January 2022 Newsletter

Panelists sitting at the B+I Public Panel event

B+I Public Panel Event Feb. 18 – Stronger Together: How Nonprofits Can Collaborate

Board Fellows Forum
Fri, Feb. 18 @ 10 -11:30 am ET
Virtual Event – Open to the Public

Each year, the Ross School of Business’s Business+Impact Initiative selects a group of Nonprofit Board Fellows to serve as non-voting members of boards across Southeast Michigan. The Ross community prides itself on using business as a function to create a more equitable and just society, and for over 20 years this program has served as a critical opportunity for graduate students to become involved in, and contribute to, local communities and causes. Each year, the Fellowship hosts a public forum in the form of a panel discussion with representatives from local nonprofit organizations. This year, the theme of the forum is “Stronger Together: How Nonprofits Can Collaborate.” We believe that collaboration between nonprofits will only become more instrumental in combating injustices across America. Join us for a panel discussion featuring four local nonprofit experts: Kelly Maxwell, DDNRC; Courtney Smith, Detroit Phoenix Center; Kevin Thompson, Good Inc.; and Kyla Carlsen, Co.act Detroit.


Students sitting at tables during the Impact Studio BA 670 course

+Impact Studio Course Kicks Off 

The +Impact Studio course (BA670) met for the first time this Winter on January 10th, and welcomed 50 students. Taught by Jerry Davis and Cat Johnson, and attended by grad students from 9 colleges across campus, the Winter 2022 course will engage with tech-enabled changes that have transformed the raw materials of enterprise (labor, capital, supplies, distribution) and what that means for its stakeholders.

Take a Peek Inside Our Community Coworking

On Friday, December 10, 2021, B+I’s +Impact Studio Design Lab welcomed Gabriel Scharg, Director of Investments, Applebaum Ventures and Suzanne McEachern – Director of Communications, Applebaum Family Philanthropy. Gabe and Suzanne met with all of the Applebaum Fellows and Applebaum Founders to discuss the continuing development of the students’ social ventures, along with Moses Lee, Applebaum Innovator-in-Residence. Applebaum Family Philanthropy is a key sponsor of the activities in the +Impact Studio Design Lab. Read article. See photos.

Blueprints for Pangaea members in front of a Hope Clinic board

Blueprints for Pangaea U-M Seeks Applicants for Winter Cycle

Case Workshop
Wed, Jan 19 @ 6pm
Henderson Room, Michigan Union

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. Attend the CASE WORKSHOP event to learn more about our casing process. Members will provide insight on the inner workings of each department and answer your questions. Then APPLY by Sat, Jan. 22 at 11:59 pm ET.


Ross Event Highlights:

Impact Gateway website page 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. 


Save the Dates: Ross Open Road Application Timeline

Sun, Jan 23 – Application Open

Wed, Feb. 2 – In person networking and Q&A Happy Hour 6 pm @ Garage Bar Patio

Sun, Feb. 13 @ 11:59 pm – Application Due

Week of Feb. 20 – Team Interviews

Open Road is an action-based social entrepreneurship program taking place in May, where students drive from state to state meeting socially- and environmentally-driven entrepreneurs. Students spend one week on-site in each location, working closely with the entrepreneur, to provide a solution or recommendation to a business problem they are facing.
Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.




Women Who Launch Symposium

Fri, Jan 21 @ 8:45 am – 2:45 pm

Co-sponsored by B+I, this year’s Women Who Launch Symposium theme is Visionary Women, Community, Business. The future is full of opportunities, and we invite you to envision an entrepreneurial career beyond your imagination. We will hear from inspiring women entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and more who are thriving in this space and creating an enriching community in the process.


At the University:


The Built Environment of our Cities and Communities and Social Justice in America event flyerThe Built Environment of our Cities and Communities and Social Justice in America

Mon, Jan, 17 @ 1 pm
Michigan Theater

Jan. 18 @ 1 pm ET

The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns. Yet much of the dialogue on these issues is disconnected from the public domain. By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, URBANIZED frames a global discussion on the future of cities. This is a two-part event that includes a movie and a panel discussion.




Davis Projects for Peace: Call for Abstracts

Davis Projects for Peace flyerApply by
Wed, Jan 19

 The Ginsberg Center is pleased to announce the Davis Projects for Peace initiative for 2022. Projects for Peace are typically summer-long projects designed and implemented by undergraduate students passionate about peace in their communities and around the globe. The initiative hopes to prepare students as ethical leaders by providing the resources to execute innovative grassroots project ideas, and provides a $10,000 grant towards these efforts. Learn more at this link and apply by the January 19, 2022 deadline. Please contact projectsforpeace@umich.edu with any questions.

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Rackham’s 5th Annual King Talks

King Talks with Rackham bannerWed, Jan 26 @ 6 pm ET
Virtual Event

Rackham’s annual King Talks are TED-style talks echoing the theme of U-M’s MLK Symposium. Through this program, Rackham students publicly communicate the relevance of their research to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.  The 2022 King Talks will be streamed live from the Rackham Auditorium.

