September 2018 Newsletter

First Annual Business+Impact Showcase Attracts nearly 200 U-M Students, 30 Impact Organizations

As part of its mission to make students aware of all impact opportunities across campus, B+I welcomed incoming and returning students to its first annual Business+Impact Showcase on Sept. 6 at Ross. Nearly 200 students had a chance to meet with 30 clubs, Ross centers, and U-M – wide initiatives focused on areas like, social justice, equality, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and economic development.

A complete list of exhibitors is available in this article, and a photo album is on Facebook.

The Impact Gateway

In addition to being a champion for impact across the Ross landscape, we have created a one-stop shop for all things impact at the University of Michigan at large. The Impact Gateway lists all of the current events, courses, clubs and colleagues that student changemakers would want to know about while at U-M. Turn and return to it through the year so you don’t miss out on any of the exciting things happening at Michigan!


B+I Scoping Workshop and Practicum with Detroit Entrepreneurs

Fri, Sept. 28, 10 am – 12:30 pm
@ Ross, B0560​

Entrepreneurial consultant and Ross lecturer Chris Mueller is joined by guests Stephen Wroblewski of Accenture and Steve Schwartz of Inovo for a scoping workshop designed to hone direct career skills in client engagement. Explore the challenges of landing and understanding clients and gain valuable practice conducting scoping interviews.



William Brinkerhoff (MBA/MSIOE ’89 ) and Kathy Sample (MBA ’89)

Bill Brinkerhoff and Kathy Sample were students in the late 80’s at the U-M Business School (its name before it became the Ross School of Business). After marriage and traditional jobs on the east coast, they returned to Ann Arbor and pursued an impact career that suited their passion. In August, we heard from them about discovering their calling and leveraging their education at the B-School.


Apply for Your $5000 Scholarship Now

Business+Impact is proud to offer the Skip & Carrie Gordon Scholarship to three MBA2 students this year. Each scholarship is $5000 and students who receive the scholarship will have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to making an impact in their career and while at Ross. If interested, you must apply by noon on Fri, Sep. 21!


Board Fellows Mentorship Program to Launch

There is no connection like the connection between alums and current students.This year, B+I will introduce a Board Mentorship Program to our existing Board Fellows Program. In this program, alumni of Ross who have experience serving on nonprofit and philanthropic boards will be matched with one or two current board fellows. The mentor should be available to connect by phone or in person to encourage and guide the student board fellows a few times between October and March. The commitment needed from the mentors is modest (perhaps two-three hours per fellow) but can make a big difference in inspiring student fellows to contribute to social impact. If you are an alumnus/alumna interested in mentoring this year’s fellows, let us know!

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Social Finance Course in Fall-B

Microfinance, Impact Investing, and Social Finance (ES 444/644) is a grad/undergrad course exploring finance for social good from top to bottom: from those living on dollars a day to the new world of finance where investment managers are finding that investments in social good. Taught by Michael Gordon, the course is non-technical and intended for students of all interests.

Course Description

Community News and Events


SEPT 21, 8:30 AM – 3 PM

Entrepalooza 2018 will focus on food entrepreneurship with topics including: Launching and Growing Food Product and Service Businesses with Positive Culture, Food Impact and Sustainability, Investing in Food and Agriculture and Innovating Beyond Startup.

Event Info

UMSI Fall Community Engagement Programs

Students can engage with many organizations, community partners, and clients through U-M’s School of Information. Here are examples of the opportunities:

For more complete listings, contact UMSI’s Office of Professional and Community Engagement.

Are you interested in social impact and the environment?

Net Impact is a student-run group that focuses on bridging social & environmental good with the power of business. By working on project teams and learning through committees, members of the undergraduate club have the opportunity to positively impact the greater Michigan community. Join Net Impact Undergrad for a variety of recruiting events to get to know what the club is about! Browse to or reach out to for more information!

Innovation in Action Info Sessions

Innovation in Action (IIA) harnesses the talents and passions of Michigan students to address our world’s biggest problems through social entrepreneurship. IIA will be hosting several information and speed-networking events in September and October including an event at Ross on Thurs, Sept. 20, 4 pm @ B1570. These sessions are meant to provide detailed information about the competition process and set expectations for this five-month adventure.

RSVP for an Event

Nonprofit, Government and Policy Career Fair

FRI, SEPT. 28, 10 AM – 2 PM

Interested in working within Policy, Social Change, or Government? Jump-start your internship or job search by attending the Nonprofit, Government and Policy Career Fair! Students from all schools/colleges are welcome, and over 20 organizations will be in attendance.

More info

Social Transformation Through Public Engagement

FRI, OCT. 8, 2 – 5 PM

Leaders Abdul El-Sayed, Angela Reyes, Luis Treles and Jim Leija will discuss how they are working to address today’s critical social justice issues and will share perspectives on how students, staff and faculty can most effectively build partnerships outside of the University to drive social change. The panel will be introduced by President Mark Schlissel and moderated by Earl Lewis.

RSVP by Sept. 24

Halcyon Incubator


The Halcyon Incubator program equips early-stage entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures and change the world.  Residencies take place between Feb – July, 2019. Application for Cohort 9 is now open.

Apply here

U-M Detroit Center Engagement

FRI, OCT. 12
8:30 AM – 4 PM

SAT, OCT. 20
9 AM – 2 PM

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 Center has 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.

U-M Detroit Center

Net Impact National Conference

OCT. 25-27

Each year Net Impact brings current and aspiring leaders together for a dynamic exchange of ideas about how we can work together to tackle our toughest social and environmental problems. Today’s challenges are more complex than any one person or organization can solve, requiring us to collaborate on innovative solutions. This year, the 2018 Net Impact Conference in Phoenix will take it a step further with the theme “Outside the Lines.”

Event Info

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