Social entrepreneur and alumna Jennifer Wascak shortlisted for the MBA Student of the Year Award
Business and Management 10 November 2017
The MBA Student of the Year Award is one of the four categories for this year’s Excellence Awards by the Association of MBAs, the impartial authority on postgraduate management education, which is committed to raising its profile and quality standards internationally.
The list of the finalists for the MBA Student of the Year Award, among whom is alumna Jennifer Wascak, comprises the very best performing MBAs who have demonstrated outstanding skills and motivation towards becoming tomorrow's business leaders.
Prior to joining the MBA programme at the University of Westminster, Jennifer was a successful lawyer, passionate about ethical business leadership. She has served as chair of the Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Programme (COBALT), President of the Adams County Bar Association, and on the Executive Council of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) as its elected vice president.
Jennifer graduated from her course with Distinction and an MBA Prize for outstanding academic performance. Her dissertation, which gained the highest mark in her cohort, led to her co-authoring a paper titled ‘Caring for the Other’, which was delivered at the Annual European SPES Conference in Tel Aviv on 4–6 September 2017 by her supervisor Dr Katalin Illes. The paper utilised data collected via a refugee charity that Jennifer was volunteering with.
Speaking of Jennifer’s nomination, Dr Kellie Vincent, Principal Lecturer and Course Leader of the MBA programme at the University, said: “Personally, I am absolutely delighted that Jennifer Wascak has been shortlisted for the AMBA Student of the Year Award. The nomination for Jennifer has to be one of the easiest I have had the privilege of writing because there were so many dimensions to discuss about her accomplishments. Ultimately, I hope being shortlisted helps Jen raise the profile of her essential work in alleviating human trafficking.”
In September 2017, Jennifer was awarded a University of Westminster Tier 1 Entrepreneurial Visa with a highly compelling business plan. She launched her own consultancy to provide legal, CSR, and operational support to businesses which are mostly non-compliant but meet the legislative requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act.
Last month, Westminster Business School was featured in the UK MBA Programme list by The Times newspaper with the case study of Jennifer who went to study the provision of water in remote areas of southern Uganda. Her nomination for the AMBA Student of the Year Award also comes as a result of her ambassadorial power.
For The Times, Jennifer said: “I went for an academic reason: to see what we could learn that a non-profit organisation could take away.
“I have travelled a lot but this was the worst poverty I had ever seen. People weren’t happy. They didn’t greet us as other villages did. The children were very sick,” Jennifer explained.
Speaking about the positive change she was able to make, she said: “Within 48 hours I was able to raise £3,000 to get a new well dug, by setting up a website and doing a little bit of marketing.”
As a successful MBA alumna, Jennifer has recently started to mentor the new cohort of full-time MBA students, who appreciate hearing from those who have taken on and succeeded in the MBA challenge.
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