Membership has its challenges

Over the past year more than 30 MBA and PMBA students have held a seat on the board of directors of a United Way agency. They have had the opportunity to engage in small to large non-profit organizations within our community.

“The challenging part of being part of an organization where you are on the board of directors is that you have a lot of different people with a lot of different interests and backgrounds,” says Shaun Reed, MBA’15. Shaun was a member of the board at Lemay Child and Family Center. Working with a diverse board and learning how to communicate and collaborate together was exciting according to Shaun. But he admits, “it’s been a bit of a challenge and harder than I really expected.”

Watch the video to hear from more Board Fellows about their experience.

Olin/United Way Board Fellows make a positive impact on the St. Louis community by serving as local nonprofit board members. During the year-long board membership, students work on projects for their agencies, engage with community leaders, and develop valuable skills in board governance, interpersonal communication, and leadership.

Learn More About the CEL

The Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) is an educational center located in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. The CEL is focused on creating innovative learning opportunities that result in meaningful impact in the business and nonprofit communities. Learn more about the CEL and its programs at


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