March 2022 Newsletter

Afua Bruce on “The Tech That Comes Next”

Wed, Mar. 30 @ 5:30 -6:30 pm ET
Virtual Event – Open to the Public

Join us for a book chat between Michigan Ross Business+Impact Faculty Director Jerry Davis and author Afua Bruce (Ross MBA ’11) on her vision of a more equitable and just world along with practical steps to creating it, appropriately leveraging technology along the way. This event is co-sponsored by Net Impact @ Ross (grad) and Michigan Ross Tech & Innovation Alumni Association.

Afua Bruce is a leading public interest technologist who has spent her career working at the intersection of technology, policy, and society.  Her newest book, “The Tech That Comes Next: How Changemakers, Technologists, and Philanthropists can Build an Equitable World,” describes how technology can advance equity.

REGISTER HERE


Impact Internship Funding – Round Two Application

Application Due:
Fri, Apr. 15 @ 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.
 
The next deadline to apply is Friday, April 15 by Noon ET. Award decisions will be based on the level of need (taking into account other funding being received), consideration of the position, the organization’s impact, and the quality of the application.

APPLY NOW


DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business Paid Internships for Undergrads

Application Due:
Sun, Mar. 27

Business+Impact is a key partner of the DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business. DNEP +ISLB is a program for current sophomores or juniors who want to develop professional experience while making a positive difference in their community. Interns will work in interdisciplinary teams with a portfolio of Detroit-based small business clients to implement marketing and operations projects. Interviews are Mar. 28-Apr. 2, and the program runs May 4-June 24. Watch the information session.

INFO ABOUT APPLYING

Ross Event Highlights:

Sanger: Story Lab Winter Showcase
Tues, Mar. 22, 5-6:30 pm
Robertson Auditorium

Ross: Women in Tech:
Closing the Gap

Wed, Mar. 30 @ 4 pm ET
Online

Women in Leadership Telva McGruder event flyer

Sanger: Telva McGruder on DEI and Amplifying Women in STEM
Wed, Apr. 6 @ 5-6:30 pm
Robertson Auditorium

Picture of Ross Impact Gateway websiteA 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

B+I Is Hiring a Program Coordinator

Business+Impact is looking to hire a Program Coordinator. In this role, you would work with Business+Impact’s students, faculty, staff, and partners to accomplish our mission and create impact for both individuals and the community. You would support the planning, execution and continuous improvement of our programming and events as well the Impact Studio space, programming and course. Reporting directly to the Student Program Manager, you will also receive direction from the Impact Studio Program Manager.

APPLY HERE

 


+Impact Studio Team Is Opening the Space for Guiding Youth Athletes

Dualete is a platform to help youth athletes learn from college athletes and to close the gap in mental health. The aim is that youth athletes can log onto Dualete and search for different sports or athletes from their favorite college or university. Nutrition and diets, weight training, how to deal with injuries, and getting noticed by college recruiters are all important to an athlete’s ability to perform but may not be salient to athletes that are starting out. From mental resilience to college preparedness, which are not visible at times, Dualete strives to bring these hidden problems that athletes face to the forefront through the experience and mentorship of the college athletes working with them.

READ FULL MEDIUM POST

 


Innovation in Action Final Showcase

Fri, Apr. 8 @ 3 pm ET
Virtual Event

B+I’s key partner Innovation in Action is hosting its Final Showcase Event on April 8, 2022! Student teams from across the University of Michigan worked for several months to develop solutions to a real-world challenge they are passionate about. Join them to learn more about these incredible teams and hear the announcement of the winners! Innovation in Action got off to a record-breaking (and virtual!) start, with almost 100 participants on 20+ teams from 12 schools and colleges. Already this year, students have covered topics ranging from Power, Privilege, and Identity in Design to Stakeholder Mapping, Interviewing, and telling a Powerful Story. Read about Innovation in Action’s most popular challenges in recent years, and learn about what drives students to compete. 

RSVP TO RECEIVE THE FINALS LINK

At the University:

 

MICHIGAN IMPACT

Michigan Impact Investing Symposium


Sat, Mar. 26 @ 10 am – 2:15 pm
Tauber Colloquium – Michigan Ross


Business+Impact is co-sponsoring the Michigan Impact Investing Symposium (MIIS) — a conference that allows participants to explore investments that provide financial as well as social returns under the guidance of distinguished members of the impact investing community. Featured speakers include Perry Teicher, Head of Global Impact Finance and Investement at Orrick, and Kelly Flanagan, Senior Manager of Impact at Kiva. Students and professionals, register free.

