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 Third Place in Quarter Finals in National Competition 2014

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.

Current projects for the 2015 competition
  • Spark from the Dark
    • The "Spark from the Dark" project focuses on bringing awareness about the visually impaired and also raising funds for the National Federation of Blind in the process. The first initiative on this front was by organizing the Blind Café. The Blind Café is an event that offers a unique dining experience that helps people relate to the life of a blind person. Our future plan revolves around leveraging massage therapy provided by blind which helps blind people to become independent as either business owners or as employees at a spa.
  • Ignite the Seed description
    • "Ignite the Seed" aims to teach low-income families, foster youth and communities to build garden beds that will provide sustainable organic produce. It has further aimed to reduce reliance on food stamps, lower food costs, and promote food compost. The project further ventured to teach families to create compost worms for a healthier soil. Currently, Ignite the Seed partnered with Seattle Tilth and Labateyah Youth Home to move the project forward. We have provided business workshops to foster youth to prepare them in starting a compost business that will provide a sustainable income.
  • Light up the Jobs
    • "Light up the Jobs" project endeavors to extend a helping hand to the homeless people and the veterans living in Seattle and the King County. Our team has offered help in various forms through different stages throughout its journey. Starting in 2012, we focused on education and job placement as we partnered with the Millionair Club Charity, a non-profit organization that addresses homelessness in Seattle community. As a result, we successfully provided long-term employment to 5 members. We also recycled CityU’s computers for their use and we had a community donation drive for work clothing. Currently, we are developing janitorial and moving enterprises that will allow homeless become professional janitors and movers, and get full time jobs.
  • Brighten Your Health
    • "Brighten Your Health" is a four year old project that used to focus on educating and helping women about healthy nutrition. We used to hold 15 workshops to first educate school children about nutrition and later low-income mothers so they can transfer their knowledge to the rest of the family. Currently, we are creating a smartphone app that will serve as a motivational tool for people diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. This app will help diabetic of type II people improve the quality of lifestyle by motivating them to eat healthy and attend the gym. The reward system on the app will provide the necessary motivation and create a long-term good habit.
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. In the national competition 2014 CityU Enactus Team won Third Place in Quarter-Final Round. 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
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. However, a business background is not necessary.
Officers
President: Aleksandra Krsljanin, MBA candidate
Vice President: Anushka Hariharan, MBA candidate
Secretary / Treasurer: Prachi Garg, MBA candidate
Project Coordinator: Monika Petrova, MBA candidate
Marketing Chair: Vinil Pillai, MBA candidate
Fundraising Chair: Jahnabi Chetia, MBA candidate
Membership Chair: Anthony Assoko , MBA candidate
Activity Chair: Nomindari Batmunkh, MBA candidate

Contact
Aleksandra Krsljanin Enactus President / MBA candidate