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, 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.

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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

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

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

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

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.

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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


ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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.


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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!

APPLY HERE



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:

THE DETROIT SCHOOL

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

LSA

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

CENTER FOR SOCIALLY ENGAGED DESIGN

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

GRAHAM SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE

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

CENTER ON FINANCE, LAW & POLICY

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

POVERTY SOLUTIONS

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.


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CENTER FOR SOCIALLY ENGAGED DESIGN

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

August 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

B+I to Bring over 30 U-M Impact Groups to Ross to Build Awareness

Wed, Sept. 11 @ 3-5 pm
Ross School of Business
Blau Fifth Floor, Blau Colloquium

Welcome new and returning students! We hope your summer was empowering and invigorating, because we have a lot of opportunities coming up for you. As part of our mission to make students aware of impact opportunities across campus, we welcome students to our second annual Business+Impact Showcase on Sept. 11 from 3-5 pm at Ross. Students will have a chance to meet with over 30 organizations and map out their U-M impact journeys.

 

+Impact Studio Course

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.)


+Impact Studio Open House

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

710 East University

In Fall 2019, 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. Construction is currently underway, and the plans for the space look great. We will introduce the space to students, faculty and staff in an Open House September 20th from Noon-3 pm.

LEARN MORE ABOUT BOTH

 

Impact Intern Experiences

In the summer of 2019, Business+Impact provided extra funding for a number of internship opportunities with a broad spectrum of organizations. Students from Ross and Ford developed their skills while helping mission-driven organizations in Detroit and around the world. Read six snapshots of student experiences from this summer and see photos of students on location.

READ ARTICLE

Ross Event Highlights:


ZLI: Meet the Funds
Tues, Sept. 3
@ 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Ross, R1210


IIA: Innovation in Action Info Session
Mon, Sept. 16 @ 5-6:30pm
Ross, R0220


Tauber: Spotlight! Team Project Showcase
Fri, Sept. 13 @ 8am – 4pm
Sheraton Ann Arbor


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

For a complete list of impact events, courses, co-curricular activities,
visit B+I's Impact Gateway at RossImpact.com.

 


Board Fellows Application and Info Sessions

Business+Impact’s Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program places top graduate students as non-voting members on boards at Southeast Michigan nonprofits. An application for the program is available on our website, and is due Fri, Sept. 13 at noon.

You must attend one of the info sessions below in order to apply to participate in the program for 2019-20:

BF Info Session
Thurs. Sept 5 @ 5-6:30 pm
Ross School of Business
R0210

BF Info Session
Mon. Sept 9 @ 5-6 pm
Ford School
O’Neill Classroom (1230)

If you are unable to attend due to an academic or religious conflict, please email us to schedule an alternate time.



DNEP “Free Ac
counting Fridays” Job Posting

The Free Accounting Fridays program is seeking a business student to act as a Student Coordinator during the 2019-20 academic year. In this position, the student will work closely with Detroit entrepreneurs on accounting norms and software. Applicants must be Ross students with accounting skills.

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Save the Date for Juan-Carlos Morales

“The Importance of Design for Business”
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.

More Info


Impact News & Notes

At the University:

GRAHAM SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE

Accelerating Collective Learning and Action for Enhanced Resilience

Mon, Sept. 9 @ 3 pm EDT
Online

Join us for a lively discussion among four panelists that have been taking different approaches for helping communities anticipate and prepare for climate impacts. This webinar is designed to explore lessons learned about how best to accelerate learning and the transfer of ideas across the diverse adaptation community.

Info & Registration

TAUBMAN COLLEGE

RE:Housing: Detroit 

Fri, Sept. 13 @ 9 am – 6 pm
Art+Architecture, Taubman Commons

Architects and developers working on current projects in Detroit will meet together with others working on similar projects in the US and internationally in the context of the Detroit’s Month of Design and biennial exhibition “Detroit Design 139.” Panels will be focused on urban density, domestic arrangements, and development protocols, and affordable housing.

Info & Registration

U-M DETROIT CENTER

U-M Detroit Center Open House 

Tues, Sept 17 @ 3 – 7 pm
Orchestra Place, Detroit

The University of Michigan Detroit Center has relocated within the Orchestra Place Building on Woodward Ave. The Block M now graces Woodward at the corner of Parsons in Detroit. The new space, including conference rooms that can be rented by the public, boasts a completely fresh interior. Check it out!


