November 2018 Newsletter


“Shared Prosperity” Conference a Big Success

Over a hundred executives and academics came to Ross on Oct. 24-26 for a conference titled, “Working Towards a Shared Prosperity: An Academic-Executive Dialogue,” sponsored by Business+Impact and the Aspen Institute. Two public events featured Carl Camden, former CEO of Kelly Services, and James Keane, CEO of Steelcase. Discussions ranged from employment opportunities to creating cultures that share the wealth.

See the photos, agenda, and videos of sessions on the conference webpage.

2018 Renewable Energy Case Competition

Fri, Nov. 30
Ross School of Business 

The Energy Club at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business will present its tenth annual Renewable Energy Case Competition (RECC), where MBA teams from top business schools compete to solve one of many significant challenges facing the renewable energy industry today. The 2018 RECC committee selects the competition topic and writes the case. Business+Impact is a sponsor of this competition.


Ross Open Road Info Session

Tues, Dec. 4, 5 – 6 pm
@ Ross B1580

MBAs are invited to learn about Ross Open Road with last year’s teams, as they speak about their experiences. Now in its fifth year, this student-organized program is focused on social entrepreneurship and takes place in the month of May.

Support Social Impact Students on Nov. 27

Giving Blueday is Michigan’s university-wide global day of giving. On Nov. 27, you can transform lives by supporting the Ross Give-A-Day Fund, which we administer. Plus, your money will go even further through matching and social media challenges!


Peace Corps Info Session

Tues, Nov. 27, 5 – 6 pm
@ Ross B1580

Make a difference in the world with the Peace Corps. Attend this information session to find out more about this unique approach to making a difference.

Ross Event Highlights

WDI: Liquid Assets: Investing to End the Global Water Crisis
Tues, Nov 27 @ 5 pm
Ross R2240

 The Elements of Business Sustainability Series: Business and Human Rights with Roger McElrath
Thurs, Nov 29 @ Noon
Ross B2560

CDO: Careers in Impact Panel and Networking
Thurs, Nov. 29 5:30-7:30 pm
Ross Colloquium

Net Impact: Career Symposium
Fri, Nov. 30, 9:30 am – 3 pm
Ross School of Business

Clubs: Emerging Markets Conference
Fri, Dec. 7, 8:30 am – 3 pm
Ross Colloquium

 Company-Community Partnerships for Purpose and Sustainable Impact
Tues, Dec. 4 @ 4 pm
Ross School of Business

All of these events are open to the public.

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




Guest Speaker: Trey Boynton

Tues, Nov. 27, 7 – 9 pm
Rackham Auditorium

Guest speaker Trey Boynton will discuss her position as Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Ann Arbor-based Duo Security. A graduate of U-M, Trey is an advocate for creating change so that all people are valued, celebrated and able to offer their unique contribution.


Detroit Community-Based Research Project

Application Deadline: Tues, Dec. 4 @ 9 am

The Detroit Community Based Research Program (DCBRP) is a social justice-focused summer fellowship program run through the University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program that places undergraduates with community-based organizations in full-time research positions. Students work on projects addressing social and environmental justice, food insecurity, human rights, public health, youth development, and more!


Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor

Thurs, Dec. 6 @ 4 pm
Weill Hall

Virginia Eubanks will discuss her book of the same name, where she systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. Naomi Klein says, “With its striking research and moving, indelible portraits of life in the ‘digital poorhouse,’ you will emerge smarter and more empowered to demand justice.”


SIILK Network Fellowships

Application Deadline: Fri, Nov. 30

SIILK is launching a one-year fellowship to support education and professional development for exceptional students through an internship with IEN, featuring academic project work, mentorship, training, and support. Fellows will receive an $8,000 honorarium and extensive opportunities to connect with experts. The fellowship program is open to graduate and undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Apply here

2019 Global Social Venture Competition

Application Deadline: Mon, Dec. 3

Kickstart your social venture through multiple opportunities to win prize money, ranging from $2,500 to $40,000 in potential funding for your start-up. GSVC connects emerging social entrepreneurs with the world’s leading experts in venture capital, impact investing, and social entrepreneurship.

Apply here