1. Newsletter: May 2015

    August 11, 2015

    Thank You for Making it a Great First Year!

    Photo album | Video Stream | Poets & Quants | U-Record 

    Over 200 students, partners, and guests joined us on April 22 to celebrate and discuss future collaboration to tackle social problems. Among the highlights was honoring our Student of the Year – Sam Charner, MBA ’16 – our outgoing VP of Board Fellowship and the incoming Ross Net Impact President.

    U-M VP of Gov. Relations Cynthia Wilbanks said that the Center is “a wonderful example of how UM contributes to community and economic development throughout the state.” Keynote David Egner, Executive Director of Detroit’s New Economy Initiative, advised students interested in social impact careers to proceed with humility and to “value the connectors,” such as the Center.

    See Event Highlights

    Funding Awarded for Social Impact Summer Internships

    The Center recently awarded internship funding to 30 students from the Ross School of Business, School of Social Work, and the Ford School of Public Policy.

    During the summer the students will engage in project work with nonprofits, government entities, and social enterprises in Detroit as well as 15 locations throughout the country and across the globe.

    We extend a warm welcome to the 2015 intern cohort!

    Farhana Arif (MBA/MPP) – Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, Philadelphia, PA
    Megan Blair (MPP) – Blue Door ECD, Cape Town, South Africa
    Fulton Breen (MBA/MA) – Education Pioneers, Detroit, MI
    Terrence Cho (MBA) – NYC Economic Dev. Corp., New York, NY
    Christie Crum (MBA) – Education Pioneers, Nashville, TN
    Kamolika Das (MPP) – Ctr for Study of Social Policy, Wash., DC
    Luis De La Cruz (MPP) – Portland Police Bureau, Portland, OR
    Max Dixon (MBA) – Education Pioneers, New York, NY
    Leann Down (MSW/MPP) – Ctr for Study of Social Policy, Wash. DC
    Katie Eddins (MPP) – Ctr for Budget and Policy Priorities, Wash.DC
    Grace Evans (MPP) – City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, Detroit, MI
    Brittney Foxhall (MPP) – City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, Detroit, MI
    Juan Pablo Garcia (MBA) – New Ventures Group, Mexico City, D.F.
    Zuleika Godinez (MPP) – Ctr for Community Change, Wash. DC
    Heonuk Ha (MPP) – UN Economic Commission, Brasilia, Brazil
    Jiahao Huang (MPP) – United Nations, New York, NY
    Andrew Kraemer (MPP) – Clinton Foundation, New York, NY
    Demar Lewis (MPP) – Arthur Ashe Institute, New York, NY
    Praveen Loganathan (BBA) – InFusion Technologies, Canton, MI
    Ashley Lucas (MBA) – Education Pioneers, New Orleans, LA
    Rasheed Malik (MPP) – Ctr for American Progress, Wash. DC
    John McGowan (MBA) – Third Plateau, San Francisco, CA
    Sandy Mervak (MBA/MPP) – National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO
    Lillian Moriarty (BBA) – American Legislative Exchange Council,Arlington, VA
    Sneha Narang (MBA) – Ctr for Employment Opp., New York, NY
    Rachael Podesfinski (MPP) – Food Research and Action Ctr,Wash. DC
    Luis Salvador (MPP) – UN Economic Commission, Santiago, Chile
    Nathaniel Samuelson (MPP) – US Dpt of State, Manila, Philippines
    Jenna White (MBA/MA) – Tech. for Tomorrow, Kampala, Uganda
    Sabiha Zainulbhai (MPP) – Data Driven Detroit, Detroit, MI

    Learn More About Internship Funding

    Student Advisory Board Spotlight

    A special thank you goes to the 2014-15 Student Advisory Board, led by President Pilar Parish Koopman, MBA/MSW ’17. Throughout the year the Board played an integral role in increasing the Center’s engagement with students, as well as supporting key programs including Board Fellowship, the Social Impact Challenge, and Social Entrepreneurship initiatives.

    We look forward to selected SAB members Simon Chafetz (MBA ’16) and Chloe Fagan-Tucker (MBA ’16) joining the board for the 2015-16 academic year.

    We also congratulate our graduating SAB members: Matt Seiler (MBA ’15), Noelle Polaski (MPP ’15), and Erin Pidot (MPP ’15).

    Student Advisory Board Details

    Community of Social Innovation Scholars Workshop
    May 15-17, 2015
    Ross School of Business

    The Center for Social Impact is hosting the annual international Community of Social Innovation (COSI) workshop with leading faculty and emerging scholars.

    The mission is to foster and advance the sharing of insights around teaching, data, theory and methods in social innovation, and to provide mentorship for junior scholars in the emerging domain. The interactive weekend builds a community of scholars with an interest in social innovation and social movements.

    Sponsored by the Center for Social Impact at the Ross School of Business and the Centre for Social Impact at the Queen’s School of Business.

    Board Fellowship Information Session For Nonprofit Organizations
    Jun. 11, 12:30-1:30pm
    U-M Detroit Center Detroit, MI

    If you represent a nonprofit organization located in SE Michigan, we invite you to join us to learn more about participating in the 2015-16 Board Fellowship program.

    During this session we will review the participant experience, including benefits and expectations for students and for organizations, as well as the 2015-16 application process.


    Community of Innovation Scholars:
    May 15 – 17, 2015
    Board Fellowship:
    Jun. 11, 2015


    The Center for Social Impact provides 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.

    Startup Weekend Detroit for Social Entrepreneurs

    May 29-31, 2015
    Ford Resource & Engagement Center, Detroit, MI

    The Center for Social Impact is a proud sponsor of the first-ever Startup Weekend Detroit for Social Entrepreneurs! Do you have an idea for a company, app or website with a social/environmental mission? Do you want to see what it’s like to build a business idea from scratch, work with designers, developers, marketers, and grow your network? Pitch an idea. Form a team. Launch a product. All in 54 hours.

    Positive Business Conference

    May 14-15, 2015
    Ross School of Business

    The second annual Positive Business Conference at the Ross School of Business will explore the latest thinking and research about positive business. Join us to participate in practical workshops on positive business practices across functions, from marketing to management to finance, and hear how companies are leveraging the power of purpose to realize better business results.

    Register Now

    Bank of America Foundation Webinar: Demystifying Social Enterprise

    Thurs, May 28, 2:00pm ET

    The Bank of America Charitable Foundation webinar series supports the company’s purpose to improve the financial lives of the clients, customers and communities they serve – by connecting nonprofit leaders to trends, tips and resources that will create better futures. The webinar on 5/28, “Demystifying Social Enterprise”, features REDF President & CEO Carla Javits.

    Register Now

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