A Note From Our Director


Let's join together to congratulate our Management Social Work graduates!

- Julia Bank, Major, Human Services Management Certificate
- Yinming Liang, Major, Human Services Management Certificate
- Douglas Manigault III, Major, Human Services Management Certificate
- Kanika Seyoum, Major
- Emily Wilson, Major
- John Doering-White, Minor
- Max Glick, Minor, Human Services Management Certificate
- Brittany Harvey, Minor, Human Services Management Certificate
- Bethany Hedden, Minor
- Jessica Herrmann, Minor, Human Services Management Certificate
- Ashley Schwedt, Minor, Human Services Management Certificate
- Natalya Wawrin, Minor, Human Services Management Certificate

We wish you all the very best! Please continue to stay in touch with us and we will stay in touch with you. Please let us know what you are doing and attend our events if you are in the area.

As May graduation is on our schedules (and July and December not far off), I thought you might be interested in the job results of our grads shown in the SSW Alumni Employment Data compiled by Career Services in 2014. Obviously this is not all graduates, but things do look promising!

Congratulations and we look forward to continuing our efforts with you,

John Tropman, PhD

Director, Leadership in Community Benefit Organizations

Professor of Social Work

Leadership Program and Career Services Events


End of Term Potluck Picnic at Tropman Home
John and Penny Tropman are happy to host an End of the Term/Graduation Picnic! Whether you are graduating or will be returning, we hope to see you there to celebrate your accomplishments in the program and come together as a cohort. 
Tuesday, April 21, 5:30 - 7 PM

Spring/Summer Term Events - Mark Your Calendars!

Leadership Talks:
May 18, 12 - 1 PM: Jennifer Howard, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter
June 23, 12 - 1 PM: Marcella Wilson, President and CEO, Matrix Human Services

June 9, 12 - 1 PM: Sharing Your Skills in 90 Seconds or Less - Presented by Sally Schmall

Informal Peer Gatherings:
The Leadership in Community Benefit Organization's Student Committee will be hosting monthly informal gatherings for students interested in management and leadership to come together to build a community of support, understanding, and peer network. Dates are TBD. 
What's So Corporate About Social Work?
Op-Ed by MSW Student Jes Kane
With persistent historical gender roles, separate profit versus non-profit sectors, and contrasting core values, social work and the corporate world can easily be viewed as diametrically opposed. Is it possible that social workers could be the hidden gem waiting to emerge as the change catalyst that the corporate sector so badly needs?

The University of Southern California believes that social workers are the answer to addressing corporate sector challenges. Emerging as one of very few universities offering a 'business' and 'social work' degree, their masters in 'Social Work and Business in a Global Society' seeks to improve the corporate world from the inside out by slowly evolving the mentality of what social work is, and where social workers belongs.

So where exactly do corporate social workers belong? Human Resources; focusing on employee well-being and developing motivating environments where employees can thrive. Corporate Responsibility; investigating supply chains, completing community needs assessments and aligning corporate goals with customer interests. Or, Marketing and PR; promoting a positive culture for corporations and reaching target populations with people-focused ventures. Corporate social work
 asserts that, by focusing on people, MSWs can hollow out a niche of their own in an MBA world. 

Those interested in corporate social work- I urge you to begin digging. Find the companies that preach the triple bottom line. Read Christine Bader's The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil, where she discusses her surprising change in focus while working for BP in Indonesia. Seek out business courses to supplement your MSW. The corporate world is changing, and social workers are the answer. 
Additional Leadership Events


Apply to Participate in Michigan LeaderShape!
You will identify something you are passionate about and create a vision and action plan to help share that idea with friends, campus, the community, and the world.  You will learn how to lead with integrity through a variety of fun and educational experiences. You will leave with the tools to effectively implement this vision and lead differently.
For more information and application visit the LeaderShape Website.
May 4 - 9, All Day

Center for Entrepreneurship's Entrepreneurship Meetups

Curious about the newest ideas people are talking about? Want to get involved with entrepreneurship on campus but don't know where to start? Do you already have a venture and are looking to network, practice your pitch, or find support? Join fellow Wolverines at the Innovate Blue Workspace (first floor of Shapiro) for an evening of casual conversation, shared ideas, free food, and your next inspiration.

