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The Butler MBA Program

FirstPerson Board Fellows

Uniting Business and Service

The FirstPerson Board Fellows Program is yet another rich experience allowing MBA students to apply their classroom knowledge directly. The Program puts select students to work on the board of a local community organization, while receiving individual mentoring from a business professional and classroom instruction.

Each year, select students are chosen to take this as an elective course. Students receive instruction from local company executives and are connected to a mentor who is invested in community improvement. Through mentorship and observation, students will learn about nonprofit governance firsthand and be given a project to complete for the organization. In past years students have had the opportunity to work with organizations such as the Super Bowl Committee, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, and Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The FirstPerson Board Fellows Program creates great business leaders and outstanding citizens. View last year’s Report to the Community to learn more about the impact the FirstPerson MBA Board Fellows Program is making.

Building Community Connections

Photo of MBA Student who participated in the FirstPerson Board Fellows Program

It was extremely rewarding to serve as a board intern at Second Helpings under the mentorship from Jennifer Vigran, CEO. Throughout my time there, I aided a team in launching a new young professional group, First Course. As a direct result of Board Fellows, I was recently nominated and voted onto the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors, which I will begin in August. I’ve enjoyed growing my volunteer experience from chopping vegetables in the kitchen to sitting in the boardroom.

Emily O'Neal, MBA '17

HR Consultant - University Recruiter, Roche Diagnostics


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Be A Mentor

Mentors are the foundation of success for Board Fellows. Mentorship is an opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with an emerging leader. Read about Jill Lehman’s story as a Board Fellows mentor. Do you want to become a mentor? Contact Marietta Stalcup to learn how to apply.

Become a Partner Organization

The Board Fellows program allows organizations to tap into the valuable business skills and fresh insights from Butler’s top MBA students. Learn about Second Harvest Food Bank’s experience. Interested in partnering with the Board Fellows program? Contact Marietta Stalcup to learn how.