February 2021 Newsletter

Impact Internship Funding – Round One Application

Application Due:
Fri, Feb 19 @ Noon ET

Each summer, Business+Impact awards competitive grants for summer internships to MBAs and BBA juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as MPP students in the Ford School of Public Policy.
 
There are two deadlines to apply: Friday, Feb. 19 by Noon ET and Friday, April 16 by Noon ET. Award decisions will be made in two rounds after each of these dates and they are based on the level of need (taking into account other funding being received), consideration of the position and organization’s impact, and the quality of the application.

APPLY NOW


Pivoting During a Pandemic: How Nonprofit Organizations Are Innovating and Adapting Through a Time of Crisis

Tues, Feb. 23 @ 6 pm
Virtual Event

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new realities and challenges while deepening and exposing existing inequities. Join B+I’s Board Fellowship Program for a panel discussion with nonprofit leaders on pivoting and adaptation.They will discuss their approaches to this complex and evolving new reality and how they are innovating to continue advancing their mission. Panelists for the forum include directors Pam Smith of United Way – Was and Darryl Johnson of Mentor2Youth, along with board members Ebon Wilkins of North Star Reach and Tim Carter of Ten Thousand Villages.

REGISTER NOW


Black History Month Opening Event: A Conversation with LaTosha Brown


Watch Event

Business+Impact was a co-sponsor with U-M Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)‘s Black History Month opening keynote event featuring LaTosha Brown. She shared thoughts on the future of democracy, voting, and social movements, and she discussed how storytelling and strategic messaging can build political power. Now you can watch a recording of the conversation below, and check out a list of other MESA Black History Month events.

WATCH EVENT


Monitor Institute by Deloitte Presented Futurist Ideas for Social Sector Orgs Dealing with COVID-19

On Wed, Feb. 3, a representative from Deloitte and the Monitor Institute presented futurist thinking for the social sector on behalf of B+I’s +Impact Studio. Professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks interviewed Jen Holk, Strategy Manager at the Monitor Institute at Deloitte and Apoorva Kanneganti (MBA ’19), Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting. The Monitor Institute by Deloitte is a team that works with social impact-focused organizations. Ms. Holk and Ms. Kanneganti worked on a report showing tools for scenario planning.

Below are key resources from this event:

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Michigan Business Challenge – Four Seigle Impact Track Teams Advance to Finals


Finals
Fri, Feb. 26
Online

Business+Impact wants to thank all the teams and judges involved in Semi-final round of this year’s Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track! The competition has been very successful thus far, and the 9 teams from Round Two did a lot of hard work on their presentations. In addition to the 4 Impact Track teams moving on, a total of 4 teams will compete in the Innovation Track, and 4 teams will compete in the Invention Track.

The Seigle Impact Track finals will take place on February 26, 2021 online most of the day. The finals are closed to the public. The following teams will participate there:

  • CLOVO Brand is a sustainable fashion company that produces the most comfortable and natural sheer tights using Tencel and a functional design to eliminate sagging, discomfort, and wardrobe malfunctions. Megan Martis (MS ’21)
  • EQuity is a learning and development venture that provides digital training and coaching to help clients advance racial justice by developing emotional intelligence. Justin Woods (MBA/MSW ’21)
  • Parcel Health designs and creates sustainable medication products. We have created a 100% recyclable medication bottle replacement to replace orange plastic prescription bottles to drastically reduce plastic waste. Melinda Su-En Lee (PharmD ’21), Victor Le (PhD ’21)
  • SustainiUM’s technology collects heat generated by spent nuclear fuel, a form of nuclear waste, and uses this heat to dry wastewater sludge. Jacob Ladd (JD’23), Luyao Li (MS’21), Anya Shapiro (MS/MBA’22), Aniket Yadav (MS’21)

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Ross Event Highlights:


CPO: The Person You Mean to Be
Mon, Feb. 22 @ 1 pm
Online



A Searchable Platform for All Things Impact at Ross and Across Campus


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

SPOTLIGHT

Apoorva Kanneganti (MBA ’19)


Apoorva Kanneganti is a Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting, who recently supported the Monitor Institute by Deloitte in its COVID-19 response for the social sector. She co-authored a social sector scenario planning report, and developed workshops to support nonprofits and philanthropic organizations implement the report’s key findings. We caught up with her when she returned — along with her colleague from the Monitor Institute, Jen Holk — to deliver a webinar about the work to local nonprofits and Ross students and faculty. She attended Michigan Ross for her MBA to explore social impact, healthcare, and entrepreneurship.

READ MORE

At the University:

 

GINSBERG CENTER

Agriculture and Community Health Internship

Apply Now

Ginsberg Center announces that The Farm at St. Joe’s is seeking summer interns. The Farm uses sustainable agricultural practices to produce vegetables for families experiencing food insecurity, and weekly share distribution includes educational components related to food preparation and nutrition. Vegetables are sold at local markets, provided to patients and healthcare providers at numerous clinics, and distributed through St. Joe’s Farm Share program. The Farm is seeking an intern to actively participate in all aspects of sustainable vegetable production, the Farm Share, and additional programming needs.

Apply Here

 


 

FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Policy Talks @ The Ford School

The Ford School hosts a diverse array of timely, meaningful events that engage our students, community, and public policy leaders. During the coming month, the Ford School will host this wide-ranging and powerful series of talks on race, humanity and climate.


CEW+

39th Annual WCTF Career Conference

Thur and Fri, Mar. 4-5
Online

The Women of Color Task Force is excited to host its 39th annual career conference virtually. The conference is FREE this year; however, pre-registration is required to attend the workshops and keynote sessions. Review the information below for workshop descriptions, speaker details, and the full 2-day conference schedule.

More Info


POVERTY SOLUTIONS

The Poverty Narrative: Confronting Inequity

 Fri, Mar. 5 @ 9 am – 3 pm ET
Virtual Event

This free event is open to anyone interested in improving the narrative around poverty in the U.S. and promoting a better understanding of structural inequity. Each of the four sessions will have time for panelists to respond to questions from viewers. Register for the full-day event or just the sessions about which you’re most excited.


Sessions and Registration Here


SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Learning Levers

Application Due
Fri, Mar. 12

In recognition of James A. Kelly’s remarkable career reforming school finance, reducing inequities in schools, establishing high standards for teaching, and improving learning for all students, the School of Education is honored to launch a competition to inspire a new generation of problem-solvers and leaders.  The goal of the James A. Kelly Learning Levers Prize is to support scalable, research-based innovative Ideas promoting student learning in pre-K-12 education.

Apply Here


In the Impact Community:

 

U-M Community Invited to Join Equity Challenge

Sign up to participate during
Black History Month

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.

More info


The New American Dream: Exploring How Next Gen Leaders are Reshaping the Vision


Wed, Feb. 24 @ 1 pm ET
Virtual Event

The mindset of Millennials and Gen Z, their values, and their choices may be reshaping the American dream for the better so that it’s a positive and constructive response to our society and our planet’s needs. What is the new dream and how does it look different across diverse racial or ethnic perspectives and experiences? What are the barriers and what is the role of the public and private sectors in helping to remove barriers? How will this new dream change the landscape of America, and influence our global community and how we respond to global challenges? 

More Info and Registration


E4C Fellowship

Application Due
Sun, Feb. 28

The E4C Fellowship is a distinctive workforce development program in engineering for global development serving to activate and empower engineering students and early-career engineers worldwide to solve local and global challenges. Providing a unique platform to develop soft skills, and connect with international mentors and peers from all continents, this Fellowship offers leadership development opportunities that prepare the next generation of technical professionals to reach their fullest potential and deliver solutions that achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

More Info



January 2021 Newsletter

Save the Date: Thought Leader and Changemaker LaTosha Brown

Feb. 1 @ 6 pm
Virtual Event: Details Coming!


Save the date! Business+Impact is proud to co-sponsor U-M Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) Black History Month speaker LaTosha Brown. Ms. Brown is an award-winning thought leader, social strategist, philanthropic consultant, jazz singer, and catalyst for change. As co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, Ms. Brown is dedicated to increasing the political power of Black people. She has more than twenty years of experience working in the non-profit and philanthropy sectors on issues related to political empowerment, social justice, economic development, leadership development, wealth creation and civil rights. A regular contributor to The New York Times and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Ms. Brown is a recipient of the 2010 White House Champions of Change Award, 2006 Spirit of Democracy Award, and the Louis Burnham Award for Human Rights. 

