January 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

Visit the New Business+Impact Website

Students returning from their holiday breaks are in for a treat. Business+Impact is proud to introduce a new website. Not only does the new website clarify our mission and vision, but it looks fresh–with more media, more ways to interact, and more thought-provoking features. Plus, students can still find the events, co-curriculars and all that they rely on in our new, cleaner Impact Gateway

During the coming semester, be sure to visit and interact with everything from our new public blog to our revised community collaboration section.

Visit the Website

B+I Impact Studio Course to Take on Flint Water Crisis

The B+I Impact Studio course launched January 14. This new initiative aims to translate insights from faculty research into practical solutions for the world’s challenges. The inaugural course draws on Ross Professor Eric Schwartz’s research recently featured in The Atlantic. During the winter term, graduate students from across disciplines will use design methods to develop solutions that address lead contamination in the Flint water system and beyond. 

Preparing the Next Generation of Nonprofit Board Members

Tues, Feb. 12, 5:30-7 pm
R0220, Ross School of Business 

The nonprofit sector is in a time of generational change. The U.S. baby boomer population has comprised the majority of board leadership roles across the country, but as they leave these positions, there is a significant challenge (and opportunity) for nonprofits to recruit the next generation of nonprofit board leaders. 

Join us to engage with our panel of nonprofit experts as they discuss ways in which the sector is creating a pipeline for future leaders. 


Ross Event Highlights:

ZLI: Marcel Gani Internship Info Session
Wed, Jan. 23 @ 5 – 6 pm
Ross R1230

CPO: Positive Links: Inclusive Workplaces
Tues, Jan. 29 @ 4 – 5 pm
Ross School of Business

BBSA: ALE Conference
Feb. 8-9
Ross School of Business

Detroit R&B: Revitalization or Gentrification?
Sat, Feb. 16 @ 11 am – 5:30 pm
U-M Detroit Center

CPO: Search Inside Yourself Conference
Feb. 21-22 @ 9 am – 5 pm
Ross, Blau Hall

For a complete list of impact events in the coming month, visit the Business+Impact Impact Gateway at RossImpact.com


Business+Impact’s New Managing Director: Cat Johnson

Business+Impact is proud to welcome Cat Johnson as our new Managing Director. Cat most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Empowerment Plan in Detroit and is a University of Michigan MBA/MSW alum. As we move to expand our Impact Studio, Cat will lead that initiative in addition to handling the day-to-day operations of B+I. Stop in at our office and say “hi!”

Read more

Michigan Business Challenge – Start-up Workshops for Student Entrepreneurs

Students involved in the Seigle Impact Track of the Michigan Business Challenge and student entrepreneurs all across campus are invited to attend a series of invaluable workshops designed to make their startups successful. Below is a list of workshops offered by Michigan Ross‘s Zell Lurie Institute, all starting at 5 pm at various locations in Michigan Ross.

Give-A-Day Fund Board Info Session

Tues, Jan. 29 @ 5 pm
Ross R0210 

Join next year’s Give-A-Day fund Board to help continue an important tradition supporting social impact at Ross! You will gain valuable experience planning and executing a fundraising campaign and gain insight into the selection process for award recipients. Register above to learn more about positions and the application process. The application will be sent out on Fri, Jan. 25 and is due Fri, Feb. 1.

Impact News & Notes

Interactive poverty map shows mixed changes in Michigan – Michigan News 

Report on owner-occupied property tax foreclosures in Detroit- U-M Poverty Solutions 

How a Feel-Good AI Story Went Wrong in Flint – The Atlantic 

“Podcast: How to Close the Gender Pay Gap” – Cindy Schipiani 

“U-M launches new projects to fight poverty” – Michigan News 

“Forecast 2019: Climate Change Reality Takes Firmer Hold – Andy Hoffman 

Report: How business can measure the impact of corporate sustainability” – Erb Institute 

“Building a more inclusive environmental movement” – Erb Institute 

“Shifting toward business practices to address human rights” – Erb Institute 

“CLP to research opportunities for shaping more inclusive economy for the poor” – Ford School

At the University:


Social Impact Career Fair

Mon, Jan. 28, 6 – 8 pm
Michigan League Ballroom

The annual LSA Social Impact Fair is a chance to explore opportunities for you to affect change on pressing issues, or to gain experience in nonprofits supporting the arts, health, and beyond. Representatives from nonprofit organizations and U-M programs will participate.


Munger Case Competition

Application Deadline: Fri, Feb. 8 @ 11:59 pm
Showcase: Thur, Mar. 28 @ 5:30 pm

This semester, Munger Graduate Residences has partnered with MDining and Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) to ask teams of students to address issues of sustainability on campus, using a fictional $100,000 grant. Winning team members will be awarded $1000 each, and runner-up team members will be awarded $250. Registration opens Sun, Jan. 27.

More info


Michigan in Washington

Application Deadline: Thurs, Feb. 14 @ Noon

The MIW program offers an opportunity each year for 45-50 undergraduates from any major to spend a semester in Washington D.C. Students combine coursework with an internship that reflects their particular area of interest (such as American politics, international studies, history, the arts, public health, economics, the media, the environment, science and technology). 

Apply here


Equitable Development Conference

Fri, Feb. 22, 9 am – 5 pm
Art + Architecture Building

In Building Better Futures: Innovations in Equitable Development, U-M Taubman College will convene experts at the forefront of designing, financing, developing and promoting better buildings, better outcomes and better futures for all across race, income, age, ability, household type and geography. 

More info


Online Course: Community Engagement

Now available online

Now more than ever, people are seeking ways to affect change in their communities — both locally and around the world. This course is for anyone — from novices to experienced practitioners — who wants to work more effectively with community members and organizations. This course is now offered through EdX.

More info

In the Impact Community:

All of Us Makers Conference

Feb. 6 – 8
Online and Southern California

The 2019 MAKERS Conference is a global women’s leadership event that brings together the most powerful names in business, entertainment, tech, and finance to explore ways to accelerate the movement with compelling videos, provocative conversations, and onstage pledges for change.

Conference Info and Previous videos

Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition

Application due Sun, Feb. 10
by 11:59 pm PST
Finals Event: March 8

Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) invites teams from the University of Michigan to apply to the Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition. This year’s competition is focused on the following areas: race; ethnicity; gender identity; intellectual, mental, or physical disabilities; sexual orientation; age; former incarceration; and socio-economic status. Finalists will present at UC Berkeley on March 8, 2019. 

FAQs and Application

Education Pioneers Summer Fellowships

Application due by Wed, Feb. 13

Education Pioneers is looking for emerging leaders who have proven professional expertise, leadership experience, and commitment to education to transform education for our nation’s students. Are you the next Education Pioneer? The application for the 2018 Summer Fellowship is open. 

Info and Application

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