Virtual Info Session for Fall 2020 +Impact Studio Course (BA 670)

Join us online to learn more about next Fall’s 4.5-credit +Impact Studio Course (BA 670), a design thinking course that teaches practical work skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design. Instructor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks and Business+Impact staff will be on hand.  Students from all grad programs across campus are welcome to sign on to virtual session at https://bluejeans.com/370086699

 

+Impact Studio Winter All-Campus Open House

This Fall, B+I opened a campus hub for design and impact, called the +Impact Studio. It is a collaboration area that serves an educational community passionate about designing for impact. The +Impact Studio is located on the second floor with entrance through Blau Hall at 700 East University. Drop by and see the space, take part in some fun creative activities, and invite your friends!  Snacks will be provided. Come any time between 2 and 4 pm.

Information about the space will be provided via video screens and printed materials, and the event will feature interactive activities.

December 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

+Impact Studio Winter All-Campus Open House


Fri, Jan. 17 @ 2 – 4 pm
RSB, 2nd Floor Executive Residence


The campus community is invited to visit B+I’s campus hub for design and impact, +Impact Studio. It is a collaboration space and fosters community for those passionate about designing for impact. The +Impact Studio located on the second floor with entrance through Blau Hall at 700 East University. Drop by and see the space, take part in some fun creative activities, and invite your friends! Snacks will be provided.

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Eight MBC – Seigle Impact Track Teams Advance

Congratulations to these social entrepreneurs for moving on to Round Two of this competition, taking place on Fri, Jan. 24!

  • Apply-U is a student-centered, user-friendly college admissions platform that ensures that every student persists throu the college admissions process and life-changing outcomes.
  • For Dearborn is a multimedia platform that holds the mic to Arab and/or Muslim youth (ages 13-21) from Dearborn as they challenge the national narrative on Arabs/Muslims and discuss issues prevalent in the community.
  • HalalFin is providing Islamic compliant financial tools to a wider market through the use of FinTech.
  • HBCU-DAP provides resources, mentorship, and support for HBCU students on their journey to a doctorate degree.
  • hEARt Listens is a socially engaged business that offers two complementary products: a training program that instructs students in emotional support skills and qualifies them has “hEARt supporters,” and a peer support chat platform upon which these supporters can anonymously connect with students seeking an empathetic ear.
  • Lillian Augusta‘s biodegradable hair will revolutionize the $2.5B black hair care industry by providing a sustainable solution to the low quality and detrimental synthetic hair products currently on the market.
  • Puente is a tech nonprofit that builds software to streamline date collection and analysis in international health.
  • Revolin Sports is revolutionizing the sporting goods industry by creating high-performance, sustainable sporting goods for better play and a better planet.

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

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Use Design Thinking for Impact

Register now for the new graduate +Impact Studio Course (BA 670), selected as a 2019 Poets & Quants “Most Interesting Class.” Taught by Ross professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, this 4.5 credit design thinking course will teach practical work skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design, addressing two challenges:

  • How might research insights and fintech address student debt burdens, financial inclusion and poverty alleviation, especially amongst the underserved? (UN SDGs #1 and #8: No Poverty, Decent Work and Economic Growth)
  • How might water systems and other infrastructure be improved to better serve communities? (UN SDG #6: Clean Water and Sanitation)
     

To learn more, check out these resources:

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Ross Event Highlights:

 

ZLI: Dare to Dream Info Session
Wed, Jan. 15 @ 6 pm
R0220, Ross


CPO:
#OptOffCampus Lunch + Networking
Fri, Jan. 17 @ 11 am – 1 pm
Pizza House, Ann Arbor

 


ZLI: Internships Information Session
Wed, Jan 22 @ 5-6 pm
Ross, R0220


Sanger: Leadership Crisis Challenge (MBA)
Thurs, Jan. 30 @ 4:30-10 pm
Ross School of Business

 

 

Calling Future Open Road Fellows

Application Due
Mon, Jan. 27 @ Midnight

Open Road is an action-based entrepreneurship program developed by Ross students that gives small business owners extra hands in solving complex challenges. Ross sponsors teams of MBAs who trek across the United States during the month of May to take on projects with social entrepreneurs.

Apply for this program, if you are an MBA, at the application link below. Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and supported by B+I.


Make an Impact with Your Internship

Round One Application Open
Apply by Fri, Feb. 14


Business+Impact’s Summer Fund awards competitive grants to Ross and Ford masters students and BBA juniors. Students completing internships in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors may apply if the organization has a clearly defined social mission. This year there will be two deadlines to apply: Friday, Feb. 14 and Friday, April 17. 

