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  • BYU Marriott Names New Associate Dean Bonnie Anderson Assumes Role 18 May Thursday May 14 2020

    BYU Marriott School of Business dean Brigitte C. Madrian has announced the appointment of Bonnie Anderson as the school’s newest associate dean. Anderson takes over for previous associate dean Keith Vorkink on 18 May.


  • BYU Undergraduate Team Honored by MIT Monday Apr 27 2020

    The Ballard and Rollins Centers aren't the only groups to recognize Neptune Plastics. MIT recently honored the BYU student-led company as 2020 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winners with a $10,000 award.


  • Giving Back Through Education Monday Apr 20 2020

    Jill Piacitelli didn't always know she wanted to work in the social impact field. However, after participating in socially conscious projects during college and later unexpectedly landing a director role in a nonprofit, she found her personal calling. Piacitelli is now using her expertise to teach students as a new adjunct professor at the Ballard Center for Social Impact at BYU Marriott.  


  • Making a Real Impact Tuesday Mar 24 2020

    For many students at BYU, the Ballard Center for Social Impact at BYU Marriott provides unique hands-on experiences in working to solve social and community-based issues. In order to broaden its reach and help BYU students who are new to social impact, the Ballard Center has launched a new student-led organization, the Impact Investing Association (IIA).


  • 11 TED Talks That Can Change the World Monday Mar 16 2020

    The TEDxBYU forum is known for its inspiring speakers and thought-provoking speeches. For viewers interested in social impact, the following eleven talks address social issues in a novel, hopeful way.


  • The Man Behind Neptune Monday Mar 09 2020

    As Marx Acosta-Rubio biked down the streets of Florida, he was shocked by the trash he saw. Garbage lined the beaches, covered the roads, and littered the sidewalks. This would serve as the inspiration for a potentially groundbreaking new product.


  • A Semester with Walmart Wednesday Mar 04 2020

    The summer of 2020 will bring big things for Katelynne Hinckley—she’s flying to Walmart’s worldwide headquarters in Arkansas. Read more about the process and experiences that landed her a dream internship.


  • Ballard Center Announces Name Change New name reflects focus on solving social problems Friday Jan 31 2020

    As the calendar recently turned a page to a new year and decade, the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance at the BYU Marriott School of Business has something new for 2020. The BYU Board of Trustees approved that the center be renamed the Melvin J. Ballard Center for Social Impact.


  • 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.