Register here


STUDENT LIFE

Dinners for Democracy

Dinners Mar. 24, 29, 30

Dinners for Democracy are nonpartisan presentations and small group discussions on topics students care about. Participants can expect to gain:
– A deeper knowledge of the issue and an opportunity to discuss your thoughts
– Information about how your vote in local offices can affect the issue
– Additional resources you can use to learn more
– Free food! Virtual attendees receive a $15 gift card as a thank you for participating. You’ll have an opportunity to select from a list of restaurants/stores at the end of the event. You are welcome to participate in as many dinners as you like, though gift cards are limited to one per student per topic.

More Info


WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE

DEI Global Case Writing Competition

Apply by
Thurs, Mar. 31

You are invited to enter our competition and support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business are proud to present the second annual DEI Global Case Writing Competition. Final submission documents are due March 31.

More Info


GINSBERG CENTER

Ginsberg Graduate Academic Liaisons

Applications due
Fri, Apr. 1

Through a generous gift from Bill and Inger Ginsberg, the Ginsberg Center offers a year-long leadership development opportunity for University of Michigan doctoral students. Ginsberg Graduate Academic Liaisons (GALs) provide perspectives on their home departments, while deepening their knowledge and application of community engaged scholarship and practice. Graduate Academic Liaisons make a one-year commitment, renewable upon mutual agreement. There are two tracks to the program: a Facilitation track and a Community Engagement track. To learn more and apply by April 1st, please visit the GAL webpage.

Learn more and Apply


CEW+

CEW+ Scholarships for 2022-23

Apply by
Fri, Apr. 1


The CEW+ Scholarship Program, which today serves women and underserved students.  CEW+ Scholarships are invaluable and unique in that they are tailored to complement a student’s existing aid package.  Approximately 65 scholarships are awarded annually ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 with some larger scholarship awards given. The average award amount for the 2021-22 academic year was $6,300. Full eligibility, selection criteria, and FAQs are listed on the CEW+ Website.  

Apply here


GINSBERG CENTER, MESA

Leadership Connection Retreat

Apply to speak by: Fri, Apr. 8
Virtual event: May 2-5

Looking for ways to strengthen your impact on campus? How about investing in your organization and its members? Leadership Connection will be held from May 2-5 and provides members of your student organization an opportunity to grow through meaningful exploration of topics like collaboration, social change, critical thinking, and reflection. Participants will leave with action items and next steps on how to continue their organization’s growth. 

Apply here


In the Impact Community:

 

Executive Careers in Sustainability

Thurs, Mar. 24 @ 9 am ET
Virtual Event

Are you interested in executive opportunities in Sustainability, or are you already a Sustainability executive looking for ways to advance your career? Join the Global Business School Alliance as we take a look at how to position yourself for Sustainability roles, how the Sustainability job search process works, and trends you need to know to leverage your current position.  peakers include: Sarah Galloway, Co-leader of the Sustainability Practice, Russell Reynolds; Aidan Kennedy, Partner, Saxton Bampfylde & Chair Emeritus; Flemming Riber, Managing Partner, Global Practice Leader, ESG, Stanton Chase; Rony Nassar, Partner, Rasd.

Register Here


Halcyon Incubator Fall ’22 Fellowships

Apply by
Fri, Apr. 8 @ 11:59 pm ET

Halcyon Fellowships equip early-stage impact-driven founders with tools and relationships they need to achieve scalable, lasting impact. Halcyon’s Fellowships are free, with no fee or equity stake required. We are currently accepting applications for: Fall 2022 Flagship Residential Fellowship, 2022 MENA Halcyon/AWS Intensive, Fall 2022 Opportunity Intensive Fellowship.

Apply now


Detroit’s Green Task Force

Attend and Get involved

The Green Task Force advises Detroit City Council on sustainable principles and practices to better serve the City of Detroit. Focused on moving the needle in all areas of sustainability, the Task Force has focus groups to build comprehensive progress.

Attend and Get Involved


Public Allies

Apply Now

Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the U of M-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. The program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and the Community Service and Michigan Community Service Commission. Apply now for fall opportunities.

