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Goizueta Business School launches The Roberto C. Goizueta Business & Society Institute

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Goizueta Business School launches The Roberto C. Goizueta Business & Society Institute

(l) Brian Goebel, Managing Director of The Roberto C. Goizueta Business & Society Institute and (r) Wesley Longhofer, Executive Academic Director at The Roberto C. Goizueta Business & Society Institute. Photo provided to Decaturish

Atlanta, GA — Emory University’s Goizueta Business School announced in a press release the launch of The Roberto C. Goizueta Business & Society Institute.

The Institute’s goal is to transform business to solve society’s challenges through cutting-edge research, innovative programming, and principled leadership. The belief is that business and society can work collectively to address the challenges of inequality and climate change, two of the most pressing challenges facing both business and society today.

“If business and society are to work together to solve some of our biggest challenges, a good place to start is in a business school like Goizueta,” said Goizueta Business School Associate Professor and Executive Academic Director Wes Longhofer. “We are excited to continue 10 years of social impact work at the Goizueta Business School and honor the legacy of Roberto C. Goizueta through this new institute.”

According to the press release, the Roberto C. Goizueta Business & Society Institute is made possible by an investment from The Goizueta Foundation and follows the success of Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, an academic research center that has been in existence at the school since 2009.

The Institute creates interdisciplinary study that explores the connections between business practices, market structures and social and environmental outcomes.

The call to action is to create stronger communities in Atlanta and globally by focusing on microbusiness development, specialty markets and next generation leadership.

Coursework and hands-on experiences including travel, mentorship, conferences and consulting projects that will help students accelerate their business knowledge into impactful roles in the business community locally and abroad.

Programs in The Roberto C. Goizueta Business & Society Institute include:

– Start:ME – Offers an intensive 14-week business accelerator program to the most promising micro-entrepreneurs in marginalized metro Atlanta communities, including business training, mentorship, and early stage financing to develop their businesses.

– Grounds for Empowerment – Provides female specialty coffee farmers in Latin America the market connections and business knowledge to grow their farms. The program has served 50 female coffee farmers in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

– Social Enterprise Fellows – Provides Goizueta MBA and BBA students with hands-on education, exposure, and experiences to become the next social impact leaders in their industries.

New initiatives addressing strategic focus areas of delivering a more equitable and climate-smart world will be launched in the future.

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