October 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

Business+Impact Introduces New Workshop Series on UN Sustainable Development Goals

How are Ross faculty members advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through business research? Business+Impact will begin regularly hosting interactive design micro-charettes for students called Faculty Research for Impact (FR4I), themed around specific goals. Next week, we will address Goal 1: Poverty Alleviation with Bill LovejoyTed London, and Aneel Karnani. (This event reached capacity within 24 hours of our announcement!)

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Learn more about the FR4I Series


Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Is Calling all Student Social/Environmental Ventures

Info Session
Tues, Oct. 29, 5 – 6 pm
Room B0560 Blau Building

Application Deadline: Mon, Nov. 4

Do you have an idea for a mission-driven business? Are you developing a social venture or interested in sustainability? Discover the Michigan Business Challenge (MBC) and unleash your inner entrepreneur! MBC is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student teams have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $100,000. The Seigle Impact Track recognizes the business plan that best pursues a mission-driven goal. Student teams from across campus receive mentoring and coaching as they advance through three rounds to the finals in February.

The Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by Business+Impact, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.




Business+Impact Announces the 19-20 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

Welcome to our 2019-20 Board Fellowship participants! This year’s Board Fellowship Program brings together a record 31 partner organizations and 39 fellows from six U-M schools who will serve on the respective governing boards.

Check out the photo album from the orientation.


Ross Event Highlights:

CVCI: Ross Fintech Challenge Pitch Event
Fri, Nov. 1 @ 8 am – Noon
Robertson Auditorium, Ross

Erb: Business Won’t Save the World: Anand Giridharadas
Tues, Nov. 5 @ 5:30 pm
Robertson Auditorium, Ross

Tauber: Global Operations Conference; Sustainability
Thurs – Fri, Nov. 7 – 8
Ross School of Business

CPO: Are Diversity Initiatives Effective? –
Lisa Leslie

Mon, Nov. 18 @ 4 – 5 pm
Robertson Auditorium, Ross


Gordon Scholarship Winners for 2019-20

Business+Impact (B+I) is pleased to announce that Sheetal Singh (MBA ’20), Emma Smith (MBA ’20) and Ivy Wei (MBA/MS ’20) were chosen to receive the 2019-20 Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarships for outstanding commitment to solving complex social challenges through learning. These three recipients were chosen from nearly thirty applicants, and the announcement comes with a $5,000 award for each recipient. Each will serve as B+I Student Ambassadors for the full 2019-20 academic year.



FIVE Ideas
Focus | Innovate | Validate | Empower

Fri, Nov. 15 @ Noon – 3  pm
+Impact Studio, Ross

Be a part of this facilitated design thinking workshop focused on addressing common challenges women face. Explore human experiences, gain ideation skills to craft impactful solutions, and empower yourself and others to take action. Together we will make the world five ideas stronger. Please register here (spots are limited).

+Impact Studio

LIghtning Info Sessions
Mon Nov. 4 @ 1-3 pm
+Impact Studio
2nd Floor Executive Residence

Are you looking to find out more about the work being done in the new +Impact Studio at Ross and ways for students at Ross and across campus to get involved?  Sign up for a lightning info session to learn about the events and offerings at the studio, including the graduate +Impact Studio course (BA670), selected as one of Poet’s & Quants “Most Interesting New MBA Courses”, and more from faculty and staff.  Each 20-person info session lasts about twenty minutes  In the meantime check out details from our Fri, Sept 20 Open House, when over 200 faculty and staff joined us for hors d’oeuvres and conversation in the space.

See the photo album
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Register for a Lightning Info Session

Impact News & Notes

At the University:


Entering, Engaging & Exiting Communities in Detroit

Wed, Oct. 23 @ 5:30 – 7 pm
Weill Hall, Ford School

This interactive workshop introduces principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways–with an emphasis on working with communities in Detroit. This workshop is open to all students, including ones in small classes or student organizations with less than 10 students.

Registration Info


The Road to Hell: Why Serving the Poor Does Not Eliminate Poverty

Fri, Oct. 25 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
1840, School of Social Work

The Rev. Faith Fowler, executive director of Cass Community Social Services, will give a talk titled “The Road to Hell: Why Serving the Poor Does Not Eliminate Poverty” as part of the 2019 Real-World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions speaker series. –  Event Info

Also, check out all of Poverty SolutionsReal World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions speaker series. On Oct. 29, Stephanie Land & Joy DeGruy will come to the Michigan League, and on Nov. 1 Dorian Warren comes to Michigan.  On Nov. 8, Greg Landsman will speak on schools, and on Nov. 15 Dean Kamen speaks on people-centered solutions.


Human Rights on the Brink

Thurs, Nov. 14, 4 – 5:20 p.m.
Weill Hall, Ford School

Michael Breen, President and CEO of Human Rights First will speak on campus about his experience with promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law around the world. In addition to serving in the US Army, Breen was CEO of the Truman National Security Project, a nationwide membership organization of diverse leaders inspired to serve in the aftermath of September 11th.

More Information

In the Impact Community:

Net Impact Conference: Widening the Lens

Oct. 24-26
TCF (formerly Cobo) Center
Detroit Michigan

When was the last time you gathered under one roof with 1,500 people who care just as deeply as you do about social impact? At NI19, you will: connect to changemakers, innovators, sustainability leaders, activists, influencers, students and companies. You will be inspired to tackle today’s biggest challenges. You can learn how to make an impact from where you are working and living now.

Info and Registration

Allies for Women – Please Stand UP!

Sat, Oct. 26 @ 9:30 am – 2 pm
Bamboo Detroit
1420 Washington Blvd.

The Detroit Women’s Leadership Network (DWLN) is a diverse intersection of women who reside, work or serve in the Detroit area, committed to producing meaningful change in the region.  At their second annual Leadership Summit, watch for leaders like Danielle North, Sean Gray, Sarida Scott-Montgomery and Kelly Cleaver, among others.

Registration Info

Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Thurs, Nov 7
TCF (formerly Cobo) Center, Detroit

Sponsored by Michigan Women Forward HERStory, this event honors the women of nonprofits who have made significant strides in improving the economic and personal well-being of Michigan women and girls. This event is also a fundraiser for the foundation.

Registration Info

Picture of dandelion with spores blowing and the word "D-Prize"


Regular Application Deadline
Sun, Nov. 10 @ Midnight

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. 

Application Info

Wege Prize

Deadline: Sun, Nov. 10

Wege Prize 2020 will again be open to undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the world, and will again be focused on the circular economy. When does it start? Well, right now! The Team Application period has been open since August, but final deliverables and team names are due next month.

Rules & Application

Convening Michigan’s Impact Investing Ecosystem: Southfield

Thurs, Nov. 14 @ 9 am – 11 am
Mission Throttle, Southfield

All stakeholders in Michigan’s impact investing ecosystem (including those who are new to impact investing) are invited to come together at one of four regional events hosted by the Council of Michigan Foundations. Join investors, investees, advisors and those helping to provide learning and leadership in impact investing for an opportunity to learn about Michigan’s ecosystem, identify areas of need and increase our collective impact. 

Info and Registration