Environmental Awareness and Compassionate Action

Environmental Awareness and Compassionate Action - Tibetan Buddhist Scholar and Teacher - Demo Rimpoche

Environmental Awareness and Compassionate Action - Tibetan Buddhist Scholar and Teacher - Demo Rimpoche

Earth Day Forum presented by Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, U-M EEB & U-M Psychiatry

With the existential crisis of our time, climate change, bearing down upon us, there is a need to develop constructive and sustainable solutions. Great strides have been made in generating awareness about climate change, overpopulation, mass extinction of species and other stressors on the environment. In 2019, the City of Ann Arbor declared a Climate Emergency. But how can we as individuals make a difference? Buddhism has always emphasized the interdependence of all living beings and the benefit of interacting compassionately.

The inaugural Jewel Heart Annual Earth Day Forum will present a dialogue between Tibetan Buddhist scholar and teacher, Demo Rinpoche, and eminent scientists and activists. The Forum will address the human and spiritual dimension of sustaining life on this planet.

Demo Rinpoche – Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center
Mark Hunter – UM Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Anthony King – UM Department of Psychiatry
MaryCarol Hunter – UM School for Environment and Sustainability
Avik Basu – UM School for Environment and Sustainability
Rebecca Hardin – UM School for Environment and Sustainability
Isabelle Osawamick – Native American Anishinaabemowin Language Specialist
Jonathan Rose – The Garrison Institute

Learn more on event website

CANCELED-25th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

The Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners is one of the largest exhibitions of art by incarcerated artists in the country. Each year, faculty, staff and students from the University of Michigan travel to correctional facilities across Michigan and select work for the exhibition while providing feedback and critique that strengthens artist’s work and builds community around art making inside prisons.

March 18-April 1, 2020
Art sales begin: March 18, 6pm
Opening reception program: March 18, 7pm

Gallery hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-7pm
Sunday-Monday: 12pm-6pm
April 1, 2020: 10am-5pm

CANCELLED – Innovation in Action Final Showcase

This event was cancelled due to concerns associated with Covid-19.

On March 16 @ 4pm five U-M student interdisciplinary teams will pitch on stage for the chance to win in the Innovation in Action program. Students are excited to share their ideas with a live audience. From an aggregator platform to battle fast fashion & address clothing waste to providing reproductive support for adolescents to addressing Detroit’s housing needs by informing contractors of resources, the competition is fierce and it would not have been possible without your help! This event will take place in the Robertson Auditorium in the Ross School of Business and a reception will follow in the atrium to celebrate all Innovation in Action participants.

Come cheer your favorite team as they compete for a $10,000 first price, a $7,500 second prize, and a $5,000 third prize, plus a unique $2,500 Poverty Solutions Award.  Attendees can get in the mix by selecting a $1,000 Audience Choice award, chosen live during the event.

The featured speaker is Alisyn Malek, Co-founder of May Mobility, a company that uses technology to create a better, cleaner and more accessible way to get around.  Alysin was named a top automotive professional under 35 to watch by LinkedIn, and worked in electronic technology with General Motors.

This event is co sponsored by The Center for Socially Engaged Design and B+I’s +Impact Studio.

Marcus Collins Chats about Cultural Contagion in Social Impact Marketing


March 11, 2020 – Ann Arbor, Michigan – In one of the final public Ross events before its closure to the coronavirus pandemic, the Impact Studio brought together faculty director Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks and Marcus Collins for a lively discussion about the ironically named “Cultural Contagion” that forms the basis of Collins latest research.  The event took place at Ross School of Business on Wednesday, March 12th from 5-7 pm, and was live streamed.

Why do some things catch on and others don’t? How do ideas get adopted and become a part of culture? The interactive conversation focused on how brands propagate and become ingrained within cultures. He shared insight on how we can use these same levers to influence people to do good and have a positive impact on society.

Mr. Collins is parttime U-M LEO professor in Marketing and Chief Consumer Connections Officer at Doner. Previously, he led the Social Engagement practice across Steve Stoute’s New York advertising agency, Translation. There, Marcus leveraged the psychological motivators that drive what we do, say, and share to create contagious marketing programs that extend across both the online and offline world of ‘social.’


“Igniting Impact” Conference Brought together Business People and Researchers for Maximum Impact


ANN ARBOR – March 13, 2020 – Last week on March 5-6, Business+Impact at Michigan Ross sponsored a conference on business research for social impact at the Ross School of Business. “Igniting Impact: Enhancing Business Practice and Research through Greater Collaboration” was co sponsored by the Aspen Institute Business and Society program and Responsible Research in Business and Management. Focused on translating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into practical solutions to address global challenges, this conference gathered top thinkers from U-M and across the country to discuss and brainstorm ways for business and other disciplines to take responsibility for these goals.  

In the opening session, Ach Adhvaryu and Anant Nyshadham, co-founders of Good Business Lab, and corporate partner the Gap, shared their formula for using research to find a common ground between worker wellbeing and business interests, with a particular focus on factories abroad.

A dinner keynote on the first night focused on how “Uberization” is re-shaping labor markets around the world, creating greater convenience for consumers but greater precarity for workers. Panelists included Mike Bishop, former US Congressional Representative and co-president, IPSE.US (The Association of Independent Workers); Lindsey Cameron, Professor of Management, Wharton School; Carrie Leana, Professor of Management, University of Pittsburgh; Azariah Lehman, Chief Administrative Officer, iWorker Innovations. They shared what the latest research tell us about how to take on this dilemma and what new business opportunities are being created.

