To succeed in business, you need a value-driven mindset and attitude
that makes it possible to see opportunity in a way that is meaningfully
Take Maria Graziani, who earned her MBA from Carlow University in
2012. Where some saw weed-infested, garbage-strewn vacant lots, Graziani
saw an opportunity to grow something special.
She started Healcrest Urban Farm in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood
by first removing enough garbage to fill several dump trucks and
remediating the soil on 1. 7 acres of land near the corner of Hillcrest and
“An area that was once considered a ghetto – abandoned houses, vacant
lots, high crime, and a disenfranchised population – is now growing, not
only its community strength and visions of a better future, but is changing
its relationship to the earth, its local food, and its health,” says Graziani. “We
have played a role in that change, and that is indeed worth the work.”
It can be tough to tell the MBA programs apart these days. Most
MBA students learn how to crunch numbers, strategize, and analyze data.
Carlow’s MBAs learn that too. But they learn something more.
A values-driven MBA means Carlow graduates have a competitive edge
that others don’t have. Carlow MBAs learn that treating people with dignity
matters in business. Ethical leadership is no longer optional, and respect
for employees will pay big dividends. Carlow MBAs see business through
a lens of ethical behavior, social justice, and meaningful impact. It’s a belief
that companies must have purpose beyond the bottom line – and that said
purpose is also good for that bottom line.
That’s a philosophy that literally has suited Graziani to a T.
Today, as she enjoys Hillcrest Urban Farm’s tea blends and frozen tea
pops – products which are available at local grocers – and looks out over the
formerly vacant lots that are now filled with fields of lavender and mullein,
parsley and mugwort, she takes satisfaction in seeing opportunity that
others did not. Her solely women-run business is making a difference in her
community, and she recognizes the role that Carlow played in her business’
“Even though the MBA program at Carlow is co-ed, there is a strong
emphasis on supporting women business owners,” Graziani said. “That was
inspiring for me to see.”
Carlow’s Values-Driven MBA. Meaningfully Different.
For more information about Carlow University’s MBA program or any
of our graduate or undergraduate programs, please visit www.carlow.edu or
call (412) 578-6059.
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