Stephanie Ormston

Stephanie Ormston

Stephanie Ormston is currently studying for a Master's in Business Administration at Boston University, concentrating in Public and Non-Profit Management and Arts Administration. Her interests in cultural entrepreneurship began at a young age with her passion for the theatre. With a Bachelor's in Fine Arts in Theatre from New York University, she spent three years living and working in rural Azerbaijan, teaching English and promoting arts awareness and cultural sensitivity to Azerbaijani youth. It was here that she began to engage with women about the challenges they face to empowerment. She continues to work with women through her involvement in the Women's MBA Association at BU. Looking forward, Stephanie would like to work with emerging arts organizations to improve their sustainability and impact by bringing for-profit models to use in the non-profit sector, as well as promote the work of women artists all across the globe. She shares her journeys on her blog,

Recent Posts

Calculating “Return On Mission”: Music as Medicine for Imprisoned Boys

How do we measure a return on human development? Genuine Voices, a non-profit working with detention centers in the US that leverages the determination of volunteers to help adolescent boys, set out to measure their impact. After encountering difficulties, they learned that some things are naturally unquantifiable, and that in lieu of ways to directly report a “return on mission”, maybe emotional buzz is enough to support sustainability. In the Darwinian world of for-profits, only the strongest survive. We have countless ratios like return on investment, return on equity, return on sales, etc., to rate the performance and financial solvency of major companies.

Empowering Muslim Women, One Treadmill at a Time

Istanbul – where the East and the West collide – is the only city in the world to sit on two continents. This city has seen scores of people fighting to call this land their home, shining light on another great battle that is being waged all over Turkey today. Currently, the vast majority of the population is Muslim – obviously to varying degrees of piety. Also, due to its position as a conduit of trade and culture between the East and the West, it has also developed a strong secular mentality. Thus, it is hard to differentiate which norms are based in religion, and are thus more difficult to alter, and which are social, and consequently more amenable.