Application info


Some images in this newsletter are Pre-COVID.

February 2022 Newsletter

Kyla Carlsen, Co.act Detroit; Kelly Maxwell, DDNRC; Courtney Smith, Detroit Phoenix Center; and Kevin Thompson, Good Inc.

B+I Public Panel Event Feb. 18 – Stronger Together: How Nonprofits Can Collaborate

Board Fellows Forum
Fri, Feb. 18 @ 10 -11:30 am ET
Virtual Event – Open to the Public

Each year, the Ross School’s Business+Impact Initiative places a cohort of Nonprofit Board Fellows to serve as non-voting members on boards across Southeast Michigan. The Ross community prides itself on using business to create a more equitable and just society, and for over 20 years this program has served as an action-based opportunity for graduate students to become involved in, and contribute to, local communities and causes. The program hosts an annual panel discussion with representatives from local nonprofit organizations. This event is open to the public and we invite you to join us!  This year, the theme of the forum is “Stronger Together: How Nonprofits Can Collaborate.” We believe that collaboration between nonprofits will only become more instrumental in combating injustices across America. Join us for a panel discussion featuring four local nonprofit experts: Kyla Carlsen, Co.act Detroit; Kelly Maxwell, DDNRC; Courtney Smith, Detroit Phoenix Center; and Kevin Thompson, Good Inc.

REGISTER HERE


Dimitri Alejo Giraldo poses side by side with Jason Gordon, internship funder

Impact Internship Funding – Round One Application

Application Due:
Tues, Mar. 1 @ 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: Tues, Mar. 1 by Noon ET and Friday, April 15 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, the organization’s impact, and the quality of the application.

APPLY NOW


FROM THE IMPACT STUDIO:

Ariel Cruz (MBA ‘22), Pablo Hernandez (MBA ‘21), Joi James (MBA ‘23), Loren Townes Jr.

The +Impact Studio Welcomes New Ventures and Mentors

The Michigan Ross +Impact Studio is excited to be growing! The Impact Studio Founders Program is a community where impact-driven student innovators can nurture and launch their early-stage ideas to make significant, positive change in the world. This Winter 2022 semester, the studio is welcoming three new founders, as well as an +Impact Studio Program Manager to help lead the studio and support its growth.

READ MORE


Young woman writing in a journal

Designing for Wellbeing: Student Innovators Use U-M Research to Enhance Mental Health on College Campuses

In Winter 2021, students in the +Impact Studio course BA670 interviewed local small business owners, finding a strong theme of mental health and well-being challenges in their community. Students engaged U-M faculty members Dr. Ethan Kross and Dr. Sue Ashford about their research, and what emerged was a prototype for a research-based journal that puts Kross and Ashford’s research into practice to enhance well-being. Applebaum Impact Design Fellows have developed the prototype over the last year and are partnering with OptiMize this semester to test it with student innovators.

READ MORE

Ross Event Highlights:

Professor Andy Hoffman smiling

CPO: Andy Hoffman: Management as a Calling
Thur, Feb. 17, 4-5 pm ET
Online

Asia Business Conference logo, showing words and a geometric symbol.

Ross: Asia Business Conference
Feb. 11-12, 18-19
Online

Picture of Ross Impact Gateway websiteA 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

Cover of Innovation in Impact Report with diverse group of 4 students showing a Michigan Ross flag

Read the B+I Innovation in Impact Report

Recently released by Business+Impact, the Innovation in Impact Report notes all the ways the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan has recently innovated for positive societal impact and sustainability through research, education, and outreach.

READ THE REPORT


Hattie McKinney, BA ’16, JD ’22, founder of Great Quality Developments

Great Quality Developments Wins the 2021 Michigan Business Challenge — Seigle Impact Track

We’re excited to share that the winner of the 2022 Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track is Great Quality Developments ( Hattie McKinney, BA ’16, JD ’22). The venture won the finals on Fri, Feb. 11. Great Quality Developments is a community focused, mixed-use development company that specializes in integrative developments that increase affordable housing, homeownership, and community resources in Detroit, MI. Clear Computing won second prize in the Seigle Impact Track. This competition, co-sponsored by the Zell Lurie Institute and Business+Impact, began in November with 40 teams. The Round 1 video pitch took place in mid-November, while the Round 2 video pitch took place a month later, and the eight semi-finalists pitched on Fri, Jan. 21.

