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GSEI Student of the Year 2013-2014

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By Bich Le

Michael McLaughlin (MBA’15), was named the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) Student Leader of the Year for the 2013-2014 academic year. The award was created in 2012 to recognize a Student Leader who:

– Contributed in a stand out manner in developing a program or programs that gives students and faculty greater exposure to economic and social value creation;

– Cultivated other students within MSB and across the university to participate as leaders in the initiative;

– Is viewed as a social enterprise “ambassador” who has contributed to the growth of GSEI;

– Exemplifies the ideal of being in service to business and society.

McLaughlin was designated a GSEI Student Leader in Fall 2013, and with his enthusiasm for increasing GSEI’s visibility earned the role as the Communications Graduate Assistant for the initiative. Beyond increasing GSEI’s Twitter and Facebook following and overall social media presence with promotions and feature articles for GSEI’s newsletter and website, McLaughlin was also instrumental in the planning and implementation of the US National Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force meeting co-convene with GSEI .

McLaughlin was honored to be recognized by his peers who also shared his passion in social impact work. To him, “Being part of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative has afforded me the invaluable opportunity to collaborate with other student leaders who are dedicated to strengthening the link between social and economic value and, in the process, making Georgetown a true social enterprise leader. ”

Ladan Manteghi, Executive Director of GSEI, described McLaughlin as, “A true leader and doer – a rare combination – who wants to promote the practical side of social enterprise. He understands how business, government, and nonprofits play complementary roles to meet needs, improve people’s lives, and empower communities – together. ”

This summer, McLaughlin will be working as a Talent Engagement Intern at Rare, an organization that promotes conservation through behavior change and community support.