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MBA Student Community Service Award

Khary-Dvorak-Ewell, awarded the first annual MBA Student Service Award

"Through the program I have gained a deep understanding of the triple bottom line; issues and strategies that focus on the bottom of the economic pyramid, and strategically incorporating environmental sustainability into business."

Khary Dvorak-Ewell is awarded the 2010 MBA Student Community Service Award

Khary Dvorak-Ewell (MBA, ’10) was presented with the first annual MBA Student Community Service Award at the inaugural event for the San Francisco State University Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business held at the W Hotel in San Francisco on December 2, 2010.

The award, sponsored by the center, recognizes and celebrates the efforts of exemplary San Francisco State MBA students who are working to improve social, economic, or environmental conditions in Bay Area communities and abroad. MBA students were nominated and selected by fellow students and recent graduates on the basis of their leadership in community service.

Mr. Dvorak-Ewell, who received a commemorative plaque and a $1,000 scholarship funded by the Union Bank Foundation, was recognized for his efforts in support of expanding opportunities for the disadvantaged in the Bay Area and Africa. Before joining the MBA program, he worked to provide workforce development opportunities for people with disabilities. While working toward his MBA, he was development director for Mama Hope, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works with communities in developing countries in Africa to complete micro-development projects.

Two other finalists for the award, Lessa Manotti (MBA 2010) and Mary Tam (EMBA 2009) were presented with commemorative certificates, along with $100 gift certificates donated by Give Something Back, an Oakland-based office supply company that donates the majority of its profits to organizations that work to improve local communities and help the environment.

Ms. Manotti’s service has been focused primarily on youth development and education, working with organizations such as the City of San Francisco Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP), salesforce Foundation’s BizAcademy, Asian American Communities for Education (AACE), the Maisin Scholar Award, and One Economy Corporation.

Ms. Tam worked with the Edgewood Center for Children and Families before entering the SF State Executive MBA program and in mid-program joined Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian and development organization, where she continues to work.

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