1. Newsletter: November 2016

    November 1, 2016


    Social Impact Track – Michigan Business Challenge

    Application Deadline: Mon, Nov. 14 @ 11:59 pm

    Do you have an idea for a mission-driven business? Are you developing a social venture, or interested in working with one? Find out more at the Michigan Business Challenge Info Session:

    Info Session
    Wed, Nov. 2, 5:00 – 5:30 pm
    R0230, Ross School of Business

    All U-M students are invited to participate in the university-wide Social Impact Track of the Michigan Business Challenge. A prize pool of $26K is available to social enterprise business plans, and the top overall team could win up to $50K in total prizes! The application goes live Wed, Nov. 2. Check our website homepage for a link to it.

    Hosted by the Center for Social Impact in partnership with the Zell Lurie and Erb Institutes, the Social Impact Track supports the creation of new businesses, products, or services that advance social and/or environmental impact. Come to the information session on Nov. 2nd to find out more.




    Ecosystem Mapping Workshop

    The Center for Social Impact is teaming up with Innovation in Action to give students the opportunity to learn about ecosystem mapping, an important tool for anyone trying to solve complex social problems. Students participating in the Social Impact Challenge or the Social Impact Track should attend, as ecosystem maps allow teams to contextualize their social change efforts based on key stakeholders and environmental conditions, and their relationships to one another. Students participating in these competitions will be judged, in part, on the ecosystem maps they produce.

    Ecosystem Mapping Workshop
    Nov. 3, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
    @Prechter Lab, School of Education



    Board Fellowship Program Kicks Off for 2016-17

    Welcome to our 2016-17 Board Fellowship participants! This year’s Board Fellowship program brings together 21 partner organizations and 29 fellows from five U-M schools who will serve on the respective governing boards.

    Check out the photo album from the Oct. 14 Training & Orientation.

    2016-17 Board Fellowship participants:

    Ramu Annamalai (MBA) – University of Michigan Credit Union
    Maha Arshad (MPP) – YMCA Camp Hayo Went Ha
    Bilal Baydoun (MPP) – Community Social Services of Wayne County
    Afton Branche (MPP) – NEW
    Michael Budros (MPP/MPH) – National Network of Depression Centers
    Samuel Donaldson (MBA) – Matrix Human Services
    Martha Fedorowicz (MPP) – Alternatives for Girls
    Samuel Geller (MPP) – NEW
    Andrew Hauser (MBA) – National Network of Depression Centers
    Sigal Hemy (MBA) – Global Detroit
    Nicholas Hilgeman (MBA) – Ann Arbor SPARK
    Matthew Hillard (MPP) – Global Detroit
    Perry Holmes (MBA/MPP) – Transportation Riders United
    Jessica Kaplan (MBA) – St. Louis Center
    Dylan Kuzmik (MBA) – Ann Arbor SPARK
    Matthew Law (MBA) – Plymouth Historical Museum
    Mary Mattson (MSW) – SOS Community Services
    Kimberly Moore (MBA) – Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
    Seema Naik (MBA) – Alternatives for Girls
    Shen Ni (MBA/MPP) – United Way of Washtenaw County
    Sade Richardson (MSW/MPH) – Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division
    Sara Schmidt (MBA) – Center for Community Based Enterprise
    Maya Sharodi (MBA) – SOS Community Services
    Lydia Sorensen (MBA) – Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division
    Joe Tate (MBA/SNRE) – Belle Isle Conservancy
    Alex Wang (MBA) – 5 Healthy Towns
    Charisse Wilkins (MBA/MPP) – Apple Playschools
    Wesley Williams (MPP) – Sweet Dreamzzz
    Carmen Ye (MPP) – Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor


    Cart Gets a Boost from Multiple U-M Units

    While you’ve heard that it takes a village to raise a child, the same is also true of new social enterprises. Cart was a finalist in the 2016 Michigan Business Challenge – Social Impact Track. The company faced some challenges as it moved to help low-income individuals gain access to fully-stocked supermarkets. But Stacey Matlen, co-founder and CEO, says that this summer the Center for Social Impact, TechArb, and Zell Lurie Institute provided support and direction that put Cart on firm footing.


    Impact Corps Info Session – