VECTOR Program Brings Two Great Opportunities for Students to Learn from Business Leaders Committed to Giving Back
The VECTOR program presented two great opportunities for interested students this week. On Wednesday, we welcomed Upcycle Parts Shop, a business with a triple bottom line: good for the people, good for the planet, and good for the economy. Its mission is “to provoke creativity and promote community through reuse, resourcefulness, and relationships and we strive to do that every day!” The Up Cycle staff delivered a program on social enterprise, innovation, sustainability and community development. Students and the staff members had a great discussion about businesses that aim to improve society, and students used upcycled materials to create their own vision for a social enterprise.
On Thursday, interested students participated in a livestream with Mike Barkley, the former CEO of KIND Snacks, current board director for Center for Higher Ambition Leadership (CHL) and former trustee of Center for FaithJustice (CFJ). Mike led a dramatic organizational transformation and business revitalization at KIND prior to its transition to the Mars Family of Companies earlier this year. Mike’s time at KIND was the culmination of a 25+ year career in consumer products marketing and general management. He spoke about business leadership and finding your purpose through your work.