Cris Bravo

PhD Leadership Studies

What do you hope to do with your degree and/or credential, and why?

My intention is to continue disseminating the importance of social entrepreneurship as an effective way to solve social problems. 

How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?

I was interested in joining a Changemaker campus, because of my interest in social entrepreneurship. A Changemaker campus is accredited as such, because it fosters social innovation throughout its curriculum. 

What is your background? For example, where are you from, where else have you earned a degree, and where have you worked?

My background is business administration. I earned my Bachelor's degree from The University of Georgia, where I was a Rotary Scholar. Later on, I completed my MBA from Clemson University, in South Carolina. I have worked for international companies like Nike and Michelin, and I have also started my ventures in the beverage industry.

Are you currently working? If so, do you work full-time or part-time, and what do you do?

I continue to serve as a professor of organizational behavior at ULACIT in Costa Rica, and I am also the business program assistant at the Division of Professional and Continuing Education at USD.

Tell us about any research or independent study you have done at SOLES.

I am participating at the Innovation Social Challenge and the Hultz Prize 2015. I am also taking an Edx course on Theory U with MIT’s Otto Scharmer; Theory U was presented to us by USD’s Dr. Green, and I became very interested in the concept.

How has your SOLES education impacted your career and/or career goals?

You are transformed by SOLES the minute you start the program; SOLES and USD offer an enormous amount of opportunities for you to engage in social change, reflection, and academic advancement. It would not be possible for a student to join SOLES and not be positively impacted.

What are your plans for after graduation? What is your dream job?

After graduation, I will continue starting up social ventures, and continue teaching online courses in Costa Rica. I would also like to help institutions like the World Bank, Interamerican Development Bank, or United Nations apply social entrepreneurship to draw closer to meeting the Development Goals. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students?

Everyone at SOLES, faculty, staff and classmates, is extremely welcoming; and I sincerely encourage all minorities to apply to this program. Diversity is truly celebrated and embraced at SOLES.