EVENT INFO



Pivoting During a Pandemic: How Nonprofit Organizations Are Innovating and Adapting Through a Time of Crisis

Tues, Feb. 23 @ 6 pm
Virtual Event: Details Coming!


Save the Date! The COVID-19 pandemic has created new realities and challenges while deepening and exposing existing inequities. Join B+I’s Board Fellowship Program for a panel discussion with nonprofit leaders on pivoting and adaptation.They will discuss their approaches to this complex and evolving new reality and how they are innovating to continue advancing their mission. Panelists for the forum are soon to be announced.


 EVENT LINK



Impact Internship Round One Application

Application Due:
Fri, Feb 19 @ Noon EST


Business+Impact at the Ross School of Business awards competitive grants for social impact summer internships to MBAs and BBA juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as graduate students in the Ford School of Public Policy. Awardees will serve in summer internships utilizing management skills in social impact organizations.
 
There are two deadlines to apply: Friday, Feb. 19 by 12pm EST and Friday, April 16 by 12pm EST. Award decisions will be made in two rounds after each of these dates and they are based on the level of need (taking into account other funding being received), consideration of the position and organization’s impact, and the quality of the application.

APPLY NOW



Calling Future Open Road Fellows

Application Due

Sun, Feb. 14 @ 11:59 pm EST


Business+Impact is a proud sponsor of Open Road. During the program, MBAs trek across the United States during the month of May to take on projects with social entrepreneurs around the country. Open Road applications are officially live. If you already have your team and are ready to get started on the application, you can find it  here. All application materials are due Sunday, February 14, 2021.

Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.

APPLY NOW


Become a Give-A-Day Board Member


Apply Now


The Give-A-Day Fund  (GADF) is looking for MBA1s to serve on the leadership board for the 2021-22 year. Launched in 2012, GADF is a first-of-its-kind initiative among U.S. Business schools that raises money for our fellow Ross/dual degree students pursuing summer internships with social impact organizations. The application for GADF leadership is here. Please reach out to a member of the GADF team if you have questions. 

Apply for Board Here


Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Competitors Advance to the Semi-Finals


Semi-finals
Fri, Jan. 29


Eight Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track teams advance to the semi-finals on Fri, Jan. 29. The eight semi-finalists are:

  • CLOVO Brand
  • Donate Anything
  • enna
  • EQuity
  • GroundUp
  • MoneyMoves
  • Parcel Health
  • SustainiUM

More Info

 

Ross Event Highlights:


Ross: Dr. Gloria House & Malik Yakini
Mon, Jan. 18 @ 10-11:30 am
Online


Ross: Allyship 101

Mon, Jan. 25 @ 7-8:30 pm
Online



A Searchable Platform for All Things Impact at Ross and Across Campus


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

At the University:

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Martin Luther King Jr Symposium, DEI, and Social Justice Events on Campus

Many MLK Symposium events are happening on campus later this month. This year’s symposium begins with a keynote at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 and is built around the theme “Where Do We Go From Here?” Check out the Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium events.

Additionally, in recognition of the need for racial justice in the community and on campus, U-M is offering many important DEI events in the coming month:


DCERP

Detroit Community Engaged Research Program

Application Due
Fri, Jan. 18

DCERP is a  social justice focused summer fellowship program run through the U-M’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Learn while helping community organizations with research projects addressing social and environmental justice, food insecurity, human rights, public health, youth development, and more! Our program brings together aspiring change agents who will learn about the city, non-profits, community engagement and each other!

More Info


ERB INSTITUTE

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program Application

Application Due
Fri, Jan. 15

The Erb Institute is accepting applications from talented early-career scholars who in addition to conducting high-quality and impactful research will also participate in seeking external funding related to their research, write jointly-authored and peer-reviewed articles, and contribute content for a broad array of audiences under the Erb Institute’s research and engagement banners. Fellows are appointed for two years in the Erb Institute and are expected to be in residence during the academic years of the fellowship as possible.

More Info


GINSBERG CENTER

Davis Projects for Peace

Proposals Due
Thurs, Jan. 21

The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning is pleased to participate in the Davis Projects for Peace initiative for 2021. Projects for Peace are summer-long projects designed and implemented by undergraduate students passionate about peace in their communities and around the globe. The selected proposal will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000 from the Davis United World Scholars Program.

Apply Here


DESAI ACCELERATOR

Founders and Interns Needed

Request Application
To be delivered soon

The Desai Accelerator is the premier tech accelerator at the University of Michigan. We’re looking for passionate founders with scalable businesses to participate in the 2021 cohort. We’re also seeking dedicated U-M students for a paid full-time summer internship. See below for eligibility requirements or visit our website here for further information.

More Info


SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Learning Levers

Apply Now

In recognition of James A. Kelly’s remarkable career reforming school finance, reducing inequities in schools, establishing high standards for teaching, and improving learning for all students, the School of Education is honored to launch a competition to inspire a new generation of problem-solvers and leaders.  The goal of the James A. Kelly Learning Levers Prize is to support scalable, research-based innovative Ideas promoting student learning in pre-K-12 education.

More Info


PACLSHR AND DHRC

Fair Labor Association Summer 2021 Internships

Applications due
Wed, Feb. 10

The Fair Labor Association (FLA), supported by the University of Michigan President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR) and Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) has released two calls for applications for 2021 summer internships. These are two separate opportunities, and applications must be submitted separately for each internship. Please feel free to email PACLSHRApplications@umich.edu with any questions.


In the Impact Community:

 

#BlackHomesMatter

Wed, Jan. 13 @ 6 pm
Online

Detroit homeowners have faced extraordinary challenges for generations. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Dr. Cornel West, and Rev. Dr. William Barber II will speak about Detroit property taxes and property tax foreclosures, and call on Governor Gretchen Whitmer to investigate the issues and create a plan for compensating Detroit homeowners who have overpaid or lost their homes. The event will end with a performance from Detroit’s legendary gospel artists, The Clark Sisters.

More Info


Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

Round One Closes:
Fri, Jan. 29

The fifth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact from early-stage entrepreneurs around the world. $1,000,000 in prize money will help accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technology, products, and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.

More Info

 


U-M Community Invited to Join Equity Challenge

Sign up to participate during
Black History Month

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

December 2020 Newsletter

 

This Winter, Use Design Thinking for Impact

+Impact Studio Course (BA 670) is taught by professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks. This award-winning course teaches skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design, and all of it is focused on designing for resilience to help local small-businesses and nonprofit organizations navigate the pandemic. How can they build back better — reimagine business and social life to be more rewarding, just, and democratic?

This class is offered in a hybrid format from 9-11:50am on Mondays with a team lab time later in the week. Register now in Wolverine Access.

In the meantime check out some of the insights currently coming out of the +Impact Studio:

LEARN ABOUT BA670


Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track

Congratulations to these social entrepreneurs for moving on to the Semi-Finals of this competition, taking place on Fri, Jan. 29!

CLOVO Brand – CLOVO creates sustainable sheer tights with a new design to empower women and the environment. Megan Martis, MS ’21

Donate Anything – A search engine that shows organizations that accept a list of items an individual would like to donate. Andrew Wang, BBA ’24; Abdullah Umar, BBA, ’24.

enna – enna is a fashion and lifestyle magazine for Muslim women, by Muslim women.  Amani Badran, WMBA, ‘21

EQuity – EQuity is a learning and development venture that provides training and coaching to help clients advance racial justice by developing emotional intelligence. Justin Woods, MSW/MBA ’21

GroundUp – GroundUp is an app-based marketplace for landscaping jobs and community service. Gabriel Doss, MBA ’21

MoneyMoves – MoneyMoves brings intentionality to consumer spending by helping consumers discover and shop at minority-owned businesses, ensuring that money moves into the hands of under-represented business owners. Sasha Kapur, MBA ’21, Claire Yee, MBA ’21, & Ezana Tadese, MBA ’21

Parcel Health  – Parcel Health strives to create global impact through sustainable healthcare product innovation. Melinda Su En Lee, PharmD ’21 and Victor Le, PhD ’21

SustainiUM – This technology collects heat generated by spent nuclear fuel (SNF), a form of nuclear waste, and uses this heat to dry wastewater sludge. Aniket Yadav (MS’21), Jacob Ladd (JD’23), Anya Shapiro (MS/MBA’22), Luyao Li (MS’21), Marianna Coulentianos (Ph.D.’20)

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.

