September 2021 Newsletter

 

 

Fourth Annual Business+Impact Showcase Features 35 Impact Organizations


As part of Business+Impact’s mission to make students aware of all the impact opportunities across campus, B+I welcomed incoming and returning students from across campus to its fourth annual Business+Impact Showcase on Sept. 14. Students met with 35 exhibiting organizations from U-M in areas of interest like social justice, equality, sustainability, social entrepreneurship and economic development.

If you weren’t able to make it or would like to learn more, a complete list of exhibitors and descriptions is available in this article, and a photo album is on Flickr.

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MBA2 Gordon Impact Scholarship – Apply by Sept. 26

Application due
11:59 pm, Sun, Sept. 26


Are you an MBA2 committed to addressing complex social challenges? This year the Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship Fund will award three scholarships to MBA2s who demonstrate a dedication to impact. Applications are open now and due by Sun, Sept. 26.

Claire Babilonia (MBA ’21), Tieranny Baker (MBA ’21) and Kevin Finnegan (MBA ’21) each received $5000 Gordon Scholarships in 2020-21.

APPLY HERE


A Summer of Impact: Insights from Impact Studio & B+I Summer Interns


In the summer of 2021, Business+Impact supported 55 student interns with multiple regional and global organizations and within our +Impact Studio. In the +Impact Studio  nearly 30 students used design and business to make an impact. Read about the lessons learned developing and prototyping impactful ventures in the Applebaum Impact Design Fellowship and Founders Program, and read about the first +Impact Studio Summer Demo Day. Right here in Detroit, students in the +Impact Studio for Local Business developed consulting products that made a big impact for Detroit’s small business owners. Additionally, learn about how Michigan Ross students are putting design tools to use such as Adobe XD to use as part of the UM Adobe Creative Campus.

Students from Ross and Ford created impact through virtual or onsite internships, where they developed skills in business and policy that expanded their horizons exponentially and created value for numerous impact organizations. Read these snapshots of student experiences from this summer and see photos from their experiences.

Ross Admissions: UpClose Diversity and Women’s Weekend
Thurs, Aug.19 @ 5 pm ET
Online

Inaugural DEI Awards

Wed, Sept. 29 @ 2:30 pm
Robertson Auditorium
Ross School of Business

B+I is proud to be a sponsor of these awards, instituted in 2021, which celebrate and honor research related to diversity, equity and inclusion conducted at the Ross School of Business, at every stage of the academic journey. Also established in 2021, the annual J. Frank Yates Diversity and Inclusion Teaching Excellence Award, honors a member of our teaching faculty who demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion and makes a significant positive impact on the learning and personal growth of our students.

Each award winner, in addition to being recognized for their contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, will present a short TEDx-style lightning talk.  

REGISTER HERE


Interested in Healthcare and Entrepreneurship? Join Blueprints For Pangaea!


Speed Dating
Thurs, Sept. 16 @ 6 – 8 pm
Ross School of Business


Originally a finalist in the Michigan Business Challenge – Social Impact Track, Blueprints for Pangaea is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that ships excess, unused medical supplies from U.S. hospitals to areas in need overseas. The application for the Fall 2021 cycle can be found HERE, or on their website, blueprintsforpangaea.org, under the “Apply Now” tab. The deadline to apply is Saturday, September 18th at 11:59PM EST.  Interviews will be conducted in person on September 24th and 26th on an invite-only basis.

APPLY HERE

SPOTLIGHT

Donna Harris (MBA ’99)

Donna Harris is an investor, technologist and serial entrepreneur whose work and investments have helped thousands of startups worldwide to grow and scale while solving some of our greatest challenges.   She is currently serving as Founder and CEO of Builders and Backers, but also is a General Partner in 1776 Ventures, a venture capital fund she co-founded, which is investing in more than 30 countries on five continents, and she is also a Venture Partner at Praxis. We caught up with her recently to discuss her thoughts on her work since she graduated from U-M’s Business School.

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A Searchable Platform for All Things Impact at Ross and Across Campus


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

At the University:

OFFICE OF CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY

Earthfest


Thurs, Sept. 23 @ 10 am – 2 pm
The U-M Diag


Earthfest celebrates sustainability initiatives across U-M and the surrounding communities, while providing an inclusive platform to educate and engage the campus community on opportunities to support sustainability and environmental justice on campus and in our daily lives.  Earthfest is organized by representatives from the Office of Campus Sustainability, School for Environment and Sustainability, Student Life, and Graham Sustainability Institute.

More Info


CEW+

5th Annual CEW+ Advocacy Symposium: Accessing and Navigating Systems


Tues, Sept. 28 @ 8:30 am – 1 pm ET
Online

Join CEW+ virtually for its annual fall advocacy symposium themed Accessing & Navigating Systems. This event is free and open to all activists, advocates, and allies. This year’s symposium will feature opening remarks on Advocating for Your Financial Future by Christina R. Cutlip, PhD, Senior Managing Director, Head of Client Engagement and National Advocacy at TIAA, and the Mullin Welch Lecture given by C. Nicole Mason, PhD, who currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR).

More Info


RACKHAM GRADUATE SCHOOL

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda: Moving Beyond Failure and Actively Cultivating a More Equitable Academy


Tues, Oct. 5 @ 3 – 4:30 pm ET
Online

Through session activities, participants will reflect on what failures of this kind indicate about the educational environments in which they occur and how such reflection might prime them to reshape the spaces in which they have responsibilities.  This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if we can accommodate your attendance.

Register here


U-M DETROIT CENTER

A Breath of Fresh Air


Thurs, Oct. 7 @ 4 pm, Sept. 5 @ 2 – 4:30 pm ET
Online

Pure Michigan is a phrase used to attract visitors to the state. As the industrial hub of Michigan, Detroit isn’t seen to be as pure as the rest of the state. The environmental challenges in Detroit are not just industrial. They range from Climate Action to Green Infrastructure, with a lot in between. Join us as we explore the environmental challenges of Detroit with some of the leaders taking action in the city. 

RSVP Today!


In the Impact Community:

Volunteer with Detroit Youth

Apply by Fri, Oct. 1

Give Merit’s
mentorship program, FATE, is looking for University of Michigan students to become mentors for high school students in Detroit who attend the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. Mentors help facilitate workshop activities where students learn skills in business, marketing, and design-thinking while also supporting their mentees as they develop personally and academically.If you are interested in mentoring for the FATE Program this academic year, email Rachel Mazzaro at rmazzaro@meritgoodness.com for more information!


 

Centering Justice

“It’s Okay to Not be Okay”
Wed, Sept. 15 @ Noon – 1:30 pm

Online

Wed, Oct. 13 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
Online


From the first wave of COVID-19 to the rekindling of the Black Lives Matter movement, our communities have been in constant flux. Each month, the New Center will think about a theme that we hope will resonate with what’s on your heart and mind. At the core of our sessions are the questions, “What does it look like to live in a just and thriving society? How must we shift to move toward this vision? “

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Net Impact Climate Ambassador Certification

Submit Interest Form Now!

 Net Impact Climate Ambassadors will learn to use data and Climate Interactive’s tools to model scenarios that mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. Ambassadors have a 3 part experience: learning cutting edge climate data and tools, building relationships with climate-concerned Net Impact members from around the world, and amplifying impact by leading presentations to communities and climate decision makers worldwide. Submit your interest with the form below to be notified first when the application is live.

