October 2018 Newsletter

B+I and the Aspen Institute Team up for “Shared Prosperity” Conference, Keynote Events

On October 25 and 26, the Ross School’s Business+Impact is partnering with the Aspen Institute to host an academic-executive dialogue on the future of work and prosperity. Two of these events are open to the public:

Restoring Worker Power in an Age of Shareholder Primacy
(Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:00-6:15, Robertson Auditorium)

Many businesses, pressured by Wall Street, view workers as a cost to be managed. How can boards, executives, and especially shareholders change that narrative? How do we utilize the desire for purpose-driven work to combat distrust in capitalism and corporations and tell a different story about how corporations create value for society? Join Carl Camden (founder of IPSE US and former CEO of Kelly Services), John Denniston (chairman of SharedX and former senior partner at Kleiner Perkins), Rick Wartzman (founding director of the Drucker Institute and author of The End of Loyalty), Joel Rogers (U of Wisconsin law school labor scholar), and Carmen Rojas (CEO of Workers Lab) for a lively discussion.

Envisioning the Future: Business as Creators
(Friday, Oct. 26, 9:00-10:15, Robertson Auditorium)

Business is not an innocent bystander when it comes to forces such as technology and market shifts. Why then is the current narrative about how business can “cope” with the future of work instead of recognizing the deep influence business has in building that future? What could a more just version of work look like and how do we get there? This session includes Jim Keane (CEO of Steelcase), Joe Nocera (NY Times and Bloomberg Business columnist), Maureen Conway (The Aspen Institute), and Tom Kochan (MIT, author of Shaping the Future of Work).

Free Accounting Fridays in Detroit

Every Friday, 11 am – 3 pm
Schedule an appointment online
@ U-M Detroit Center
3663 Woodward Ave, #150, Detroit

Every Friday, Ross students working with B+I and the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project provide free accounting and business finance consultations for small business owners and entrepreneurs in the city of Detroit. The goal is to take some of the stress out of owning a business and provide some peace of mind at no cost. Watch the video above to hear from Detroit business owners that have received consultations.


2018-19 Board Fellows Program Kicks Off

Welcome to our 2018-19 Board Fellowship participants! This year’s Board Fellowship Program brings together a record 30 partner organizations and 38 fellows from six U-M schools who will serve on the respective governing boards.

Check out the photo album from the orientation.

2018-19 Board Fellowship participants:

  • Tim Bier (MBA) – SOS Community Services
  • Carrie Boyle (MBA) – Community Action Network
  • Emmeline Cardozo (MBA) – 5 Healthy Towns Foundation
  • Georgia Cassady (MBA) – Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
  • Selene Ceja (MPP) – Community Action Network
  • Nicole Crosby (MBA) – Ten Thousand Villages
  • Jillian Crowley (MBA) – Sweet Dreamzzz
  • Erin Finn (MPH) – Ann Arbor Track Club
  • Kevin Finnegan (MPP) – Ponyride
  • Jenna Fiore (MSW) – The Salvation Army – Eastern Michigan Division
  • Karen Goldburg (MS) – The Treeline Conservancy
  • Daniel Heckman (MBA) – The Salvation Army – Eastern Michigan Division
  • Hannah Heebner (MSW) – Alternatives for Girls
  • Alexandra Husted (MBA/MPP) – Arts & Scraps
  • Gunjan Jain (MBA) – Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
  • Carly Kadlec (MBA/MS) – EcoWorks
  • Daniel Kaplan (MSW) – Michigan Abolitionist Project
  • Grace Kendra (MM) – Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund
  • Daniel Kurzner (MBA) – Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
  • Yuwei Li (MBA) – Foundations Preschool of Washtenaw County
  • Jessica McClain (MBA) – Corner Health Center
  • Baylee Miller (MSCM) – Common Ground
  • Katherine Nagley (MBA) – Ele’s Place
  • Cepha Nixon (MBA) – United Way of Washtenaw County
  • Taylor Pahl (MSW) – Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
  • Torre Palermino (MBA) – Detroit Horse Power
  • Avril Prakash (MPP) – Alternatives for Girls
  • Theo Pu (MBA) – Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
  • Amrit Rathi (MBA) – Ten Thousand Villages
  • Alex Reinthal (MBA) – NEW
  • Jodi Richard (MBA) – Arts & Scraps
  • Jonathan Rodriguez (MBA/MPP) – NEW
  • Rodion Stolyar (MBA) – Neutral Zone
  • Vishnu Suresh (MBA) – Matrix Human Services
  • Timothy Trollope (MPP/MAE) – Eastern Market Development Corporation
  • Hridya Turlapti (MBA) – National Network of Depression Centers
  • Jennifer Wiener (MBA) – Family Learning Institute
  • Hanna Zlotnick (MPP) – Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

Four Winners of $5000 Scholarships

Business+Impact is proud to announce four winners of the Skip & Carrie Gordon Scholarship this year. Each scholarship is $5000, and all of these MBA students have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to making an impact in their career and while at Ross. The four scholarship recipients are Tim Carter, Apoorva Kanneganti, Christopher Owen, and Nathan Stevens.

More Info

Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track

Application Deadline: Mon, Nov. 5, 8 am

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

Info Session
Tues, Oct. 30, 5 – 6 pm
Room B1580 Blau
Ross School of Business

The Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track, with prizes totaling over $26,000, recognizes the business plan that best pursues a mission-driven goal. This award aims to stimulate new businesses, products or services that prioritize social and/or environmental considerations. This track of the competition is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by Business+Impact, the Erb Institute, and the Zell Lurie Institute.

More info


Wed, Nov. 14, 6 – 7 pm
@ Ross B3580

Tues, Dec. 4, 5 – 6 pm
@ Ross B1580


MBAs are invited to learn about Ross Open Road with last year’s teams, as they speak about their experiences. Now in its fifth year, this student-organized program is focused on social entrepreneurship and takes place in the month of May. Ross Open Road is co-sponsored by Business+Impact, the Sanger Leadership Center, the Erb Institute, and the Zell Lurie Institute.

Community News and Events

Below are a few upcoming impact events. For a complete list of all impact events across U-M and the region, check out the Impact Gateway.

TechArb Mingle ‘n’ Match

WED, OCT. 24, 5 – 7 PM

Interested in the Michigan Business Challenge or other entrepreneurial activities on campus? Find team members or mingle with other entrepreneurial-minded students. The evening begins with a mini info session for the upcoming Michigan Business Challenge, followed by a series of one-minute pitches by parties interested in finding team members. Pizza will be provided. If you are interested in attending please sign up here.


UM’s Nonprofit Board Forum

SAT, OCT. 27, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

The Nonprofit Board Forum is a great program for anyone exploring or currently serving on a nonprofit board. The Forum is focused on improving the governance of nonprofit institutions. It aims to be a resource for sharing opportunities & information on best practices and introducing qualified, interested board candidates to outstanding organizations. Non-alumni and students are welcome to attend. U-M students: Part of the registration fee can be reimbursed through B+I. Write to businessimpact@umich.edufor more info.

Register here now!

U-M Detroit Center Engagement

SAT, OCT. 27, 8:30 AM – 4 PM

If you are interested in volunteerism, organizational capacity building, problem solving, research, project development or working in the City of Detroit, the U-M Detroit Centerhas two offerings for you. Their tour on Oct. 12th will show you a Detroit you most likely have never seen. Meet community leaders and learn first hand about the challenges and opportunities the city faces. Their engagement training workshop will teach you the best practices of engagement, volunteering, and the history of Detroit.

Workshop Info




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 solves one of the common distribution challenges? If selected, you would get $20,000 from D-Prize to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.

Info & Application


Soulfull Project

WED, NOV. 7, 7 – 8 PM

The Soulfull Project is a subsidiary of the Campbell Soup Company that works to deliver nourishing food to all Americans by using the buy-one, give-one model. Megan Shea and Chip Heim, Co-Founders of The Soulfull project, will share their perspectives on food security. The event is free and welcomes all majors and schools as well as the public. This event is presented by Net Impact Undergrad in conjunction with the Net Impact Graduate chapter.

Event Info


Real-World Perspective on Poverty Solutions – Speaker Series

NOV. 14, 4 PM – 6PM

Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions introduces the key issues regarding the causes and consequences of poverty through a lecture series featuring experts in policy and practice from across the nation. Lectures will be recorded and made available online,and lectures are free and open to the public.

In the Nov. 14 session, Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, will discuss research on domestic policies, including social welfare, healthcare reform, and Social Security.

More info


PITCH EVENT: WED, NOV. 14, 3 – 4:30 PM

Twelve college students from the MENA region will travel to U-M to join up with their Michigan-based peers to participate in a pitch competition to cap off William Davidson Institute‘s M2GATE program. Over the span of eight weeks, several teams worked virtually to find solutions to real problems in the MENA region. The three best teams were chosen to come to Ann Arbor for the final pitch competition.

Pitch Event Info

EndPoverty Virtual Summit 2018

NOV 16, 9 AM – 2 PM EST – ONLINE

Featuring speakers from across venture capital, on the ground and around the world, this virtual summit will feature roundtable discussions as well as keynote speakers who will address the challenges of rolling out poverty solutions globally, looking to business for help, and helping with infrastructure.

Event Info

September 2018 Newsletter

First Annual Business+Impact Showcase Attracts nearly 200 U-M Students, 30 Impact Organizations

As part of its mission to make students aware of all impact opportunities across campus, B+I welcomed incoming and returning students to its first annual Business+Impact Showcase on Sept. 6 at Ross. Nearly 200 students had a chance to meet with 30 clubs, Ross centers, and U-M – wide initiatives focused on areas like, social justice, equality, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and economic development.

A complete list of exhibitors is available in this article, and a photo album is on Facebook.

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 know about 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!


B+I Scoping Workshop and Practicum with Detroit Entrepreneurs

Fri, Sept. 28, 10 am – 12:30 pm
@ Ross, B0560​

Entrepreneurial consultant and Ross lecturer Chris Mueller is joined by guests Stephen Wroblewski of Accenture and Steve Schwartz of Inovo for a scoping workshop designed to hone direct career skills in client engagement. Explore the challenges of landing and understanding clients and gain valuable practice conducting scoping interviews.



William Brinkerhoff (MBA/MSIOE ’89 ) and Kathy Sample (MBA ’89)

Bill Brinkerhoff and Kathy Sample were students in the late 80’s at the U-M Business School (its name before it became the Ross School of Business). After marriage and traditional jobs on the east coast, they returned to Ann Arbor and pursued an impact career that suited their passion. In August, we heard from them about discovering their calling and leveraging their education at the B-School.


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!


Board Fellows Mentorship Program to Launch

There is no connection like the connection between alums and current students.This year, B+I will introduce a Board Mentorship Program to our existing Board Fellows Program. In this program, alumni of Ross who have experience serving on nonprofit and philanthropic boards will be matched with one or two current board fellows. The mentor should be available to connect by phone or in person to encourage and guide the student board fellows a few times between October and March. The commitment needed from the mentors is modest (perhaps two-three hours per fellow) but can make a big difference in inspiring student fellows to contribute to social impact. If you are an alumnus/alumna interested in mentoring this year’s fellows, let us know!

Contact us

Social Finance Course in Fall-B

Microfinance, Impact Investing, and Social Finance (ES 444/644) is a grad/undergrad course exploring finance for social good from top to bottom: from those living on dollars a day to the new world of finance where investment managers are finding that investments in social good. Taught by Michael Gordon, the course is non-technical and intended for students of all interests.

Course Description

Community News and Events


SEPT 21, 8:30 AM – 3 PM

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

UMSI Fall Community Engagement Programs

Students can engage with many organizations, community partners, and clients through U-M’s School of Information. Here are examples of the opportunities:

For more complete listings, contact UMSI’s Office of Professional and Community Engagement.

Are you interested in social impact and the environment?

Net Impact is a student-run group that focuses on bridging social & environmental good with the power of business. By working on project teams and learning through committees, members of the undergraduate club have the opportunity to positively impact the greater Michigan community. Join Net Impact Undergrad for a variety of recruiting events to get to know what the club is about! Browse to netimpact-umich.org or reach out to niugboard18@umich.edu for more information!

Innovation in Action Info Sessions

Innovation in Action (IIA) harnesses the talents and passions of Michigan students to address our world’s biggest problems through social entrepreneurship. IIA will be hosting several information and speed-networking events in September and October including an event at Ross on Thurs, Sept. 20, 4 pm @ B1570. These sessions are meant to provide detailed information about the competition process and set expectations for this five-month adventure.

RSVP for an Event

Nonprofit, Government and Policy Career Fair

FRI, SEPT. 28, 10 AM – 2 PM

Interested in working within Policy, Social Change, or Government? Jump-start your internship or job search by attending the Nonprofit, Government and Policy Career Fair! Students from all schools/colleges are welcome, and over 20 organizations will be in attendance.

More info

Social Transformation Through Public Engagement

FRI, OCT. 8, 2 – 5 PM

Leaders Abdul El-Sayed, Angela Reyes, Luis Treles and Jim Leija will discuss how they are working to address today’s critical social justice issues and will share perspectives on how students, staff and faculty can most effectively build partnerships outside of the University to drive social change. The panel will be introduced by President Mark Schlissel and moderated by Earl Lewis.

RSVP by Sept. 24

Halcyon Incubator


The Halcyon Incubator program equips early-stage entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures and change the world.  Residencies take place between Feb – July, 2019. Application for Cohort 9 is now open.

Apply here

U-M Detroit Center Engagement

FRI, OCT. 12
8:30 AM – 4 PM

SAT, OCT. 20
9 AM – 2 PM

SAT, OCT. 27
8:30 AM – 4 PM


If you are interested in volunteerism, organizational capacity building, problem solving, research, project development or working in the City of Detroit, the U-M Detroit Center has two offerings for you. Their tour on Oct. 12th will show you a Detroit you most likely have never seen. Meet community leaders and learn first hand about the challenges and opportunities the city faces. Their engagement training workshop will teach you the best practices of engagement, volunteering, and the history of Detroit.

U-M Detroit Center

Net Impact National Conference

OCT. 25-27

Each year Net Impact brings current and aspiring leaders together for a dynamic exchange of ideas about how we can work together to tackle our toughest social and environmental problems. Today’s challenges are more complex than any one person or organization can solve, requiring us to collaborate on innovative solutions. This year, the 2018 Net Impact Conference in Phoenix will take it a step further with the theme “Outside the Lines.”

Event Info

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 businessimpact@umich.edu 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

2017 Interns Gained Invaluable Experience


In the summer of 2017, Business+Impact had a number of internship opportunities with a broad spectrum of organizations.  Students from Ross, Ford, School of Social Work, Natural Resources, and other programs developed their skills while helping mission-driven organizations in Detroit and around the world.

The Center’s Impact Corps internships placed MBAs and BBAs with global organizations like the Environmental Defense Fund and Ashoka, as well as with social enterprises like LegWorks and Torrent Consulting.  Our Summer Fund helped place Masters and BBA students with government and impact organizations across the country, with funding from the Center for Social Impact and the student-run Give-A-Day Fund. Our co-sponsored Ross Open Road sent eight Ross students to seven U.S. states and nine organizations over the month of May.  Additionally, our Change Agents internship program had BBAs engage in week of intense orientation followed by 9 weeks of work with a regional impact organization.

Internships are an important part of the work that Business+Impact does.  Students who engage in internships are consistently amazed at the passion and purpose of the impact organizations with which they partner.  Students are challenged to apply business learning to ambiguous organizational challenges.  It requires a level of flexibility and insight to be successful.

Below, we share snapshots of some of their experiences, providing a window into the broad experiences that Business+Impact offers:

Zach Friedman, MBA/MS ’19

  • Type of Internship: Ross Open Road

  • Organizations: Merit Goodness, Vice District Brewing, Wild Idea Buffalo Company, Fargo Brewing Company, The Golden Yoke

  • Location: Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; Rapid City, ND; Fargo, ND; St. Ignatius, MT

  • Project: Variety of projects for social entrepreneurs

My Experience: “What has connected all of our partners is a passion to serve their communities, be it underserved youth in Detroit, South Loop residents of Chicago or the Great Plains ecosystem of South Dakota. An entrepreneur’s social impact isn’t determined by the scale of his or her community, but how they serve its needs. “

Andrew Hatfield, MBA ’18

  • Type of Internship: Impact Corps Internship

  • Organization: Torrent Consulting

  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI

  • Project: Launch a social enterprise rotational program/incubator within Torrent

My Experience: “Torrent Consulting sets aside 10% of its profits to fund & launch social entrepreneurs. My job was to research social entrepreneurship and apply structure and rigor to the process to ensure replicable success. We succeeded in creating a model that would not only keep Torrent profitable, but would also organically grow the fund with each new entrepreneur. With that goal in mind, the actionable results/deliverables from this internship are a major win.  No matter where I land, this offers me greater credibility as I try to connect the best lessons from the business world with the best intentions of the humanitarian community.”

Colleen Hill, MBA ’18

  • Type of Internship: Summer Fund/Give-A-Day Fund

  • Organization: Room to Read

  • Location: San Francisco, CA

  • Project: Data analysis on budget trends, delays and strategy for nine countries in which the organization operates

My Experience: “The funding I received from the Give A Day Fund was incredibly helpful. Living in the Bay Area with an unpaid internship is impossible, and the support I received from Business+Impact made my summer a little easier. My internship with Room to Read has allowed me to understand the operations of a well-established and well-organized nonprofit.  (My advice:) There are a lot of opportunities out there that you may not yet be aware of, so learn about some that sound interesting, while sticking to your core career goals.”

Kevin Howard, BBA ’19

  • Type of Internship: Change Agents

  • Organization: Neutral Zone

  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI

  • Project: B-Side Website, YOR Website, CR course, Revenue Analysis

My Experience: “I was surprised at how different it is to work with nonprofits as opposed to the business school. The environment is much more laid back but everyone has the same goal in mind. I think my biggest takeaway is learning how to succeed in a mission-driven organization where everyone has the same goal for the community. This is a great program and a great opportunity to learn more about yourself and business. Take it if you have the chance!”

Kaushik Moro, MBA

  • Type of Internship: Impact Corps Internship

  • Organization: LegWorks

  • Location: San Francisco, CA

  • Project: Prepare materials for raising a Series A in the third quarter of 2017

My Experience: “Working at a startup can be hard work but seeing the impact of LegWorks’s products in the developing world was a powerful motivator for entire team and me. My internship exposed me to the venture capital industry and has motivated to explore a career in the impact investing space long term.  (When working,) understand what matters most to you and see if you identify with the company’s core mission. This will help you when working with passionate and driven people at these organizations.”

Manasvini Rao, BBA ’19

  • Type of Internship: Change Agents

  • Organization: Neutral Zone

  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI

  • Project: B-Side Website, YOR Website, CR course, Revenue Analysis

My Experience: “My greatest takeaway from this summer would probably be that consulting for nonprofits can be ambiguous at times but it’s also incredibly rewarding because you’re working with people with such big hearts who really care about the issues they’re facing. Business+Impact was great in letting us do all of this without having to worry about any financial issues, and was always there if we had any questions to ask about the internship process.”

For a complete listing of interns and their internships for 2017 and several years before, click here.

For information on receiving your own student internship, click here.

“Innovation to Impact” Wins the 2017 Social Impact Challenge in Flint


ANN ARBOR (March 15, 2017) — The University of Michigan (U-M) Center for Social Impact, in partnership with University of Michigan-Flint (UM-Flint) Outreach Office announced the winners of the multi-campus 2017 Social Impact Challenge on March 15, 2017 at the Flint Institute of Arts. The top team took home a $2,500 cash prize, and all team proposals taken into consideration as Skypoint Ventures’ Ferris Wheel Innovation Hub and [IN] On the Road look to bring entrepreneurship training programs to Flint neighborhoods.

Speaking about the partnership between campuses, Paula Nas, Interim Director of University Outreach at UM-Flint said, “The collaboration between Business+Impact and University Outreach at UM-Flint has been powerful.  Not only did our students have the experience of connecting with students from the Ann Arbor campus, but the Flint community benefited from the creative new ideas and approaches that the student teams envisioned to support our local entrepreneurs and small business owners. We are optimistic that we will be able to continue this partnership in the future.”

Matt Kelterborn of Business+Impact, Martha Fedorowitz, Emily Futcher, Dean-Mark Clemente, and Paula Nas of UM-Flint Outreach at the presentation of the winning check.

The challenge began in January with approximately 110 interested students from both campuses.  Of those, 18 teams with 70 students registered proposals for the competition, and after the first round of judging in February, four team finalists were selected to advance.

The winning team, Innovation to Impact, comprised of three students from the U-M Ross School of Business and the Ford School of Public Policy, won for their innovative and research-driven proposal that highlighted downtown training with significant neighborhood outreach.  The team was made up of U-M students Emily Futcher (MPP), Martha Fedorowitz (MPP), and Dean-Mark Clemente (MBA).

Additional awards went to the following teams:

  • A.K.A.K.A. – Second Prize ($1,000), Co-Campus Prize ($250), Arts Focus Prize ($250)
    (Kate Blessing (MPP), Aisha Changezi (UM-Flint Art), Ashlyee Freeman (MBA), Ashrita Shetty (MUP), Karen Cuenca (MPP/MUP))
  • Social Enrichment Whizzes – Third Prize ($500)
    (Nara Subramanian (MBA), Ammar Muhammad (UM-Flint General), Megan Graham (MPP), Jorge Sandoval (PhD Chemistry), Jon Nas (BBA))
  • Diversiteam – Fourth Prize ($250)
    (Corinne Wong (BBA), Sheila Xu (BBA), Alexandria Swift (BBA), Zijia Cai (BS Engineering), Galaad Preau (BBA))

Student teams all spent over a month learning about economic and social issues on the ground in Flint, visiting with Flint stakeholders, attending a site visit and tour, and poring over economic and entrepreneurship data. In the finals, various ideas included entrepreneurship mentors, entrepreneur fairs, worker spaces for artists, and further collaboration between U-M’s campuses.

“By participating in the Social Impact Challenge, our team was able to apply the critical thinking skills we learn in the classroom to a real-world challenge. We strongly valued the opportunity to utilize the amazing work already being developed by the City of Flint, U-M Flint, and the Ferris Hub to develop creative solutions in support of their goals,” said Martha Fedorowicz, a member of the winning team.

Finals Judges (l to r): Jessica Judson, Amy Gresock, Kevin Shronce, and Raquel Thueme (speaking).

After rounds of competition, the final decision was reached by challenge judges who are deeply embedded in Flint’s entrepreneurship revival:

  • Amy Gresock – Asst. Professor in the School of Management at UM-Flint
  • Jessica Judson – Program Coordinator of Corporate Social Responsibility for Diplomat Pharmacy
  • Kevin Schronce – Planner III in the City of Flint Planning/Zoning Office
  • Raquel Thueme – VP of Programs for the Ruth Mott Foundation.

“The Flint and Ann Arbor campuses of the University of Michigan are rife with talent and a spirit of innovation,” said Raquel Thueme, program judge and vice president of programs at the Ruth Mott Foundation. “It’s rewarding to see students applying their classroom learning and creativity to the goal of engaging neighborhoods and entrepreneurs in Flint’s revitalization.”

Work on the Social Impact Challenge winners’ proposal may continue with further projects and a possible summer internship offered through Business+Impact.  Such plans are in line with the Center’s purpose to provide action-based programs that offer student’s multidisciplinary and cross-sector opportunities to deliver social impact.

“We believe the best way to learn about delivering meaningful social impact is to actually work on the ground with community leaders on projects that have a lasting impact,” said Matt Kelterborn, program director for Business+Impact. “Our students are engaged across sectors and disciplines on real challenges, and we look forward to assisting our new Flint partners in this next stage.”


About the Social Impact Challenge

Every winter semester, the University of Michigan’s Center for Social Impact partners with urban partners on a project that helps tackle a pressing social or economic need. The Social Impact Challenge is an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students across the entire university to collaborate and solve complex social issues in a competitive environment with real-world implications.

About Business+Impact

Since its inception in 2014, Business+Impact at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business has engaged hundreds of students across U-M and worked with a wide array of partners to define and advance the practice of social impact, social innovation and entrepreneurship. The center has a significant interest and stake in the city of Detroit. For more information, visit businessimpact.umich.edu.

About University of Michigan—Flint Outreach and [IN] On the Road

University Outreach connects campus and community to support learning, collaboration, and partnerships. The Outreach office does this through programs that give students and faculty meaningful opportunities to serve and learn in/with the community, and develop civic engagement leaders.  One of these programs is [IN] On the Road, which is an innovation incubator helping people start local businesses through a coworking space and workshops. For more information on the Outreach Office, visit http://www.umflint.edu/outreach/programs.  For more information on [IN] On the Road, visit http://www.umflint.edu/outreach/road

About Skypoint Ventures

Through smart investments in people, places and ideas, Skypoint Ventures helps innovators by providing them with spaces to create, and it gives new ideas the resources to be successful. Based in Flint, and founded by Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman in 2014, Skypoint has already been a key player in major building and investment in downtown Flint.  For more information on Skypoint Ventures, visit http://skypointventures.com.

PRESS CONTACT: Glenn Bugala, gbugala@umich.edu, 734-764-8189