READ MORE

A Searchable Platform for All Things Impact at Ross and Across Campus


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

 


Calling Future Open Road Fellows

Application Due
Sun, Feb. 14 @ 11:59 pm EST


Open Road @ Ross recently held an Information Session where they walked through the experience, and alums shared stories. If you weren’t able to attend, check out the recording here. Also, feel free to check their short Q&A video which answers frequently asked questions. Ross sponsors teams of MBAs to trek across the United States during the month of May to take on projects with social entrepreneurs.

Open Road applications are officially live! If you already have your team and are ready to get started on the application, you can find it here. All application materials are due Sunday, February 14, 2021.

Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.



Innovation in Action

Application Due
Sun, Jan. 10

Innovation in Action at the University of Michigan is a campus-wide competition giving groups the opportunity, the tools, the people, and the room to take on the world’s biggest challenges.Through the course of this 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 into a solution.

View the world. Find a challenge. Create a better way.

IiA will run virtually from January through early April, and will include a track on Envisioning an Anti-Racist World in partnership with units across campus.  Interested in IiA?  Students can fill out an interest form on the IiA homepage to be notified when the application is released: innovationinaction.umich.edu

At the University:

WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE

Global Case Writing Competition

Intent forms deadline extended to
Thurs, Dec . 31


In recognition of recent events across the world, it is an extremely important time to support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. That’s why WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and its Sanger Leadership Center are joining together to address this important movement by launching this competition

More info


OFFICE OF ACADEMIC MULTICULTURAL INITIATIVES

Martin Luther King Symposium: Where Do We Go From Here?

Mon, Jan. 18 @ 10-11:30 am
Online

Students, Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the 2021 MLK Symposium will be Dr. Gloria House and Malik Yakini. Gloria House is a poet, essayist, educator and human rights activist with a deep connection to the city of Detroit.  Malik Yakini is an educator, farmer, and food justice advocate. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), and a co-founder of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance

More Info

 


In the Impact Community:

MBAs Invited to Volunteer to Provide Tax Aid

Apply Now
January Training Required

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

More Info


U-M Community Invited to Join Equity Challenge

Sign up to participate during
Black History Month

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


Opportunity Collaboration 365

Workshops begin in January

For over a decade, Opportunity Collaboration (OC) has convened social sector leaders building sustainable solutions to poverty from over 85 countries around the world. With the impacts of the global pandemic, the pause on in-person gatherings, the ever-increasing need for more effective poverty solutions, and the overwhelming demand we’ve heard from our community, we are launching OC365, a yearlong online convening platform for global impact leaders to foster global community, personal growth, and poverty solutions.


More Info



 

November 2020 Newsletter

 

This Winter, Use Design Thinking for Impact

In Winter 2021, Michigan Ross will once again offer the +Impact Studio Course (BA 670). Taught by professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, this award-winning course teaches you work skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design, and all of it is focused on designing for resilience to help local small-businesses and nonprofit organizations navigate the pandemic. How can they build back better –  reimagine business and social life to be more rewarding, just, and democratic?

This is work that helps with the unmet needs of vulnerable organizations and leads directly to the creation of new businesses and nonprofits, and you’re teamed up with other students from many other schools so the ideas are always engaging and diverse!  This class is offered in a hybrid format from 9-11:50am on Mondays with a team lab time later in the week.

In the meantime, here are some other resources:

LEARN MORE


Calling Future Open Road Fellows


Virtual Information Session
Wed, Dec. 2 @ 7-8 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 event, listed above. Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.

LEARN MORE



Ross Event Highlights:

Sanger: Story Lab Fall Showcase
Tues, Nov 17 @ 5–­6:30 pm
Online

Ross Alumni Relations: A Conversation on Race, Science, and Policy with Osagie Obasogie
Mon, Nov. 23 @ 4-5 pm
Online

Part-time MBA: Women, the Workforce and the MBA
Wed, Dec. 2 @ 8-9:30 pm
Online

 

Support Social Impact Students on
Giving Tuesday

Give-A-Day Fund

MBA2s, transform lives by giving to the Give-A-Day Fund (GADF) on Giving Tuesday, December 1st. Members of the MBA class donate a day of their regular salary in order to support those who have pursued social impact internships. A student board manages the fund and runs the fundraising process, while B+I administers the funds. Although UM’s Giving Blueday has been postponed this year, you can still make the most of Giving Tuesday by giving online. 