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GRAHAM SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE

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

In the Impact Community:

Fate in Our Stars

Sat, Sept. 21 @ Noon – 8 pm
Straight Gate Int’l Church
10100 Grand River Ave., Detroit

FATE in our Stars is an event to showcase the dreams of Detroit, brought to you by Give Merit and the FATE Program. This fun-filled event will have family-friendly games and activities

Info & Registration

Public Allies Detroit

Application Deadline: Sept 30

Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Our program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and the Community Service and Michigan Community Service Commission.The application deadline for potential Allies is September 30th, and the program begins November 4th.

Application info

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.

READ MORE

 

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.

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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!

Donate   |  Pledge


 


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:

INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

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.


More Info

DETROIT CENTER

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.

More info

TAUBER COLLEGE / SEAS

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.

More Info

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.

More Info

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:

More Info

April 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

Board Fellowship Program Update

Nonprofit Partners Info Sessions


Tues, Apr. 16 @ 5:30 pm, Ross School of Business, B2560
Thurs, May 2 @ Noon, U-M Detroit Center


Nonprofits in southeast Michigan are invited to attend one of the above information sessions to learn about the Board Fellowship Program. The program places graduate students on the boards of nonprofits for an academic year. Students complete key projects for the board while gaining real-world insight into the working of a nonprofit board. These sessions provide an overview to prospective organizations interested in participating during the 2019-20 academic year. Food will be provided at both sessions listed above.
 

2018-19 Board Fellows Experiences


The 2018-19 Board Fellowship Program was our biggest and most competitive program in years. Students from RossFord SchoolSchool of Social WorkPublic Health, and other programs developed project management and executive skills as board members of nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan. We interviewed Kevin Finnegan (MPP), Jenna Fiore (MSW), Grace Kendra (MM), and Vishnu Suresh (MBA) to learn a bit more about their personal experiences with the program this year.

READ MORE

 

Experience Last Month’s B+I Social Innovation Series Events

Cynthia Koenig: Designing for Impact

On March 18, the +Impact Studio hosted a discussion on leveraging design for impact with social innovator and MBA/MS ‘11 alum Cynthia Koenig. Cynthia is a Product Management Principal at Amazon, focused on designing impactful new digital products, and is the Founder of Wello, an award-winning social venture that designs disruptive and affordable innovations to provide better, more reliable access to safe water. Studio faculty Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks and Jerry Davis engaged Cynthia in a lively discussion.

Defining, Measuring, and Encouraging Impact

Effective Altruism at Michigan and Business+Impact organized a workshop for the purpose of discussing social impact through the lens of effective altruism. EA is a philosophy that tries to discover how we can use our time and careers to do the most good possible.


Work / Force Event

U-M’s Poverty Solutions partnered with Ford School of Public PolicyYouth Policy LabSchool of Education, and Ross School of Business’s Business + Impact to present a conference on workforce development. The event featured Greg Foran, President and CEO of Walmart US and Julie Gehrki, Vice President of Philanthropy at Walmart as speakers, and panelists like Shamar Herron, Deputy Director of MichiganWorks! Southeast, Sharon Miller, CCMP & Michigan Talent Architect for Consumers Energy HR, and Jeff Donofrio, Executive Director of Workforce Development, City of Detroit.

 

Ross Event Highlights:


WDI: Healthcare Delivery in Emerging Markets
Mon, Apr. 22 @ 5-6 pm
Ross, R1240


Ross: Birthright Citizens: Race & Rights in Antebellum America
Tues, May 7 @ 6-9 pm
Ross, Robertson Aud.


Ross: Ross Talks Detroit
Tues, May 7 @ 11:30 – 1
Westin Book Cadillac
Detroit, MI


Ross: Positive Business Conference
Thurs-Fri, May 9-10
Ross School of Business

For a complete list of impact events in the coming month, visit the Business+Impact Impact Gateway at RossImpact.com

 

Congratulations all 2019 graduates!

Ross Commencement – May 3

We at Business+Impact have come to know many students at Ross and across campus through our programs and partnerships. We will miss all of you graduating students, but we’re excited to see the impact you make in your careers, and we wish you all the best. Keep in touch with B+I by joining our LinkedIn group, and we hope to partner with you sometime in the future.


CTAC Community Showcase

 

The Community Technical Assistance Collaborative (CTAC) showcase will bring together community partners and student project teams to share the work that is happening in the community, and how current students are actively engaged in community capacity building.

Info and Registration


Who Won the Ross Portion of Aspen Case Competition?