Info and Application


One-Third Of Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Class Of 2020 Donates To The Give-A-Day Fund, Receives $10,000 Match On Giving Blueday


During the University of Michigan’s Giving Blueday, the student-run Give-A-Day Fund at the Ross School of Business received thousands of dollars in donations from nearly 100 students, faculty, and staff, which unlocked a $10,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor.

So far in 2019, more than one-third of the Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Class of 2020 have donated to the Give-A-Day Fund, which supports full-time MBA impact interns with funding from their fellow students. 

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At the University:

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Social Work Course to Examine Intersection of Religion, Ethics and Poverty

Register for SW796, Section 003
Winter 2020 Term

Poverty and wealth have long been a concern of the world’s religions, and challenging question for ethicists. This course examines the shape that this concern takes in a variety of religious traditions and ethical systems throughout history and in the present day. Taught by SSW professor Trevor Bechtel, this course is offered Tuesday nights Jan. 14 to Feb. 11.

More Info
Enrollment Petition for non-SSW students

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN EdX

Effective Community Engagement Course

Register at Any Time

Now more than ever, people are seeking ways to affect change in their communities — both locally and around the world. This course is for anyone — from novices to experienced practitioners — who wants to work more effectively with community members and organizations, Prepare in advance or take this course simultaneously to get the most out of your experience by engaging with communities ethically, respectfully, and sustainably.

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U-M RACKHAM GRADUATE SCHOOL

Two Graduate Student Summer Travel Fellowships

Application Deadline
Fri, Jan 31 @ 11:59 pm

These fellowship awards provide financial and logistical support of $5,500 to fellowships focused broadly on addressing, evaluating or improving global labor standards and monitoring. Two fellowships will be awarded. The University of Michigan President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR) helps support fellowships that contribute to the University’s effort to improve international labor standards.

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In the Impact Community:

MBAs Invited to Volunteer for Tax Aid Groups

Accounting Aid Society of Detroit

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance of Washtenaw County

Accounting Aid Society is a volunteer income tax assistance program that’s been successfully offering tax and financial services to taxpayers and small businesses in Detroit and southeast Michigan for the past 45 years. Qualified students can serve as Volunteer Tax Preparers or run a Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance of Washtenaw County provides free tax preparation to low-income individuals and families. Volunteers can serve as Intake & Exit SpecialistsTax Preparers, or Quality Reviewers.

MBArk 2 Boulder Conference

Jan. 2-4, 2020
Boulder, CO

MBArk2Boulder is an exciting new event that debuted in 2019, in between academic semesters, hosted by the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. It features presentations by many of the legendary leaders of the natural and organic foods industry and Leeds faculty, as well as workshops, a food sampling fair, a job fair, and fun networking activities – all nestled in the living food laboratory and winter wonderland that is Boulder, Colorado.

Info and Registration

U-M community invited to join Equity Challenge

January 6-26
Washtenaw County

United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life.  At present in Washtenaw County, it does. We have work to do and invite you to join the conversation to be part of the change and lend your power to fuel a social movement. Join United Way on a virtual self-guided learning journey examining the history and impacts of racism and how it shapes people’s lived experience in Washtenaw County. Along the way, you’ll also receive examples and tools on how to undo racism and build racial equity and justice.


Information

Applications being accepted for Cordes Fellowships

Application Deadline:
Thurs, Jan. 30

If you are an exceptional social entrepreneur or nonprofit leader engaged in building sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice globally, the Cordes Fellowship provides an opportunity to participate as a full Delegate at the Opportunity Collaboration in Cancun, Mexico in October. The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich OC with new, emerging leaders; and infuse OC discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

Info and Application

November 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

Enrollment Open for +Impact Studio Course, One of Poets and Quants’ “Most Interesting Courses of 2019”

+Impact Studio: Translating Research into Practice (BA670) teaches interdisciplinary graduate student teams (e.g., MBAs, MSWs, MPH, MEng) ethnography and ecosystem mapping with an emphasis on ideation, prototyping, and business model design skills that address two challenges:

  • How might research insights and fintech address student debt burdens, financial inclusion and poverty alleviation, especially amongst the underserved? (UN SDGs #1 and #8: No Poverty, Decent Work and Economic Growth)
  • How might water security be improved using research and intellectual capital? (UN SDG #6: Clean Water and Sanitation) 

+Impact Studio Course Resources Available:

APPLY NOW

 

UN SDG #10: Reduced Inequalities

Thurs, Nov. 21 @ 5-7 pm
Michigan Ross +Impact Studio
Second Floor, Executive Residence

Apply research insights and design thinking tools for impact in the Faculty Research for Impact (FR4I) series event themed around one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the month of November, we will address Goal 10: Reduced Inequality. Three award-winning Ross faculty members (Jun Li, A. Yeşim Orhun, and Chris Rider) will share their research in an informal setting, and students will have the opportunity to learn tools for how to utilize research insights to approach real-world challenges and applications that make a positive impact.

