By Bobby Pedersen, MSB ’21
Before even stepping foot on the Hilltop, I knew I wanted to be part of an organization that allowed me to blend my education and passion for social justice. Coming from a Jesuit high school, this idea of service and empathy was nothing new to me. Like many other first year students, my first interaction with HMFI was in Red Square at the CAB Fair. While microfinance was a completely foreign concept to me, their emphasis on giving back to the community and empowering marginalized business owners greatly interested me. After getting settled at Georgetown, I decided to apply in January. Since being accepted, I have learned greatly about HMFI, the realities of many District residents, and our role helping these people, all while working with students that share the drive for service and impact that I have.
Much of the work I have done so far with the Marketing team and the greater organization has been foundational learning, focusing on the responsibilities of my department, the underpinnings of HMFI, and my role within the larger and smaller teams. The most important part of my work thus far is the responsibility it has given me. Completing homework and studying for exams are certainly important tasks, but when reviewing slide decks for an upcoming client recruitment trip or formatting partner outreach materials, I know the work I’m doing is having an impact that extends beyond my personal benefit. Knowing that I am making a tangible impact on the lives and businesses of others has made the work greatly rewarding.
In addition to the rewarding work afforded to members, HMFI provides a team dynamic that is welcoming, supportive, and motivating. As fellow new hire, Emma Ladoucer, shared with me yesterday, the people in the organization have made HMFI that much more amazing. HMFI members have gone out of their way to introduce themselves at meetings, say hello when walking across campus, and answer any question the new hires have. Being surrounded by students that share a passion for service and care about their fellow members has been an amazing experience.
Going forward, I am excited to experience HMFI’s impact firsthand by meeting new clients and partners at outreach events. Seeing the results of the effort HMFI puts in to each client excites me, and it is something I look forward to experiencing myself. Finally, I hope to continue the work of the Marketing department to expand HMFI’s output and social impact.
Bobby Pedersen is a freshman at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and outside of HMFI, he enjoys mentoring and tutoring students in literacy skills throughout the District of Columbia through DC Reads. Originally from New York City, NY, Bobby is an Associate within HMFI’s Marketing Department and is a huge dog person and politics junkie.