1. Newsletter: May 2016

    May 16, 2016

    New Video Highlights the Center’s Mission

    We provide students an opportunity to engage with real-world problems in a meaningful way. Action-based experiences allow students interested in social issues a chance to use business practices while making a positive difference.


    Congratulations to This Year’s Summer Internship Recipients

    The Center is giving internship funding and support to 40+ students that will be working at nonprofits, government entities, and social enterprises in Detroit and around the world.

    Information Session for Nonprofit Organizations
    @ U-M Detroit Center

    Are you a Southeast Michigan nonprofit interested in learning more about our Board Fellowship Program? Come out to our Info Session at the Detroit Center on May 24th to learn more about program requirements and hear from a nonprofit leader currently participating in the program.

    RSVP Now

    Thanks to all of the current Board Fellowship partners with whom we’ve worked in 2015-16.

    We extend a warm welcome to the 2016 intern cohortSummer Internship Funding:

    Maha Arshad (MPP) National Consortium on the Study of Terrorism & Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland
    Jessica Bauer (BBA) HOPE International
    Andrew Bean (MPP) City of Detroit, Mayor’s Office
    Alex Berger (MPP) U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Deputy Secretary
    David Chang (MBA) Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies
    Jessica Covarrubias (MBA/MA) Education Pioneers
    Theo Eggermont (MBA/MS) MI Folk School
    Katherine Eyster (MPP/MSW) The White House
    Nate Fisher (BBA) U-M, College of Engineering, Office of Advancement
    Kara Foley (MBA/MA) Pearson Affordable Learning Fund
    Alex Glasson (BBA) Mission of Hope, Haiti
    Stephanie Hingtgen (MPP) Millennium Challenge Corporation
    Alexander Ho (MBA/MS) Eastern Market Corporation
    Samuel Krassenstein (MBA/MUP) City of Detroit, Mayor’s Office
    Carolina Maestri (MBA) United Nations Environment Program
    Kate Naranjo (MPP) New Sector Alliance
    Iris Nguyen (MBA/M.Ed) Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies
    Emily Pramik (MPP) US Office of Management & Budget
    Holly Price (MBA) Education Pioneers
    Heather Shen (BBA/BS) Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    Shireen Smalley (MPP/MA) National Council of US-Arab Relations & The General Delegation of the PLO to the US
    Ying Wang (MBA) Education Pioneers
    Jenna White (MBA/MS) Social Venture Partners Seattle
    Harry Wolberg (MPP) City of Detroit, Office of Deputy Mayor, Economic Policy, Planning & Strategy
    Yuanchao Xie (MBA) Beaumont Health Systems
    Allison Zimmerman (MBA/MPP) City of Detroit, Mayor’s Office
    Impact Corps Interns:
    Impact Corps offers a competitive, co-sponsored internship with a leading cross-sector organization for business students.

    Melissa Morton (MBA/MS) Environmental Defense Fund
    Mark Kroening (MBA/MPP) Environmental Defense Fund
    Aaron Steiner (MBA) Civic Consulting Alliance
    Andy Bauer (MBA) Civic Consulting Alliance

    Thank you – Asst. Director Cat Johnson!

    After helping us launch the Center for Social Impact, Cat moved on this year to an outstanding social enterprise in Detroit as a VP at the Empowerment Plan.

    We want to thank Cat for her invaluable contributions to starting our new center, building our identity, helping to define the field, and influencing partners and students who care deeply about social impact just like she does.

    We’ll miss her dearly, but wish her the best!



    Board Fellowship:
    Information Session
    May 24, 2016

    We are excited to welcome Glenn Bugala to our staff as Marketing Manager. Glenn advances the Center’s engagement with students and external audiences through brand management, communications, marketing strategy, and execution. Previously, Glenn worked in Ross’ Marketing Communications department as a Digital Project Manager. He has a broad spectrum of experience in marketing for nonprofits and training organizations.He has an MFA from Purdue as well as a BA from Michigan. You may contact Glenn or visit him at our offices.


    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.


    Ross Open Road Kicks off

    Two teams sponsored by the Center for Social Impact and Zell Lurie Institute have embarked on a road trip across America this month. They will meet with social entrepreneurs around the country to work on bringing innovative solutions to the challenges their companies are facing.

    It’s part of Open Road, a new action-based social entrepreneurship program developed by Ross students and based on the MBAs Across America Open Road model. The aim of the program is to give small business owners extra help in solving complex challenges, and to help students gain firsthand experience understanding the various issues social ventures face.

    Learn More About the Teams
    Track them on Twitter by searching #RossOpenRoad



    Positive Business Conference
    May 12-13 @ Ross School of Business

    At Ross’ Positive Business Conference, attendees engage with thought leaders and the latest research on positive business approaches that yield extraordinary results. Attendees from diverse industries participate in practical hands-on workshops. The conference yields a tangible plan for translating inspiration into action.


    Dining for Dollars
    May 18 @ Zingerman’s Roadhouse
    Ann Arbor

    Join community leaders, business supporters and friends for a night of festivities at Unified HIV Health‘s largest annual fundraiser. This night of dining, silent auctions and raffles will support care and prevention programs in Southeast Michigan’s only HIV/AIDS service organization.


    Detroit Startup Week
    May 23-27 @ Various Locations around Detroit

    Startup Week is a five-day celebration of Detroit. Join community leaders and artists in a new type of conference that builds momentum and opportunity around start-ups, led by entrepreneurs and hosted in their spaces all over town. The event reflects the community’s hard work and unique creative identity.

    Conference on Volunteering and Service
    June 27-29 @ Detroit Cobo Center

    Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service is the largest gathering of volunteer, national service, and civic leaders in the world. Each year, thousands of people who care about the future of volunteer service convene in one place – this year in Detroit – working together to increase the number of volunteers in the world and the impact of their work.