Sign up for our emails to catch these upcoming events that are in the works during the coming months:

  • Goal 13: Climate Action
  • Goals 8 & 9: Decent Work & Economic Growth and Industry Innovation & Infrastructure
  • Goal 3: Good Health & Wellbeing

EVENT INFO

 

 

Calling Future Open Road Fellows

Information Session
+Impact Studio, 2nd Floor Ross Executive Residence
Wed, Nov. 20 @ 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Mixer and Team Finding Session
B0560, Blau Hall
Wed, Dec. 4 @ 4:30 – 6 pm

Open Road is an action-based social entrepreneurship program developed by Ross students that gives small business owners extra hands in solving complex challenges. Ross sponsors teams of MBAs to trek across the United States during the month of May to take on projects with social entrepreneurs.

Learn more about this program at our upcoming recruiting events, listed above. Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.

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Ross Event Highlights:


Detroit R&B: Detroit Entrepreneurs Panel
Fri, Nov. 22 @ 10 am – Noon
R1240, Ross


Sanger: Story Lab Showcase
Tues, Dec 3 @ 5-6:30 pm
Robertson Auditorium, Ross

 


CPO: Positive Links–Patricia Hewlin
Thurs, Dec. 12 @ 4-5 pm
Robertson Auditorium, Ross

 



Support Social Impact Students on Dec. 3


Giving Blue Day for
Give-A-Day Fund
Ross Winter Garden

MBA2s, transform lives by giving to the Give-A-Day Fund (GADF)! By donating on Giving Blue Day, Tues, Dec. 3, you’ll make the most of your gift by unlocking matching funds available only that day. The first $25 of each gift will be matched, and if one third of the MBA2 class donates by the end of the day, a $10K matching gift will hit the Fund’s account! Plus, the section that gets the most donations will win a prize from Business+Impact–extra money for your holiday party, so stop by the GADF table in the Ross Winter Garden and support fellow MBAs.

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Big Events at Ross with Practical Impact

On Fri, Nov. 1, Business+Impact’s colleagues at the Center for Value Chain Innovation hosted the first annual 2019 Ross FinTech Challenge & Conference, co-sponsored by PEAK6 and supported by Michigan FinTech Club. Students developed and pitched innovative fintech solutions to to address financial inclusion in rural Michigan. The winner was Team Carcajou (MBAs Ledge Greenfield, Alex Johnson, Corey Stearns, and Chashak Tulsyan), who were awarded a check for $3,000. Second and third place teams were awarded $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.

On Friday Nov. 15, Business+Impact co-sponsored an event with the Zell Lurie Institute and Women Who Launch called “FIVE Ideas: Focus | Innovate | Validate | Empower,” a facilitated design thinking workshop focused on addressing common challenges women face. Over 25 attendees explored human experiences, gained ideation skills for impactful solutions, and learned how to empower themselves and others to take action.

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U-M’s Net Impact Undergrad Wins Chapter of the Year Award

At the recent Net Impact national conference in Detroit on Oct. 24-26, the international organization awarded Undergraduate Chapter of the Year to U-M Net Impact Undergrad. Chapters of the Year exemplify dedication to Net Impact’s mission by inspiring their local community to make a positive difference in the world through dynamic events, programming, and partnerships. Our chapter succeeded by accomplishing ambitious goals and facilitating a profound impact across multiple environmental, economic, and social issues.

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Impact News & Notes

At the University:

GINSBERG CENTER

Entering, Engaging & Exiting Communities

Fri, Nov. 22 @ 3 – 4:30 pm
North Quad, #2435


Fri, Dec. 5 @ 5:30 – 7 pm
Trotter Multicultural Center

The LinC series is an educational workshop and training series focused on supporting students who are interested in community engagement, social justice, democratic engagement, advocacy, activism and philanthropy. Entering, Engaging and Exiting Communities 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.

