1. Newsletter: February 2016

    February 5, 2016


    Finalist teams to present proposals for Detroit PAL’s Kids At The Corner Campaign on Feb. 9

    U-M Social Impact Challenge Finals
    Tues, Feb. 9
    5:00pm – Finalists Present; 6:30pm – Reception & Program
    @ 6th Floor Colloquium, Ross School of Business
    The public is invited to attend the 2016 Social Impact Challenge Finals! Watch finalist teams present their proposals for honoring the history of the old Tiger Stadium site through serving Detroit youth, engaging the greater Corktown community, and positioning Detroit PAL for long-term sustainability and growth.RSVP Now! Finals highlights include:

    • Final student presentations; top prize of $2,500 awarded
    • A dozen U-M schools/colleges participating
    • Networking reception with hors d’oeuvres
    • This event is free and open to the public

    Judges and presenters include:

    Attend The 2016 Challenge Finals!

    An Inside Look At Foundations

    Tues, Feb. 16, 5:30 – 7:00pm
    @ R0420 Ross School of Business (open to the public)

    At this month’s Board Fellows Forum, we’ll hear from a panel of leading foundation professionals about the nitty gritty details of their work, from orchestrating Detroit’s Grand Bargain to making strategic decisions around social change.Invited panelists include professionals from Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, the Kresge Foundation, Ann Arbor Community Foundation, and more.

    Learn More

    Student Social Ventures Compete For $15K!

    2016 Michigan Business Challenge Social Impact Track Finals
    Fri, Feb. 19, 12:00 – 3:00pm
    @ Ross School of Business
    After two rounds, the Michigan Business Challenge Social Impact Track has only four teams remaining. The public is invited to watch our finalist teams pitch for the $15K grand prize!Finalist Judges:

    • Michael Finney – President & CEO, Community Ventures Resources, Inc
    • Anika Goss-Foster – Executive Director, Detroit Future City
    • Jamie Shea – Managing Director, Mission Throttle

    Finalist Teams:

    • CARt – Stacey Matlen (MPH ’16), Mikaela Rodkin (MBA/MS ’17), Ali Jensen (MPH ’17), Christine Priori (MBA/MPH ’17)
    • Kulisha – Eric Katz (BBA ’17)
    • Project MESA – Katherine Chen (BSE ’17), Bharanthi Ram (MPH ’17), Molly Munsell (BSE ’18)
    • StepFor – Jordan Golshan (BBA ’17), Andy Jinseok Lee (MS ’17), Hyorim Kim (BS ’17)
    Learn More About The Teams

    Receive Up To $2,000 in Internship Funding

    Application Posted: Mon, Feb. 15
    Application Deadlines: March 16 and April 16
    For those students pursuing social impact internships this summer, the first round applications for the Center for Social Impact’sSummer Internship Funding are due on Wed, Mar. 16. Second round applications are due on Fri, Apr. 15.Graduate students in the Ford School of Public Policy and MBAs and BBAs are eligible to apply.

    Learn More
    The New Face of Entrepreneurship
    with Michigan Alumni
    Fri, Feb. 5, 11:00am – 2:00pm
    @ Alumni Association Bldng

    The Center for Social Impact is proud to co-sponsor a black history month event with the U-M Alumni Association examining the impact of inclusive entrepreneurship.Mike Muse ’02 is the Millenial champion of My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and will deliver the keynote address, followed by a panel of U-M alumni entrepreneurs, and astudent pitch contest – the Wolverine Tank (sign up now).

    The event is free and open to U-M students, faculty, staff, and community members.

    Join the Center for Social Impact Student Advisory Board!
    Social Impact Leadership at U-M
    The Center for Social Impact Student Advisory Board will be recruiting new members soon! Be on the lookout for application instructions and position titles to be posted to the website in mid-February.
    Building Businesses with Impact and Scale
    Ross Faculty member publishes new book
    Ted London, Vice President at the William Davidson Institute and member of the Ross Faculty, has published a new book exploring the convergence of enterprise and the 4 billion people living in low-income markets around the world. The Base of Pyramid Promise draws on his 25+ years of experience to showcase this opportunity-rich segment, in which enterprise can be successful while simultaneously alleviating poverty.


    Alumni Event:
    Feb. 5, 2016
    Social Impact Challenge:
    Feb. 9, 2016
    Summer Internship Funding:
    Applications Posted
    Feb. 15, 2016Board Fellows:
    Feb. 16, 2016Michigan Business Challenge

    Feb. 19, 2016


    The Center for Social Impactprovides students support and opportunities to design a pathway to become social impact leaders. Students in the Center’s programs collaborate with mission-driven organizations across sectors to develop innovative solutions to pressing social challenges.

    Interview with Juan Pablo Garcia, MBA/MS ’17
    Recipient of Funding For Impact Investing Summer Internship

    The Center for Social Impact’s Program Director, Tanya Upthegrove, sat down with Juan Pablo Garcia to discuss his experience at an impact investing organization during the Summer of 2015.Read the entire interview to gain insights into the impact investing sector in the US and abroad, social impact summer internships, and how the Center for Social Impact is supporting students on their path to social impact leadership.

    ALE 40th Annual Conference
    Fireside chat with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
    Fri, Feb. 5, 6:15pm – 7:00pm

    Join the Ross Black Business Student Association for a fireside chat on business in society with scholar-activist Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Free and open to the public, this event kicks off a two-day conference focused on the issues, challenges, and opportunities encountered by minorities in the business world.

    Schools of Choice? A Panel Discussion Event

    Wed, Feb. 10, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    As the city of Detroit continues to rebound following bankruptcy, many believe that a strong, viable public school system is crucial to retaining new, young families. “Schools of Choice?” will discuss the current educational landscape of the Metro Detroit area and offer insight into the region’s options. Click here to RSVP.

    2nd Annual Education XChange

    Fri, Feb. 12, 9:30am – 3:00pm

    What does the future of education look like? How are individuals and organizations disrupting education? Join U-M students, professors, alumni, education and business leaders, and community partners to discuss these questions. Cameron Evans, CTO of Microsoft Education, will be delivering the keynote address.

    Detroit Policy Conference

    Wed, Feb. 24, 2016

    Detroit’s momentum is undeniable. As business and downtown thrive, the next step is to infuse the city’s proud and historic neighborhoods with similar opportunity. The 2016 Detroit Policy Conferencebrings business, civic, and government leaders together to meet that challenge.

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