Sometimes things happen that really help you to put business school into perspective. This week one of those happened to me. As a member of the Christian Business Association I was recently approached by a member of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program to try and gather individuals for reviewing business plans of incarcerated citizens. In essence, the organization tries to seek out MBA students in an effort to provide experience reviewing business plans of inmates, so that when released the inmates are ready to contribute to society. The program takes about one hour a week and statistics have shown that it is very effective in reducing recidivism.
This sort of program is important to me because it really helps to illustrate that there are significant opportunities, no matter how small, to utilize our education beyond the obvious financial rewards. Coming out of this MBA program, you know there’s a good job out there where you can make a pile of money. But with your education there is also a responsibility. Even with the time demands on our time here, it is nice to be able to remember that no matter how small we need to take time to share our gifts and abilities with others.