More Info


VF Sustainability Case Competition


Register for the competition Fri, Oct. 1
at 5 pm ET

Download the case
Virtual Case Competition: Sat. Oct. 23

This virtual case competition will expose participants to a specific sustainability-related challenge that VF and its brands face and give them the opportunity to develop a plan to address it. The competition judging will consider the strength of the plan and the creative ideas for solving the central issue of the case. $10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top finalists.

See Info and Application


Detroit Month of Design

The entire month of September
Detroit, MI

Today, Detroit designers are focusing on the future, creating solutions to complex problems, and accelerating our transition into a better world. 2020 changed how we live and this year’s festival will be a reflection of that change. This September, Detroit Month of Design is back for its 11th edition. The 2021 festival will offer events and experiences that can be enjoyed outside, indoors, or from the comfort of home.

See Schedule and Register


Nominations for Notable Women in Banking

Nominations due:
Fri, Se
pt. 24

Candidate Applications due:

Fri, Oct. 1

Nominations are now open for Crain’s Detroit Business’ Notable Women in Banking award program, celebrating Michigan women executives who have distinguished themselves by innovating, advancing and impacting banking in our state.  Winners will be profiled in a special section of the Dec.13 issue of Crain’s Detroit Business. Part of the criteria is asking if the nominee has made positive and substantial contributions to her industry and/or community.

More Info


Michigan Angel Summit

Mon, Oct. 4 @ 9 am – 4 pm
Sheraton Ann Arbor
Tickets: $150

The fourth annual Michigan Angel Summit has valuable information for people considering angel investing and those who have been investing in entrepreneurs and startups for years. We’re pleased to welcome our keynote guests, Scott Shane of Comeback Capital and Commissioner Hester M. Peirce of the U. S. Security and Exchanges Commissions.

More Info


D-Prize Global Competition for Poverty Intervention


Application Due:
Sun, Oct. 17 @ Midnight

The world has already invented products and services to end poverty. Yet we have found dozens of proven interventions with large delivery gaps. Millions of people still don’t have access. Can you design a new business or NGO that delivers a proven poverty intervention at scale? Submit your idea to build a new organization and solve one of our Distribution Challenges below. We will award the most promising teams with up to $20,000 USD to launch wherever extreme poverty exists.

More Info


Some images in this newsletter are Pre-COVID.

April 2021 Newsletter

Anti-Racism and Racial Justice

Business+Impact stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities, and the Ross School of Business AABA in their call to action to #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate. We condemn all acts of hate, racial violence, xenophobia, and misogyny, including recent anti-Asian and anti-Black violence. At Business + Impact, we are committed to the work of dismantling the structures of systemic racism, achieving racial justice in America, and building an equitable and sustainable future for all. Below are links to learn more and find out how you can support the APPI community.

Business+Impact also recognizes the pain and injustice of recent acts of police violence against people of color, namely Daunte Write and Adam Toledo, especially within the context of the ongoing Derek Chauvin trial. We stand against all systemic racism, selective enforcement, and police brutality against Black and brown people, and we support the Black Lives Matter movement.  

Racial Justice Resources

 

+Impact Studio Update

Applebaum Family Philanthropy Gift

Business+Impact has received more than $1 million from the Applebaum Family Philanthropy to establish the Business+Impact Experiences and Innovation Program at Michigan Ross. This new program will allow the school to enhance and expand its impact and design offerings, including the creation of a permanent endowment fund for need-based internships and scholarships to Business+Impact students. The new program will support approximately 20 students per year through the +Impact Studio at Michigan Ross. Students chosen as Applebaum Impact Design Fellows will develop and test student-led ideas from the award-winning +Impact Studio course and student social innovators around campus, and Applebaum Impact Design Interns will engage in summer internships in connection with the +Impact Studio. Additionally, the gift provides Business+Impact with funding for a range of impact and design activities, such as a new Applebaum Innovator-in-Residence, prototype development for models of social impact, community outreach, research, and more.

Read About the Gift

 


Stories from the +Impact Studio

The +Impact Studio Course‘s multi-year partnership with BlueConduit, a impact company co-founded by Ross professor Eric Schwartz to use data and machine learning for lead service line identification and removal, has been a collaboration success story, and the company has received exciting coverage from a variety of media outlets:

+Impact Studio course student, Applebaum Impact Design Fellow, and Founder Justin Woods (MBA/MSW 21) has spent the past year supporting racial justice through work with the Fellows team on development of the Racial Equity Pledge prototype, and building his social enterprise, EQuity. In his post, “Advancing My Social Impact and Racial Equity Work Through the +Impact Studio,” Justin describes how the +Impact Studio was at the intersection of both his professional and personal goals.

New Scholarship Essay Competition

EQuity is hosting a scholarship essay competition through May 28. You can learn more about the story behind the competition, donate to the scholarship fund, and sign up to be in the first of EQuity’s immersive course.

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Michigan Ross Announces New Student Loan Repayment Program For Full-Time MBA Grads Pursuing Social Impact Careers

Through the Impact Advantage Program, alumni of the Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Program, beginning with the graduating class of May 2021, who pursue a career in the public or nonprofit sectors can apply for student loan repayment assistance. For those graduates accepted into the program, Impact Advantage will cover a portion of their Ross-related loan obligations — $7,500 per year for five years — while they are employed full-time at a social impact organization.

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Board Fellowship Info Session for Nonprofits


Wed, May 19 @ Noon ET
Online

Are you a nonprofit organization in Southeast Michigan that is curious about the Board Fellowship program? Graduate student Fellows serve as non-voting board members and complete a strategic project that can provide valuable capacity in areas such as strategic plan implementation, sustainability strategies, business plans, and dashboards. This session provides an overview for prospective organizations interested in participating during the 2021-22 academic year, and features insights from nonprofit leaders currently participating. 

Learn more and RSVP


New Undergrad Journal of Sustainability Seeks Leadership Team Members

The goal of UJS at U-M is to promote undergraduate research related to the field of Sustainability. By reviewing and publishing articles from students across campus, UJS provides an incentive for students to not only conduct sustainability-focused research, but also use their research to contribute to the academic field. The organization is looking to recruit like-minded individuals for its founding team. 

Interest Form

Ross Event Highlights:


Ross Alumni: Environment and Sustainability Discussion with Andy Hoffman
Thurs, Apr. 22 @ 6 pm ET
Online


CPO: Positive Business Conference
Thurs and Fri, May 13-14
Online

SPOTLIGHT

Sarita Nayyar (MBA ’87), Managing Board Member at the World Economic Forum

Sarita Nayyar is a member of the Managing Board at the World Economic Forum, who heads strategic partnerships with partners at Board and C-suite levels, for the purpose of improving the state of the world. She led the international expansion of the global Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) network. The network seeks to rapidly achieve global scope and scale in establishing a new operating system for international technology governance and cooperation. Prior to this work, Ms. Nayyar worked with Mondelez International in the Post Cereals Division. Find out how she lived the credo “Business can be a force for good,” and learn how she made the transition from food manufacturing to a major public-private international organization.

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A Searchable Platform for All Things Impact at Ross and Across Campus


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

At the University:

 

OFFICE FOR HEALTH EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Making Space for Belonging Through Racial Healing

Thurs, Apr. 29 @ 3-5 pm ET
Online

At this unique virtual event, Sonya Jacobs, Chief Organizational Learning Officer for Michigan Medicine will welcome Professor Rhonda V. Magee from the University of San Francisco School of Law to discuss mindfulness-based transformational education’s public health imperative with regard to racial healing. This will be followed by a Healing panel discussion and DEI Advocate Awards.

Info and Registration

 


In the Impact Community:

Public Allies

Apply Now

Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the U of M-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. The program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and the Community Service, and the Michigan Community Service Commission. Apply now for fall opportunities.

Application info


You Can’t Change Systems Without Advocacy

Tues, May 11 @ TBA
Online

This Upswell Pop-Up will explore the mechanics of effective advocacy. With transformative change within reach, we’ll learn with some of the most influential advocates about what our ongoing crises have taught us – and how we can (and must) use collective action to move quickly toward a healthier and more equitable future.

More info and Registration


D Prize

Early Submission Date:
Sun, May 16 @ Midnight PT

The world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design a business or NGO that addresses subjects from education to health access? If selected, you’ll be awarded up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.

Info and Application


Climate Leadership Conference

Tues, May 25 @ 12:30 – 5 pm ET
Online

As 2021 kicks off a decade of climate transformation, the virtual Climate Leadership Exchange is your opportunity to engage and connect with North America’s most influential community of climate leaders from business, government, academia, and the nonprofit sector. The CL Conference will feature top-notch intelligence, peer-to-peer learning, and connections.

Registration info


CEMEX-TEC Awards and Bootcamps

Submit by May 31

The CEMEX-TEC Award has 4 global categories, within which you can participate by registering your project. Social entrepreneurship projects must have at least one year of implementation and generate a systemic change. Projects in sustainable transformation of communities should focus on postgraduate students. Community-based and social transformation projects that have at least one year of implementation form the third group. Collaborative action projects are focused on organizations that work through intersectoral alliances, involving at least 3 sectors of society.

Submission info


All images in this newsletter are Pre-COVID.

March 2021 Newsletter

Impact Internship Funding – Round Two Application

Application Due:
Fri, Apr. 16 @ Noon ET


Each summer, Business+Impact awards competitive grants for summer internships to MBAs and BBA juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as MPP students in the Ford School of Public Policy. The application deadline is Friday, April 16 by Noon ET. Award decisions will be made based on consideration of the position and organization’s impact, and the quality of the application.

Additionally, the newly established Gordon Impact Entrepreneurship Fund provides support for BBA or MBA student internships with ventures or funders seeking to create societal impact. Students may be a founder or pursuing an internship with an impact-focused startup, growth phase venture, or venture capital firm. Qualifying organizations have a social and/or environmental mission and show demonstrated commitment to generating systemic solutions and achieving long-term societal impact. Students may apply through the Business+Impact Summer Internship Fund application process.

APPLY NOW


Parcel Health Wins the 2021 Michigan Business Challenge — Seigle Impact Track


We’re excited to share that the winner of the 2021 Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track is Parcel Health – (Melinda Su En Lee (PharmD ’21) and Victor Le (PhD ’21)). Parcel Health is a company that aims to disrupt the current plastic prescription bottle industry by innovating a 100% curbside-recyclable solution. The Seigle Impact Track competition, co-sponsored by the Zell Lurie InstituteBusiness+Impact, and the Erb Institute, began in November with over 50 teams. Seven semi-finalists competed on Fri, Jan. 29 for the four finalist spots in the Seigle finals competition. Learn about all of the finalists:

  • CLOVO Brand – sustainable fashion tights
  • EQuity – training to advance racial justice
  • Sustainium – nuclear waste recycled for clean water

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Michigan Impact Investing Symposium


Sat, Mar. 20 @ 10 am
Online

Business+Impact is co-sponsoring the Michigan Impact Investing Symposium (MIIS), an annual conference that allows attendees to learn more about the impact investing space from distinguished members of the community and gives participants an opportunity to explore investments that provide financial and social returns through an optional pitch competition. Speakers from Boston Consulting Group, Citi Bank, Total Impact Capital, Orrick, and more will speak on the theme of Restorative Investing.

REGISTER HERE


SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SPOTLIGHT

Reclaiming the Media Narrative for Arab and Muslim Americans

Business+Impact is introducing a new series on U-M alumni who have created social enterprises and are building their businesses after graduation. For our inaugural spotlight, we are shining the light on Thawra, a multimedia content provider for the Arab and Muslim communities whose work has been recognized by Poets & Quants and ABC’s Nightline.

Last year, in the Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track, Yasmeen Kadouh (U-M Dearborn BA ’17) and Rima Fadlallah (Ross MBA ’20) introduced their business to the world as For Dearborn, featuring the subbrand Dearborn Girl, and they became the runner up in the track competition. Their business has kept the Dearborn Girl division and added several others, but their purpose remains the same: to create a space for Arab and/or Muslim Americans (AMAs) to self-actualize and thrive through digital media, programming, fashion and philanthropy.

We reached out to Ms. Kadouh and Ms.Fadlallah for an update, and you can learn about how you can support their work and access membership, courses, workshops, and events, merchandise, and more!

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DNEP Accounting Consulting Internship


Apply by
Thurs, Apr. 1

DNEP Free Accounting is seeking a student consultant for the summer of 2021 with possible extension into the 2021-2022 academic year. In this position,
the student will work closely with entrepreneurs and small business owners (virtually) in Detroit, providing assistance in areas of accounting, COVID relief, and other business administration.

Application Here

 


 

How Nonprofit Organizations Are Innovating and Adapting Through a Time of Crisis

Each year, the University of Michigan Board Fellowship Program hosts a public forum in the form of a panel discussion with representatives from local nonprofit organizations. On Tues, Feb. 23, the forum addressed how nonprofits have been pivoting to address COVID-19 challenges and the light shone on inequities in society.

Watch Here

 

Ross Event Highlights:


Ross Alumni: Ten Years After the Affordable Care Act: Success and Failures
Thurs, Mar. 18 @ 1 pm ET
Online


ZLI: Five Ideas Workshop
Fri, Mar. 19 @ 10 am – Noon ET
Online


Ross B&S: Overcoming Systemic Barriers to Entrepreneurship
Fri, Mar. 26 @ Noon ET
Online


PTMBA: Women, the Workforce, and the MBA
Wed, Mar. 31 @ 8 pm ET
Online



A Searchable Platform for All Things Impact at Ross and Across Campus


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

At the University:

 

STUDENT SUSTAINABILITY COALITION

Campus Sustainability Positions in the Fall

Apply by
Sun, Mar. 21 @ 11:59 pm

Are you a U-M Ann Arbor student who is passionate about campus sustainability? Apply to join the Student Sustainability Coalition (SSC), a group of student leaders working to create a mutually defined common agenda and shared vision that unifies campus-wide student sustainability efforts! There are multiple positions available. All applicants must be U-M Ann Arbor undergraduate or graduate students.

Apply Here

 

 


PROBLEM SOLVING INITIATIVE

Fall Courses Registration

Non-Law Graduate and Professional Students Register by Tues, Mar. 30

Law Students Register by Wed, Apr. 7

The Law School’s Problem Solving Initiative classes are open to all U-M graduate and professional students. Students in PSI classes lend their expertise and skills to a multidisciplinary team, develop creative problem solving tools, conduct research on, and engage in, advancing solutions to real-world challenges.  Courses in Fall 2021 include:

Register Here


LSA

Semester in Detroit

Application Deadline
Wed, Mar. 31

The fall program is open to students from UM-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, and Grand Valley State University. Students are in classes for 8-11 hours per week (fall students can choose between one or both SiD electives) and intern for 16 hours per week. You can earn up to 18 credits toward your U-M degree and intern with community-based organizations.

More Info


CEW+

Scholarships Available for 2021-22 Academic Year

Application Deadline
Wed, Apr. 1

The Center for the Education of Women Scholarship Program, which today serves women and underserved students, was established in 1970 to honor the academic performance and potential of women whose education has been interrupted and to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the admission of women to the University of Michigan.

More Info on CEW+ Scholarships

 

 


In the Impact Community:

 

Job Opportunities with Prime Coalition


Apply by March 22

Prime Coalition partners with mission-aligned investors to support extraordinary companies that combat climate change, have a high likelihood of achieving commercial success, and are in need of financial support to scale. Prime spent its first 6 years building a world class investment team, and now they have the privilege of expanding their nonprofit program team. Two job opportunities have opened up – applications are due 3/22.

  • Director of Impact – Cambridge, MA – elevating Prime’s focus on impact measurement and management
  • Partnerships Associate – San Fran, CA – stewarding relationships w courageous philanthropic partners

Public Allies


Apply Now

Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the U of M-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. The program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and the Community Service and Michigan Community Service Commission. Apply now for fall opportunities.

Application info


American Express NGen Fellows Program


Application Deadline: Sun, Mar. 21

The American Express NGen Fellows program, part of the American Express Leadership Academy, offers a transformative opportunity for changemakers, age 40 and under, to strengthen their leadership capacity, hone their change-making skills, and build connections with some of the social sector’s most influential leaders. Every year the NGen Fellows program selects 12 individuals to participate in a nine-month leadership development program.

Application info


The Henry Ford to Host Social Venture Challenge

Online Info Sessions:
Thurs, Mar. 18 & 25 @ 6:30 pm


Application Deadline: Thurs, Mar. 25
Competition: Apr. 8-9

Are you an undergraduate student looking to make an impact in your community today? Apply for the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge (SVC)!  The Resolution Project is partnering with Henry Ford College on April 8-9th, 2021 to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to virtually pitch their ideas for change for the chance to win a Resolution Fellowship.  Pitch your idea and join the Resolution Fellow community of more than 500 Fellows in 81 countries.  Check out this video to see what happened in the 2020 SVC at Henry Ford College.

More info


Halcyon Incubator Fall 2021 Fellowship Application


Application Deadline
Fri, Apr. 9

The application to join Halcyon Incubator’s 14th Cohort next fall is now open! Fellows receive five months rent-free housing in D.C., a $10,000 stipend, and access to our community of social entrepreneurs, mentors, advisors, investors, and supporters.

Application info


All images in this newsletter are Pre-COVID.

February 2021 Newsletter

Impact Internship Funding – Round One Application

Application Due:
Fri, Feb 19 @ Noon ET

Each summer, Business+Impact awards competitive grants for summer internships to MBAs and BBA juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as MPP students in the Ford School of Public Policy.
 
There are two deadlines to apply: Friday, Feb. 19 by Noon ET and Friday, April 16 by Noon ET. Award decisions will be made in two rounds after each of these dates and they are based on the level of need (taking into account other funding being received), consideration of the position and organization’s impact, and the quality of the application.

APPLY NOW


Pivoting During a Pandemic: How Nonprofit Organizations Are Innovating and Adapting Through a Time of Crisis

Tues, Feb. 23 @ 6 pm
Virtual Event

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new realities and challenges while deepening and exposing existing inequities. Join B+I’s Board Fellowship Program for a panel discussion with nonprofit leaders on pivoting and adaptation.They will discuss their approaches to this complex and evolving new reality and how they are innovating to continue advancing their mission. Panelists for the forum include directors Pam Smith of United Way – Was and Darryl Johnson of Mentor2Youth, along with board members Ebon Wilkins of North Star Reach and Tim Carter of Ten Thousand Villages.

REGISTER NOW


Black History Month Opening Event: A Conversation with LaTosha Brown


Watch Event

Business+Impact was a co-sponsor with U-M Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)‘s Black History Month opening keynote event featuring LaTosha Brown. She shared thoughts on the future of democracy, voting, and social movements, and she discussed how storytelling and strategic messaging can build political power. Now you can watch a recording of the conversation below, and check out a list of other MESA Black History Month events.

WATCH EVENT


Monitor Institute by Deloitte Presented Futurist Ideas for Social Sector Orgs Dealing with COVID-19

On Wed, Feb. 3, a representative from Deloitte and the Monitor Institute presented futurist thinking for the social sector on behalf of B+I’s +Impact Studio. Professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks interviewed Jen Holk, Strategy Manager at the Monitor Institute at Deloitte and Apoorva Kanneganti (MBA ’19), Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting. The Monitor Institute by Deloitte is a team that works with social impact-focused organizations. Ms. Holk and Ms. Kanneganti worked on a report showing tools for scenario planning.

Below are key resources from this event:

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Michigan Business Challenge – Four Seigle Impact Track Teams Advance to Finals


Finals
Fri, Feb. 26
Online

Business+Impact wants to thank all the teams and judges involved in Semi-final round of this year’s Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track! The competition has been very successful thus far, and the 9 teams from Round Two did a lot of hard work on their presentations. In addition to the 4 Impact Track teams moving on, a total of 4 teams will compete in the Innovation Track, and 4 teams will compete in the Invention Track.

The Seigle Impact Track finals will take place on February 26, 2021 online most of the day. The finals are closed to the public. The following teams will participate there:

  • CLOVO Brand is a sustainable fashion company that produces the most comfortable and natural sheer tights using Tencel and a functional design to eliminate sagging, discomfort, and wardrobe malfunctions. Megan Martis (MS ’21)
  • EQuity is a learning and development venture that provides digital training and coaching to help clients advance racial justice by developing emotional intelligence. Justin Woods (MBA/MSW ’21)
  • Parcel Health designs and creates sustainable medication products. We have created a 100% recyclable medication bottle replacement to replace orange plastic prescription bottles to drastically reduce plastic waste. Melinda Su-En Lee (PharmD ’21), Victor Le (PhD ’21)
  • SustainiUM’s technology collects heat generated by spent nuclear fuel, a form of nuclear waste, and uses this heat to dry wastewater sludge. Jacob Ladd (JD’23), Luyao Li (MS’21), Anya Shapiro (MS/MBA’22), Aniket Yadav (MS’21)

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Ross Event Highlights:


CPO: The Person You Mean to Be
Mon, Feb. 22 @ 1 pm
Online



A Searchable Platform for All Things Impact at Ross and Across Campus


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

SPOTLIGHT

Apoorva Kanneganti (MBA ’19)


Apoorva Kanneganti is a Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting, who recently supported the Monitor Institute by Deloitte in its COVID-19 response for the social sector. She co-authored a social sector scenario planning report, and developed workshops to support nonprofits and philanthropic organizations implement the report’s key findings. We caught up with her when she returned — along with her colleague from the Monitor Institute, Jen Holk — to deliver a webinar about the work to local nonprofits and Ross students and faculty. She attended Michigan Ross for her MBA to explore social impact, healthcare, and entrepreneurship.

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At the University:

 

GINSBERG CENTER

Agriculture and Community Health Internship

Apply Now

Ginsberg Center announces that The Farm at St. Joe’s is seeking summer interns. The Farm uses sustainable agricultural practices to produce vegetables for families experiencing food insecurity, and weekly share distribution includes educational components related to food preparation and nutrition. Vegetables are sold at local markets, provided to patients and healthcare providers at numerous clinics, and distributed through St. Joe’s Farm Share program. The Farm is seeking an intern to actively participate in all aspects of sustainable vegetable production, the Farm Share, and additional programming needs.

Apply Here

 


 

FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Policy Talks @ The Ford School

The Ford School hosts a diverse array of timely, meaningful events that engage our students, community, and public policy leaders. During the coming month, the Ford School will host this wide-ranging and powerful series of talks on race, humanity and climate.


CEW+

39th Annual WCTF Career Conference

Thur and Fri, Mar. 4-5
Online

The Women of Color Task Force is excited to host its 39th annual career conference virtually. The conference is FREE this year; however, pre-registration is required to attend the workshops and keynote sessions. Review the information below for workshop descriptions, speaker details, and the full 2-day conference schedule.

More Info


POVERTY SOLUTIONS

The Poverty Narrative: Confronting Inequity

 Fri, Mar. 5 @ 9 am – 3 pm ET
Virtual Event

This free event is open to anyone interested in improving the narrative around poverty in the U.S. and promoting a better understanding of structural inequity. Each of the four sessions will have time for panelists to respond to questions from viewers. Register for the full-day event or just the sessions about which you’re most excited.


Sessions and Registration Here


SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Learning Levers

Application Due
Fri, Mar. 12

In recognition of James A. Kelly’s remarkable career reforming school finance, reducing inequities in schools, establishing high standards for teaching, and improving learning for all students, the School of Education is honored to launch a competition to inspire a new generation of problem-solvers and leaders.  The goal of the James A. Kelly Learning Levers Prize is to support scalable, research-based innovative Ideas promoting student learning in pre-K-12 education.

Apply Here


In the Impact Community:

 

U-M Community Invited to Join Equity Challenge

Sign up to participate during
Black History Month

United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life. At present in Washtenaw County, it does. We have work to do and invite you to join the conversation to be part of the change and lend your power to fuel a social movement. Join United Way on a virtual self-guided learning journey examining the history and impacts of racism and how it shapes people’s lived experience in Washtenaw County. Along the way, you’ll also receive examples and tools on how to undo racism and build racial equity and justice.

More info


The New American Dream: Exploring How Next Gen Leaders are Reshaping the Vision


Wed, Feb. 24 @ 1 pm ET
Virtual Event

The mindset of Millennials and Gen Z, their values, and their choices may be reshaping the American dream for the better so that it’s a positive and constructive response to our society and our planet’s needs. What is the new dream and how does it look different across diverse racial or ethnic perspectives and experiences? What are the barriers and what is the role of the public and private sectors in helping to remove barriers? How will this new dream change the landscape of America, and influence our global community and how we respond to global challenges? 

More Info and Registration


E4C Fellowship

Application Due
Sun, Feb. 28

The E4C Fellowship is a distinctive workforce development program in engineering for global development serving to activate and empower engineering students and early-career engineers worldwide to solve local and global challenges. Providing a unique platform to develop soft skills, and connect with international mentors and peers from all continents, this Fellowship offers leadership development opportunities that prepare the next generation of technical professionals to reach their fullest potential and deliver solutions that achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

More Info



January 2021 Newsletter

Save the Date: Thought Leader and Changemaker LaTosha Brown

Feb. 1 @ 6 pm
Virtual Event: Details Coming!


Save the date! Business+Impact is proud to co-sponsor U-M Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) Black History Month speaker LaTosha Brown. Ms. Brown is an award-winning thought leader, social strategist, philanthropic consultant, jazz singer, and catalyst for change. As co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, Ms. Brown is dedicated to increasing the political power of Black people. She has more than twenty years of experience working in the non-profit and philanthropy sectors on issues related to political empowerment, social justice, economic development, leadership development, wealth creation and civil rights. A regular contributor to The New York Times and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Ms. Brown is a recipient of the 2010 White House Champions of Change Award, 2006 Spirit of Democracy Award, and the Louis Burnham Award for Human Rights. 

EVENT INFO



Pivoting During a Pandemic: How Nonprofit Organizations Are Innovating and Adapting Through a Time of Crisis

Tues, Feb. 23 @ 6 pm
Virtual Event: Details Coming!


Save the Date! The COVID-19 pandemic has created new realities and challenges while deepening and exposing existing inequities. Join B+I’s Board Fellowship Program for a panel discussion with nonprofit leaders on pivoting and adaptation.They will discuss their approaches to this complex and evolving new reality and how they are innovating to continue advancing their mission. Panelists for the forum are soon to be announced.


 EVENT LINK



Impact Internship Round One Application

Application Due:
Fri, Feb 19 @ Noon EST


Business+Impact at the Ross School of Business awards competitive grants for social impact summer internships to MBAs and BBA juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as graduate students in the Ford School of Public Policy. Awardees will serve in summer internships utilizing management skills in social impact organizations.
 
There are two deadlines to apply: Friday, Feb. 19 by 12pm EST and Friday, April 16 by 12pm EST. Award decisions will be made in two rounds after each of these dates and they are based on the level of need (taking into account other funding being received), consideration of the position and organization’s impact, and the quality of the application.

APPLY NOW



Calling Future Open Road Fellows

Application Due

Sun, Feb. 14 @ 11:59 pm EST


Business+Impact is a proud sponsor of Open Road. During the program, MBAs trek across the United States during the month of May to take on projects with social entrepreneurs around the country. Open Road applications are officially live. If you already have your team and are ready to get started on the application, you can find it  here. All application materials are due Sunday, February 14, 2021.

Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.

APPLY NOW


Become a Give-A-Day Board Member


Apply Now


The Give-A-Day Fund  (GADF) is looking for MBA1s to serve on the leadership board for the 2021-22 year. Launched in 2012, GADF is a first-of-its-kind initiative among U.S. Business schools that raises money for our fellow Ross/dual degree students pursuing summer internships with social impact organizations. The application for GADF leadership is here. Please reach out to a member of the GADF team if you have questions. 

Apply for Board Here


Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Competitors Advance to the Semi-Finals


Semi-finals
Fri, Jan. 29


Eight Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track teams advance to the semi-finals on Fri, Jan. 29. The eight semi-finalists are:

  • CLOVO Brand
  • Donate Anything
  • enna
  • EQuity
  • GroundUp
  • MoneyMoves
  • Parcel Health
  • SustainiUM

More Info

 

Ross Event Highlights:


Ross: Dr. Gloria House & Malik Yakini
Mon, Jan. 18 @ 10-11:30 am
Online


Ross: Allyship 101

Mon, Jan. 25 @ 7-8:30 pm
Online



A Searchable Platform for All Things Impact at Ross and Across Campus


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

At the University:

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Martin Luther King Jr Symposium, DEI, and Social Justice Events on Campus

Many MLK Symposium events are happening on campus later this month. This year’s symposium begins with a keynote at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 and is built around the theme “Where Do We Go From Here?” Check out the Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium events.

Additionally, in recognition of the need for racial justice in the community and on campus, U-M is offering many important DEI events in the coming month:


DCERP

Detroit Community Engaged Research Program

Application Due
Fri, Jan. 18

DCERP is a  social justice focused summer fellowship program run through the U-M’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Learn while helping community organizations with research projects addressing social and environmental justice, food insecurity, human rights, public health, youth development, and more! Our program brings together aspiring change agents who will learn about the city, non-profits, community engagement and each other!

