December 2022 Newsletter

Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Round Two Winners

The second round of the Michigan Business Challenge–Seigle Impact Track at the Ross School of Business has brought forward eight impact-focused ventures to watch. One of these ventures is the +Impact Studio Design Lab Founder, G2G (Grow Together), run by Yasmin Abdulhadi, MBA ‘23. These eight teams will now advance to the semi-finals, taking place on Friday, January 20, 2023. From there, four teams will advance to the Finals on Friday, February 10, 2023.


News from the +Impact Studio:

Idea Day” with Our Donors and Friends!

On Friday, December 9, 2022, representatives from Applebaum Family Philanthropy, Applebaum Ventures and three expert advisors came to the +Impact Studio to provide feedback and advice to UM students in the +Impact Studio Founders and Applebaum Impact Design Fellows programs. Applebaum Family Philanthropy is a key sponsor of the activities in the +Impact Studio Design Lab.

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Experience a Design Jam Through This Interactive Website

Follow along the design jam journey and add your own ideas on our new UMS/Ross Design Jam with Wynton Marsalis mini-website! On Sunday, October 16th, the University Musical Society and the Ross School of Business +Impact Studio convened a one-day design jam at Michigan Ross to look at new ways of getting the arts into the hands of audiences through innovative uses of technology. The site features photos and descriptions from every stage of the day’s work.


Equity-Centered Prototyping Workshop a Success

On Tues, Nov. 29th, the +Impact Studio hosted a workshop for undergrads, to help them understand what, how, and when to prototype, and to transform good ideas into interactive, emotional experiences with an equity lens. This session was run by Keesa V Johnson (MDes), an award-winning creative systems designer and design strategist who uses African and indigenous principles throughout the design thinking process.

See Photos from the Event

Warm Wishes from Business+Impact

As we bid farewell to 2022, we at Business+Impact warmly congratulate our students as they complete the semester. There is much to celebrate and be grateful for, and we are so grateful for everyone in our impact community and the vital work they do as changemakers. Wishing each of you an impactful 2023!

Impact Gala

Community Case Competition, Net Impact @ Ross, and Detroit Impact @ Ross celebrated the conclusion of Fall Impact Cases and generated community with one another at an Impact Gala on Mon, Dec. 5 at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. This event was cosponsored and photographed by Business+Impact.

See the photos here

Image of Impact Gateway homepage.

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. 


At the University:


Startups on Stage

Tues, Dec. 13 @ 4 pm
Robertson Auditorium
Ross School of Business

Be a part of the Go Blue » Grow Blue spirit of Desai Accelerator by joining us at our 2022 cohort exhibition. This year we’ve reimagined demo day to better connect you with the startups.  Please join us live at Robertson Auditorium at the Ross School of Business, or via live stream (link will be sent after registration). 



James A. Kelly Learning Levers Prize

Proposals accepted
Dec. 1, 2022 – Mar. 12, 2023

Bring your passion and make an impact on pre-K–12 Education. The James A. Kelly Learning Levers Prize is a student pitch competition that supports scalable, research-based ideas that promote learning in pre-K–12 education. All U-M undergraduate and graduate students from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, or Flint campuses can enter as individuals or teams.

Learn more


Ross Diversity Week Proposals

Proposals due
Wed, Dec. 14

Ross’ annual Diversity Week will take place January 30th-February 3rd 2023! Diversity Week comes to life through events Ross organizations (e.g. clubs, centers, etc.) curate and collective participation from our MBA community.  We are calling for event proposals and volunteers. We look forward to your club’s participation this year!

Apply here


DEI Evaluation Report Out Session

Tues, Jan. 10 @ 2:30 – 4 pm
Rogel Ballroom, Michigan Union

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) will host an information session to disseminate findings from the University’s DEI 1.0 Evaluation Report. This interactive session will give participants an opportunity to learn about the impact and outcomes of DEI efforts in our initial five-year strategic plan (DEI 1.0) and discuss how we can leverage the successes and opportunities for growth in the development of our next strategic plan, DEI 2.0.

RSVP here


Semester in Detroit

Apply now for the Spring Program

Semester in Detroit applications are accepted on a rolling basis, which means that the earlier you apply, the better chance you have of getting in. The Semester in Detroit spring program accepts undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. All students, from Freshmen to Seniors or Super Seniors are eligible to apply.

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MLK Day at the Detroit Center

Mon, Jan. 16 @ 10 am – 2:30 pm
UM Detroit Center
3663 Woodward Ave #150, Detroit, MI

Plan on attending MLK Day at UMDC. Events of the day will consist of the streaming of the Keynote Lecture from the Hill Auditorium on campus from 10:00am-11:30. Lunch from 11:45am-12:45pm. Eye on Detroit Panel Discussion: Where Do We Go From Here? An exploration of the modern day civil rights movement 1:00-2:30pm.

UMDC Events

In the Impact Community:

Volunteer for VITA and Help Others with Tax Returns

Virtual Training in December

VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Join a community of over 80 volunteers in working to complete federal and state tax returns for low to moderate income families in Washtenaw County. Volunteer to help clients save on costly tax preparation fees, and put over $1.4 million of refunds into the hands of those that need it most. No experience? No problem! United Way’s comprehensive training process will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare basic tax returns.

More Info

Summer ’23 City Year

Applications due Fri, Dec. 16

City Year AmeriCorps members play a critical role in helping students connect with their school community and engage in their learning. Applications are now open for opportunities this school year and next!  The City Year AmeriCorps member role is tremendously rewarding but also very challenging.

More info


Integrating DEI and Racial Equity into Your Work

Mon, Dec. 12 @ 1 pm ET

Niiobli Armah of We-Collab will be joined by Bryan Simmons of the Arcus Foundation and Kaniqua Welch of The Kresge Foundation to discuss how foundation and nonprofit communicators can be the catalyst for change as well as the tools and resources that can be utilized to start up the work within the philanthropic sector. 

Info & Registration

MBark 2 Boulder

Jan. 4-6
Boulder, CO

Academic institutions are only now beginning to provide instruction in relevant disciplines such as authentic leadership and sustainability.  Meanwhile, natural foods companies have seldom recruited MBA students, so many of the best management practices, analytical tools, growth strategies, and latest research on organizational development are simply not present in the ranks of their leadership. MBArk was created to bridge that gap, bringing the “hearts” of natural foods together with the “smarts” of business education.

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Epic Social Ventures

Applications due
Sat, Dec 31

EPIC, the End Poverty Innovation Challenge is focused on engaging the next generation of social entrepreneurs from post secondary institutions worldwide in developing the next generation of social ventures that lift the livelihoods of the poor. Five finalists will be selected to compete in the final challenge held virtually on Feb 9th, 2023

Apply Now