A bearded man smiling inside a bomb shelter.

The Nonprofit Innovator Who Moved to Wartime Ukraine (But Kept Teaching Online) 

It was a feeling more than a reason that compelled David Greco to pack his apartment into a storage unit and buy a one-way ticket to Kyiv, Ukraine, in May 2023. The memories of crouching beneath his elementary school desk during nuclear drills amid heightened tensions between the United States and the former Soviet Union flashed back to him.

Mary Ann Short sitting at a desk with her computer.

Passion for Using Online Education to Reach Underserved Students Leads Mary Ann Short to New Role as Associate Dean

A few years ago, Mary Ann Short called an HR representative to resolve an insurance issue. It was one of those phone calls that you put off, and then on the day you actually make the call, as the phone rings, you prepare yourself for a complex negotiation. To say she was not expecting a life-changing experience would be an understatement.

Building Leadership and Sustainability through Nonprofit Management

John Whittemore’s job as the Senior Director of Program Operations at Aspire Living and Learning is all about helping people reach their full potential. He takes seriously the work of helping lead an organization that for forty years has sought to bring person-centered support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, behavioral health challenges, and complex medical needs.

Coretta Bliss

Carrying on a Legacy of Activism and Teaching

For Coretta Bliss, kindergarten was a hard year. Her parents—activists living on a Catholic Worker Farm—were viewed as outsiders by the local community. She ended up feeling unwelcome even in her classroom. As she explains, “I just sat at my desk and kept my mouth shut and was scared of the teacher.” 

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Cool Course: “Strategy, Innovation, and Resilience”

Business is always about profit. That’s the bottom line. Unless you’re talking about Ken Baker’s class, “Strategy, Innovation, and Resilience,”—then it’s time to think bigger. This class doesn’t have one bottom line, but three. “The triple bottom line is not about regular ‘business as usual,’” explains Baker. “It’s about taking a more holistic approach, where we talk about people, the planet, and profits.” This framework is changing how students conceptualize what it means to be successful.