Trainings and Recordings

February 19 - Information Session (recording). Meeting with Professors D'Mello and Thies outlining the structure and expectations for participating in the Promotion of Justice Challenge

Tuesday, March 8 - Hilton Distinguished Entrepreneur Lecture: Paul Polizzotto (recording), "My Journey as a Serial Social Entrepreneur.''  Learn more about what to look for in a business successfully doing good through its mission and practices while making a profit.

Friday, March 19, 12 p.m.Megan Buchter, Aim2Flourish (recording). Learn more about how to craft your analysis and written narrative using the Appreciative Inquiry methodology. Interview skills will also be addressed

Tuesday, March 30, 3 p.m. – Please be ready to submit your Promotion of Justice Checklist. Please contact us to schedule a different time if you can't make it. (Download PoJ Checklist)

Friday, April 16, 3 p.m.Jeff Honea, Givewith (recording). Social Impact Storytelling Masterclass.

Other Resources


All written narratives must be submitted and published on the AIM2Flourish website to be eligible for round 2 of the competition. All submissions will also be eligible for the 2021 Flourish Prizes awarded by AIM2Flourish.

  • Learn about Appreciative Inquiry from its global home at The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. 
  • Find resources on choosing a company, conducting the interview, and writing the narrative
  • Check out the AIM2Flourish assignment guide to learn about the submission and publication process (please note that the guide references optional videos which we are NOT considering for round one)

 *Please note that when you sign up for your AIM2Flourish account, you should list Professor Jeff Thies ( as your advisor.

Consultations with Professors D'Mello and Thies

Professor Thies office hours: MW 3:30 – 4:00 pm; TR 9:00 – 9:40 am; TR 1:45 – 2:15 pm, and by appointment. Email Professor Thies for the link:

Professor D'Mello: Make an appointment


Your team will choose a company, preferably in the Los Angeles area, that has created a positive social justice impact through its business practices in at least one of the three following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) areas:

Be sure to look over the targets and indicators for the SDGs as well.