July 02, 2009

Recent Graduate Wants to Make Her Mark in Cleveland, Contribute to Region

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Emily Fox has no plans to leave Cleveland now that she has graduated from Case Western Reserve University. After three years, she left campus with the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Science in Social Administration (M.S.S.A.), and a certificate in nonprofit management.

Fox has lived in the area since the age of 13 when her family moved to Shaker Heights from San Francisco. The recent social work graduate wants to be part of the solution to rebuild the city instead of taking flight to other places.

"Cleveland is a place that needs people. I like the challenges it offers," she says.

Fox eventually hopes to put her business skills into action for a nonprofit. She envisions helping the organization create business ventures. The fund-generating efforts will help an organization further its mission by becoming self sufficient and relying less on outside funding to exist, Fox explains.

One of her challenges in graduate school was figuring out how to blend the for-profit with the nonprofit business philosophies. "The M.B.A. and M.S.S.A. programs are at opposite ends of the spectrum, but I've learned a lot in combining the two in a meaningful way," Fox says.

Over the past few years, Fox has also earned her unofficial master's degree in the art of juggling the demands of graduate school with classes at the Weatherhead School of Management, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. As part of her studies, she has had year-long field placement experiences with social services agencies.

One of her memorable highpoints of her three years at the university has been working in the community—first in a field placement with the Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children: Public and Private Partnerships and a second placement with the McGregor Home in East Cleveland.

At the McGregor Home, she had the opportunity to coordinate a competition among 11 architects to design affordable housing for seniors on specific lots around the city. She worked with the architects, the community development corporations, and other city agencies in the housing design contest.

"All these experiences have prepared me for the real world," says Fox.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, July 2, 2009 01:23 PM | News Topics: Alumnet, Alumni, Cleveland, Community Outreach, Mandel Center for Non-Profit Organizations, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Weatherhead School of Management

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