“Systems thinking is a tool that is used to understand the root causes, symptoms and factors that hold the status quo in its place,” said Abby Chroman, program manager of social innovation and entrepreneurship at PSU and part of the Map the System planning team. “The Map the System competition is skill-building for students to be changemakers.”
“Elevating Impact gives frameworks, perspectives, and inspiration to create positive social impact,” says Abby. “Past participants have met their co-founders at the event, created new classes based on the content, and changed the course of their career, based on their experience at The Elevating Impact Summit."
On June 14, 2020, The School of Business held its first remote commencement. The ceremony served to celebrate the outstanding achievements of over 200 students and to empower these new graduates to serve as leaders during this unmatched period of economic and social disruption.
As I listened to Clay speak about the contributions that misfits have made to innovations that are now ubiquitous, I was awestruck by how people who were shunned by society had the drive and entrepreneurial spirit to create new systems that worked for their peers and commonly enabled their survival.