READ MORE FINALS RESULTS


Diverse group of eight Ross faculty and students who received diversity awards last year, standing in front of Ross.

Ross DEI Research Awards Program

Applications Due
Mon, Feb. 28

Carolyn Yoon, Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is please to announce that the Business +Impact initiative at Ross, in collaboration with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee and the Dean’s office, will hold the second annual research awards to celebrate and honor research related to diversity, equity and inclusion conducted at the Ross School of Business. Applications are now open until February 28. Please send your submissions to eogreen@umich.edu.

MORE INFO

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SPOTLIGHT

Ariel Olaiz (Ross '07), co-founder of ePesos, wearing an ePesos shirt

ePesos: Fostering Economic Inclusion in Mexico

Last year Business+Impact introduced a new series on U-M alumni who have created social enterprises and continue the work of entrepreneurship after graduation. Previous Social Enterprise Spotlights included Thawra and FoodFinder; now we focus our spotlight on ePesos, a tech platform expanding economic inclusion to the population least affiliated with the banking system in Mexico.

Ariel Olaiz, BBA ’07, has come full circle — from studying business at the base of the pyramid at the Ross School of Business to fostering economic inclusion in Mexico. Olaiz says his U-M education comes into play every day in his role as co-founder and chief financial officer at ePesos. We caught up with Ariel to learn more about his experience running a company in the FinTech space.

READ MORE

At the University:

MESA

Black History Month

Black History Month poster for U-M, featuring smiling black people in cartoon formatMulti-Ethnic Student Affairs affirms and celebrates  the lives, success, struggles and beauty of the Black and Afro-descended peoples from around the globe.  The theme for this year’s Black History Month is: Black Joy.  Below are some highlights:


U-M SUSTAINABLE FOOD PROGRAM

Seeking Sustainable Food Leaders

Apply by
Wed, Feb. 16

UMSFP logo, with hands planting a seedling.

UM Sustainable Food System (UMSFP) is a student-led organization that coordinates, connects, and supports U-M students that are developing innovative solutions to food system problems. SFP is seeking a group of 14 students that collectively manage all of UMSFP’s programs and operations. LT members work 5-12 hours per week managing one program, supporting the organization’s collective goals, and participating in weekly meetings. The ideal candidate is a creative, food-loving self-starter who is committed to social justice and collaboration. Pay starts at $15/hour.

Learn More and Apply


LSA

A Conversation on Academic Freedom and Responsibility in a More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Campus Community


Tues, Feb. 22 @ 4 – 5:30 pm ET
Virtual Event

Poster showing diverse group of speakers in Academic Freedom presentation.Faculty have the benefit of academic freedom that encourages a search for deeper knowledge and understanding, and the academic responsibility to ensure that complex content is presented through inclusive pedagogy that promotes positive learning environments. This community conversation will further explore the principles and practices of academic responsibility and academic freedom, and how these are effectively exercised in a  diverse, inclusive and equitable campus community.

More Info & Registration


SEAS

20th Peter M. Wege Lecture: Expanding the Base for Climate Action and Social Justice

Wed, Feb 23 @ Noon
Online Event

Poster for Wege Lecture, showing Dr. Ayana Elizabeth JohnsonJoin an engaging conversation about climate action and social justice with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. A marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native, Johnson is the co-founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for costal cities, as well as co-creator of the Spotify/Gimlet podcast, ‘How to Save a Planet,’ which focuses on climate solutions. The event will be moderated by SEAS assistant professor Sara Hughes and will include a live Q&A with students.

Info & Registration


OFFICE OF HEALTH EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Cultural Humility Workshop


Thurs, Feb. 24 @ 10:30 – 11:30 am ET
Virtual Event

Picture showing fingers changing letter cubes from "Humanity" to "Humility"In this one-hour workshop, facilitated by OHEI’s Michael Herrington, cultural humility is defined, and behaviors and practices that foster better relationships are explored. Through self-reflection and dialogue, participants will examine how our respective cultures and identities influence our interactions with others and how to better navigate cultural interactions and relationships. Open to all in the U-M community.

