March 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

Form Your Team for the Aspen International MBA Case Competition

Find a team now!
Register by Mon, Mar. 25
U-M Competition Dates: Mar. 29 – Apr. 1
NYC Worldwide finals: Apr. 25-26

Michigan Ross has been selected to partner on the Aspen Institute’s 2019 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. This preeminent program differs from other MBA case study competitions in that its focus is explicitly on environmental, social, and ethical decisions currently being faced by a real business. The top five teams worldwide will be flown to NYC to present in front of corporate, academic and other friends of the Aspen Institute and to compete for a share of over $30,000 in scholarship funds. Students in other Ross graduate programs are eligible to compete as long as they are part of a team with MBA students.


Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Results

On Fri, Mar. 15, Dear Black Women, an affirmation movement and social network for Black women, won the Seigle Impact Track competition, co-sponsored by the Zell Lurie Institute, Business+Impact, and the Erb Institute. In addition to receiving $15,000 for first place in the Seigle Impact Track, Dear Black Women received $100 for third place in the Elevator Pitch competition. Practical Prosthetics was the Seigle Impact Track Runner-up ($7,500), and won the Best Undergraduate Team Award ($5,000) and the Williamson Cross-function Team Award ($5,000). Seigle finalist NeoHealth won the Positive Organizing Award ($2,500) and Best Showcase Award ($250). 



Board Fellows Nonprofit Partners Info Sessions

Tues, Apr. 16 @ 5:30 pm, Ross School of Business, B2560
Thurs, May 2 @ 11:30 am, U-M Detroit Center

Are you a nonprofit organization in Southeast Michigan that is curious about the Board Fellowship program? This program places students on a nonprofit board for an academic year, and they complete a strategic project. These sessions provide an overview to prospective organizations interested in participating during the 2019-20 academic year. Food will be provided.


Impact Investing Symposium

Sat, Apr. 13 @ 9 am – 6 pm
Ross School of Business
Organized by the Global Investments Committee and Net Impact in collaboration with the Business+Impact, the Michigan Impact Investing Symposium (MIIS) is a conference that allows participants to explore positive investments that provide financial as well as social returns under the guidance of some most distinguished members of the impact investing community.


Ross Event Highlights:

Ross: Sister Simone
Sun, Mar. 31 @ 2-4 pm
Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Ann Arbor

Sanger: Story Lab Finale
Tues, Apr. 9 @ 5-7 pm
Ross, Robertson Aud.

Ross: Ross Talks Detroit
Tues, May 7 @ 11:30 – 1
Westin Book Cadillac
Detroit, MI

Ross: Positive Business Conference
Thurs-Fri, May 9-10
Ross School of Business

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


Workshop on Defining, Measuring, and Encouraging Impact

Fri, Mar. 22, 4-7:30 pm
Ross, B1570

During this event, co-sponsored by Effective Altruism at Michigan and Business+Impact, guests will discuss social impact in terms of effective altruism, which is a philosophy that tries to discover how we can use our time and careers to do the most good possible. The event features a quick series of talks and an activity segment.

Please RSVP

VIDEO: Learn about the Fall ’19 Impact Studio Class

A pilot of our Impact Studio class was offered this semester and will be offered again as a course in Fall 2019. If you have an interest in design thinking, leave an opening in your class schedule for it. The class will be open to Masters students from Ross and across campus. This multidisciplinary class will continue its work on the Flint water crisis and will also tackle financial inclusion.

Watch the video to learn more

Make an Impact with Your Internship

Application Open
Apply by April 12

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.

Info and Application


Impact News & Notes

LISTEN NOW: Eight Short Talks from Some of the Smartest People at U-M about the Future of Society (Michigan Ross News)

U-M researchers explore reasons why less-educated men face declining labor prospects (Michigan News)

Tauber Institute Students, Alumni Give Back on Community Service Day (Michigan Ross News)

Joe Arvai on Climate Change (Michigan Ross News)

Without Regulation, the economy is in danger (Michigan Ross News)

University launches commission on Carbon Neutrality (University Record)

LISTEN NOW: Reduce Chronic Absenteeism by Addressing Poverty (U-M Poverty Solutions)

Michigan Ross Professor Testifies Before Congress on Climate Change, Says U.S. Infrastructure Is ‘In Bad Shape’ (Michigan Ross News)

WATCH NOW: The Plight of the Black Academic (U-M Detroit Center)

About Business+Impact

Michigan Ross seeks to build a better world through business. Business+Impact is the central hub for these efforts, providing ideas and solutions to address the global challenges of our generation. We aim to embed impact deeply into every core activity of Ross, including teaching, research, and outreach. As such, impact is not a silo, but it is part of the DNA of our business school.

