Professor Kent Glenzer: Practical Lessons from the Trenches of Social Change

"One of the things I love most about MIIS students is their extreme hunger for practical advice," says Kent Glenzer, associate professor of organizational behavior and development. Despite impressive academic credentials such as a Ph.D. and an Ivy League degree, until he got the call from the Monterey Institute last year, Kent had not seen himself as an academic.

Creating Change in an Emerging Economy

This past summer I had the great opportunity to work with Project 90 by 2030, a South African non-profit located in Cape Town that has the goal to change how South Africans live by 2030. Project 90 focuses on inciting widespread change in the country by influencing federal policy through the creation of papers that contain policy recommendations for the government, working on high-visibility green projects and engaging the youth in environmental activities.

Environmental Conservation in Paradise

The moment I stepped onto Tobacco Caye, I felt like I had found a small slice of paradise. The vibrant, yet small fishing community off the southern coast of Belize is amazingly beautiful and astounding.

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Tobacco Caye
Belize

Frontier Market Scouts Return from Summer Adventures in Four Continents

The Frontier Market Scouts program at the Monterey Institute selects and trains aspiring professionals who are seeking a career in social venture and impact investing. This year, the program has placed over 20 people in 13 countries, working with social enterprises, impact investment funds and social accelerator programs for a period of two to six months.

Matt Gleason

Program: Master of Business Administration

Specialization: Marketing

Undergrad: University of Maryland UC

Fast Fact:  Matt competes in Tough Mudder courses, some of the most brutal 7-12 mile obstacle courses in the country.  Think freezing-cold water traps, giant walls, mud runs and more!

“The Yellow Ribbon program is an admirable program and my attendance at MIIS would not be possible without it."

Adam Kirk

Program: Peace Corps Master’s International MBA

Specialization: Entrepreneurship and Project Management

Undergrad: University of British Columbia (International Relations)

Fast Fact: Adam has served in the Peace Corps, working with local and regional government units in rural Albania assisting in the development of tourism and waste management-based improvement projects.

“The best part about the MBA program at MIIS is its intimacy; that my professors are approachable and accessible.”

Megan Christenson

Program: Joint MBA / MA International Environmental Policy

Specialization: Sustainability and Impact Investment

Undergrad: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Fast Fact: Megan taste tested several species of insects while living in the Ecuadorian Amazon in 2011.

“I really enjoy the way business skills and tools are incorporated into subjects like sustainability, international development, and design thinking.  It creates a significant value-add within my MBA.”

Benjamin Couch

Program: MBA

Specialization: International Business Development

Fast Fact:  Ben spent six months working on a social business model development project in Rajasthan, India for Traditional Medicinals, an herbal tea company. 

Experience MIIS Students’ Summer Fellowships and Internships through the MIIS Abroad Blog

The Monterey’s Institute’s commitment to immersive learning includes an emphasis on summer fellowship and internship opportunities all over the world. These placements put students on the ground using and further developing their skills while working on real-world issues in a professional capacity with organizations of all sizes and shapes, from UNESCO to frontier market entrepreneurs.

Frontier Market Scouts Head to Assignments on Five Continents

Twenty-one Frontier Markets Scouts recently completed training at the Monterey Institute and took their first steps towards a career in impact investing. The Frontier Market Scouts program was jointly developed and managed by the Monterey Institute, Sanghata Global and Village Capital to turn compassionate and capable young professionals into talent scouts and investment managers serving local entrepreneurs and social-minded investors in low-income and weak-capital regions of the world.