Faculty Spotlight: Paula Holanchock

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April 4, 2023
Paula Holanchock, assistant professor of Business Administration and director of the Social Entrepreneurship Program, encourages socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneurs and business leaders to consider a circular economic approach that embraces the triple bottom line. She inspires compassionate, regenerative, and responsible leaders to create prosperous and inclusive ‘life economies’ through spiritual decision-making and conscious leaders for systems change, regeneration, and organizational renewal.


What is your favorite course to teach and why? 

I love all the courses I teach. But, if I had to choose one, it would be Social Entrepreneurship as the teaching of this course allowed me to align my passions for helping to heal our world with my teaching.    

Tell us about your area of expertise. 

I don’t feel I am an expert in any field as life is a continuation of learning, transforming and growing. Fields I am passionate about include: women, gender, spirituality, and gender-based violence; conscious-based and regenerative leadership and self-awareness creating a culture of “we” instead of “me”; social impact: social and environmental justice; essential mindsets of the circular leader; conscious inclusion and the responsible leader; and strategies to operate with responsible and sustainable business practices that benefit people and the planet.

What sparked your interest in this area/topic? 

I consider myself a futurist. I am always looking to create and develop new business models that put mindsets before strategy and serves for the betterment of society.  Seeing that the future needed leaders who were conscious of their decisions and regenerative in their practices, I began to teach about sustainability and the importance of placing people and the planet at the forefront of our decision-making. My moto is an environmental injustice is a social injustice.  The two are inextricably connected. 

If someone was interested in learning more about this topic, what resources/ readings would you suggest they start with? 

Building Social Business,” by Muhammad Yunus 

The Blue Sweater,” by Jacqueline Novogratz 

The Responsible Company,” by Yvonne Chouinard & Vincent Stanley 

The B Corp Handbook,” by Ryan Honeyman and Tiffany Jana 

Conscious Capitalism,” by John Mackey and Rajendra Sisodia 

What books are on your nightstand right now?  

Siddhartha,” by Herman Hesse 

The Prophet,” by Kahlil Gibran 

What are five words you would use to characterize your style in the classroom? 

Progressive, Regenerative, Transformational. 

What sets the program/ major you instruct apart at Flagler and from similar programming at peer institutions?  

The Social Entrepreneurship Major is an interdisciplinary major that exposes students to different areas of study based on the track chosen.  For example, there are four tracks; Community Health, Sustainability and Historic Preservation, Global Impact, and Arts for Social Change. 

What is one thing that no one would guess about you? 

I am a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo.