The Magazine of Marquette University | Summer 2006

 

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ALUMNI PROFILE

Year of difference

Mark Carroll calls time spent working with some of Chicago’s neediest people the most rewarding professional year of his life.

The Cara Program
Cleanslate

By John Basil
Arts '87, Grad '93

A managing director at Goldman Sachs, Carroll, Arts ’85, was one of only five employees selected to receive a coveted public services fellowship — a paid leave of absence that allows the firm’s senior executives to lend their business expertise to the public sector.

He chose to work with The Cara Program, a nonprofit that provides training, job placement and support services to homeless and at-risk people. Carroll used his experience at business development to help implement Cleanslate, a neighborhood beautification business on Chicago’s south and west sides.

“Many of our employees are women with criminal backgrounds who employers are reluctant to hire,” he says. “Starting a business that’s visible in the community allowed them to prove themselves to prospective employers.”

The plan worked. Already, 11 of Cleanslate’s employees have been placed in permanent jobs with benefits. Carroll credits the participants for Cleanslate’s early success. “This fellowship allowed me to see the promise and potential in people society has written off; it was an eye-opening experience,” he says.

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