This spring, Business+Impact at Ross has partnered with the Aspen Institute to bring the 2019 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition to the University of Michigan. The Ross portion of the competition took place from Mar.29-Apr.1. B+I is proud to announce that the Ross campus winner was Team Stubborn Optimists (Vanessa Lynskey – MBA ’19, Cristobal Cevallos – MBA ’19, and Joseph Tulloch – MBA ’19). If their proposal passes the next round, they have a chance to be flown to New York City and participate in the finals.

Read more

 


Impact News & Notes

 

About Business+Impact
 

Michigan Ross seeks to build a better world through business. Business+Impact is the central hub for these efforts, providing ideas and solutions to address the global challenges of our generation. We aim to embed impact deeply into every core activity of Ross, including teaching, research, and outreach. As such, impact is not a silo, but it is part of the DNA of our business school.

Spotlight:

Cynthia Koenig (MS ’06/MBA ’11)

Cynthia Koenig is a Principal in Product Management at Amazon, and she is also the founder and Founder of Wello, which makes the Water Wheel, a 50-liter container that enables people to roll water from water sources rather than carry it on their heads. In this Spotlight, she speaks about design thinking large and small.

READ MORE

At the University:

LSA OPPORTUNITY HUB

Arts, Social Impact & Health Intern Workshop

Tues, Apr. 16 @ 5:45-6:45 pm
LSA Building – LSA 2001

All LSA students who are planning to do an internship with an arts, social impact, or healthcare organization in Summer 2019 should attend this orientation highlighting key issues related to these kinds of organizations.There will be interactive learning, work through strategies, and Q&A related to your summer internships. Dinner will be provided.

More Info

DETROIT SCHOOL

Dream City: Creation, Destruction, and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit

Fri, Apr. 19 @ 4:15
Rackham Building, East Conference Room

Join the Detroit School Series for a book talk with Conrad Kickert – Assistant Professor of Urban Design, University of Cincinnati – to explore how the history of downtown Detroit has differed from the familiar decline of the city’s neighborhoods: downtown grew faster, declined differently, and has been forced to reinvent itself time and again while battling the influential forces of the automobile and the suburbs.

More info

MUSE INITIATIVE

Muse Workshop – Sustainability and Big Data

Thurs, Apr. 25 @ 5 – 7 pm
Dana Building – 1006

The MUSE workshop brings together sustainability researchers from across the university to discuss ideas and promote interdisciplinary connections and collaborations. The workshops are informal gatherings with a facilitator who leads an often wide-ranging discussion. At this workshop, professor Tom Logan will discuss ethics and big data as applied to our climate change response.

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U-M POVERTY SOLUTIONS & GINSBERG CENTER

Community Engagement and DEI: Applying Principles to Practice

Tues, May 7 @ 3 – 4:50 pm
North Quad – Language Resource Center
Mac Classroom, Room 1500

This session co-facilitated by experts from LSA’s Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) and the Edward Ginsberg Center, will address key principles and promising practices to promote student learning *and* mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships when developing effective community-engaged courses. This session is designed for faculty, staff or graduate student instructors planning to teach or currently teaching a community-engaged course.

More info

MUNGER GRADUATE RESIDENCES

Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network Convening

Wed, May 8 @ 8:30 am – 5 pm
Palmer Commons

The Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network’s steering committee invites all interested individuals or universities to join this first meeting that will explore how to use rapid response data and analysis in partnership with communities and governments to inform efforts on mobility and decreasing poverty. This event brings together researchers from various universities to discuss best practices and strategize how to expand their own work in this area.

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U-M DETROIT CENTER

UM3 Detroit

Thurs, May 9 @ 9 am – 6 pm
Gem Theatre, Detroit

Explore U-M’s engagement with Detroit and how U-M’s work with the city, CBO’s and residents is making a difference in the quality of life and opportunities for Detroiters. Learn, share ideas, and make connections with people from all three U-M campuses.

More info

In the Impact Community:

D Prize

Early Submission Date:
Sun, May 12 @ Midnight PT

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 addresses subject from girls’ education to global health? If selected, you’ll be awarded up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.

Info and Application

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

Sustainable Brands Conference

June 3-6
Cobo Center, Detroit

Sponsored in part by Ross’ Erb Institute, Sustainable Brands hosts this yearly conference that attracts thought leaders with fast-track insights into the latest trends and business drivers for innovative environmental and social benefit. Participants will take part in interactive subject matter explorations, engage with the Sustainable Brands community, and experience Detroit through curated activities.