More Info


CEW+

40th Annual Women of Color Task Force Career Conference

Fri, Mar. 4
Online

Diverse group of women watching a presenter, with Women of Color Task Force Career Conference logo in front of them.Save the date for the 40th anniversary Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) career conference on Friday, March 4, 2022!! This historic event will be a virtual 1-day conference featuring a keynote fireside chat with Tamika D. Mallory, one of the organizers of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington and co-president of The Women’s March, Inc. Ms. Mallory will be discussing the conference theme: “The Time is Now!” 

See Sessions & Register

Also, the Center for the Education of Women (CEW+) has opened applications for four fellowships covering bold advocacy, study abroad, women’s research, and women’s health. Applications are due at 11:59 pm, Mon, Feb. 21.

Find out more and apply


LSA

Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship

Apply by
Fri, Mar 11

Cartoon drawing of a city, showing streets and buildings.The Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship (ESJF) offers an opportunity for students and non-profit organizations to propose a mutually beneficial summer project. Students whose projects are selected will be paid $5,000 for ~300 hours of work with the sponsoring organization. Interns and organizations create their own work schedule, but the required hours must be completed by August 31, 2022. Fellowship recipients must be available from Monday, May 9th, 2022 through Friday, July 8th, 2022.

Apply here


DESAI ACCELERATOR

Desai Summer Interns Sought

Apply by
Sun, Mar. 13

Diverse group of 10 students with "Paid Startup Internships" as a border above the photo.Desai is hiring software development, design, business development and generalist interns who will help portfolio companies with business development, financial modeling, product QA/testing, customer development/support, user acquisition, user experience, design, marketing and market research. Students who thrive in a fast-paced environment and are currently enrolled in the University of Michigan are welcome to apply. Interns will work virtually, full-time and should have a strong interest in 1) technology and startups, 2) great execution, organizational and communication skills 3) desire to learn more about startups and entrepreneurship and 4) the ability to work individually and as part of a team.

More Info


SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Learning Levers

Proposals Due
Mar. 13, 2022

James A. Kelly Learning Levers logo in maize and blue.Bring your passion and make an impact on pre-K–12 Education. The James A. Kelly Learning Levers Prize is a student pitch competition that supports scalable, research-based ideas that promote learning in pre-K–12 education. All U-M undergraduate and graduate students from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, or Flint campuses can enter as individuals or teams.

Learn More


STUDENT LIFE

Dinners for Democracy

Dinners Mar. 9, 10, 15, 23, 24

Poster for Dinner for Democracy on Gender and Climate, with a globe at the top.Dinners for Democracy are nonpartisan presentations and small group discussions on topics students care about. Participants can expect to gain:
– A deeper knowledge of the issue and an opportunity to discuss your thoughts
– Information about how your vote in local offices can affect the issue
– Additional resources you can use to learn more
– Free food! Virtual attendees receive a $15 gift card as a thank you for participating. You’ll have an opportunity to select from a list of restaurants/stores at the end of the event. You are welcome to participate in as many dinners as you like, though gift cards are limited to one per student per topic.

More Info

 


In the Impact Community:

 

Detroit Financial Well-Being Innovation Challenge

Apply Now

Logo for United Way's Detroit Financial Well-being Innovation Challenge, in blueThe Detroit Financial Well-being Innovation Challenge is committed to gathering and acting on feedback from community residents who have first-hand experience with the financial difficulties the Challenge is trying to address. Here are a few ways you can participate in the Detroit Financial Well-being Innovation Challenge as an individual.

Learn more


Apply for the SafeHouse Center

Winter 2022 Training
February 17-20

Applications open
Mon, Feb. 21

Blue save-the-date image for SafeHouse Training dates.SafeHouse Center provides support for those impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault. SafeHouse provides free and confidential services for any person victimized that lives or works in Washtenaw County. At this time our next training will be May 19-22 for the Shelter & Helpline Program. Applications will open on February 21 for May’s training. 

Application link


Detroit’s Green Task Force

Attend and Get involved

Detroit's Green Task Force logo.The Green Task Force advises Detroit City Council on sustainable principles and practices to better serve the City of Detroit. Focused on moving the needle in all areas of sustainability, the Task Force has focus groups to build comprehensive progress.

Attend and Get Involved


Public Allies

Apply Now

Logo for Public Allies of Metro Detroit, showing a cartoon hand print in African style.Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the U of M-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. The program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and the Community Service and Michigan Community Service Commission. Apply now for fall opportunities.