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DEI Global Case Writing Competition

Intent-to-Enter Form
2022 DEI Global Case Writing Competition banner Due Fri, Jan . 28

You are invited to enter our competition and support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business are proud to present the second annual DEI Global Case Writing Competition.

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Donia MLK Lecture: Makau Mutua

Makau Mutua, speaker of Donia MLK LectureMon, Jan. 31 @ 4:15 – 5:45 pm
Virtual Event

At its peak, the human rights movement was the most captivating ideology of its time.  It is clear, however, that for its many successes, the human rights corpus has met with many failures.  Are these problems fatal to the future of human rights movement? Is it doomed to go the way of previous dominant ideologies? Where can it go from here to achieve its fundamental and still critical purposes?  Makau Mutua, an internationally respected figure in the human rights movement will speak about these items and more in the Donia MLK Lecture.

Register here


Immigration Reform and Racial Justice

Ann Chih Lin, speaker of Immigration Reform and Racial Justice event Thurs, Feb. 10 @ Noon ET
Virtual Event

Facilitated by faculty discussant Ann Chih Lin, this session focuses on the impact of immigration reform policies as part of a larger struggle to advance racial justice. This event is open to U-M students, faculty, and staff, is designed to foster dialogue on important issues of U.S. public policy. Sessions are facilitated by faculty discussants. This is an opportunity for students to hear from faculty outside of the classroom. Students are encouraged, though not required, to attend as many sessions as possible.

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Seeking Sustainable Food Program Leaders

UM Sustainable Food System poster with someone planting a plant Apply by
Wed, Feb. 16

UM Sustainable Food System (UMSFP) is a student-led organization that coordinates, connects, and supports U-M students that are developing innovative solutions to food system problems. SFP is seeking a group of 14 students that collectively manage all of UMSFP’s programs and operations. LT members work 5-12 hours per week managing one program, supporting the organization’s collective goals, and participating in weekly meetings. The ideal candidate is a creative, food-loving self-starter who is committed to social justice and collaboration. Pay starts at $15/hour.

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Desai Summer Interns Sought

Desai Summer Internship posterApply by
Sun, Mar. 13

Desai is hiring software development, design, business development and generalist interns who will help portfolio companies with business development, financial modeling, product QA/testing, customer development/support, user acquisition, user experience, design, marketing and market research. Students who thrive in a fast-paced environment and are currently enrolled in the University of Michigan are welcome to apply. Interns will work virtually, full-time and should have a strong interest in 1) technology and startups, 2) great execution, organizational and communication skills 3) desire to learn more about startups and entrepreneurship and 4) the ability to work individually and as part of a team.

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Learning Levers

Proposals Due
Mar. 13, 2022
Learning Levers

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.

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In the Impact Community:


Corporate Social Responsibility Mini-Summit

Corporate Social Responsibility Mini-Summit posterThurs, Jan. 20
Virtual Event

Learn more about what corporate social responsibility is, why it matters, and what to look for in genuine corporate citizenship. Join us to learn how to discern and advocate for long-term, beneficial initiatives, and avoid the greenwashing and woke washing campaigns that dominate the news.

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Circularity, Companies, and Careers: Regeneration in Action

Circularity, Companies, and Careers: Regeneration in Action posterTues, Jan. 25 @ 1 pm ET
Virtual Event

The fourth event in Net Impact’s Regenerative Economy series is an opportunity to hear from some of the world’s leading companies on how they advance circularity and regeneration. You’ll learn about the latest trends in the career landscape and get tips on how to find an impact-focused role. The event will cover key trends in circularity, the changing job market, and how you can take action in your current role. 

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Your Company’s Superpower

Your Company’s Superpower bannerThurs, Jan. 27 @ 2 pm ET
Virtual Event

Social Impact World presents a very special virtual event. When it comes to creating impact, every company has its strength — its superpower. Discovering what your company’s superpower is and how to leverage it for good is the secret to creating lasting impact. Join Olivia Boger, Head of Partner Success at Deed, and special guests for a panel discussion about how to drive employee engagement and impact by harnessing your company’s superpower to do more good.

Info & Registration

Apply for Global Engagement Summit 2022

Participants of the Global Engagement Summit Apply by
Mon, Jan. 31 @ 11:59 pm ET

GES is now accepting applicants to the 2022 Global Engagement Summit. The Summit will take place from April 21st – April 24th, 2022. The application closes January 31, 2022. In light of the current circumstances regarding COVID, Northwestern University will determine if the 2022 Summit is in-person or virtual.

Apply Here

Cisco Problem Solver Challenge

Cisco Problem Solver Challenge bannerApply by
Fri, Feb. 11 @ 5 pm PT

The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2022 is a worldwide search for early-stage technology-enabled solutions and services that can enable economic development and/or benefit society and/or the environment.  Want more information about the Challenge or tips on how to produce a winning pitch video? Join our upcoming informational webinars, where a team of experts will answer your questions about the Challenge. 

Apply Here

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