Register here

March 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

Form Your Team for the Aspen International MBA Case Competition

Find a team now!
Register by Mon, Mar. 25
U-M Competition Dates: Mar. 29 – Apr. 1
NYC Worldwide finals: Apr. 25-26

Michigan Ross has been selected to partner on the Aspen Institute’s 2019 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. This preeminent program differs from other MBA case study competitions in that its focus is explicitly on environmental, social, and ethical decisions currently being faced by a real business. The top five teams worldwide will be flown to NYC to present in front of corporate, academic and other friends of the Aspen Institute and to compete for a share of over $30,000 in scholarship funds. Students in other Ross graduate programs are eligible to compete as long as they are part of a team with MBA students.

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Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Results

On Fri, Mar. 15, Dear Black Women, an affirmation movement and social network for Black women, won the Seigle Impact Track competition, co-sponsored by the Zell Lurie Institute, Business+Impact, and the Erb Institute. In addition to receiving $15,000 for first place in the Seigle Impact Track, Dear Black Women received $100 for third place in the Elevator Pitch competition. Practical Prosthetics was the Seigle Impact Track Runner-up ($7,500), and won the Best Undergraduate Team Award ($5,000) and the Williamson Cross-function Team Award ($5,000). Seigle finalist NeoHealth won the Positive Organizing Award ($2,500) and Best Showcase Award ($250). 

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Board Fellows Nonprofit Partners Info Sessions

Tues, Apr. 16 @ 5:30 pm, Ross School of Business, B2560
Thurs, May 2 @ 11:30 am, U-M Detroit Center

Are you a nonprofit organization in Southeast Michigan that is curious about the Board Fellowship program? This program places students on a nonprofit board for an academic year, and they complete a strategic project. These sessions provide an overview to prospective organizations interested in participating during the 2019-20 academic year. Food will be provided.


 

Impact Investing Symposium

Sat, Apr. 13 @ 9 am – 6 pm
Ross School of Business
 
Organized by the Global Investments Committee and Net Impact in collaboration with the Business+Impact, the Michigan Impact Investing Symposium (MIIS) is a conference that allows participants to explore positive investments that provide financial as well as social returns under the guidance of some most distinguished members of the impact investing community.
 

EVENT INFO


Ross Event Highlights:


Ross: Sister Simone
Sun, Mar. 31 @ 2-4 pm
Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Ann Arbor


Sanger: Story Lab Finale
Tues, Apr. 9 @ 5-7 pm
Ross, Robertson Aud.


Ross: Ross Talks Detroit
Tues, May 7 @ 11:30 – 1
Westin Book Cadillac
Detroit, MI


Ross: Positive Business Conference
Thurs-Fri, May 9-10
Ross School of Business

For a complete list of impact events in the coming month, visit the Business+Impact Impact Gateway at RossImpact.com

 

Workshop on Defining, Measuring, and Encouraging Impact

Fri, Mar. 22, 4-7:30 pm
Ross, B1570

During this event, co-sponsored by Effective Altruism at Michigan and Business+Impact, guests will discuss social impact in terms of effective altruism, which is a philosophy that tries to discover how we can use our time and careers to do the most good possible. The event features a quick series of talks and an activity segment.

Please RSVP


VIDEO: Learn about the Fall ’19 Impact Studio Class


A pilot of our Impact Studio class was offered this semester and will be offered again as a course in Fall 2019. If you have an interest in design thinking, leave an opening in your class schedule for it. The class will be open to Masters students from Ross and across campus. This multidisciplinary class will continue its work on the Flint water crisis and will also tackle financial inclusion.

Watch the video to learn more


Make an Impact with Your Internship
 

Application Open
Apply by April 12

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.

Info and Application

 


Impact News & Notes

LISTEN NOW: Eight Short Talks from Some of the Smartest People at U-M about the Future of Society (Michigan Ross News)
 

U-M researchers explore reasons why less-educated men face declining labor prospects (Michigan News)
 

Tauber Institute Students, Alumni Give Back on Community Service Day (Michigan Ross News)
 

Joe Arvai on Climate Change (Michigan Ross News)
 

Without Regulation, the economy is in danger (Michigan Ross News)
 

University launches commission on Carbon Neutrality (University Record)
 

LISTEN NOW: Reduce Chronic Absenteeism by Addressing Poverty (U-M Poverty Solutions)
 

Michigan Ross Professor Testifies Before Congress on Climate Change, Says U.S. Infrastructure Is ‘In Bad Shape’ (Michigan Ross News)
 

WATCH NOW: The Plight of the Black Academic (U-M Detroit Center)

About Business+Impact
 

Michigan Ross seeks to build a better world through business. Business+Impact is the central hub for these efforts, providing ideas and solutions to address the global challenges of our generation. We aim to embed impact deeply into every core activity of Ross, including teaching, research, and outreach. As such, impact is not a silo, but it is part of the DNA of our business school.

