October 2018 Newsletter

B+I and the Aspen Institute Team up for “Shared Prosperity” Conference, Keynote Events

On October 25 and 26, the Ross School’s Business+Impact is partnering with the Aspen Institute to host an academic-executive dialogue on the future of work and prosperity. Two of these events are open to the public:

Restoring Worker Power in an Age of Shareholder Primacy
(Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:00-6:15, Robertson Auditorium)

Many businesses, pressured by Wall Street, view workers as a cost to be managed. How can boards, executives, and especially shareholders change that narrative? How do we utilize the desire for purpose-driven work to combat distrust in capitalism and corporations and tell a different story about how corporations create value for society? Join Carl Camden (founder of IPSE US and former CEO of Kelly Services), John Denniston (chairman of SharedX and former senior partner at Kleiner Perkins), Rick Wartzman (founding director of the Drucker Institute and author of The End of Loyalty), Joel Rogers (U of Wisconsin law school labor scholar), and Carmen Rojas (CEO of Workers Lab) for a lively discussion.

Envisioning the Future: Business as Creators
(Friday, Oct. 26, 9:00-10:15, Robertson Auditorium)

Business is not an innocent bystander when it comes to forces such as technology and market shifts. Why then is the current narrative about how business can “cope” with the future of work instead of recognizing the deep influence business has in building that future? What could a more just version of work look like and how do we get there? This session includes Jim Keane (CEO of Steelcase), Joe Nocera (NY Times and Bloomberg Business columnist), Maureen Conway (The Aspen Institute), and Tom Kochan (MIT, author of Shaping the Future of Work).

Free Accounting Fridays in Detroit

Every Friday, 11 am – 3 pm
Schedule an appointment online
@ U-M Detroit Center
3663 Woodward Ave, #150, Detroit

Every Friday, Ross students working with B+I and the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project provide free accounting and business finance consultations for small business owners and entrepreneurs in the city of Detroit. The goal is to take some of the stress out of owning a business and provide some peace of mind at no cost. Watch the video above to hear from Detroit business owners that have received consultations.


2018-19 Board Fellows Program Kicks Off

Welcome to our 2018-19 Board Fellowship participants! This year’s Board Fellowship Program brings together a record 30 partner organizations and 38 fellows from six U-M schools who will serve on the respective governing boards.

Check out the photo album from the orientation.

2018-19 Board Fellowship participants:

  • Tim Bier (MBA) – SOS Community Services
  • Carrie Boyle (MBA) – Community Action Network
  • Emmeline Cardozo (MBA) – 5 Healthy Towns Foundation
  • Georgia Cassady (MBA) – Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
  • Selene Ceja (MPP) – Community Action Network
  • Nicole Crosby (MBA) – Ten Thousand Villages
  • Jillian Crowley (MBA) – Sweet Dreamzzz
  • Erin Finn (MPH) – Ann Arbor Track Club
  • Kevin Finnegan (MPP) – Ponyride
  • Jenna Fiore (MSW) – The Salvation Army – Eastern Michigan Division
  • Karen Goldburg (MS) – The Treeline Conservancy
  • Daniel Heckman (MBA) – The Salvation Army – Eastern Michigan Division
  • Hannah Heebner (MSW) – Alternatives for Girls
  • Alexandra Husted (MBA/MPP) – Arts & Scraps
  • Gunjan Jain (MBA) – Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
  • Carly Kadlec (MBA/MS) – EcoWorks
  • Daniel Kaplan (MSW) – Michigan Abolitionist Project
  • Grace Kendra (MM) – Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund
  • Daniel Kurzner (MBA) – Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
  • Yuwei Li (MBA) – Foundations Preschool of Washtenaw County
  • Jessica McClain (MBA) – Corner Health Center
  • Baylee Miller (MSCM) – Common Ground
  • Katherine Nagley (MBA) – Ele’s Place
  • Cepha Nixon (MBA) – United Way of Washtenaw County
  • Taylor Pahl (MSW) – Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
  • Torre Palermino (MBA) – Detroit Horse Power
  • Avril Prakash (MPP) – Alternatives for Girls
  • Theo Pu (MBA) – Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
  • Amrit Rathi (MBA) – Ten Thousand Villages
  • Alex Reinthal (MBA) – NEW
  • Jodi Richard (MBA) – Arts & Scraps
  • Jonathan Rodriguez (MBA/MPP) – NEW
  • Rodion Stolyar (MBA) – Neutral Zone
  • Vishnu Suresh (MBA) – Matrix Human Services
  • Timothy Trollope (MPP/MAE) – Eastern Market Development Corporation
  • Hridya Turlapti (MBA) – National Network of Depression Centers
  • Jennifer Wiener (MBA) – Family Learning Institute
  • Hanna Zlotnick (MPP) – Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

Four Winners of $5000 Scholarships

Business+Impact is proud to announce four winners of the Skip & Carrie Gordon Scholarship this year. Each scholarship is $5000, and all of these MBA students have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to making an impact in their career and while at Ross. The four scholarship recipients are Tim Carter, Apoorva Kanneganti, Christopher Owen, and Nathan Stevens.

