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  • Smart Minds in the Same Room Thursday Jan 16 2020

    When Isaac Blake served a mission in Argentina in 2013, he experienced a vastly different economy and culture from what he was used to in his affluent Boston neighborhood. “Ever since my mission, I've been motivated to have a higher purpose in my career. There are a lot of ways in which business can do good in the world,” says Blake.

  • Behind the Numbers Thursday Dec 19 2019

    Heather Hammond Cruz discovered her interest in the social innovation field after serving humanitarian trips in Zambia, Greece, and India. After seeing the direct positive impact her work had on people, she asked herself, “If working in social impact is what I love and what I’m passionate about, why am I not doing this for my career?

  • Ballard Center Hosts Ninth Annual Peery Film Festival Friday Dec 13 2019

    The Peery Film Festival features documentaries that address the world’s most pressing social issues. Find out how goats, a life-sized Operation game, and a vintage convertible were used to pull crowds into the documentaries being screened across campus.

  • Creating a Life of Social Innovation Tuesday Dec 10 2019

    When Hank Taylor graduated from BYU in 2013, he felt he had to choose just one focus. But like many other students trying to decide their future career, his interests spanned beyond just his economics major.

  • Sonnet to Stocks Wednesday Dec 04 2019

    What does Shakespeare have in common with impact investing? Some might say there's no connection, but for 2018 BYU English graduate Marianna Giordano that couldn't be further from the truth.

  • A Brief with Lasting Ideas Wednesday Nov 27 2019

    As vaping becomes an increasingly popular activity among young adults, BYU student Cade Hyde is dedicating his time to curbing the epidemic that he believes plagues his generation.

  • Finding Your Edgar Insights from Cotopaxi Founder at Changemaker Club Event Monday Nov 11 2019

    Llamas, lunchtime, and a boy named Edgar played important roles in making Davis Smith, Cotopaxi’s founder, the man he is today. Read more about his address—and his challenge— at the Changemaker Club’s September event.

  • Quiet Persistence Pays Off Tuesday Nov 05 2019

    Kimball Crockett was qualified for the position he applied for, so getting turned down was a surprise. He didn’t let that stop him, though—and today, he’s a world traveler.

  • BYU Marriott Welcomes New Faculty in 2019 Friday Nov 01 2019

    The Brigham Young University Marriott School of Business welcomes seven new professors to the Tanner Building this fall.

  • From Mix-Up to Memorable Thursday Sep 26 2019

    Will Pham never meant to get involved in the Ballard Center. A minor mistake in class schedule put him in the “Do Good. Better.” course--and changed his college career.

  • New Ballard Center Club Fills Gap in Social Impact Wednesday Sep 04 2019

    The Social Impact Professional Association, or SIPA for short, provides students pursuing a career in social impact with career services to help them land their dream job.

  • What an Engineer Gained from Doing Good. Better. Tuesday Sep 03 2019

    I’ve always had a desire to help those around me, but with such a taxing and time-consuming major, the thought of spending any of my extra hours outside of the library never seemed realistic or beneficial—until I got involved at the Ballard Center.

  • Myth Busted: Business and Social Good Can Coexist Friday Aug 30 2019

    I am a philosophy major at BYU but an entrepreneur at heart. While in college, I started my career in real-estate investing, learning how to flip houses and lease vacation rentals. It was both exhilarating and exhausting. 

  • Misan Rewane—2019 Social Innovator of the Year Thursday Aug 29 2019

    Change often comes in waves—waves of thought, courage, faith, and determination. As a woman seeking change, Misan Rewane learned to fight the issue of youth unemployment in her home country by creating waves of her own.

  • Learning How to Live Like Ally Wednesday Aug 28 2019

    Just as my life was changed when I was nine years old, I now have the remarkable opportunity to take part in changing others’ lives who seek to improve the society in which they live.

  • Finding My Future Tuesday Aug 27 2019

    Through my work with the Social Venture Academy, my perspective on social issues has changed, and it has created a pattern of learning and growth within my life.

  • Y-Prize Social Innovation Solution Competition—Hear From the Winners Tuesday Aug 27 2019

    The Y-Prize: Social Innovation Solution competition is an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students at BYU to address a real-life problem that a current business faces by proposing a solution to be implemented by the company.

  • How Filming in Vietnam Connected a Grandson to His Grandfather Friday Aug 09 2019

    A grandfather and grandson both spent time in Vietnam—but for very different reasons.

  • Nonprofit Management Student Association: Year in Review Wednesday Aug 07 2019

    The Nonprofit Management Student Association (NMSA) was incorporated into the Ballard Center during the 2018­–2019 academic year. The NMSA has grown from its infancy in 2009 to a total of seventeen board members and seventy-eight student members. Today, nineteen students are active contributors to the program. The overall mission of the NMSA is to “develop future leaders in the nonprofit sector by providing memorable experiences, coordinating professional networking, and connecting students with internship opportunities.”

  • New Show “Solution Time” Draws Attention to Social Issues through Comedic Lens Monday Aug 05 2019

    For Alicia Gettys, the endless cycle of cynical and disheartening news sparked an interest in creating a new kind of news that shares stories of hope and optimism, with a little help from a former NFL star.