Application info




Some images in this newsletter are Pre-COVID.

Open Road at Ross Allows MBAs to Consult with Detroit Social Entrepreneurs

by Glenn Bugala, Business+Impact

June 14, 2021, Ann Arbor, MI – Three teams of Ross MBAs spent the month of May helping three major social entrepreneurs in Detroit, MI with the business challenges they face.

Working remotely this year, the intrepid “travelers” of Open Road at Ross were focused on addressing business challenges for Coton Clothiers, Detroit is the New Black, and Shelby + Coffee Down Under in Detroit, MI. Business+Impact and Zell Lurie Institute are proud to partners on this program, funded by Ford Motor Company. 

Coton Clothiers
The team at Coton Clothiers (Chris Gradone, MBA; Rachel Ing, MBA; Natasha Suddhi, MBA) completed a full-week engagement with an up-and-coming boutique fashion company co-founded by classmate Alyssa Blankenship! Coton is unique in that they source materials that would have likely been wasted. The student team enjoyed the fast pace of the work and Alyssa’s energy for her young business.

Coton Clothiers staff pose on a couch full of style. (Pre-Covid photo)

In the end, they were able to help on two separate fronts: First, Coton products are made-to-order, reducing waste and bringing unique fabrics to the market. However, tracking inventory and communicating stock-outs had been a challenge. The student team was able to recommend a software solution called MyMaterials and built a process to manage these operations and help the founders remain focused on their mission.

Second, they worked with Coton to recommend another software solution called PageFly to customize the online shopping experience for their unique value proposition. Although it wasn’t built out, Alyssa is comfortable with the tool recommended and is really excited about the potential.

Coffee Down Under Founder and Detroit-based entrepreneur Tarun Kajeepeta.

Shelby + Coffee Down Under
At Shelby + Coffee Down Under, the team (Chris Gradone, MBA; Rachel Ing, MBA; Chris Nguyen, MBA; Natasha Suddhi, MBA; Allison Winstel, MBA, MPP) worked closely with Tarun Kajeepta, an entrepreneur and UM grad, to support his growing speakeasy concept. Conceived pre-pandemic but launched this spring, Shelby offers a unique experience in an even more unique setting located in a retrofitted Bank Vault in the resurgent Financial District of Detroit. Tarun sought support for Shelby and its coffee house front-end called “Coffee Down Under” on two fronts – managing the operations of a 3-headed monster (restaurant, bar, and coffee house) in a small underground space, as well as driving visit volume on off-peak times.

First, the team addressed operational challenges. Through interviews with key staff, the student team designed and implemented an inventory storage plan for all of the business’s consumable products, covering a multitude of ingredients and supplies. Though simple, Tarun and the staff noted immediate benefits from the improved organization.

The second focus area was much longer-term and strategic. The key questions were: “how do we authentically get the word out?” and “outside of weekend night service, what experience do we envision for customers?” Brainstorming sessions, frequent check-ins with Tarun, and staff interviews led the combined team to recommend a suite of options, several of which are under further refinement or are being implemented today!

Owner and CEO Roslyn Karamoko celebrates success in front of her business, Detroit Is the New Black.

Detroit Is the New Black
The team at Detroit Is the New Black (Dustin Huibregtse, MBA; Alex Johnson, MBA; Briana Jones, MBA; Sasha Kapur, MBA) assisted owner Roslyn Karamoko by providing her with strategic recommendations on how to grow her business and brand over the next few years. Over the course of a month, the students developed insights based on over 20 interviews with her ecosystem and customers, a deep dive into her financial data, and analysis of best practices in high-street brands and fashion retail. Overall, the team gave her recommendations about how to grow an authentic brand in an omnichannel world, and how to think critically about creating capacity for herself as she builds a successful brand of Detroit and for the World.

Although this year’s program was remote and focused on Detroit alone, Open Road hopes to put students in vans again traveling the country to help social entrepreneurs in May of 2022

Impact Students Must Visit this Site Before Coming to U-M/Ross

Business+Impact is the single hub for all things impact at U of M. Our Impact Gateway is entering its second year online, and it continues to get more and more traction with students from all disciplines. If you’re a prospective student or a new student, this is one organized place to show you all of the social impact and sustainability activities at U of M.

In this video, Glenn shares some tips and tricks for taking advantage of RossImpact.com