MBA Program Offers Workshop on Scalability of Social Change

The socially responsible Master’s in Business Administration program at Antioch University Santa Barbara will present a free workshop open to the public on Friday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. focusing on the scalability of social change.

The workshop, entitled The Challenge of Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation Among the Masaai People of Kenya: Is It Scalable?”, will feature Teri Gabrielsen, founder of Africa Schools of Kenya (ASK), and will be moderated by Paul Lynch, CEO and founder of Cage Free Productions and an adjunct faculty in AUSB’s MBA program. It will take place in AUSB’s Community Hall. Please RSVP to Lindsay Crissman at lcrissman[at] or 805-962-8179 x5171.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a global and culturally sensitive issue. Communication and education rest at the center of the international effort to eradicate this ritual that creates staggering health and devastating social consequences for young Maasai women and their communities. ASK is successfully tackling this challenge.

In conjunction with the Maasai people living in Kenya, ASK created an Alternative Right of Passage (ARP) ceremony, following the traditional Maasai Emuratare, with the exception of FGM. In the eyes of their community, ARP graduates are recognized as women and are no longer married off at puberty.

ASK is on the brink of a major expansion into all of Maasailand. What obstacles must be overcome as ASK expands to other African communities? How is cultural resonance maintained? Join us for a fascinating presentation by Gabrielsen, followed by a problem solving/working session that will explore these challenging issues of scalability and sustainability inherent in change.

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