Prof. Dlabay appointed to board of Bright Hope, helps students get business experience

Economics and business professor Les Dlabay has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Bright Hope. This will allow students to reach outside the classroom and learn more about practical business situations involving those less fortunate.

Les Dlabay, professor of economics and business at Lake Forest, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Bright Hope, a not-for-profit organization that works to assist people “living on less than $1 a day,” by providing basic needs, including physical items, economic development, and spiritual guidance.

Prof. Dlabay’s involvement with this and other organizations opens a window of opportunity for students to learn first-hand about the interplay between economics, politics, and poverty, through site visits, class speakers, access to research topics and contacts, and internships. Many students participate in volunteer work or serve as researchers and ‘consultants’ for Bright Hope. The president of Bright Hope was the keynote speaker at the “Forgotten Majority” business conference on campus in March 2010.

Lake Forest College provides a special tight-knit learning environment where students work closely with their professors. These students often benefit from their professors’ connections, particularly for internship recommendations. Our 10 Things site highlights how learning at Lake Forest College happens everywhere.

Prof. Dlabay also serves on the board of governors for another non-profit, Opportunity International, that provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to more than two million people working their way out of poverty. He is also on the board and serves as treasurer for BENNU Legal, a non-profit agency helping recent arrivals to the U.S. integrate into society through legal counseling and education.