Seventeen years ago, Anna Monhartova arrived at Tulane University as a student-athlete on the tennis team. She’s still here after earning a doctorate in international development and co-founding a tennis and life skills program for schoolchildren after Hurricane Katrina. Now she’s using all that experience to help lead the growing Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Program at Tulane’s Taylor Center.
As SISE program director in the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, Monhartova is often on the go. She is co-teaching SISE courses for undergraduates and also continues teaching graduate students in the Payson Graduate Program in Development. In a volunteer capacity she serves as board chair for A’s & Aces, a nationally recognized sports-based youth development program (Read more about A’s & Ace’s here: Two A’s and Aces Students Are No. 1 in Tennis).
“I’m kind of a loyal person,” she says. “Tulane gave me a lot in the undergraduate times, and a lot of support during my PhD as well. It feels nice to give back and be part of the Tulane and New Orleans community.” Monhartova added, “We attract a lot of community-minded students who want to give back to New Orleans, and social entrepreneurship is another way to explore it at the academic level.”
Read more about how Anna Monhartova is using tennis to forge social entrepreneurship at Tulane’s newave: Tulane and tennis forge social entrepreneurship role