Recurring Event: April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, all from 7 - 8 PM 
1st Floor, Shapiro Undergraduate Library

Center for Social Impact Board Fellows Information Session
Curious about the Board Fellows program?  This session provides an overview for both graduate students and prospective organizations interested in participating during the 2015-16 academic year.
Wednesday, April 22, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
R2230 Ross School of Business

Center for Social Impact Launch Year Celebration
Join students, faculty, staff, and other members of the social impact community as we celebrate the launch year for the Center for Social Impact! Keynote: David Egner, Executive Director of the New Economy Initiative. Refreshments and networking will be followed by remarks at 5:30pm. 

Wednesday, April 22, 5 - 7 PM

The Colloquium, 6th Floor, Ross School of Business

Development Career Chats
Interested in development at the University of Michigan? Consider attended one of these events!
On-Campus Career Chat, Ann Arbor
This event provides a unique opportunity to speak with development professionals from throughout our 500-plus community. They represent a wide range of development specific areas, such as fundraising, communications, events, research, stewardship, administrative support and more.
Tuesday, April 28, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Michigan League, 2nd Floor
Virtual Career Chat, Webinar
For those living far from Ann Arbor and would like an opportunity to learn about UM Development, we are holding a virtual Career Chat. This webinar provides an opportunity to hear about the Victors for Michigan Campaign, learn how the development community is structured and hear from various Development professionals about working at UM. QandA Session will be available for our speakers. 
Wednesday, May 13, 1:30 - 2:30 PM

$23.07 per hour
Latest Estimated Value of Volunteer Time

Trying to understand your organization's economic impact? For more information (and a state-by-state breakdown), click HERE!
Funding Available

Interested in philanthropy? Check out these great opportunities for funding!

Forever Go Blue Program Grant - Perhaps you or your organization wants to put on a fundraising event? A grant of up to $700 available to student groups that plan to promote philanthropic thinking, inspire collaboration around altruistic endeavors, and fundraise for charitable projects that benefit U-M. Deadline for Submission: May 1st, 2015 (extended). If you would like more information OR are applying please go to this link.

Forever Go Blue Research Grant - Are you interested in a research project that revolves around philanthropy and fundraising? A grant of up to $1,000 available to individual students who plan to engage in research that seeks to explore the relationship between philanthropy and citizenship, enhance the community's understanding of philanthropic behaviors, and inspire new approaches to fundraising. Deadline for submission: May 1st, 2015. If you would like more information OR are interested in applying please go to this link.

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Burns at melisbur@umich.edu.



**Copies of The Chronicle of Philanthropy are located in the outside mailbox on John's door (3734). 
**If there are articles from other publications that require a membership fee, please let us know and we can access them for you.

Jobs & Internships


Coalition Coordinator, Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation

The Coalition Coordinator is responsible for ensuring coalition strength and sustainability through general support of Wellness Coalition activities in Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester and Stockbridge. The Coalition Coordinator will serve as a primary resource in coalition efforts, including organizational development, process oversight, recruitment, promotion, celebration, leadership development, resource identification and other important coalition capacity-building activities. 

For more information and the application, click HERE


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Contact Us


John Tropman, DirectorSSWB 3734 (734) 763.6275
Rachael Wiener, Program CoordinatorSSWB 2736 (734) 764.4903
Janice Williams-Miller, Career Services Associate DirectorSSWB 1688 (734) 936.1961
If you would like to submit items for the Leadership in Community Benefit Organizations' Newsletter (events, op-eds, resources, etc.) please email Rachael. 
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School of Social Work
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