USD MBA Student Creates Video Campaign for Local Nonprofit, Kitchens for Good

Monday, December 16, 2019TOPICS: Spotlights

Rachael Ponn, USD MBA student, sets up video equipmentRachael Ponn, USD MBA student, sets up video equipment in preparation for filming video campaign for Kitchens for Good.
begin quoteThe experience was rewarding. I was able to give back to a great organization and provide my skills in video production and knowledge in marketing from my MBA.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the MBA program at the University of San Diego School of Business is its focus on the core value of community -- and not just during the holiday season. MBA students are required to give back to the community utilizing their business acumen with a minimum of 12 hours of community service to nonprofit organizations, with many choosing to volunteer above and beyond the minimum requirement. Students are encouraged to dedicate their time to causes they feel passionate about so that it can be a truly meaningful experience for them.

Evening Part-Time MBA student, Rachael Ponn ’20, recently completed over 45 hours of volunteer work with the local non-profit organization, Kitchens for Good. The social enterprise's mission is "to break the cycles of food waste, hunger, and poverty through innovative programs in workforce training, healthy food production, and social enterprise." Ponn created the video marketing campaign below, with support of MBA classmate, Allie Ziesmer '20, to promote Kitchens for Good's holiday fundraiser and featuring participants in their culinary apprenticeship program, which gives unemployed individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds the skills to become self-sufficient. 

“The experience was rewarding," says Ponn. "I was able to give back to a great organization and provide my skills in video production and knowledge in marketing from my MBA.”

This is just one of the many ways that our MBA students give back to the local San Diego community. Each year, several MBA students also mentor local small business owners through a partnership with Access, a nonprofit that provides resources to low-income San Diegans starting a business, among other services.

At the USD School of Business, not only do our students learn to do business for good, but they apply these lessons in and out of the classroom, whether it's learning best practices for corporate social responsibility and supporting the local community, how to implement a sustainable supply chain, launching a social venture and more.


Renata Ramirez
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