At the University:


Innovation in Action Finals

Fri, Mar. 22 @ 5-7 pm
Kahn Auditorium, 109 Zina Pitcher Place

Student teams from across the University of Michigan worked for five months to develop solutions to a real-world challenge they are passionate about. Now see the students pitch in front of a live audience!  There are $23,500 in prizes and 15 schools and colleges represented. Kathy Sample and Bill Brinkerhoff of Argus Farm Stop are the keynote speakers.

More Info


Made at Michigan Application

App deadline: Sun, Mar. 24

For the fourth year in a row, Innovate Blue is teaming up with partners across campus to produce the Made at Michigan report—a compilation of annual entrepreneurship highlights with a special focus on undergraduate and graduate student ventures created over the course of the year. Apply now to not only gain visibility and make your mark, but to also join U-M’s long legacy of student innovation by being a part of the university’s historical record of entrepreneurs!

Apply here


Munger Case Competition – Sustainability

Thurs, Mar. 28 @ 5:30 pm
Munger Graduate Residence

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. Come see what teams of U-M grad students came up with.

More Info


Semester in Detroit

Fall ’19 Deadline: Sun, Mar. 31

Start your application to spend Fall 2019 in Detroit!  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through Mar. 31st.  The Semester in Detroit program accepts undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

More info


Dream City: Creation, Destruction, and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit

Fri, Apr. 19 @ 4:15
Rackham Building, East Conference Room

Join the Detroit School Series for a book talk with Conrad Kickert – Assistant Professor of Urban Design, University of Cincinnati –  to explore how the history of downtown Detroit has differed from the familiar decline of the city’s neighborhoods: downtown grew faster, declined differently, and has been forced to reinvent itself time and again while battling the influential forces of the automobile and the suburbs.

More info

In the Impact Community:

Jewish Family Services Seeks Microenterprise Development Program Intern

The MED Business Consultant is responsible for providing a range of consultancy services to refugees who are seeking to start or expand a microenterprise. Business consultants will assist entrepreneurs with the fundamental aspects of operating a microenterprise in the U.S., creating a viable business plan, licensing, marketing, tax planning, and other essential advisory services. If interested, please contact MED Program Coordinator Carolyn Scorpio at or (734) 769-0209 ext. 210.

GMAT Think Like an Entrepreneur

Application deadline: Sun, Mar. 31

“Think Like an Entrepreneur” encourages undergraduate students in the US to solve a social issue while motivating others to join their effort. Through March 31, 2019, GMAT will accept proposals that integrate the value of impactful social entrepreneurship with a graduate business education. The proposal garnering the most votes will be awarded a $10,000 grand prize. 

Info and Application

Ford Community Challenge

Application Deadline: Wed, Apr. 3 @ 5 pm EST

Now in its 12th year, the Ford C3 grant program requests proposals for projects that address an unmet need among the following topics surrounding the theme of Making Lives Better: changing the way people move through smart mobility, driving social mobility, or building sustainable communities. Up to 10 winning proposals will be selected to receive $25,000 each from the Ford Motor Company Fund to support implementation of the proposed projects.

Submit a Project

Halcyon Incubator

Deadline: Wed, Apr. 4 @ 5 pm

The Halcyon Incubator is seeking early-stage social entrepreneurs to participate in an 18-month fellowship in Washington, DC that includes five-month residency, 12+ months of free workspace, a $10K stipend, a mentor, and 1,000+ hours of advice.

Apply Online

Propose an Event for Upswell Chicago

Application Deadline: Wed, Apr. 19

This November, changemakers from across the country will gather in Chicago for Upswell. What ideas, innovations, and skills will you share with them? From in-depth workshops to quick pitches to creative problem solving, Upswell is accepting proposals for a wide range of activities on the conference schedule. If you have questions, please email them at

Submit an Idea

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