Walden University graduates are finding new ways to improve lives with their business administration degrees.

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The ability to manage an organization can give you the power to create positive social change. That’s exactly what many graduates are doing with their online business degrees from Walden University.

The following alumni of Walden’s online business programs have achieved many things, from transforming lives in Nicaragua to providing disadvantaged children in Utah with the clothing they desperately need. Take a look at their stories:

Jacquelyn Mulkey: A Different Kind of School for a Unique Group of Students

Jacquelyn Mulkey, a 2013 Scholar of Change, is the founder of Focus Academy—a school serving students who struggle in the public and private school systems in the Houston area. She enrolled in Walden’s online doctoral degree program in business administration so she could better run her school and serve her students.

Many of Mulkey’s students have special needs resulting from diagnoses like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Asperger’s syndrome, and Tourette syndrome, among others. She has designed the school to meet those needs while still providing an academically rigorous environment. Her online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree has not only helped her improve Focus Academy—it’s helped her improve her students’ lives.

“Because Walden allowed me to use my actual business for my class papers and class projects, I was able to immediately apply what I was learning in the classroom to what I was doing in the real world,” Mulkey says. “And the results? They’ve been nothing short of miraculous.” Mulkey now has several Focus Academy campuses and continues to change the lives of young people.

Paul Thomas: Social Change From Virginia to Nicaragua

A 2013 Scholar of Change and the outreach director at Port Harbor Community Church in Chesapeake, Virginia, Paul Thomas’ passion is to help people. His PhD in Management has allowed him to expand his organization’s charitable projects from a local to an international level.

Using the skills he learned through Walden’s online management degree program, Thomas organized a charitable trip to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. Along with 25 others, Thomas built houses, distributed eyeglasses, and helped feed hundreds of children who often have to scavenge local landfills for food. He even taught business seminars to local business leaders to help instill greater knowledge—and to pass on the lessons he learned through his online business doctoral program.

“With the training I have received from Walden University, I am fully equipped to bring about social change, both on a local and international basis,” Thomas says. He continues to use his passion and knowledge to change lives for the better.

Dan Bradshaw: Coats for Kids Who Need Them Most

Dan Bradshaw, a 2012 Scholar of Change, grew up with a fierce love of cars and a desire to serve others. With the help of his online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Walden, he has combined both interests and created one of the most successful charitable events in the south Davis County area of Utah.

Working through the Bountiful Rotary Club, Bradshaw directs the Coats for Kids Car Show. He used the knowledge he acquired through his online master’s program to work with multiple city departments and get them actively involved in the event. These efforts, along with Bradshaw’s ideas and innovations, have transformed the Coats for Kids Car Show into a huge success.

Bradshaw says that taking his passion and combining it with his online MBA education has allowed him to “manage an event that can create so much good and change in a community.” His leadership helps ensure that the Bountiful Rotary Club can continue to give out hundreds of coats and mittens to disadvantaged children throughout the south Davis County area.

Ready to change your world and the world of others with a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral business administration degree, or with a master’s or doctoral degree in management? Discover how Walden’s online business degree programs can help you meet your career goals.