Monday, January 31, 2011

Learning about Ghanaian Culture

GLOBASE is a unique opportunity at Kelley to gain hands-on experience consulting with a social enterprise venture. I’m participating in GLOBASE Ghana. My team (in the picture below) is working with Aid to Artisans Ghana (ATAG), a local NGO that supports artisans in a matter that preserves cultural traditional while improving artisan livelihoods and their communities.

In the class, we’ve been learning about international business, strategic management and consulting. Guest speakers and even a live musical performance by musician, Bernard Woma have helped us learn about the rich Ghanaian culture.

The class will culminate with a trip to Africa in March, where we’ll work on the ground with our client and present our business proposals. And don’t fret; we’ll have a few days to explore Ghana as well. Monkey sanctuary here I come…

This past week, our class had a great time when several of the clients from Ghana came to visit. With Bridget, the social entrepreneur who runs ATAG, we delved into the challenges facing the orgnatization. We began to build a strong relationship, the foundation for a successful consulting engagement. Our clients also went to their first Big Ten basketball game – a favorite MBA student activity. Go Hoosiers!.

Click here to read the GLOBASE Ghana MBA program blog. Kelley’s GLOBASE program also goes to Peru & India.

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