DONATE HERE


Recent Insights from the +Impact Studio


+Impact Studio course students, faculty, and Design Fellows have all been posting a number of insights on the +Impact Studio Medium journal. This new site also includes highlights from Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks’ Social Impact Design for Business Podcast. Below are some recent posts:

At the University:

U-M ENERGY INSTITUTE

Ross Energy Week

Mon, Nov. 16 – Fri, Nov. 20
Online

Ross Energy Week may have started yesterday, but there’s still time to take part! Panels and events will take place throughout the week, culminating with a keynote address on Friday, November 20. Participants can attend any number of panels and will have the opportunity to join small-group breakout sessions after each event. Registration for Energy Week is free; In lieu of a fee, please consider donating to Soulardarity, working to build energy democracy in Highland Park, MI. 


Link to Donate   |  Register Free


MICHIGAN MEDICINE

STEM in Color – Webinar


Wed, Nov. 18 @ Noon
Online


STEM in Color was established by Melody Sanders and Dr. Omari Baruti to provide a scholarly and professional space to promote the academic success and professional development of STEM graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and other STEM professionals at the University of Michigan and beyond.  This Inclusive Leadership Webinar will bring together the collective wisdom of Morgan DeBaun and other key leaders to build a culture of inclusion. 

More Info


WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE

Global Case Writing Competition


Intent forms – Mon, Nov. 23
Final submissions – Wed, Mar. 24, 2021

In recognition of recent events across the world, it is an extremely important time to support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. That’s why WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and its Sanger Leadership Center are joining together to address this important movement by launching this competition

More info


FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Policy Talks @ The Ford School


The Ford School hosts a diverse array of timely, meaningful events that engage our students, community, and public policy leaders. During the next month, the Ford School will host this wide-ranging and powerful series of talks on race, humanity and climate.


PACLSHR

Research Assistant Opportunity


Application Deadline:
Mon, Nov. 30 @ Midnight 

The University of Michigan’s President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR) is now soliciting applications from students interested in working on a research project to explore the changing workplace practices in response to COVID-19 in the global food supply chains. U-M undergrads with at least two years of completed college education and graduate students are encouraged to submit application materials.


More info

 


In the Impact Community:

Trustee Fellow from U-M Wanted


Apply by Tues, Dec. 15

The Nature Conservancy of Michigan is currently recruiting a Trustee Fellow to contribute to its board for two years 2021-22. They are looking to select a University of Michigan graduate student for the position, and any student interested in applying should send their resume/CV and letter of interest to Helen Taylor, the state director at htaylor@tnc.org by December 15.

More info


COVID-19 Response and Resources in Michigan

COVID-19 is impacting organizations in various ways and in different capacities. Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Resources, and the Co.Act Detroit have collected an array of resources that will help nonprofits manage their operations moving forward during this challenging time. Also, have your voice heard by sharing your nonprofits experience responding to COVID-19.

Visit Resource Page


Global Health Supply Chain Virtual Summit


Nov. 17 – Nov. 19
Online

This year the summit will focus on Global Health Supply Chain Resiliency – Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. COVID-19 has brought to light the fragility of global supply chains and challenges health systems have faced to address the new health needs arising from COVID-19 while continuing to address traditional health care needs.

More info


Midwest Climate Summit


Fri, Nov. 20
Online

If the 12 states that comprise the Midwest were a country, they would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitting nation on the planet. The Midwest Climate Summit will expand climate knowledge, accelerate climate action, and catalyze new partnerships that deepen expertise and develop a Midwestern response to the climate crisis.

More 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.

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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.

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Give-A-Day Fund Donations Requested
 

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

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Impact News & Notes

About Business+Impact
 

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

At the University:

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.


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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.

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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.

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In the Impact Community:

Leading with Intent – Nonprofit Board Governance Survey

Survey Open Now

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

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Nonprofit Summer Celebration

Thurs, June 27
NEW Center, 1100 N. Main

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

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Wege Prize 2020 Starts Soon

Application period opens in August

Wege Prize 2020 will again be open to undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the world, and will again be focused on the circular economy. When does it start? Well, right now! The Team Application period will open in August 2019 (exact date TBA), but you may take some action to start connecting with potential teammates and brainstorming ideas today:

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