John Cardinal O'Hara, C.S.C. said that "The primary function of commerce is service to mankind." Members of the O'Hara Society celebrate and continue that mission by helping the Mendoza College of Business more effectively educate over 600 students in 11 graduate business degree programs that rank among the best in the country. In addition, their contributions help the Graduate Business Programs to adapt according to the constantly-changing nature of society. In this way, students who graduate from Notre Dame's business programs are educated in business theory and can also translate it into a practical, worldly application.
In the fall of 2016, for instance, contributions made by members of the O'Hara Society helped to bring Integral Leadership Development (ILD), a premier values-based leadership development program, to the full-time MBA program, directly impacting its students and their abilitiy to transform into effective and ethical business leaders. This program serves as an introduction for new MBA students to Notre Dame and the Mendoza College of Business, and involves four days at the start of the program comprised of individual and group assignments that help students discern their most important values, strengths, and weaknesses. Through this process, MBA students engage in self-examination, learn what they excel in, and understand what it will take for them to develop into leaders with integrity.
The ILD program is just one example of the ways in which donations from the O'Hara Society are put to use to positively impact students in Mendoza's Graduate Business Programs, and it is an example that clearly demonstrates the influence that these contributions have and why they are so important.