On the second day, the conference opened up two “Choose Your Adventure” breakout session periods, where award-winning researchers were paired with business executives to lead dialogues on pressing problems and evidence-based solutions. Brief presentations were followed by very active brainstorming sessions, where participants collaborated on specific solutions to the issues and goals stated.

That Friday, the lunch speaker, Sridhar Tayur (Carnegie Mellon University; founder, OrganJet) shared his experience in using research to transform the organ transplant industry.  And as a closers, Doug Guthrie, Apple; Christopher Marquis, SC Johnson Professor of Management, Cornell University; Xun (Brian) Wu, Professor of Strategy, Michigan Ross discussed the ongoing trade war with China and the potential risks and opportunities of doing business in China. 

Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Finals


Finals Schedule
Friday, February 21: 

9:00 – 11:35 am   MBC Track Finals (Seigle Impact Track, Innovation Track, Invention Track) Four finalists each track: 15 minute pitch, 15 minutes Q&A

12:30pm Winners of each track announced 

1:30 – 3:15 pm  MBC Best in Business Pitches (First place winner of each track) 15 minute pitch, 15 minutes Q&A

3:15 – 5:30 pm  MBC Reception (lower level Ross building):
3:15 – 4:15 pm     Team Showcase (all Track Finalists will table)
4:15 – 4:45 pm      Elevator Pitch Competition (all Track Finalists) 
5:00 – 5:15 pm      Awards announced

The Track Finals take place in the morning from 9:00-11:35am. All twelve teams will pitch to a new panel of judges. Pitches will include business plan for 15 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

At 12:30pm, ALL TEAMS will be present when the winner of each track (and places 2-4) are announced. Those three winners will present again in the afternoon to a new panel of judges for a chance to win an additional $5,000 Best in Business Prize. 

Every Finalist team will participate in the MBC Student Startup Showcase from 3:15-4:15 pm, where there will be tables and talking about each venture to attendees. There is a Showcase cash award to be won. 

Every Finalist team will choose one team member to give a 60-second elevator pitch to the crowd. Yes, there are cash awards for this as well.

At 5:15, the winners of all awards will be announced, there will be big checks and lots of photos.

ALL portions of the day are open to the public.



Here’s how the $100,000 in cash prizes is allotted:
$15,000 MBC track winner (one in each of the 3 tracks)
$7,500 MBC track runner-up (one in each of the 3 tracks)
$1,500 MBC track Finalists (two in each of the 3 tracks)
$5,000 OneMagnify MBC Best in Business Award 
$5,000 Williamson Award for Best Business/Engineering team 
$5,000 Sillman Undergraduate Award
$2,000 MIC Investment Committee Award
$500 MBC Showcase Award
$500 MBC Elevator Pitch 1st Place
$250 MBC Elevator Pitch 2nd Place
$100 MBC Elevator Pitch 3rd Place
$250 MBC Round Two Participation Awards (all teams who continue on in the competition will receive this award along with any additional awards)


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Ross


Join Michigan Ross Director of Diversity and Inclusion and current students from our MBA DEI committee for this overview of DEI initiatives in the Full-Time MBA Program. We’ll briefly highlight what differentiates Michigan Ross, provide an overview of our history in DEI, and share how we’re working to ensure DEI is at the core of what we do at Ross.

Recommended Audiences:
Full-Time MBA Students – Prospective

Winter 2019: Whose Safety? Policing Minds, Bodies, and Borders in Detroit

Join us for our Winter 2019 Detroiters Speak series: Whose Safety? Policing Minds, Bodies, and Borders in Detroit. 

Each week will feature different Detroit-based speakers and guests who will explore the given topic and engage the students through a combination of formal remarks, presentations, and public discussion. 

Light dinner provided; free transportation from Ann Arbor to Detroit; public welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Free Parking provided in WSU lot 62.

For more information, please click here.

Dates: Feb 7, 14, 21,28; March 21, 28; April 4, 11
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Cass Corridor Commons, 4605 Cass Ave.

Queer Students Abroad

Queer students who have travelled out of the US will share their experiences living, traveling and/or working abroad. Learn about how their identities impacted their experience, as well as helpful resources to plan your own experience abroad. This event is a partnership between the International Center, the Spectrum Center, and the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies (CGIS). Register using the ticket link!

Spectrum Center Event Accessibility Statement
The Spectrum Center is dedicated to working towards offering equitable access to all of the events we organize. If you have an accessibility need you feel may not be automatically met at this event, fill out our Event Accessibility Form, found at http://bit.ly/SCaccess You do not need to have a registered disability with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) or identify as disabled to submit. Advance notice is necessary for some accommodations to be fully implemented, and we will always attempt to dismantle barriers as they are brought up to us. Any questions about accessibility at Spectrum Center events can be directed to spectrumcenter@umich.edu.

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Faculty Research for Impact: Addressing UN SDG #3 – Good Health and Well-Being

How are Ross faculty members advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through business research? Each month, Business+Impact hosts an interactive design session themed around one of these goals. During the month of January, we will address Goal 3: Good Health & Well-Being.  Several award-winning Ross faculty members will share their research in an informal setting, and students will have the opportunity to brainstorm possible next steps for how the research can be applied to real-world applications that make a positive impact.

This limited-size two-hour workshop will feature:


Due to high interest in these workshops, we must cap attendance at 25. We aim to keep the numbers of participants at a size that can accommodate the space capacity of the +Impact Studio and provide meaningful group discussion.