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2020 has arrived. And we’re ready to make it our best year yet.

January marks a special time both on campus and in the community with new journeys starting. We are excited to share more on our slate of new courses, research reports, student projects, Start:ME cohorts, and student/alumni accolades below.

Looking forward to working alongside you on campus and in the community in 2020.

The SE@G Team
New Year Brings New Social Impact Courses 
We welcomed students back and kicked off Spring semester courses last week, including these two new social impact courses:

Future of Specialty Coffee - Taught by Peter Roberts, undergrad students will sample transparently traded coffees, examine the impacts of businesses and markets, and explore how history and culture have shaped the global specialty coffee sector. Learn alongside students via the class Facebook page, where presentation slides, learning recaps, and key readings will be posted.  

Addressing Income Inequality in Atlanta through Philanthropy- Taught by Wes Longhofer and Brian Goebel, undergrad students will explore the role of philanthropy in solving public problems, particularly inequality and urban development in Atlanta. Through a new partnership with The Philanthropy Lab, Goizueta students will have the opportunity to invest at least $50,000 in local nonprofits as part of the course.     
#SEGWeeklyReads Share Top Course Readings Each Week 
We’re often asked about the content that students are reading as part of our current social impact courses. Starting next week, the SE@G team will share a top reading or podcast each week that was featured in one of our current courses.  Look for #SEGWeeklyReads on SE@G’s Facebook and Twitter pages. 

First up is From Generosity to Justice: A New Gospel of Wealth by Darren Walker which was featured in our Addressing Income Inequality in Atlanta through Philanthropy course. 
MBAs Begin 2020 with Latin American Travel Module
We kicked off 2020 with our annual MBA Social Enterprise Travel Module to Guatemala and El Salvador from January 4th through 11th.  

Hosted by Professor Roberts and Giselle Barrera (MBA15), students explored entrepreneurship hubs, visited specialty coffee farms and cooperatives, met up with several social entrepreneurs, and even hiked to the summit of a volcano. Thank you to our many old and new friends for welcoming us into their businesses and homes. We look forward to visiting again soon. 

Check out trip recaps and photos by country: While we were traveling, we received news of a devastating fire from our friend and social entrepreneur Tio Antonio in Nicaragua. Antonio has hosted many groups of Emory travelers over the years at his café and workshop. He is already pushing forward to rebuild via a GoFundME campaign. Learn more.   
Inaugural Business and Society Keynote Explores Future of Work
Thank you for joining us in December for our inaugural Business and Society Keynote featuring Christine Bader and the Life I Want Project.
As we heard from Christine, many individuals and organizations are demonstrating how to create a better future of work for employees, businesses, citizens, society, and the planet. The future of work that is better for all is about choice and agency. Employers along with the civic community and government all play an important role in making this better future a reality.
We appreciate Christine visiting with us in Atlanta and look forward to answering the important questions she challenged all of us to consider as business leaders, employees, citizens, and policy makers. Stay tuned for more info on our next keynote. 
Start:ME 2020 Welcome 50 Local Small Businesses
The Start:ME program welcomed 50 diverse small business owners to its Winter accelerator programs in Clarkston, East Lake, and Southside Atlanta. Together these small businesses offer everything from art to underground dining, educational therapy to urban farming. These small businesses are already making a big impact, accounting for 127 jobs in the community. Learn more and meet the 2020 cohorts.

Entrepreneurship is a team sport. #StartME2020 is made possible through the generous support of signature supporter Regions Bank Foundation along with champion investors The Goizueta Foundation, PNC, and SunTrust Foundation.

SE@G is proud to work alongside 60+ volunteer business mentors along with local lead partners East Lake Foundation, Friends of Refugees, FCS, and Purpose Built Schools Atlanta to deliver Start:ME.

We welcome our Atlanta neighbors to join us for Start:ME Neighborhood Nights on February 11th in East Lake, February 12th in Clarkston, and February 13th in Southside Atlanta. These sessions provide a fantastic way to get to know participating businesses and provide feedback that shapes the products and services offered. Register now.
2019 Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide Released
Congratulations to Peter Roberts and the Transparent Trade Coffee team on the release of the 2019 Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide (SCTG).

The guide, available in English and Spanish and soon will be translated for Portuguese and French speakers, summarizes data provided by 57 data donors representing 38,070 contracts covering 628 million pounds of green coffee valued at $1.4B.

SCTG is informing a global movement as stakeholders in 83 countries have already downloaded the new guide. Nearly 1/3 of the nearly 1,000 users were from coffee-producing countries (the top 5 being Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, Honduras, Brazil). 

Download Guide.
Emory Students Join Grounds for Empowerment Spring Workshop Team
We are excited to welcome a new team of Emory students to work closely with our Grounds for Empowerment (GFE) program staff and partners to support a new cohort of women coffee farmers based in El Salvador this Spring.

Oscar Escobar, Eliana Kavouriadis, Karista Colwell, Gabriela Kim, Arielly Dias, and Anupama Tadanki will work with farmers throughout the upcoming semester, including traveling to El Salvador over Spring Break to facilitate workshop sessions. 

We look forward to working alongside participating farmers to support their visions and action plans that will help them to achieve more prosperous and sustainable businesses.

Learn more.
Student and Alumni Accolades 
Our student leaders have big plans for 2020:
  • Goizueta Impact Investors (GII) are starting the new year with a new strategic plan. MBA student leaders, along with SE@G Executive-in-Residence David Kyle, gathered in December for a retreat planning session at the Avondale Innovation District to map out 2020 (and beyond).
  • Emory Impact Investing Group (EIIG) closed on their most recent investment in December with a loan to Start:ME alumni entrepreneur Jahari Soward of My eSTEAM Kits. The students are actively fundraising to support their next round of loans, please consider contributing today.
  • Goizueta Gives is teaming up once again with 21st Century Leaders to host the 2020 Winter Leadership Summit at the Goizueta Business School on February 8th.  MBA students look forward to working with high school leaders to build business skills via a case competition focused on sports entertainment.
Goizueta alums continue their social impact journeys in new ways:
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