January 2020 Newsletter

At Ross:

Faculty Research for Impact Workshop: UN SDG #3 – Good Health and Well-Being

Tues, Jan. 28 @ 5-7 pm
+Impact Studio

How are Ross faculty members advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through business research? Each month, Business+Impact hosts an interactive design session themed around one of these goals. During the month of January, we will address Goal 3: Good Health & Well-Being.  Several award-winning Ross faculty members will share their research in an informal setting, and students will have the opportunity to brainstorm possible next steps for how the research can be applied to real-world applications that make a positive impact.

This limited-size two-hour workshop will feature:


Also, plan to attend:

Faculty Research for Impact: Addressing UN SDG #10 – Climate Action
Tues, Feb 18 @ 5:30 – 7:30 pm
+Impact Studio

Faculty and research highlights TBD.

Board Fellows Forum: Building a Relationship of Trust between the Board Chair and Executive Director

Tues, Feb. 11 @ 5:30 – 7 pm
Ross School of Business, R1240

What does it take to have a great relationship between a Board Chair and an Executive Director? How much should the two work hand-in-hand to lead the organization, set goals and priorities, and drive outcomes?

All nonprofit organizations strive for a high-functioning relationship between the Board Chair and Executive Director, but some fall short due to a disconnect in expectations of the roles.

Join the U-M Board Fellowship Program for a public forum discussing the Board Chair and Executive Director relationship. Panelists for the forum include:

  • Jamie Buhr, Board Chair, Michigan Theater
  • Russ Collins, Executive Director & CEO, Michigan Theater
  • Lori Bennett, Board Chair, Neutral Zone
  • Lori Roddy, Executive Director, Neutral Zone

Food will be provided.


Make an Impact with Your Internship

Round One Application
Due Fri, Feb. 14

Business+Impact’s Summer Fund awards competitive grants to Ross and Ford masters students and BBA juniors. Students completing internships in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors may apply if the organization has a clearly defined social mission. This year there will be two deadlines to apply: Fri, Feb. 14 and Fri, Apr. 17.


Financial Inclusion in the Age of FinTech: A Conversation with Adrienne Harris

Wed, Feb. 12 @ 5 – 7 pm
Ross, Blau Hall, B3570

As part of Diversity Week at Ross, join the +Impact Studio for a discussion on financial inclusion with U-M Policymaker in Residence and Gates Foundation Senior Research Fellow, Adrienne Harris. Adrienne was a Special Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy and served in the US Department of Treasury. She also advises fintech companies, incumbent financial institutions, and large venture capital firms. Studio Faculty Director Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks will engage Ms. Harris in a lively discussion about her work in governmental and corporate strategy around financial inclusion and fintech for the underserved. 


Calling Future Open Road @ Ross Fellows

Applications Due
Mon, Jan. 27 @ Midnight

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.

Apply for this program at the application link below. Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and Zell Lurie Institute.

Open Road Team Finder


Designing Business Models for Carbon Capture and Utilization Technologies

Wed, Feb. 5 @ 5 – 7 pm
Ross, +Impact Studio
700 E. University Ave.

The +Impact Studio at Michigan Ross in partnership with the U-M Global CO2 Initiative and the Erb Institute is excited to offer an innovative workshop in which students will use design thinking methodologies to create business models for carbon capture and utilization technologies. Participants will hear from faculty about their research on these technologies and have the opportunity to learn and apply the business model canvas to them.


Ross Event Highlights:

Ross: Shareholders & Stakeholders Panel
Tue, Jan. 21 @ 5:30-6:30 pm
Ross, B1580

Erb: Financing a Sustainable Future

Wed, Jan. 22 @ 5:30 -7 pm
Ross, Robertson Auditorium


Women Who Launch:
Fri, Jan 24 @ 8:30 am – Noon
Ross Colloquium

Leadership Diversity Dialogue
Wed, Feb 14 @ 10:15 – 11:30 am
Ross, Robertson Auditorium

Detroit R&B: Rebuilding a World-Class City
Sat, Feb 15 @ 8:30 am – 5 pm
Chase Tower, Detroit

CPO: Positive Team and Organizational Hierarchies
Tues, Feb 18 @ 4 – 5 pm
Ross School of Business


B+I Hiring +Impact Studio Manager

Apply Now

We are hiring an +Impact Studio Program Manager to provide general management of the non-course studio programming and execute on the Studio’s strategic goals. This manager will co-design and facilitate engaging, impact-focused design thinking programming that trains participants to utilize design methodologies and business acumen to create impact.


Become a Give-A-Day Board Member

Apply Now

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 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.

Apply for Board Here

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 RossZell Lurie Institute at various locations at Michigan Ross.

MON, FEB. 3 – Developing Your Business Model Canvas
5-6:30 p.m. / R0220

TUES, FEB. 4 – Identifying and Sizing Your Market
5-6:30 p.m. / R2030

WED, FEB 5 – Conducting Effective Customer Discovery
5-6:30 p.m. / R0220

MON, FEB. 10 –  Assessing Your Financial Feasibility
5-6:30 p.m. / RO22O

TUES, FEB. 11 – Startup Financials
5 – 6 p.m. / R0220

TUES, FEB. 11 – Communicating with Investors
6 – 7 p.m. / R0220

WED, FEB. 12 – Startup Funding for First Time Entrepreneurs
5-6:30 p.m. / R0220

All of the above events are open to the public. Interested parties may also come to watch Round 2 of the Seigle Impact Track on Fri, Jan 24 at Michigan Ross.

Blueprints for Pangaea Job Openings

Information Session
Wed, Jan. 22 @ 9 – 10 am
Ross, B1570

Apply by Sun, Jan. 26
@ 11:59pm EST 

Blueprints For Pangaea, Inc. is a student-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that reallocates excess unused medical supplies from U.S.hospitals to areas of need overseas. They have 6 satellite chapters operating throughout the country and have shipped $3,000,000 in medial supplies abroad to date. Blueprints is looking to recruit students for the Winter 2019 term. Interviews will be conducted Jan. 31 – Feb. 2.


The Choice II Recap

Business+Impact again brought together scholars on Thurs, Dec. 13 to ponder how society should make choices that will influence and contribute to a society’s or organization’s ability to flourish.

Featured participants included Tom Malone of MIT and Orly Lobel of University of San Diego Law School.

One place 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:


Davis Projects for Peace

Proposals Due
Thurs, Jan. 23 @ 4 – 6 pm

The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning is pleased to participate in the Davis Projects for Peace initiative for 2020. 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


Founders and Interns Needed

Info Session: Fri, Jan. 24 (please register)
Info Session: Mon, Jan. 27 (please register)
Founder Application Due: Feb. 9
Intern Application Due: Feb. 12

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 2020 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.

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Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Get-Together

Thurs, Jan. 23 @ 4 – 6 pm
500 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor

Attend an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Get-Together on Thursday, January 23rd from 4-6 p.m. at TechArb to meet others in the community working on innovative and interesting projects. Whether you’re part of an entrepreneurial club, a student founder, or someone who enjoys developing solutions to real world problems, this event is a great way to introduce yourself to the U-M community and find out what and who is out there! RSVP today (Panera will be provided).



2020 Summer Youth Dialogues Fellowship Application

Applications Due
Mon, Jan 27 @ 5 pm

University of Michigan students (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to become a University of Michigan Social Justice Fellow to join an educational team and facilitate the Summer Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit Program (SYD) in an extended program. SYD increases dialogue among high school age youth in metropolitan Detroit, the nation’s most segregated metropolitan area.

Apply here


Global Information Engagement Program

Application Deadline
Sun, Jan 26

The Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP) partners South African-based non-profit organizations with teams of interdisciplinary graduate students from the University of Michigan. The objective of GIEP is to leverage appropriate technology and information management skills and tools to address a contemporary social concern. Students will scope their projects in a Winter semester half-term course, then spend two months in Cape Town, South Africa working full-time to address their information challenge by partnering with an organization to adopt a user-centric, capacity-building solution.

Apply Here


Voter Registration

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Don’t forget to register to vote! Students who are U.S. citizens are allowed to register at either their local addresses or their permanent addresses. It’s your choice. Depending on the state where you want to vote, you can either register online or by paper. Be sure to check if you are registered. To download a federal voter registration form and for more information on how to register to vote.

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Learning Levers

Apply by
Fri, Feb. 28

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

In the Impact Community:

Applications being accepted for Cordes Fellowships

Application Deadline:
Thurs, Jan. 30

If you are an exceptional social entrepreneur or nonprofit leader engaged in building sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice globally, the Cordes Fellowship provides an opportunity to participate as a full Delegate at the Opportunity Collaboration in Cancun, Mexico in October. The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich OC with new, emerging leaders; and infuse OC discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

Info and Application

Leadership DELI

Application Due
Fri, Jan. 31

Leadership DELI is an intensive leadership development program intended to help nonprofit organizations improve their impact by providing leaders with access to high-quality professional resources, tools and training. Grow professionally and expand your network by applying for the next cohort, launching on February 28th, 2020.

Info and Application

Detroit Contested Cities

Paper Submission Deadline
Sat, Feb. 1

The Urban History Association invites submissions for its 10th Biennial Conference in Detroit in October 8-11, 2020. The Program Committee is looking for panel sessions, workshops, and papers (including single papers) on all aspects of urban, suburban, and metropolitan histories from any corner of the world and any time period (past, present, and even future). The conference theme, “Contested Cities,” reflects both the growing interdisciplinarity of urban studies, and at the same time, the clear sense that there isn’t one urban history or a single set of critical urban actors.

Info and Application

Berkley Haas Pitch Competition

Application Deadline
Fri, Feb. 7 @ 11:59 pm

Berkley Haas will be hosting the Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition on its campus March 6, 2020. The competition is intended for entrepreneurs in the early-stage of development and is an opportunity to refine models, conduct research, present findings, and pitch to real investors and experts in inclusion and diversity. University of Michigan teams are invited to apply! This year’s competition is open to ventures with a focus on one (or intersections) of the following areas: race; ethnicity; gender; gender identity; intellectual, mental, or physical disability; sexual orientation; age; former incarceration; and socio-economic status. Up to $15k in prizes will be awarded to ventures that demonstrate a defined vision and potential to generate positive impact beyond the status quo!

Apply here

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