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LSA

Semester in Detroit Accepting Applications for Spring/Summer 2020

Priority Deadline: Sun, Dec. 1

The Semester in Detroit spring/summer and fall programs accept undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. All students, from Freshmen to Seniors or Super Seniors are eligible to apply.  All applications are accepted on a rolling basis, which means that the earlier you apply, the better chance you have of getting in. 

Apply here

UROP

Applications Open for Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program 

Application Deadline
Tues, Dec. 3

UROP’s Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program ( DCERP) will be accepting applications for Summer 2020 through December 3rd! DCERP students will gain valuable experience while helping community organizations with their research needs. They’ll also become part of a dynamic learning community that will get to know about Detroit history, have fun together, and share their passion for social justice. Students will receive a stipend and housing for this 9-week program.

More Info

In the Impact Community:

Catalyst Applications Open to Social Entrepreneurs

Letter of Intent Deadline:
Mon, Dec. 9


CTIA and its foundation are committed to equity and transparency in supporting social enterprises that seek to make strides at the intersection of wireless technology and health and wellness. Catalyst therefore seeks to support entities – both for-profit and non-profit – who have the potential and infrastructure in place to make a real impact but who may face barriers to accessing capital. First prize is $100,000
 

Info and Application

Applications being accepted for Cordes Fellowships

Application Deadline:
Thurs, Jan. 30

If you are an exceptional social entrepreneur or nonprofit leader engaged in building sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice globally, the Cordes Fellowship provides an opportunity to participate as a full Delegate at the Opportunity Collaboration in Cancun, Mexico in October. The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich OC with new, emerging leaders; and infuse OC discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

Info and Application

+Impact Studio Lightning Info Sessions

Are you looking to find out more about the work being done in the new +Impact Studio at Ross?  Are you interested in finding out about the +Impact Studio course (BA670)?  Do you wonder just what the space is being utlized for?  Sign up for a lightning info session to learn about that and more from faculty and staff.  Each 20-person info session lasts a half an hour.

Register for a session here

Faculty Research for Impact: Addressing UN SDG #1 – Poverty Alleviation

How are Ross faculty members advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through business research? Each month, Business+Impact hosts an interactive design micro-charette themed around one of these goals. During the month of October, we will address Goal 1: Poverty Alleviation. Three award-winning Ross faculty members will share their research in an informal setting and students will have the opportunity to brainstorm possible next steps for how the research can be applied to real-world applications that make a positive impact.

October’s Faculty Experts: Bill Lovejoy, Ted London, and Aneel Karnani.

PLEASE RSVP HERE

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!)

Sign up for our emails to catch these upcoming events that are in the works during the coming months:

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.

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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.

SEE ALL OF THE NAMES

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.

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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
Read the article
Sign up for the Winter course
Register for a Lightning Info Session


Impact News & Notes

At the University:

GINSBERG CENTER

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

POVERTY SOLUTIONS

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.

FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

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.

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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

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

Now Open: The +Impact Studio At Michigan Ross Is Taking On Society’s Greatest Challenges

This article was original written by Michigan Ross News

OCTOBER 15, 2019  ANN ARBOR — It’s official, the new +Impact Studio is up and running at the Ross School of Business, and MBAs and other graduate students from across the University of Michigan are already at work figuring out how to translate faculty insights into tangible business solutions to the world’s challenges. 

The +Impact Studio, which is part of the Business+Impact initiative at Ross, encompasses an interdisciplinary action-based learning course; a collaboration space; and a campus hub for programming and events. In addition to translating academic research into real-world impact, the studio also seeks to train students on how to be architects to create new kinds of enterprises.

By design, the interdisciplinary +Impact Studio course brings together the diverse talent and expertise of U-M’s top-ranked graduate schools to take on society’s greatest challenges. This year, the students in the class are divided into two different groups: one focused on using the latest fintech research by Michigan Ross finance professor Bob Dittmar to improve financial inclusion, and the other on scaling a technology developed by Ross marketing professor Eric Schwartz on how to identify lead in Flint water pipes so that it can have a greater impact in Flint and beyond. 

“In this course, it is incredibly rewarding to bring together graduate students from five different schools on campus to learn design methodologies and immediately apply them to pressing challenges in society,” said Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, faculty director of the +Impact Studio and instructor of the course. “The +Impact Studio course provides rare and valuable skills and a set of experiences employers across sectors are asking for.”

With long-term interests in making an impact in healthcare, Gautam Kandlikar, MBA ’20, enrolled in the +Impact Studio course because he said there hasn’t been a good way to define and address larger healthcare problems beyond simply providing care and how to go about tackling them. 

