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February 15, 2017 / WRAG

Institute for CSR Alumni Reflections: Laura Schmiegel

By: Laura Schmiegel
Senior Manager, Community Partnerships
Booz Allen Hamilton

Why did you choose to participate in the Institute for CSR and what year did you graduate?
I had 10 years of experience in nonprofits. I wanted to educate myself about some of the unique aspects of corporate relations from the private sector point-of-view.

What was your favorite part of the program?
The real-life examples of corporate strategy, combined with insight from the people who created them was an invaluable piece of the program.

How have you used the knowledge and/or connections you gained at the Institute to improve your work?
I have been asked to help shape a new corporate giving strategy for my firm, so almost everything in this course was instructive in some way.

What would you tell prospective participants about the program?
It is a great jumping off point to learn the basics of corporate responsibility. If you have previous experience in corporate relations, it is a great way to build on your skills to incorporate the latest in best practices from a larger CSR perspective.

Any tips for 2017 registrants on how to get the most out of their participation?
Take advantage of your classmates’ experiences. Everyone in the room has insight and perspective that enhances the class.

To learn what other Institute alumni are saying, click here.


The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility offers CSR practitioners the opportunity to earn a Professional Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from Johns Hopkins in just six months. This non-credit professional certificate program is an initiative of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and is offered in partnership with Advanced Academic Programs at Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center. Registration for 2017 is now open! Download an application and learn more about the 2017 faculty and curriculum here.

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