Impact Entrepreneurs Replication School: Module One Completed

January 27, 2012 at 5:35 am Leave a comment

PSU’s Impact entrepreneurs, in partnership with Digital Divide Data and The Rockefeller Foundation, has been delivering Impact Sourcing Training to social entrepreneurs hand selected by Rockefeller. The training, hosted by digital Divide Data, is preparing these entrepreneurs from Africa and South Asia to launch or expand their own social enterprise initiatives in the Business Process Outsourcing space in their countries.

By Lindsey Dietz, PSU MBA Candidate and Week 1 Replication School Teacher in Cambodia

Today is Friday, which marks the last day of the first module in the eight-week replication school program. Our last day consisted of customer relationship management scenario discussions and participant presentations. The short presentations were designed to allow the participants to apply their learning and practice public speaking. Each person was given ten minutes to introduce their organization and customers and describe one targeted marketing strategy with tactics to achieve it.

I asked each participant to present to the class as if they were the marketing director of their organization. The audience represented the management team that would approve the marketing strategy and budget. Each participant had to work hard to manage their short time in front of the audience. The strict time limit pushed the class to really focus their presentations and drill down to the most important points of interest.

It was obvious that they spent significant time developing their presentation. All of the participants took the time to design power point slides for reference during the presentations in addition to developing the content. Some people had difficulty with the time limit but the quality of the presentations far exceeded my expectations. We videotaped each one so the participants could see themselves in addition to receiving feedback from their peers and teachers.

At the end of this last class I shared how I have been feeling this whole week with the participants. I told them I believe that through them my time teaching here in Cambodia will make a difference. Each person brought enthusiasm, strong energy and attentiveness to class despite illness and severe jetlag. I have no doubt that this group will go home and apply what they learned in a meaningful way. I am excited to follow up with them in coming months to see how the knowledge is applied. Thank you to Impact Entrepreneurs, Rockefeller Foundation, DDD and the dedicated group of participants for making this life experience possible!

Entry filed under: DDD Replication School.

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