Certificate Roundtable

Closing the gap between the classroom and the workplace means providing students with not just theoretical knowledge, but an applied wisdom—one which comes from years of experience. The best teachers are often the best bridge builders, translating thei…

Closing the gap between the classroom and the workplace means providing students with not just theoretical knowledge, but an applied wisdom—one which comes from years of experience. The best teachers are often the best bridge builders, translating their professional careers into one real-world lesson after another. It’s the difference between another  lecture in a string...

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Investing in the Student Experience

The University of Louisville is a great place to INVEST because of its demonstrated impact on the economic, social, and cultural health and well-being of Louisville, the Commonwealth, and beyond. We accomplish this through innovative teaching, research…

The University of Louisville is a great place to INVEST because of its demonstrated impact on the economic, social, and cultural health and well-being of Louisville, the Commonwealth, and beyond. We accomplish this through innovative teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity, principled leadership, responsible stewardship, and engaged partnerships. Your philanthropic support will enhance our capacity...

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Racing Investigator Certificate

The Equine Industry Program, in collaboration with the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), hosted the first-ever Racing Investigator Certificate Program virtually on October 5-6, 2020. Over 100 industry professionals participated …

The Equine Industry Program, in collaboration with the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), hosted the first-ever Racing Investigator Certificate Program virtually on October 5-6, 2020. Over 100 industry professionals participated in sessions that included horse and barn safety, searches, unsanctioned racing, and pari-mutuel wagering.  Sessions were led by industry professionals including Tom Sage, Executive...

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Dean’s Message

The holiday season is upon us, and as we reach the appointed hour, we feel the pull from our family, friends, and loved ones calling us home. These gatherings may look a little different this year than normal circumstances, but what has not and will no…

The holiday season is upon us, and as we reach the appointed hour, we feel the pull from our family, friends, and loved ones calling us home. These gatherings may look a little different this year than normal circumstances, but what has not and will not change is our capacity to celebrate, share, and reflect...

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Welcome New Staff

Great people make for great institutions. Our success is reflected in the faces of those who pass through the College of Business and impact the world around us.  Genliscia Edwards (Dean’s Suite) Genliscia joined the College of Business as the new…

Great people make for great institutions. Our success is reflected in the faces of those who pass through the College of Business and impact the world around us.  Genliscia Edwards (Dean’s Suite) Genliscia joined the College of Business as the new Faculty Affairs Coordinator in the fall of 2020. Genliscia is a UofL alum, who...

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Students at the Derby

For the first time in history, the 2020 Kentucky Derby was run without fans on the first Saturday in September. Two Equine students work for trainers that had horses running in the Derby.  Here is what they had to say about this unique Derby Day: Many …

For the first time in history, the 2020 Kentucky Derby was run without fans on the first Saturday in September. Two Equine students work for trainers that had horses running in the Derby.  Here is what they had to say about this unique Derby Day: Many people dream of having a horse in the Derby...

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Dec. 2 Virtual Lunch: The Reconstruct Challenge

Venture Connectors was pleased to feature Bryce Butler and Mallory Sanborn with Access Ventures at our December virtual lunch. They gave an update on the organization’s Reconstruct Challenge, a regional prize competition that’s testing local and national innovative solutions to solve social and economic inequities within our community. One of the competition’s winners, mRelief, was the event’s Featured Startup. […]

Venture Connectors was pleased to feature Bryce Butler and Mallory Sanborn with Access Ventures at our December virtual lunch. They gave an update on the organization's Reconstruct Challenge, a regional prize competition that's testing local and national innovative solutions to solve social and economic inequities within our community. One of the competition's winners, mRelief, was the event's Featured Startup. Founder Zareena Meyn shared how the nonprofit is helping to restore dignity by transforming access to social services.

A Louisville-based private operating foundation, Access Ventures launched the Reconstruct Challenge over a year ago. Through this prize competition, it awarded $300,000 each to six innovations that are working to increase access to affordable housing in Louisville and Southern Indiana. This unique approach took the risk of funding ideas that had yet to be tested in our region. With an unexpected pandemic, that risk grew even more. At the December lunch, Butler and Sanborn talked about what they've learned, the impact the innovations have had so far, and what's to come.

Before starting Access Ventures, Butler was the Executive Director of the BlueSky Network, a venture philanthropy family office in Southern Indiana with activities around the world in microfinance, clean energy, sustainable agriculture, mobile payments, and entrepreneurship/innovation. Butler was also the Executive Producer of a documentary about poverty, gang violence, and those trying to chart a new path through dance set in Guatemala City that premiered at the United Nations in April 2014 called BBOY for Life. Previously, Butler worked in Organizational Design & Development at a global manufacturing company and served as an Executive Pastor at one of the 50 fastest growing churches in the United States. Following graduation from Iowa State University, he served on active duty for four years as a Captain with the U.S. Army. He has a master’s degree in theology and a bachelor’s degree in economics.

Sanborn is a Senior Associate at Access Ventures, leading initiatives around affordable housing and equitable employment. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in economics and global studies and a minor in entrepreneurship. Sanborn previously worked with Social Entrepreneur Corps in Guatemala, where she served on a team of eight people focused on developing logistical models, expanding market segments, and creating sales strategies to target consumers within a six-hour radius of Antigua. After that, she worked at Village Capital, an impact fund focused on finding, training, and investing in entrepreneurs working in markets typically overlooked by investment capital, which led her to her current role at Access Ventures.