March 2022 Newsletter

Afua Bruce on “The Tech That Comes Next”

Wed, Mar. 30 @ 5:30 -6:30 pm ET
Virtual Event – Open to the Public

Join us for a book chat between Michigan Ross Business+Impact Faculty Director Jerry Davis and author Afua Bruce (Ross MBA ’11) on her vision of a more equitable and just world along with practical steps to creating it, appropriately leveraging technology along the way. This event is co-sponsored by Net Impact @ Ross (grad) and Michigan Ross Tech & Innovation Alumni Association.

Afua Bruce is a leading public interest technologist who has spent her career working at the intersection of technology, policy, and society.  Her newest book, “The Tech That Comes Next: How Changemakers, Technologists, and Philanthropists can Build an Equitable World,” describes how technology can advance equity.


Impact Internship Funding – Round Two Application

Application Due:
Fri, Apr. 15 @ Noon ET

Each summer, Business+Impact awards competitive grants for summer internships to MBAs and BBA juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as MPP students in the Ford School of Public Policy.
The next deadline to apply is Friday, April 15 by Noon ET. Award decisions will be based on the level of need (taking into account other funding being received), consideration of the position, the organization’s impact, and the quality of the application.


DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business Paid Internships for Undergrads

Application Due:
Sun, Mar. 27

Business+Impact is a key partner of the DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business. DNEP +ISLB is a program for current sophomores or juniors who want to develop professional experience while making a positive difference in their community. Interns will work in interdisciplinary teams with a portfolio of Detroit-based small business clients to implement marketing and operations projects. Interviews are Mar. 28-Apr. 2, and the program runs May 4-June 24. Watch the information session.


Ross Event Highlights:

Sanger: Story Lab Winter Showcase
Tues, Mar. 22, 5-6:30 pm
Robertson Auditorium

Ross: Women in Tech:
Closing the Gap

Wed, Mar. 30 @ 4 pm ET

Women in Leadership Telva McGruder event flyer

Sanger: Telva McGruder on DEI and Amplifying Women in STEM
Wed, Apr. 6 @ 5-6:30 pm
Robertson Auditorium

Picture of Ross Impact Gateway websiteA 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. 


B+I Is Hiring a Program Coordinator

Business+Impact is looking to hire a Program Coordinator. In this role, you would work with Business+Impact’s students, faculty, staff, and partners to accomplish our mission and create impact for both individuals and the community. You would support the planning, execution and continuous improvement of our programming and events as well the Impact Studio space, programming and course. Reporting directly to the Student Program Manager, you will also receive direction from the Impact Studio Program Manager.



+Impact Studio Team Is Opening the Space for Guiding Youth Athletes

Dualete is a platform to help youth athletes learn from college athletes and to close the gap in mental health. The aim is that youth athletes can log onto Dualete and search for different sports or athletes from their favorite college or university. Nutrition and diets, weight training, how to deal with injuries, and getting noticed by college recruiters are all important to an athlete’s ability to perform but may not be salient to athletes that are starting out. From mental resilience to college preparedness, which are not visible at times, Dualete strives to bring these hidden problems that athletes face to the forefront through the experience and mentorship of the college athletes working with them.



Innovation in Action Final Showcase

Fri, Apr. 8 @ 3 pm ET
Virtual Event

B+I’s key partner Innovation in Action is hosting its Final Showcase Event on April 8, 2022! Student teams from across the University of Michigan worked for several months to develop solutions to a real-world challenge they are passionate about. Join them to learn more about these incredible teams and hear the announcement of the winners! Innovation in Action got off to a record-breaking (and virtual!) start, with almost 100 participants on 20+ teams from 12 schools and colleges. Already this year, students have covered topics ranging from Power, Privilege, and Identity in Design to Stakeholder Mapping, Interviewing, and telling a Powerful Story. Read about Innovation in Action’s most popular challenges in recent years, and learn about what drives students to compete. 


