After growing up in a small town in ND, Ben went to the Carlson School of Management and majored in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. His first position out of college was the assistant director of the non-profit Wayzata Community Sailing Center where he helped run summer camps, and coached college and HS race teams.
Falling in love with the educational aspects of working with youth, he returned to the U of M to earn his M.Ed. He started teaching business courses at area high schools and now teaches in the Leadership Minor at the U of M. His current course is looking at students individual leadership skills, while gaining field experience in the social entrepreneurship space.
He is also involved in Arthur Ventures, a venture capital firm out Fargo, ND where their investments help improve the human condition, while satisfying the economic conditions that support a continuous cycle of innovation, entrepreneurship, investment, and global growth. We asked Ben a few questions about his interests, hobbies and reasons for joining SVP.
What made you get involved with Social Venture Partners?
After meeting a few people involved and hearing the level of impact that SVP had made in their lives, for both the organizations and the partners themselves. I felt like this is something I want to be part of.
What to do you for work and for fun?
By weekday I work as a teacher at Leadership Minor and the U of M, by weekend I really love to race sailboats, golf, and ski.
If you could change one thing in the community and had unlimited resources at your disposal, how would the community be different?
The focus on education would be greatly increased with the best and brightest students all choosing to go into education; because those were the most prestigious highest paying jobs available.
What has been your most rewarding contribution to the community thus far?
Contributing to the education of the next generation.
What are you most looking forward to as an SVP Partner?
Working with great people who share a common vision to make the world a better place.
Anything else you would like the SVP community to know about you?
I enjoy spending time with my two boys who are 7 and 5, primarily building forts and playing Legos.