“What I like about this course is that professor Sanchez-Burks is taking really big and difficult-to-solve societal problems like poverty, and forcing us to think about them in different ways so that we can develop solutions by incorporating tools from business, design thinking, and new ideas we are being introduced to,” said Kandlikar. “I’m excited to explore those methods in the class so that I can apply them to healthcare and in my future career.” 

To celebrate the grand opening of the space, an open house was recently held at the +Impact Studio. At the event, Michigan Ross students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the business community were able to get a firsthand look at how the space was designed to facilitate collaboration and idea generation. 

“The physical space itself was designed around ‘users’ (students), based on observation of how they work together as teams,” said Jerry Davis, associate dean of Business+Impact at Michigan Ross. “Each part of the +Impact Studio provides a functional space for different ways of working and creating, from small group discussion work to quiet contemplation to interviewing to big presentations of work in progress. The space and the work and the course are all perfectly aligned.”

Kandlikar agreed the space was fulfilling on its promise, providing a great space to step back and think about problems, a place to have insightful conservations, and a source of creative inspiration with its bright pops of color. 

“It’s nice to be able to come into this sacred atmosphere where I’m only thinking about the problems in the class and having access to resources that I need,” he said. “Since my like-minded classmates and I are looking to make social impact a big part of our careers, this course and this space provide us with the perfect platform to explore achieving something really meaningful in a safe environment.” 

Read original article at Michigan Ross

Michigan Daily: Ross launches +Impact Studio for cross-campus collaboration on social issues

BELOW IS A REPRINT OF AN ARTICLE FROM MICHIGAN DAILY, SEPT. 22, 2019: 

Business School Dean Scott Derue told The Daily the aim of the studio is to create a space for graduate students and faculty to work together to solve issues aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

“First and foremost, we believe that business has to be part of the solution — with government, policy, nonprofits, the whole range of institutions in our society — business has to be a collaborative partner with those other institutions on developing solutions for some of the global challenges that we face,” Derue said. “Our Business Impact is really meant to catalyze and mobilize our faculty and our students to work together to develop these solutions.”

Last semester, Ross ran a pilot +Impact Studio course focused on water safety. Their work centered around a machine learning algorithm developed in partnership with the University of Michigan-Flint to identify which buildings in the city of Flint are most likely to have lead pipes. Students also worked on figuring out how to scale out this technology to maximize its impact on communities outside Flint. 

Derue explained the course is meant to be an opportunity for students to identify important issues to find solutions for collaboratively.

“The idea is that we will continue to add issues, challenges, and opportunities that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” Derue said. “It’s really student and faculty driven — you tell us what you want to work on, and that will be the area of emphasis for the +Impact Studio.”

According to Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, faculty director of the +Impact Studio and professor of the +Impact Studio course, the layout of the studio is designed to foster conversation. The space includes a number of studios where students work on whiteboards, developing ideas and research that is then digitally captured. It also has a living room space for more organic conversations about the issues. Students spend the first term of the +Impact Studio course researching and developing a nuanced understanding of their issue as they determine their focus, and the second term solving the problem and putting their thoughts into action. 

The course is open to both Business graduate students and students from across University graduate programs. Sanchez-Burks emphasized the importance of having a diversity of viewpoints involved in problem solving. 

“One of the things we’re really trying to do is use this space and this studio as a hub for the whole University,” Sanchez-Burks said. “Over at Ross, you’ll get to work with a huge diverse group of students tackling real problems. Critically, no real solutions can actually be developed without that diversity. We need people with that lens in Policy, Public Health, School of Information, Social Work and the MBAs.  

Business graduate student Allison Winstel, who attended the event and hopes to take an +Impact Studio course, said she was drawn to the opportunity to use business for social change.

“I picked the University of Michigan when I was looking at graduate programs because of its focus on social impact, and I felt that it had a really differentiated focus on looking at how business can play a bigger role in the entire ecosystem that creates more sustainable social change,” Winstel said. “For me, things like the +Impact Studio  were exactly what I was looking for — really hands on, unique opportunities to talk about how we take a more interdisciplinary approach to change, and I’m excited that this is an opportunity to do it within my coursework, outside of it, and with my peers in the school.”

Winstel added she was excited to work with students outside of the Business School.

“I think it’s just a really unique opportunity to work with people from different programs. All of my core classes right now are with MBA students, so it will be nice to get outside of that and see how people from different schools and different backgrounds approach change and approach problem solving,” Winstel said.