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Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track

Application Deadline: Mon, Nov. 5, 8 am

Do you have an idea for a mission-driven business? Are you developing a social venture or interested in working with one?

Info Session
Tues, Oct. 30, 5 – 6 pm
Room B1580 Blau
Ross School of Business

The Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track, with prizes totaling over $26,000, recognizes the business plan that best pursues a mission-driven goal. This award aims to stimulate new businesses, products or services that prioritize social and/or environmental considerations. This track of the competition is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by Business+Impact, the Erb Institute, and the Zell Lurie Institute.

More info


Wed, Nov. 14, 6 – 7 pm
@ Ross B3580

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. Ross Open Road is co-sponsored by Business+Impact, the Sanger Leadership Center, the Erb Institute, and the Zell Lurie Institute.

Community News and Events

Below are a few upcoming impact events. For a complete list of all impact events across U-M and the region, check out the Impact Gateway.

TechArb Mingle ‘n’ Match

WED, OCT. 24, 5 – 7 PM

Interested in the Michigan Business Challenge or other entrepreneurial activities on campus? Find team members or mingle with other entrepreneurial-minded students. The evening begins with a mini info session for the upcoming Michigan Business Challenge, followed by a series of one-minute pitches by parties interested in finding team members. Pizza will be provided. If you are interested in attending please sign up here.


UM’s Nonprofit Board Forum

SAT, OCT. 27, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

The Nonprofit Board Forum is a great program for anyone exploring or currently serving on a nonprofit board. The Forum is focused on improving the governance of nonprofit institutions. It aims to be a resource for sharing opportunities & information on best practices and introducing qualified, interested board candidates to outstanding organizations. Non-alumni and students are welcome to attend. U-M students: Part of the registration fee can be reimbursed through B+I. Write to businessimpact@umich.edufor more info.

Register here now!

U-M Detroit Center Engagement

SAT, OCT. 27, 8:30 AM – 4 PM

If you are interested in volunteerism, organizational capacity building, problem solving, research, project development or working in the City of Detroit, the U-M Detroit Centerhas two offerings for you. Their tour on Oct. 12th will show you a Detroit you most likely have never seen. Meet community leaders and learn first hand about the challenges and opportunities the city faces. Their engagement training workshop will teach you the best practices of engagement, volunteering, and the history of Detroit.

Workshop Info




The world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design a business or NGO that solves one of the common distribution challenges? If selected, you would get $20,000 from D-Prize to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.

Info & Application


Soulfull Project

WED, NOV. 7, 7 – 8 PM

The Soulfull Project is a subsidiary of the Campbell Soup Company that works to deliver nourishing food to all Americans by using the buy-one, give-one model. Megan Shea and Chip Heim, Co-Founders of The Soulfull project, will share their perspectives on food security. The event is free and welcomes all majors and schools as well as the public. This event is presented by Net Impact Undergrad in conjunction with the Net Impact Graduate chapter.

Event Info


Real-World Perspective on Poverty Solutions – Speaker Series

NOV. 14, 4 PM – 6PM

Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions introduces the key issues regarding the causes and consequences of poverty through a lecture series featuring experts in policy and practice from across the nation. Lectures will be recorded and made available online,and lectures are free and open to the public.

In the Nov. 14 session, Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, will discuss research on domestic policies, including social welfare, healthcare reform, and Social Security.

More info


PITCH EVENT: WED, NOV. 14, 3 – 4:30 PM

Twelve college students from the MENA region will travel to U-M to join up with their Michigan-based peers to participate in a pitch competition to cap off William Davidson Institute‘s M2GATE program. Over the span of eight weeks, several teams worked virtually to find solutions to real problems in the MENA region. The three best teams were chosen to come to Ann Arbor for the final pitch competition.

Pitch Event Info

EndPoverty Virtual Summit 2018

NOV 16, 9 AM – 2 PM EST – ONLINE

Featuring speakers from across venture capital, on the ground and around the world, this virtual summit will feature roundtable discussions as well as keynote speakers who will address the challenges of rolling out poverty solutions globally, looking to business for help, and helping with infrastructure.

Event Info

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