Assumption business students help to sustain, grow Haitian orphanage

Assumption College Undergraduate

 Assumption professor teaches cultural awareness through business

Many Assumption classes provide students an opportunity to fulfill the school’s mission: to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service.

When the nonprofit organization Be Like Brit asked Assumption professor and director of MBA program, Eric Drouart if he and his students could develop a strategic plan, he knew it to be a perfect fit.

Be Like Brit was established by the parents of an American student, Britney Gengel, who passed in Haiti’s earthquake while serving as a volunteer there in 2010. Britney’s last text to her mother spoke of a heartfelt desire to start an orphanage in Haiti, a dream that became a reality through the work of Be Like Brit Foundation.

“The students in the class were really motivated by the fact that their work was meaningful, and that their recommendations were going to be implemented by a real organization. Their work had an immediate impact on this organization and was aligned with the mission of the organization and the mission of Assumption College,” says Drouart.

Teaching students how to develop a realistic business plan whether locally or abroad is easy when you have a team of experienced business practitioners. Like many Assumption business faculty, Drouart worked in the corporate world for more than 23 years prior to his career in teaching. The majority of his experience comes from international business assignments at companies such as Burke Marketing Research, General Foods, and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). While at BMS, Drouart spent five years in Japan and France and nearly a year in Italy.

His international experience taught him the importance of adjusting to different cultural environments and learning to adapt to local and very diverse situations. Drouart firmly believes that “this multicultural awareness is a quality that is essential for our Assumption students to have in the globalized world of business”.

“Today, business graduates face a business environment that is characterized by an accelerated rate of change, and a much more intense competition from companies coming from emerging markets,” says Drouart.

Whether you aspire to work in the private, public or nonprofit sector, making an impact takes true dedication.

Drouart’s advice: “Work twice as hard as your colleagues to prove your worth to the company that hired you. You have to show passion… You have to have the ‘sacred fire’ burning in your belly that drives you to learn and do the job twice as fast as the other hires.”

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