consulting model with a suite of supplemental resources unique to applicants focused on social impact careers. These resources were shaped by decades of SBC team member social impact experience along with extensive input from admissions officers, social change leaders, and purpose-driven students and alums from the world’s top business schools.
We have priced these product options with accessibility in mind, recognizing that many social impact-focused applicants face financial constraints. Information on pricing for the MBA Social Impact Accelerator Package can be found here. The MBA Social Impact Accelerator supplemental resources are also available to SBC All-In clients as a special price.