Center for Social Value Creation
The Center for Social Value Creation at the Robert H. Smith School of Business aims to create a better world through business principles. We offer hands-on learning opportunities, support ground-breaking research, and collaborate across sectors to help prepare the next generation of leaders. Our goal is to infuse students with the ability to apply business principles in creative and entrepreneurial ways that co-create economic prosperity and social and environmental well-being.
The Center for Social Value Creation is student-focused and offers experiential programming, direct content delivery through coursework, and acts as an influencer and educator on the University of Maryland campus. The Center provides student consulting engagements through the Social Venture Consulting Practicum, and the Sustainable Systems Practicum, and runs unique programming such as Social Innovation Fellows and the Social Enterprise Symposium. In sum, the Center aims to help individuals find opportunity in today's social and environmental challenges, and to build the skills necessary to do business in the 21st century.
The Center is comprised of five full-time staff members who collectively account for more than 35 years of experience in the business, social enterprise, startup and sustainability sectors. Staff includes:
- Melissa Carrier, Founding Director
- Kim Robertella Glinka, Associate Director
- Sara Herald, Assistant Director – Social Entrepreneurship
- Pammi Bhullar, Program Manager – Experiential Learning
- Ryan Steinbach, Coordinator and Community Engagement Manager
CSVC secures close to 70% of its total funding from sources outside of the Smith School, thanks to the generosity of donors. This external funding comes from consulting project and event fees, corporate partners and sponsorships, and individual donors and grants.
Kim R. Glinka