Live Case – Project

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Project Synopsis

The We Sow We Grow Project sees itself growing fast in the next 2 years. We have our leadership and volunteer staff dedicated to the mission and providing 100% of the work required as in-kind donations. We will need to hire dedicated staff moving forward as leadership will be stretched too thin in the future. No one within the organization is taking a salary, and we want to get ahead of a model to ensure that when we are fully funded, and that funding is reciprocal, we already have a model on how to structure wages within the organization.
We will need a hiring model, wage metric, industry practice on salary as a % of funding, and, perhaps, contractor agreements. We also will need information on structuring payroll and ensuring both federal and state taxes requirements are met/satisfied. Included in your talent strategy should be a proposed org structure and a worker/wage model that will allow us to staff up or down depending on funds for the year. At the least, a structure to provide a stipend in lieu of a formal salary for work performed on behalf of We Sow We Grow.

Project Topics

Corporate Social Responsibility

Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis

Talent Management

Company Information

CompanyWe Sow We Grow
HQChicago, IL
RevenueN/A
EmployeesUnlisted
StageEstablished Startup
Hiring PotentialFollow-on Projects, Formal Internship
Websitehttp://wesowwegrow.org/

Company Overview

The We Sow We Grow Project began as a small community garden plot in West Pullman, Chicago in 2016. As our Executive Director shared the progression photos of the project, questions were asked, and a gardening movement was born. All from the desire to no longer see empty plots of land on the city’s Southside… While the urban farm focuses on supporting those in the community, the larger online community is stemmed in creating gardeners in all walks of life. We are looking forward to expanding our offerings and collaborating with agricultural enthusiasts everywhere.

Experiential Learning Program Details

SchoolNorthern Illinois University (NIU)
Engagement FormatLive Case - Think "Hackathon" or Case Competition with a whole class of students! This learning format allows educators to deliver experiential learning to students at scale. Students are often split into groups to work on a live case (or a series of cases) from a real host company that directly relates to key learning objectives.
CourseBusiness in Action, Fall 2021 (Rosenfelder) – We Sow We Grow
LevelUndergraduate
Students Enrolled68
Meeting Day & TimeJacie: Online, Mondays & Wednesday 3:30 - 4:45 PM CT
Student Time Commitment4-7 Hours Per Week
Company Time Commitment2 Hours
Duration13.57 Weeks

Program Timeline

Touchpoints & Assignments Due Date Type
REMINDER OF CONFIDENTIALITY

REMINDER OF CONFIDENTIALITY

During this program, you'll be working on a real project posed by a real industry partner. By registering for the CapSource system and participating in this Program, you are bound by the Rules of Engagement, including strict confidentiality of information shared with you. Please be respectful and professional.
September 3rd, 2021 Event na
KICKOFF SURVEY DUE

KICKOFF SURVEY DUE

September 5th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation
OFFICIAL PROJECT LAUNCH

OFFICIAL PROJECT LAUNCH

Student on-boarding and project-matching survey complete
September 8th, 2021 Event na
UPLOAD MILESTONE #1 DELVERABLE UPLOAD MILESTONE #1 DELVERABLE
September 24th, 2021 Submission Required submission-required
TEMP CHECK #1 DUE

TEMP CHECK #1 DUE

September 26th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation
COMPANY Q&A WEBINAR DURING CLASS TIME (8 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM CT)

COMPANY Q&A WEBINAR DURING CLASS TIME (8 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM CT)

September 27th, 2021 Event na
TEMP CHECK #2 DUE

TEMP CHECK #2 DUE

October 10th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation
UPLOAD MILESTONE #2 DELIVERABLE UPLOAD MILESTONE #2 DELIVERABLE
October 22nd, 2021 Submission Required submission-required
COMPANY Q&A WEBINAR #2 DURING CLASS TIME (8 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM CT)

COMPANY Q&A WEBINAR #2 DURING CLASS TIME (8 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM CT)

October 25th, 2021 Event na
TEMP CHECK #3 DUE

TEMP CHECK #3 DUE

November 7th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation
UPLOAD FINAL DELIVERABLES UPLOAD FINAL DELIVERABLES
 
November 29th, 2021 Submission Required submission-required
OFFICIAL PROJECT FINAL PRESENTATIONS (8 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM CT)

OFFICIAL PROJECT FINAL PRESENTATIONS (8 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM CT)

 
December 1st, 2021 Event na
PEER ASSESSMENT DUE

PEER ASSESSMENT DUE

December 5th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation
SELF ASSESSMENT DUE

SELF ASSESSMENT DUE

December 5th, 2021 Evaluation evaluation

Key Project Milestones

  • September 24, 2021 - Administer Background Research on Non-Profit Talent Strategy

    • What labor and wage laws govern the State of Illinois?
    • What are the differences between for-profit and non-profit labor laws?
    • What options do non-profits have to engage talent in a cost effective way?
    • How do organizations think about talent acquisition, talent training, and talent retention?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    • Develop a talent strategy guide book and prepare for Q&A session with company leadership
  • October 22, 2021 - Organize Talent Strategy Priorities

    • What are some of the key pieces of any organization’s talent strategy?
    • What does the current talent organization look like for We Sow We Grow? What does the org structure look like? What are the reporting lines? Is this an effective talent structure for their organization? Why or why not?
    • Where does We Sow We Grow source most of their talent from?
    • How does the talent model need to evolve in order for We Sow We Grow to accomplish their strategy goals?
    • What are some of the most in-demand roles? What would be their responsibilities?
    • How would you recommend that they handle contracts and payroll?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    • Outline your talent strategy, including key components you intend to flesh out as you work towards the final milestones
  • December 1, 2021 - Propose Comprehensive Talent Strategy

    • What is the ideal org structure for We Sow We Grow?
    • What are the most essential roles to fill?
    • What should be the responsibilities of these team members?
    • What avenues do you recommend using in order to find the best talent?
    • How would you handle assessing / interview the talent?
    • How would you recommend handling contracting and payroll?
    • How would you recommend on-boarding and training these team members?

    Suggested Deliverable:

    • Present your fully comprehensive talent strategy for We Sow We Grow

Project Resources

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Industry Mentors

Company Admin

Natasha Nicholes

[email protected]

Academic Mentors

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Assigned Students

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