August 2018 Newsletter

B+I Brings 25 U-M Impact Organizations to Ross, Builds Awareness

Business+Impact Showcase
Thurs, Sept. 6, 2018, 5 – 6:30 pm
Blau 5th Floor Colloquium

Welcome new and returning students! We hope your summer was empowering and invigorating, because we have news for you. The Center for Social Impact is now part of Business+Impact (B+I), a Ross-wide dean-level initiative to make Ross the most progressive source of ideas and solutions for how business can address global challenges like social justice and sustainability.

Business+Impact will administer the Board Fellows Program, the Summer Fund and the Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship; and we will still partner on the Seigle Impact Track and Ross Open Road. In addition to fostering multidisciplinary partnerships, we will host an Impact Studio and a new series of social innovation speakers and conferences on campus.

As part of our mission to make students aware of impact opportunities across campus, we welcome students to our first annual Business+Impact Showcase on Sept. 6 from 5-6:30 pm at Ross. Students will have a chance to meet with 25 organizations and map out their U-M impact journeys.


The Impact Gateway

In addition to being a champion for impact across the Ross landscape, we have created a one-stop shop for all things impact at the University of Michigan at large. The Impact Gateway lists all of the current events, courses, clubs and colleagues that student changemakers would want to take advantage of while at U-M. Turn and return to it through the year so you don’t miss out on any of the exciting things happening at Michigan!


Interested in Working with the Board of a Nonprofit Organization?

Join the 2018-19 Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program

Business+Impact’s Nonprofit Board Fellowship program places top graduate students as non-voting members on boards at Southeast Michigan nonprofits. A list of participating organizations and the application for the program are available on our website, and is due Fri, Sept. 14 at noon. 

You must attend one of the info sessions below in order to apply to participate in the program for 2018-19:

If you are unable to attend due to an academic or religious conflict, please email to schedule an alternate time.

Enroll in BA 601 “Governing Nonprofit Organizations” (7 weeks, Fall B 2018, October 31-Dec 11)

We strongly encourage students who wish to become Board Fellows to enroll in Ross School BA 601, “Governing Nonprofit Organizations” (Fall B semester), which provides analytical tools and academic credit for the Board Fellows program.

Graduate students who are not ready for the full Board Fellowship Program are also welcome to enroll in the course to learn more about nonprofit boards.

Intern Stories from the Impact Space

In the summer of 2018, 35 students from Ross and the Ford School of Public Policy developed unique skills while helping mission-driven organizations in Detroit and around the world. MBA students doing impact work received extra funding from the Give-A-Day Fund. These students were required to apply their classroom learnings to projects and challenges with a real potential for societal or environmental impact. We’ve asked a few students to share their experiences and takeaways in this article.



Apply for Your $5000 Scholarship Now

Business+Impact is proud to offer the Skip & Carrie Gordon Scholarship to three MBA2 students this year. Each scholarship is $5000 and students who receive the scholarship will have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to making an impact in their career and while at Ross. If interested, you must apply by noon on Fri, Sep. 21!


Where You Can Find Us This Month

September is a time for greeting returning students and meeting new students. We will be at the following sessions this month, and we’d love to say “Hi!”

School of Social Work
Information Fair
Sept. 5: Noon – 2 pm

Michigan Ross
Business+Impact Showcase
Sept. 6: 5 – 6:30 pm

Munger Graduate Residences
Opportunity Fair
Sept. 13: 5:30 – 8 pm

Ross Open Road Broadens Student Experiences

Three teams sponsored by Business+Impact, Zell Lurie InstituteSanger Leadership Center, the Erb Institute, and the Ross MBA program office headed out across the U.S. during the month of May, and brought innovative solutions to the challenges of 14 social entrepreneurs. It was all part of a program called Ross Open Road, an action-based social entrepreneurship program fostered exclusively by Ross students.

Read the blog posts from all of the teams and learn about their journey on the 2018 Ross Open Road Webpage.

Community News and Events

Net Impact at Ross Seeking Members

Net Impact @ Ross (NI@R) is welcoming new members. If you sign up, you are joining a group of student leaders that want to use business to change the world, and the NI@R board can help you figure out just what that means for you. As a member, you can look forward to receiving full access to all of NI@R’s events, programs, speakers and workshops to help you make the most of your time at Ross, increase your exposure to new topics and land that perfect job.

Membership Signup


Submission due Aug. 31

EmpowerHER, a partnership between Ford Motor Company Fund and Michigan Women’s Foundation, will offer a continuum of programs and services to women (and a few good men) wishing to start or grow Social Venture Enterprises. Concept paper submissions are due by Fri. Oct 6.

Submission Guidelines

Mona Hanna-Attisha

Sept. 12, 7 – 9 pm @ Rackham Auditorium

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha—accompanied by an idiosyncratic team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders—proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead and then fought her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Join Dr. Mona for a talk, Q&A, and book signing of What the Eyes Don’t See.

Event Registration

Spotlight! Team Showcase

Sept 14, 7:15 am – 4 pm
@ Sheraton Ann Arbor

At the Tauber Institute‘s Spotlight!, students showcase their project results and compete for academic scholarships. Drawing extensive attention from industry, this event showcases innovative operations solutions that can result in significant financial savings as well as improvements in areas such as CO2 emissions, energy consumption, throughput time, and supply chain risk.

Event details

International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference

Sept 20-21 @ University of Toledo

Since 2004, The International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference has been bringing together researchers, practitioners, and individuals with lived experience in an effort to lay the groundwork for future collaborative research, advocacy, and program development.

Register here

Earth Fest 2018

Sept 20, 10 am – 2 pm @ The Michigan Diag

EarthFest is designed to engage, entertain, and educate University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff on all aspects of sustainability. Come browse dozens of booths with information on how to get involved in sustainability on campus and beyond. Enjoy free healthy food, live entertainment, and sustainability-related games with prizes!

Festival details


Sept 21, 8:30 am – 3 pm
@The Michigan League

Entrepalooza 2018 will focus on food entrepreneurship with topics including: Launching and Growing Food Product and Service Businesses with Positive Culture, Food Impact and Sustainability, Investing in Food and Agriculture and Innovating Beyond Startup.

Event Info

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