At the University:

InnOVATION IN ACTION

Innovation in Action Finals

Fri, Mar. 22 @ 5-7 pm
Kahn Auditorium, 109 Zina Pitcher Place

Student teams from across the University of Michigan worked for five months to develop solutions to a real-world challenge they are passionate about. Now see the students pitch in front of a live audience!  There are $23,500 in prizes and 15 schools and colleges represented. Kathy Sample and Bill Brinkerhoff of Argus Farm Stop are the keynote speakers.

More Info

INNOVATE BLUE

Made at Michigan Application

App deadline: Sun, Mar. 24

For the fourth year in a row, Innovate Blue is teaming up with partners across campus to produce the Made at Michigan report—a compilation of annual entrepreneurship highlights with a special focus on undergraduate and graduate student ventures created over the course of the year. Apply now to not only gain visibility and make your mark, but to also join U-M’s long legacy of student innovation by being a part of the university’s historical record of entrepreneurs!

Apply here

MUNGER GRADUATE RESIDENCES

Munger Case Competition – Sustainability

Thurs, Mar. 28 @ 5:30 pm
Munger Graduate Residence

This semester, Munger Graduate Residences has partnered with MDining and Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) to ask teams of students to address issues of sustainability. Come see what teams of U-M grad students came up with.

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LSA

Semester in Detroit

Fall ’19 Deadline: Sun, Mar. 31


Start your application to spend Fall 2019 in Detroit!  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through Mar. 31st.  The Semester in Detroit program accepts undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

More info

DETROIT SCHOOL

Dream City: Creation, Destruction, and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit

Fri, Apr. 19 @ 4:15
Rackham Building, East Conference Room

Join the Detroit School Series for a book talk with Conrad Kickert – Assistant Professor of Urban Design, University of Cincinnati –  to explore how the history of downtown Detroit has differed from the familiar decline of the city’s neighborhoods: downtown grew faster, declined differently, and has been forced to reinvent itself time and again while battling the influential forces of the automobile and the suburbs.

More info

In the Impact Community:

Jewish Family Services Seeks Microenterprise Development Program Intern

The MED Business Consultant is responsible for providing a range of consultancy services to refugees who are seeking to start or expand a microenterprise. Business consultants will assist entrepreneurs with the fundamental aspects of operating a microenterprise in the U.S., creating a viable business plan, licensing, marketing, tax planning, and other essential advisory services. If interested, please contact MED Program Coordinator Carolyn Scorpio at carolyns@jfsannarbor.org or (734) 769-0209 ext. 210.

GMAT Think Like an Entrepreneur

Application deadline: Sun, Mar. 31

“Think Like an Entrepreneur” encourages undergraduate students in the US to solve a social issue while motivating others to join their effort. Through March 31, 2019, GMAT will accept proposals that integrate the value of impactful social entrepreneurship with a graduate business education. The proposal garnering the most votes will be awarded a $10,000 grand prize. 

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Ford Community Challenge

Application Deadline: Wed, Apr. 3 @ 5 pm EST

Now in its 12th year, the Ford C3 grant program requests proposals for projects that address an unmet need among the following topics surrounding the theme of Making Lives Better: changing the way people move through smart mobility, driving social mobility, or building sustainable communities. Up to 10 winning proposals will be selected to receive $25,000 each from the Ford Motor Company Fund to support implementation of the proposed projects.

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Halcyon Incubator

Deadline: Wed, Apr. 4 @ 5 pm

The Halcyon Incubator is seeking early-stage social entrepreneurs to participate in an 18-month fellowship in Washington, DC that includes five-month residency, 12+ months of free workspace, a $10K stipend, a mentor, and 1,000+ hours of advice.

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Propose an Event for Upswell Chicago

Application Deadline: Wed, Apr. 19

This November, changemakers from across the country will gather in Chicago for Upswell. What ideas, innovations, and skills will you share with them? From in-depth workshops to quick pitches to creative problem solving, Upswell is accepting proposals for a wide range of activities on the conference schedule. If you have questions, please email them at info@upswell.org.


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