Summer 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

Grad Students: Enroll Now for the +Impact Studio

The +Impact Studio course teaches interdisciplinary graduate student teams (e.g., MBAs, MSWs, MPH, MEng) how to use scholarly intellectual capital, business acumen and design methodologies to address a wicked problem (e.g., how might the financially precarious or the unbanked accomplish necessary financial transactions in society; how might citizens living with failing infrastructure be better served by their municipality.)
At the same time in Fall 2019, B+I will open a campus hub for design and impact, also called the +Impact Studio. It will be a collaboration area and will serve an educational community passionate about designing for impact. Construction is currently underway, and everything is going according to plan. We will introduce the space to students, faculty and staff in an Open House September 20th from Noon-3 pm.



Open Road at Ross – It’s a Wrap!

Three teams of four MBAs each embarked on road trips across America in May. They were part of Open Road at Ross – Powered by Ford, an action-based social entrepreneurship program developed by Ross students for Ross students. Each team spent the month of May visiting a new social enterprise every week–meeting business owners on the weekend, analyzing their business during the week, and presenting findings and solutions by Friday. Then on to the next city! Below are the cities and businesses they visited (click on links below to read blog posts about each experience!)

Team LOVA (Katerina Athanasiou, Minsoo Lyo, Catherine O’Donnell, and Hana Viswanathan) 

Team MPower (Brooke Burton, Chloe Hull, Gautam Kandlikar, and Fernando Palhares)

Team RAIK (Ritesh Kumar, Allie Morbitzer, Kathy Tian, and Ivy Wei)


“Made at Michigan” Highlights Robust Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem


U-M’s robust entrepreneurial ecosystem is highlighted in the recently released “Made at Michigan” report. A significant number of the ventures included in the report are social ventures, which is a testament to the growing belief that business and entrepreneurship can be a powerful source of change in the world. These ventures span multiple disciplines and models—from for-profit businesses to nonprofit organizations to innovative products with market potential—and the university is helping nurture their journeys from idea to execution.



B+I Conference Wins an Innovations That Inspire Award

B+I is proud to announce that the Ross School of Business won an Innovations That Inspire award for our 2018 Shared Prosperity Conference in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society Program. Innovations That Inspire is run by AACSB International and recognizes institutions from around the world that exemplify forward-looking approaches to research, education, engagement and outreach, and leadership.

Read about the award

Give-A-Day Fund Donations Requested

Calling all rising MBA2s! Make a positive impact today by pledging or donating to the Give-A-Day Fund! One day of your summer internship salary will go a long way to help fund a fellow classmate’s summer internship in social impact. Not sure about making a full pledge? No worries! You can donate any amount you wish, and it will still make a meaningful impact to GADF. Wonder who received funding this year to accomplish awesome summer internships? Read about the 10 MBAs we funded this year! Your generous donation will enable the Class of 2021 to Go Blue, Go Anywhere!

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Impact News & Notes

About Business+Impact

The Business +Impact initiative at Ross is dedicated to advancing the school’s mission of creating a better world through business. We are working to make Ross the most progressive source of ideas and solutions that address pressing global challenges.

At the University:


IUSSP Population, Poverty, and Inequality Conference

Thurs-Sat, June 27-29 @ 8:30 am – 6 pm
426 Thompson St., #1430

The conference will feature researchers from a wide range of countries presenting research analyzing the interaction of population with poverty and inequality in low-income and middle-income countries. Schedule will be available on the conference web site when finalized. All are welcome. No registration required.

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Wolverine Stage at Concert of Color

Sat-Sun, July 13-14 @ 1 – 10 pm
DIA, 5200 Woodward Ave.

The Concert of Colors is metro Detroit’s free annual diversity-themed music festival. Beginning in 2011, the University of Michigan Detroit Center began hosting the outdoor portion of the festival, now known as the Wolverine Outdoor Stage (WOS). In the spirit of the festival, the WOS offers a diverse collection of music that continues to draw larger crowds with each passing year.

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Racial Equity Workshop 

Tues-Wed, Aug. 6-7 @ 8:30 am – 5 pm
Dana Building – 1046

The Racial Equity Institute (REI) is a two-day long process – that helps to provide talking points, historical factors and an organizational definition of racism. REI believes that organizations are often working in very intentionally civil ways yet operating from multiple understandings that rely more on personal feelings and popular opinion. This creates complications to the goal of eliminating racial and ethnic disparities and producing equitable outcomes.

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In the Impact Community:

Leading with Intent – Nonprofit Board Governance Survey

Survey Open Now

BoardSource invites all chief executives and board chairs to participate in the Leading with Intent survey by answering questions about their board’s governance practices. All participants are eligible to win a raffle to attend the 2020 BoardSource Leadership Forum for free. Please take the survey now.

Survey Info

Nonprofit Summer Celebration

Thurs, June 27
NEW Center, 1100 N. Main

Come to the NEW Center Ann Arbor for a fun, casual, family-friendly event featuring live music, great food, beverages, and festivities. This unique summer event to to celebrate the nonprofits and all partners who help make a difference in our community.

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Wege Prize 2020 Starts Soon

Application period opens in August

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 will open in August 2019 (exact date TBA), but you may take some action to start connecting with potential teammates and brainstorming ideas today:

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