At the University:



Michigan Impact Investing Symposium

Sat, Mar. 26 @ 10 am – 2:15 pm
Tauber Colloquium – Michigan Ross

Business+Impact is co-sponsoring the Michigan Impact Investing Symposium (MIIS) — a conference that allows participants to explore investments that provide financial as well as social returns under the guidance of distinguished members of the impact investing community. Featured speakers include Perry Teicher, Head of Global Impact Finance and Investement at Orrick, and Kelly Flanagan, Senior Manager of Impact at Kiva. Students and professionals, register free.

Register here


Dinners for Democracy

Dinners Mar. 24, 29, 30

Dinners for Democracy are nonpartisan presentations and small group discussions on topics students care about. Participants can expect to gain:
– A deeper knowledge of the issue and an opportunity to discuss your thoughts
– Information about how your vote in local offices can affect the issue
– Additional resources you can use to learn more
– Free food! Virtual attendees receive a $15 gift card as a thank you for participating. You’ll have an opportunity to select from a list of restaurants/stores at the end of the event. You are welcome to participate in as many dinners as you like, though gift cards are limited to one per student per topic.

More Info


DEI Global Case Writing Competition

Apply by
Thurs, Mar. 31

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. Final submission documents are due March 31.

More Info


Ginsberg Graduate Academic Liaisons

Applications due
Fri, Apr. 1

Through a generous gift from Bill and Inger Ginsberg, the Ginsberg Center offers a year-long leadership development opportunity for University of Michigan doctoral students. Ginsberg Graduate Academic Liaisons (GALs) provide perspectives on their home departments, while deepening their knowledge and application of community engaged scholarship and practice. Graduate Academic Liaisons make a one-year commitment, renewable upon mutual agreement. There are two tracks to the program: a Facilitation track and a Community Engagement track. To learn more and apply by April 1st, please visit the GAL webpage.

Learn more and Apply


CEW+ Scholarships for 2022-23

Apply by
Fri, Apr. 1

The CEW+ Scholarship Program, which today serves women and underserved students.  CEW+ Scholarships are invaluable and unique in that they are tailored to complement a student’s existing aid package.  Approximately 65 scholarships are awarded annually ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 with some larger scholarship awards given. The average award amount for the 2021-22 academic year was $6,300. Full eligibility, selection criteria, and FAQs are listed on the CEW+ Website.  

Apply here


Leadership Connection Retreat

Apply to speak by: Fri, Apr. 8
Virtual event: May 2-5

Looking for ways to strengthen your impact on campus? How about investing in your organization and its members? Leadership Connection will be held from May 2-5 and provides members of your student organization an opportunity to grow through meaningful exploration of topics like collaboration, social change, critical thinking, and reflection. Participants will leave with action items and next steps on how to continue their organization’s growth. 

Apply here

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Executive Careers in Sustainability

Thurs, Mar. 24 @ 9 am ET
Virtual Event

Are you interested in executive opportunities in Sustainability, or are you already a Sustainability executive looking for ways to advance your career? Join the Global Business School Alliance as we take a look at how to position yourself for Sustainability roles, how the Sustainability job search process works, and trends you need to know to leverage your current position.  peakers include: Sarah Galloway, Co-leader of the Sustainability Practice, Russell Reynolds; Aidan Kennedy, Partner, Saxton Bampfylde & Chair Emeritus; Flemming Riber, Managing Partner, Global Practice Leader, ESG, Stanton Chase; Rony Nassar, Partner, Rasd.

Register Here

Halcyon Incubator Fall ’22 Fellowships

Apply by
Fri, Apr. 8 @ 11:59 pm ET

Halcyon Fellowships equip early-stage impact-driven founders with tools and relationships they need to achieve scalable, lasting impact. Halcyon’s Fellowships are free, with no fee or equity stake required. We are currently accepting applications for: Fall 2022 Flagship Residential Fellowship, 2022 MENA Halcyon/AWS Intensive, Fall 2022 Opportunity Intensive Fellowship.

Apply now

Detroit’s Green Task Force

Attend and Get involved

The Green Task Force advises Detroit City Council on sustainable principles and practices to better serve the City of Detroit. Focused on moving the needle in all areas of sustainability, the Task Force has focus groups to build comprehensive progress.

Attend and Get Involved

Public Allies

Apply Now

Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the U of M-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. The program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and the Community Service and Michigan Community Service Commission. Apply now for fall opportunities.

Application info

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