Peace Through Commerce at Notre Dame

During halftime of the Notre Dame football game on Saturday, NBC played a 2-minute video highlighting one of the most innovative business courses in the country.

Under the direction of Dr. Viva Bartkus, a member of the Board of Directors at Catholic Relief Services, students in the Business on the Frontlines class learn about war-torn countries in need of economic revitalization. They study the country’s history before traveling to meet political, religious, and economic leaders. While on the ground, the team of MBA students assess the situation, develop a business plan, and propose solutions to help revive local economies.

Meet Keith Flatley, an Iraq War veteran and 2009 graduate of the MBA program at Notre Dame. Three years after taking this class, Flately, now a successful businessman in Chicago, is still volunteering his time to help the same people he and his teammates helped three years ago during their trip to Bosnia as a part of the Business on the Frontlines class.

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