More Info


ERB INSTITUTE

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program Application

Application Due
Fri, Jan. 15

The Erb Institute is accepting applications from talented early-career scholars who in addition to conducting high-quality and impactful research will also participate in seeking external funding related to their research, write jointly-authored and peer-reviewed articles, and contribute content for a broad array of audiences under the Erb Institute’s research and engagement banners. Fellows are appointed for two years in the Erb Institute and are expected to be in residence during the academic years of the fellowship as possible.

More Info


GINSBERG CENTER

Davis Projects for Peace

Proposals Due
Thurs, Jan. 21

The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning is pleased to participate in the Davis Projects for Peace initiative for 2021. Projects for Peace are summer-long projects designed and implemented by undergraduate students passionate about peace in their communities and around the globe. The selected proposal will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000 from the Davis United World Scholars Program.

Apply Here


DESAI ACCELERATOR

Founders and Interns Needed

Request Application
To be delivered soon

The Desai Accelerator is the premier tech accelerator at the University of Michigan. We’re looking for passionate founders with scalable businesses to participate in the 2021 cohort. We’re also seeking dedicated U-M students for a paid full-time summer internship. See below for eligibility requirements or visit our website here for further information.

More Info


SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Learning Levers

Apply Now

In recognition of James A. Kelly’s remarkable career reforming school finance, reducing inequities in schools, establishing high standards for teaching, and improving learning for all students, the School of Education is honored to launch a competition to inspire a new generation of problem-solvers and leaders.  The goal of the James A. Kelly Learning Levers Prize is to support scalable, research-based innovative Ideas promoting student learning in pre-K-12 education.

More Info


PACLSHR AND DHRC

Fair Labor Association Summer 2021 Internships

Applications due
Wed, Feb. 10

The Fair Labor Association (FLA), supported by the University of Michigan President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR) and Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) has released two calls for applications for 2021 summer internships. These are two separate opportunities, and applications must be submitted separately for each internship. Please feel free to email PACLSHRApplications@umich.edu with any questions.


In the Impact Community:

 

#BlackHomesMatter

Wed, Jan. 13 @ 6 pm
Online

Detroit homeowners have faced extraordinary challenges for generations. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Dr. Cornel West, and Rev. Dr. William Barber II will speak about Detroit property taxes and property tax foreclosures, and call on Governor Gretchen Whitmer to investigate the issues and create a plan for compensating Detroit homeowners who have overpaid or lost their homes. The event will end with a performance from Detroit’s legendary gospel artists, The Clark Sisters.

More Info


Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

Round One Closes:
Fri, Jan. 29

The fifth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact from early-stage entrepreneurs around the world. $1,000,000 in prize money will help accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technology, products, and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.

More Info

 


U-M Community Invited to Join Equity Challenge

Sign up to participate during
Black History Month

United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life. At present in Washtenaw County, it does. We have work to do and invite you to join the conversation to be part of the change and lend your power to fuel a social movement. Join United Way on a virtual self-guided learning journey examining the history and impacts of racism and how it shapes people’s lived experience in Washtenaw County. Along the way, you’ll also receive examples and tools on how to undo racism and build racial equity and justice.

Information

December 2020 Newsletter

 

This Winter, Use Design Thinking for Impact

+Impact Studio Course (BA 670) is taught by professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks. This award-winning course teaches skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design, and all of it is focused on designing for resilience to help local small-businesses and nonprofit organizations navigate the pandemic. How can they build back better — reimagine business and social life to be more rewarding, just, and democratic?

This class is offered in a hybrid format from 9-11:50am on Mondays with a team lab time later in the week. Register now in Wolverine Access.

In the meantime check out some of the insights currently coming out of the +Impact Studio:

LEARN ABOUT BA670


Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track

Congratulations to these social entrepreneurs for moving on to the Semi-Finals of this competition, taking place on Fri, Jan. 29!

CLOVO Brand – CLOVO creates sustainable sheer tights with a new design to empower women and the environment. Megan Martis, MS ’21

Donate Anything – A search engine that shows organizations that accept a list of items an individual would like to donate. Andrew Wang, BBA ’24; Abdullah Umar, BBA, ’24.

enna – enna is a fashion and lifestyle magazine for Muslim women, by Muslim women.  Amani Badran, WMBA, ‘21

EQuity – EQuity is a learning and development venture that provides training and coaching to help clients advance racial justice by developing emotional intelligence. Justin Woods, MSW/MBA ’21

GroundUp – GroundUp is an app-based marketplace for landscaping jobs and community service. Gabriel Doss, MBA ’21

MoneyMoves – MoneyMoves brings intentionality to consumer spending by helping consumers discover and shop at minority-owned businesses, ensuring that money moves into the hands of under-represented business owners. Sasha Kapur, MBA ’21, Claire Yee, MBA ’21, & Ezana Tadese, MBA ’21

Parcel Health  – Parcel Health strives to create global impact through sustainable healthcare product innovation. Melinda Su En Lee, PharmD ’21 and Victor Le, PhD ’21

SustainiUM – This technology collects heat generated by spent nuclear fuel (SNF), a form of nuclear waste, and uses this heat to dry wastewater sludge. Aniket Yadav (MS’21), Jacob Ladd (JD’23), Anya Shapiro (MS/MBA’22), Luyao Li (MS’21), Marianna Coulentianos (Ph.D.’20)

The Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by Business+Impact, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

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A Searchable Platform for All Things Impact at Ross and Across Campus


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

 


Calling Future Open Road Fellows

Application Due
Sun, Feb. 14 @ 11:59 pm EST


Open Road @ Ross recently held an Information Session where they walked through the experience, and alums shared stories. If you weren’t able to attend, check out the recording here. Also, feel free to check their short Q&A video which answers frequently asked questions. Ross sponsors teams of MBAs to trek across the United States during the month of May to take on projects with social entrepreneurs.

Open Road applications are officially live! If you already have your team and are ready to get started on the application, you can find it here. All application materials are due Sunday, February 14, 2021.

Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.



Innovation in Action

Application Due
Sun, Jan. 10

Innovation in Action at the University of Michigan is a campus-wide competition giving groups the opportunity, the tools, the people, and the room to take on the world’s biggest challenges.Through the course of this experience, you and your team will do a deep dive into a problem space and come out the other side with robust insights about complex issues, and the tools to synthesize that data into a solution.

View the world. Find a challenge. Create a better way.

IiA will run virtually from January through early April, and will include a track on Envisioning an Anti-Racist World in partnership with units across campus.  Interested in IiA?  Students can fill out an interest form on the IiA homepage to be notified when the application is released: innovationinaction.umich.edu

At the University:

WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE

Global Case Writing Competition

Intent forms deadline extended to
Thurs, Dec . 31


In recognition of recent events across the world, it is an extremely important time to support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. That’s why WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and its Sanger Leadership Center are joining together to address this important movement by launching this competition

More info


OFFICE OF ACADEMIC MULTICULTURAL INITIATIVES

Martin Luther King Symposium: Where Do We Go From Here?

Mon, Jan. 18 @ 10-11:30 am
Online

Students, Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the 2021 MLK Symposium will be Dr. Gloria House and Malik Yakini. Gloria House is a poet, essayist, educator and human rights activist with a deep connection to the city of Detroit.  Malik Yakini is an educator, farmer, and food justice advocate. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), and a co-founder of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance

More Info

 


In the Impact Community:

MBAs Invited to Volunteer to Provide Tax Aid

Apply Now
January Training Required

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance of Washtenaw County provides free tax preparation to low-income individuals and families. Volunteers can serve as Intake & Exit Specialists or Tax Preparers.

