1. January 2018 Newsletter

    January 20, 2018

    Detroit Pop-ups Take Center Stage in
    2018 Social Impact Challenge

    Finals – Tues, Feb. 6, 2018
    5 – 6:30 pm @ Ross R0220

    Last week, the Center kicked off the Seventh Annual Social Impact Challenge (SIC), with a record-breaking 144 students participating. This year’s SIC features a partnership between Business Impact, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), and the Ford School of Public Policy. Student teams are exploring how pop-ups can be used to encourage neighborhood revitalization and small business development in Detroit.

    At the kickoff (see photos). Lily Hamburger and Kyla Carlsen of DEGC, and Melissa Butler of The Lip Bar shared the goals and benefits of pop-ups in Detroit. Student instructor Karen Yocky taught a case competition workshop following the session.

    During the next week, students will face the first round of judging, visit Detroit, and look to be part of the final three teams with a chance to win the $3000 first prize! The Social Impact Challenge Finals on Tues, Feb. 6 are open to the public with RSVP.



    Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track: Four Teams Advance to the Finals

    2018 Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track Finals
    Fri, Feb. 16, 1:15 – 6 pm
    @ Ross School of Business

    After two rounds, the 2018 Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track has four teams remaining. On Feb. 16, at 1:15 pm, the public is invited to watch the teams pitch for the $15K grand prize. Starting at 4 pm, the finalists will be in the Blau Colloquium for a showcase exhibit, which will be immediately followed by an awards ceremony and reception.

    Finalist Teams:

    • Adelie – Stefanie Rubinstein (MBA ’19), Vanessa Lynskey (MBA ’19), Tracy Wolfbiss (MBA ’19)
    • Canopy – Brandon Keelean (MDes ’18), Ann Duong (MHI ’18), Elisabeth Michel (MPH ’17)
    • FoodFinder – Jack Griffin (BBA ’19)
    • PedalCell – Adam Hokin (BBA ’19), Anna Moreira Bianchi (MBA ’19)

    See photos from Round Two.
    Read press release about Round Two.



    Calling All Summer Interns

    EDF Impact Corps Application Due Sun, Jan. 28
    Summer Fund Applications Due Fri, Apr. 13

    Business Impact will award competitive grants for Summer Fund internships 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. Eligible students can watch for an email next week with further specific details on the Summer Fund.

    In the meantime, our Impact Corps Internship partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund is still open for application. Only Ross MBAs may apply for this grant, which has an application deadline of Sun, Jan. 28. Go to the EDF Internship listing and select the “IMPACT Corps” internships to apply.


    Colleen Hill Receives Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship

    Colleen Hill (MBA/MS ’19) recently received the 2017-18 Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship for outstanding commitment to solving complex social challenges through learning. But even before receiving this $5,000 award, she was a Summer Fund Intern, a Ross Open Road Fellow, and a Social Impact Peer Coach. She says, “The Skip & Carrie Gordon Scholarship will support me by allowing me to feel more comfortable spending three full years pursuing my dual degree through the Erb Institute; with the extra semester at Michigan, I can become more deeply involved in developing social impact programming at Ross and enhancing our network further.” We look forward to Colleen pursuing big ideas with a strong vision for social impact in her career.

    Colleen plans to continue as an advocate for impact. According to her, “I came to Ross to learn more about how business can be a positive force for good in the world. I started to understand the struggles that people in our own country face, and realized I can start to have an impact domestically as well.” Looking forward to graduation, Colleen says, “My long-term career goal now is to have a career in supply chain operations, where I can work to make supply chains more transparent, and influence businesses to have humane operations and move to more humane labor rights for employees at the beginning of their supply chains.”


    Should Nonprofits Operate Like Businesses?

    Board Fellows Forum
    Tues, Feb. 13, 5:30-7 pm @ Ross R0220
    (Open to the Public)

    At next month’s Board Fellows Forum, we’ll hear from a panel of leading nonprofit professionals about the increasing focus on running nonprofits like businesses in order to stay competitive. Please join us for a lively discussion as these panelists share their opinions on this highly debatable topic.


    Positive Business Project Application

    Early bird submissions due Fri, Feb. 16

    The Positive Business Project is an annual student-led initiative presented by the Michigan Ross Center for Positive Organizations aimed at identifying, studying, celebrating, and spreading positive business in organizations of all types. Outstanding submissions are recognized at the annual Positive Business Conference, held in early May at the Ross School of Business.
    APPLY BY FEB. 16


    ZLI Startup Workshops to Help Student Entrepreneurs

    Our partner in the Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track — the Zell Lurie Institute — is offering a series of entrepreneurship workshops leading up to the Michigan Business Challenge Finals. Workshops are open to all students and the public



    Key Events

    Social Impact Challenge Finals
    Feb. 6: 5 – 6:30 pm
    @ Ross R0220

    Board Fellows Forum
    Feb. 13: 5:30 – 7 pm
    @ Ross R0220

    Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track Finals
    Feb. 16: 1:15 – 6 pm
    @ Ross School of Business


    Community News & Events


    Ginsberg Community Engagement Cases

    Starting Jan. 30, @ Various locations

    Join one or all of these interactive, interdisciplinary workshops facilitated by the U-M Ginsberg Center, to learn the nuances of professionalization, communication, power differences, intercultural awareness, and developing cultural humility in current client-based projects. All workshops begin at noon:



    ALE Conference

    Feb. 2-3 @ Ross School of Business

    In its 42nd year of existence, this conference has engaged attendees around the issues, challenges, and opportunities encountered by underrepresented minorities in the business world. It has historically attracted hundreds of attendees from around the country, including current and prospective students, Ross alumni, industry leaders, and corporate recruiters. This year’s conference is titled “Changing the Game: How to Navigate Your Own Path.”



    EmpowerHER Pitch Competition

    Wed, Feb. 7, 6 pm @ Ford World Headquarters, Dearborn, MI

    Please join Michigan Women’s Foundation, in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, as the twelve social entrepreneur finalists pitch for cash prizes, investments and professional services. EmpowerHER launched with an educational summit in June, after which finalists were selected from more than 130 concept papers reviewed by high achieving professionals, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.



    Education Pioneers Fellowships

    Summer Fellowship Deadline: Feb. 12
    Impact Fellowship Deadline: Mar. 14

    EP Fellowships provide exceptional professionals with stepping stones into education leadership careers that solve problems outside the classroom so that teachers and students can succeed inside the classroom. Fellowships help professionals lead, learn and connect during the summer.



    Innovation Studio Internships

    App deadline: Sun, Feb. 25

    The Innovation Studio is an interdisciplinary team that designs, develops, and delivers innovations that have the capacity to change the world. This summer the studio will launch three 12-week projects, including those based on research conducted at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Michigan Medicine.

    As collaborative members of an interdisciplinary team, student interns will have the opportunity to engage clients directly and work together through a design process to create ambitious deliverables.