Megan Kashner is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Kellogg's Public-Private Interface and Director of Social Impact. In her leadership of Kellogg's Social Impact offerings, Kashner focuses on the areas of impact investing, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, nonprofit management, policy, global development, public-private partnerships, values and ethics. Kashner and the Social Impact team within KPPI support Kellogg faculty, students and alumni as they lead the way in blending economic, social and environmental factors into management organizations and markets to deliver lasting benefits for society. Kashner leads up the global Impact & Sustainable Finance Faculty Consortium, the Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge, and more collaborative work at the intersection of markets and impact.
Kashner came to Kellogg from an extensive career in the impact sector, most recently as the Founder of Benevolent, a philanthropic platform that invites donors to step in and fill gaps in the safety net for low-income families. Kashner is a self-proclaimed "ticked-off social worker" with more than 20 years of strategic management, community partnership building and organizational planning experience across nonprofits, philanthropy, volunteerism and corporate social engagement.
Prior to founding Benevolent, Kashner served as an Executive Director at the Taproot Foundation and in executive and innovation roles in nonprofits and companies across the impact sector. Kashner has been featured at the White House, at national conferences on philanthropy and entrepreneurship, on CNN Headline News, FastCompany, Mashable, Working Mother, MSNBC, The New Yorker, Financial Times, Newsweek, The New York Times and more.
Kashner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois and holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University, an MSW from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Kellogg.
Students who enroll in this session of INTL 615 will be expected to attend a pre-term class in winter quarter, travel over spring break, and perform the majority of their project work during spring quarter.This experiential learning course provides a hands-on opportunity for students to apply classroom knowledge to a real-world problem. In the Global Lab course, four or five students work as a team in completing an international consulting project. The host company and student team work together to determine the project's scope and parameters, and the team completes each week's research by meeting with an expert faculty adviser. Students who enroll in this session of INTL 915 will be expected to attend a pre-term class in winter quarter, travel over spring break for two weeks for on-site research, and perform the majority of their project work during spring quarter. The host company provides feedback that is used in grading students and covers travel expenses for the on-site visit. Students must have completed all core courses with the exception of OPNS-430 which can be taken concurrently in the Spring quarter. Part-time program students who have fulfilled their core requirements are also eligible to take the course.
Note: This course may not be dropped after March 1.