More Info


U-M Community Invited to Join Equity Challenge

Sign up to participate during
Black History Month

United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life. At present in Washtenaw County, it does. We have work to do and invite you to join the conversation to be part of the change and lend your power to fuel a social movement. Join United Way on a virtual self-guided learning journey examining the history and impacts of racism and how it shapes people’s lived experience in Washtenaw County. Along the way, you’ll also receive examples and tools on how to undo racism and build racial equity and justice.

Information


Opportunity Collaboration 365

Workshops begin in January

For over a decade, Opportunity Collaboration (OC) has convened social sector leaders building sustainable solutions to poverty from over 85 countries around the world. With the impacts of the global pandemic, the pause on in-person gatherings, the ever-increasing need for more effective poverty solutions, and the overwhelming demand we’ve heard from our community, we are launching OC365, a yearlong online convening platform for global impact leaders to foster global community, personal growth, and poverty solutions.


More Info



 

November 2020 Newsletter

 

This Winter, Use Design Thinking for Impact

In Winter 2021, Michigan Ross will once again offer the +Impact Studio Course (BA 670). Taught by professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, this award-winning course teaches you work skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design, and all of it is focused on designing for resilience to help local small-businesses and nonprofit organizations navigate the pandemic. How can they build back better –  reimagine business and social life to be more rewarding, just, and democratic?

This is work that helps with the unmet needs of vulnerable organizations and leads directly to the creation of new businesses and nonprofits, and you’re teamed up with other students from many other schools so the ideas are always engaging and diverse!  This class is offered in a hybrid format from 9-11:50am on Mondays with a team lab time later in the week.

In the meantime, here are some other resources:

LEARN MORE


Calling Future Open Road Fellows


Virtual Information Session
Wed, Dec. 2 @ 7-8 pm


Open Road is an action-based social entrepreneurship program developed by Ross students that gives small business owners extra hands in solving complex challenges. Ross sponsors teams of MBAs to trek across the United States during the month of May to take on projects with social entrepreneurs.

Learn more about this program at our upcoming recruiting event, listed above. Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.

LEARN MORE



Ross Event Highlights:

Sanger: Story Lab Fall Showcase
Tues, Nov 17 @ 5–­6:30 pm
Online

Ross Alumni Relations: A Conversation on Race, Science, and Policy with Osagie Obasogie
Mon, Nov. 23 @ 4-5 pm
Online

Part-time MBA: Women, the Workforce and the MBA
Wed, Dec. 2 @ 8-9:30 pm
Online

 

Support Social Impact Students on
Giving Tuesday

Give-A-Day Fund

MBA2s, transform lives by giving to the Give-A-Day Fund (GADF) on Giving Tuesday, December 1st. Members of the MBA class donate a day of their regular salary in order to support those who have pursued social impact internships. A student board manages the fund and runs the fundraising process, while B+I administers the funds. Although UM’s Giving Blueday has been postponed this year, you can still make the most of Giving Tuesday by giving online. 

DONATE HERE


Recent Insights from the +Impact Studio


+Impact Studio course students, faculty, and Design Fellows have all been posting a number of insights on the +Impact Studio Medium journal. This new site also includes highlights from Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks’ Social Impact Design for Business Podcast. Below are some recent posts:

At the University:

U-M ENERGY INSTITUTE

Ross Energy Week

Mon, Nov. 16 – Fri, Nov. 20
Online

Ross Energy Week may have started yesterday, but there’s still time to take part! Panels and events will take place throughout the week, culminating with a keynote address on Friday, November 20. Participants can attend any number of panels and will have the opportunity to join small-group breakout sessions after each event. Registration for Energy Week is free; In lieu of a fee, please consider donating to Soulardarity, working to build energy democracy in Highland Park, MI. 


Link to Donate   |  Register Free


MICHIGAN MEDICINE

STEM in Color – Webinar


Wed, Nov. 18 @ Noon
Online


STEM in Color was established by Melody Sanders and Dr. Omari Baruti to provide a scholarly and professional space to promote the academic success and professional development of STEM graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and other STEM professionals at the University of Michigan and beyond.  This Inclusive Leadership Webinar will bring together the collective wisdom of Morgan DeBaun and other key leaders to build a culture of inclusion. 

More Info


WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE

Global Case Writing Competition


Intent forms – Mon, Nov. 23
Final submissions – Wed, Mar. 24, 2021

In recognition of recent events across the world, it is an extremely important time to support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. That’s why WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and its Sanger Leadership Center are joining together to address this important movement by launching this competition

More info


FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Policy Talks @ The Ford School


The Ford School hosts a diverse array of timely, meaningful events that engage our students, community, and public policy leaders. During the next month, the Ford School will host this wide-ranging and powerful series of talks on race, humanity and climate.


PACLSHR

Research Assistant Opportunity


Application Deadline:
Mon, Nov. 30 @ Midnight 

The University of Michigan’s President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR) is now soliciting applications from students interested in working on a research project to explore the changing workplace practices in response to COVID-19 in the global food supply chains. U-M undergrads with at least two years of completed college education and graduate students are encouraged to submit application materials.


More info

 


In the Impact Community:

Trustee Fellow from U-M Wanted


Apply by Tues, Dec. 15

The Nature Conservancy of Michigan is currently recruiting a Trustee Fellow to contribute to its board for two years 2021-22. They are looking to select a University of Michigan graduate student for the position, and any student interested in applying should send their resume/CV and letter of interest to Helen Taylor, the state director at htaylor@tnc.org by December 15.

More info


COVID-19 Response and Resources in Michigan

COVID-19 is impacting organizations in various ways and in different capacities. Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Resources, and the Co.Act Detroit have collected an array of resources that will help nonprofits manage their operations moving forward during this challenging time. Also, have your voice heard by sharing your nonprofits experience responding to COVID-19.

Visit Resource Page


Global Health Supply Chain Virtual Summit


Nov. 17 – Nov. 19
Online

This year the summit will focus on Global Health Supply Chain Resiliency – Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. COVID-19 has brought to light the fragility of global supply chains and challenges health systems have faced to address the new health needs arising from COVID-19 while continuing to address traditional health care needs.

More info


Midwest Climate Summit


Fri, Nov. 20
Online

If the 12 states that comprise the Midwest were a country, they would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitting nation on the planet. The Midwest Climate Summit will expand climate knowledge, accelerate climate action, and catalyze new partnerships that deepen expertise and develop a Midwestern response to the climate crisis.

More info

October 2020 Newsletter

Business+Impact Announces the 2020-21 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

Welcome to our 2020-21 Board Fellowship participants! This year’s Board Fellowship Program brings together 17 partner organizations and 22 students from seven U-M schools. The Fellows will serve on the governing boards of these partner organizations for the academic year.

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Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Is Calling all Student Social/Environmental Ventures


Info Session
Mon, Oct. 19, 4-5 pm
Online

Application Deadline: Coming Soon!

Do you have an idea for a mission-driven business? Are you developing a social venture or interested in sustainability?

Discover the Michigan Business Challenge (MBC) and unleash your inner entrepreneur! MBC is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student teams have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $100,000. MBC features three separate tracks. The Seigle Impact Track recognizes the business plan that best pursues a mission-driven goal. Student teams from across campus receive mentoring and coaching as they advance through three rounds to the finals in February.

The Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by Business+Impact, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

LEARN MORE


Majora Carter on Urban Revitalization Strategies


Fri, Nov. 6 @ 12-1:30 pm
Online


Business+Impact (B+I) is proud to co-sponsor U-M Poverty Solutions’ speaker Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategy consultant, MacArthur Fellow, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. Ms. Carter’s work spans real estate and economic development, technology, green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training and placement systems. She combines her corporate consulting practice focused on talent-retention and applies it to reducing “brain drain” in American low-status communities.

LEARN MORE


Student-Run Nonprofit Deploys Medical Supplies to Community Clinics

Blueprints for Pangaea, a student-run 501(c)(3) medical surplus recovery organization (MSRO), coordinated a donation of 700+ plastic face shields to community-based clinics such as Packard Health, Hope Clinic, Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, and SafeHouse Center. This donation of PPE was from Crawford Industries and Systematics, Inc, and the UM chapter anticipates donating more than 4,000 masks to area organizations during the pandemic. In 2015, Blueprints for Pangaea won the Social Impact Track of Michigan Ross’ Michigan Business Challenge.

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Ross Event Highlights:

Ross: Dean’s Panel on Race and Business Education
Tues, Oct. 13 @ 3 pm
Online

Ross Alumni Relations: Race, Gender, and Rights: Histories of the Practice of Democratic Citizenship
Mon, Oct. 19 @ 7:30 pm
Online

Ross Alumni Relations: Seven Last Words of the Unarmed Presentation with Dr. Eugene Rogers
Tues, Oct. 13 @ 3 pm
Online

 



Gordon Scholarship Winners for 2020-21


Business+Impact (B+I) is pleased to announce that Claire Babilonia (MBA ’21), Tieranny Baker (MBA ’21) and Kevin Finnegan (MBA/MPP ’21) were chosen from nearly 30 applicants to receive the 2020-21 Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarships for outstanding commitment to solving complex social challenges. The award comes with $5,000 for each recipient. Gordon Scholars serve as B+I Student Ambassadors for the 2020-21 academic year.

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+Impact Studio Digital Student Open Houses


Tue Oct 27, 2020
5 – 5:20pm


Wed Nov 11, 2020
7 – 7:20pm


Mon Nov 16, 2020
12:30 – 12:50pm


We invite you to attend one of the three digital open houses for students and learn about the +Impact Studio! In each open house you’ll get a behind-the- scenes tour of how students in BA670 are designing for resilience to help local businesses and nonprofit organizations navigate the pandemic. You’ll also learn about the experience in the course, which recently received the Aspen Ideas Worth Teaching Award, and plans for the winter semester. Attend any of the times listed for a tour!

 


 


+Impact Studio Wins an Prestigious Aspen Award


The Aspen Institute — a well-respected education/policy organization — has again honored a course at the Ross School of Business with its prestigious Ideas Worth Teaching Awards. The Ideas Worth Teaching Awards are presented annually by Aspen’s Business & Society Program “to celebrate visionary faculty and the courses that tackle society’s largest, most embedded challenges of our time.”  The +Impact Studio: Translation Research into Practice (BA 670) course, taught by Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks.

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A Searchable Platform for All Things Impact at Ross and Across Campus


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

At the University:

MICHIGAN ONLINE

Social Entrepreneurship Training

Newly Released Online Course

Are you are thinking about becoming a social entrepreneur? Michigan Online announces a new free course called “Becoming a Social Entrepreneur: Getting Started.” Taught by Michael Gordon, author of the book of the same title, this five-week online course, you’ll hear about 11 real-life social entrepreneurs, working around the world, and craft your own personal immersion plan.

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CENTER FOR SOCIALLY ENGAGED DESIGN

Innovation in Action

Innovation in Action at the University of Michigan is a campus-wide competition giving groups the opportunity, the tools, the people, and the room to take on the world’s biggest challenges. Through the course of this experience, you and your team will do a deep dive into a problem space and come out the other side with robust insights about complex issues, and the tools to synthesize that data into a solution.

View the world. Find a challenge. Create a better way.

The program will start in January 2021! Interested in learning more? Visit our website to fill out the interest form: innovationinaction.umich.edu


U-M DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

DEI Summit

Mon, Oct. 26 @ 10 – 11:30 am
Online

The virtual DEI Summit provides an opportunity for the University to highlight the progress we’ve made over the previous year, the changes we’re experiencing across campus, and the opportunities of continued engagement with our community. This year’s theme, Arts+Social Change: Building an Anti-Racist World through the Arts, provides a time and space for the campus community to come together to demonstrate a collective commitment to anti-racism that this moment in our history compels.

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FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Policy Talks @ The Ford School


The Ford School hosts a diverse array of timely, meaningful events that engage our students, community, and public policy leaders. During the next month, the Ford School will host this wide-ranging and powerful series of talks on race, humanity and climate.

David Miliband on international politics, humanitarian needs, and the global significance of the U.S. election
Thurs, Oct. 15 @ 4 – 5 pm

Framing and Debating Climate Change and the Environment in Key African States
Thurs, Oct. 22 @ 11:30 am – 12:50 pm


Cecilia Muñoz on More than Ready: Be Strong and Be You…and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise
Mon, Oct. 26 @ 4 – 5 pm

Ford School Community Event on “John Lewis: Good Trouble”
Tues, Oct. 27 @ 4 – 5 pm

Race, Media and Political Attitudes
Thurs, Nov. 12 @ Noon – 12:50 pm


In the Impact Community:

Make Fashion Clean – Board Opportunities



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Make Fashion Clean (MFC) is a nonprofit organization working to change how jeans are consumed and disposed of globally. They research fashion pollution, educate about denim dumping, and collaborate with artisans affected by disability at the MFI Founding in Ghana to create upcycled fashion.  MFC is recruiting board members and advisors with expertise in fashion, finance, nonprofit management, marketing, environmental advocacy, disability rights, and artisan work.

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Upswell


Oct. 14-16
Pittsburgh / Online

Upswell 2020 is about the two most important issues facing every changemaker in the United States: ending racism and recovering from the pandemic. So, Upswell is inviting you to show up. Because it’s going to take the very best you’ve got – and the very best the rest of us have got – to heal our nation and create a society where every person can thrive. Registration options are designed to ensure that every changemaker has the opportunity to participate.

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Net Impact/SOCAP Conference


Oct 19-23, 2020
Online

This year, join SOCAP Virtual: A Global Impact Summit, the leading virtual gathering of global changemakers addressing the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions. Net Impact is proud to partner with SOCAP 2020, the leading impact investing conference, on Monday, October 19 for a special day of curated content, networking, and connection opportunities. Net Impact Members get more than 35% off the Ticket Price by using the registration code “NETIMPACT20“.

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Grinnell Prize


Nominations due: Sat, Oct. 31

The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize (the Grinnell Prize) honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Each prize carries an award of $50,000, half to the winning individual(s) and half to their related, nominated organization.

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Wege Prize



Application due
Mon, Nov. 9

Wege Prize 2021 will again be open to undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the world, and will again be focused on the circular economy. When does it start? Well, right now! The Team Application period has been open since August, but final deliverables and team names are due next month.


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OFN Virtual Conference


Nov. 9 – 12
Online

This year’s OFN Virtual Conference—the largest gathering in the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry—will feature four half-days of inspiring plenaries, energizing sessions, distinguished speakers, networking opportunities, and testimonials from CDFI-funded small businesses, affordable housing developers and residents, and community organizations across America. The theme for this year is finance justice.

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