September 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

+Impact Studio Open House

Fri, Sept. 20 @ Noon – 3 pm
RSB, 2nd Floor Executive Residence

B+I is opening a campus hub for design and impact, called the +Impact Studio. It will be a collaboration area and will serve an educational community passionate about designing for impact. The +Impact Studio is located on the second floor of the Executive Learning & Conference Center at Ross, right next to the Living Business Learning Experience (LBLE). Drop by and see our new space, take part in some fun creative activities, and invite your friends!  Refreshments will be provided.


Second Annual Business+Impact Showcase Features 35 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 second annual Business+Impact Showcase on Sept. 11 at Michigan Ross. Student from across campus met with clubs, Ross centers & institutes, 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 Flickr.




Ross Event Highlights:

Design+Business: Innovation Week
Mon – Fri, Sept. 22 – 27
Ross School of Business

Ross Alumni: Rishi Moudgil
Thurs, Sept. 26 @ 12-1 pm
U-M Detroit Center

Sanger: Story Lab Kickoff
Tues, Oct. 8 @ 5-6:30 pm
Tauber Colloquium, Ros

Erb: TE3 Energy Conference
Fri, Oct. 18 @ 5-6:30 pm
Rackham Graduate School


Joe Tate (MBA/MS ’17)

From MSU/NFL football player and Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenant, Joe Tate landed as a Ross student and superstar Board Fellow with the Belle Isle Conservancy, He moved on to an impact job with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), leading to his election to the Michigan House of Representatives for the 2nd District, where he currently serves. We caught up with him recently to get his thoughts on the Ross impact experience.




Gordon MBA Scholarship Deadline Tomorrow

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. 20!


Attend Fireside Chat on Design for Business

“The Importance of Design for Business: A Conversation with Juan-Carlos Morales”
Mon, Sept. 23 @ 5-6 pm
Ross School of Business
Blau Hall B3580

Join Professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks and B+I’s +Impact Studio for a conversation with Juan-Carlos Morales. Currently the Executive Creative Director at Chameleon Collective in Florida, he served as Chief Creative Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers Digital Services, creating the “Art of the Possible” thought leadership series.

Registration information

Impact News & Notes


At the University:


Lecture: Building Black and Brown People Power in Detroit

Fri, Sept. 20 @ 4:15 – 6 pm
UM Detroit Center

Join the Detroit School Series for the 2019-2020 school year kick-off lecture, proudly hosted in Detroit!   In this first lecture, Branden Snyder, Executive Director of Detroit Action (formerly Good Jobs Now) will construct a radical vision of Detroit’s future that re-centers the legacy of Black culture and history in economic and urban development of the city. Snyder will share Detroit Action’s work on civic engagement and collective mobilization in Detroit.

Further Info


Michigan in Washington

Application Deadline
Mon, Sept. 23 @ 1 pm

The MIW program offers an opportunity each year for 45-50 undergraduates from any major to spend a semester (Fall or Winter) in Washington D.C. Students combine coursework with an internship that reflects their particular area of interest (such as American politics, international studies, history, the arts, public health, economics, the media, the environment, science and technology). 

App deadline Info


Innovation in Action for ’19-’20

Information Sessions:
Wed, Sept. 25, 11:30 am – 1 pm
2435 North Quadrangle

Fri, Sept. 27, 2 – 3:30 pm.
1680 School of Public Health

Tues, Oct. 1, 4:30 – 6 pm
2440 Art and Architecture Building

Wed, Oct. 2, noon – 1:30 p.m.
1020 Jeffries Hall

Business+Impact is a proud sponsor of Innovation in Action at the University of Michigan, which is a campus-wide competition giving students the opportunity, the tools, the people, and the room to take on the world’s biggest challenges. Through the course of this 5-month experience, you and your team will do a deep dive into a problem space and come out the other side with robust insights about complex issues, and the tools to synthesize that data and turn it into a solution. See last year’s winners.

Register for an Info Session


Intersections in Engaged Research

Fri, Sept. 27 @ 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw

Researchers and co-investigators from all three U-M campuses are invited to join us for Intersections in Engaged Research. This interactive event will bring together researchers and multiple internal sponsor organizations to share and learn how we can leverage university resources to maximize our public and community impact.

More info


Central Bank of the Future Conference

Wed and Thurs, Oct. 2 – 3
Palmer Commons
100 Washtenaw Ave.

Co-sponsored by Business+Impact, this conference will be focused on how the role of a central bank could evolve in the future to enable it to make greater contributions toward financial inclusion. The outstanding slate of speakers will discuss technology and financial inclusion, digital currency (fiat and non-fiat), and AML.

Full Conference Agenda & Registration


The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty

Fri, Oct. 11 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
B780, U-M Social Work Building

Efoso Ojomo, senior research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, will give a talk titled “The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty” as part of the 2019 Real-World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions speaker series.

More Info


Design Jam: Creating Alternatives to Payday Lending with MassMutual Foundation 

Fri, Oct. 18 @ 1 – 5 pm
Ross R0230

Co-sponsored by B+I’s +Impact Studio, this design jam will have students work in small interdisciplinary teams to help solve a real-world challenge for stakeholders who will be in the room to offer context and give quick feedback. Topic: How might we take the best components of bank, credit union, payday lenders, lending circles, etc. to create a universally easy and affordable short-term loan product?

Register Here

In the Impact Community:

Give Merit FATE Mentorship Program

Currently accepting mentors

FATE is a four-year, cohort-based program for high school students in northwest Detroit. Its mission is to provide resources and opportunities for underserved youth to embrace education and become world-class citizens, with a goal to motivate each student to graduate high school and attend college. If you’re interested in mentoring on a weekly basis, or in guest mentoring when your schedule allows, we would be so grateful to have you!

Mentorship Application

Total Impact Portfolio Challenge

Application Deadline: Mon, Sept. 30

Total Impact Portfolio Challenge is an annual competition to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to design and execute investment portfolios that maximize impact across asset classes.  Gain the experience to design and execute 100% ESG and impact investing portfolios that maximize impact across asset classes.Register your team today!

Info & Application

Home for Good Event

Thurs, Oct 3 @ 6 pm
Zingerman’s Cornman Farms
8540 Island Lake Drive, Dexter, MI

Join Avalon Housing for an evening of fellowship and learn how supportive housing transforms our community!  Your sponsorship or ticket purchase funds the essential services that help our clients and tenants stay in their homes.  Home for Good will feature live music and a strolling dinner.

Info & Registration


Grinnell Prize Application

Deadline: Sat, Oct. 7 @ 11:59 pm

The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize, or the Grinnell Prize, directly reflects Grinnell’s historic mission to educate men and women “who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.” With the creation of the Grinnell Prize, the College extended its educational mission beyond the campus and alumni community to individuals anywhere who believe innovative social justice programs create a better world.  

Info & Application

Positive Impact Conference

Oct. 8-9
Detroit Michigan

This two-day business conference from the Innovation Forum will demonstrate how sustainable innovation can produce a positive impact on the environment and the bottom line. It will discuss the practical steps for business to act on climate and waste reduction targets, while shifting the sustainability mindset from risk to opportunity. Erb Institute has announced that you can get 20% off your registration using Code ERB20.

Info and Registration

Net Impact Conference: Widening the Lens

Oct. 24-26
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

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