Enactus

Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) is a student organization that brings together a diverse network of college students, academic professionals and industry leaders from around the world to focus on a shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of entrepreneurship. Team members contribute their time and talent to projects that improve the lives of people around the globe. Each participant demonstrates that individuals who are armed with information, a passion for people and business know-how can be real agents for change.

Powerful life lessons are attained outside of the classroom because Enactus tackles projects that are tied to real targets with the help of real professionals. The outcome of each project can change the lives of Enactus students and the lives of the project's beneficiaries in real and substantial ways.

CityU Enactus Team
CityU Enactus Team Wins Regional Competition, April 2013

Our Purpose
To enable progress through entrepreneurial action.

  • en-trepreneurial: Having the perspective to see an opportunity and the talent to create value from that opportunity.
  • act-ion: The willingness to do something and the commitment to see it through even when the outcome is not guaranteed.
  • us: A group of people who see themselves connected in some important way; individuals who are part of a greater whole.

Our Mission
Develop tomorrow's leaders to create a sustainable world through the positive power of business.

Enactus has been active at City University of Seattle since 2004. It started when a group of Master of Business Administration students wanted to help their community and world in a real way. When the students approached the faculty about bringing Enactus on campus, the CityU administration and faculty were immediately on board - as the organization directly supported CityU's mission of providing a relevant and lifelong education for our students.

CityU's Enactus team has been growing each year since and has been very successful at establishing relationships with businesses such as HSBC, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Starbucks, Microsoft, Lowe’s and Best Buy.

Read more at: www.enactus.org

Enactus offers passionate students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise, thereby improving the standard of living for millions in the process. The team is guided by distinguished faculty advisors, called the "Sam Walton Fellow". CityU's fellow is Kathy Cox. Each team is supported by businesses from around the globe. Enactus teaches important concepts through educational outreach projects, including market economics, entrepreneurship, personal and financial success, and business ethics for social good.

In 2012, with 21+ members, Enactus participated in community projects impacting at least 623 individuals. The team spent more than 2,215 hours working on six projects resulting in 19 partnerships with corporations, business leaders, and local businesses.

The projects presented at the 2013 competition
  • Giving Garden Project
    • The Giving Garden Project‘s goal is to build and teach low-income families and communities to eat fresh, nutritious, and organic vegetables. We have built 20 raised beds for low-income families and four beds at the Fircrest Center.
  • Giving Health Project
    • "Mom's nutrition" specifically focuses on healthy nutrition and lifestyles for women. Enactus created a website to show women easy and inexpensive ways to provide the family with healthy nutrition. The project mission is to provide information on healthy products that one can easily find in a local stores.
  • Giving Hope Project
    • The purpose of the Giving Hope project is to empower homeless people and veterans for a more economically sustainable future. First, Enactus/CityU partnered with Bread of Life and the Seattle Veterans Center to provide basic needs. Currently, we are partnering with the Millionaire Charity Club. The CityU Enactus team members have been actively involved in helping with job searching, educational morning programs, creating opportunities for social enterprises, participating in fundraising events and placing members to full-time working jobs.
  • Giving Book Project
    • Giving Book collects donations of books to promote the reuse of books and giving books to those in need. Enactus is working with the organization Got Books, Inc. Got Books handles the collection and distribution of the books. Enactus plans to promote the book donation containers cooperating with Lowe's.
  • Giving Home Project
    • The "Giving Home" project will provide needs for orphans, and let them know there are still many people concerned about their growth. The Enactus team will volunteer at Fircrest to teach lessons and play games with the children. The team will also complete a donation drive with the long term goal of helping find suitable families for the children.
  • Giving Culture Project
    • The "Giving Culture" project aims to facilitate the global expansion of companies by teaching how business is conducted in different cultures. The Enactus team plans to help several companies on both national and international levels with bringing cultural awareness to their organization and contributing to their success.
Each year, Enactus hosts a competition where each team presents its projects. In 2013, the CityU Enactus team was selected as a regional winner and advanced to the national competition. The competitions are held around the world and bring together thousands of students and business leaders. The competitions also pay tribute to the extraordinary educational outreach projects and are evaluated on how innovative, creative and effective they were in teaching these concepts:
  • How the free market works in the global economy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Personal financial success skills
  • Business ethics
Become a Member
Interested in joining CityU's Enactus team? Enroll in Enactus today and you'll receive free membership benefits, which include:
  • Undergraduate, graduate or practicum credit (optional added class credit)
  • Eligibility for a share of a $15,000 scholarship (for Enactus leadership chairs only)
  • Opportunities to increase business experience and deepen professional networks with students, faculty and business leaders from around the world
  • A personalized letter of recommendation from CityU’s President and career counseling from CityU Enactus team advisor Kathy Cox upon graduation
Current Openings
  • Vice President:
    • Support Enactus President and Team.
  • Business Partner:
    • Provide business development in the community & serve on the Advisory Board.
  • Faculty Member
    • Help assist Enactus team with field expertise.
  • Enactus Team Member
    • Serve as a member of the Enactus team by participating in team meetings and community projects.
Visit www.enactus.org to register, and click on the "Register" button where you may create a personal account. Once finished, please contact the Team Advisor Kathy Cox. For more information about the student organization, please contact the Faculty Advisor Linh Luong.

For more information, you can also visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/enactuscityu. Please feel free to join us at our weekly meeting every Tuesday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Victoria room.

* Members must be CityU students or alumni. Master of Business Administration students are encouraged to apply. However, a business background is not required.
Officers
President: Monika Petrova, MBA candidate
Vice President: Open
Secretary / Treasurer: Eric Zhang, MBA candidate

Chairs
Competition Chair: Nicole Chao, MBA candidate
Marketing Chair: Melinda Chen, MBA candidate
Social Media Chair: Hang Wang, MBA candidate
Fundraising Chair: Bruce Huang, MBA candidate
Activity Chair: Rony Zeng, MBA candidate

Contact
Monika Petrova Enactus President / MBA candidate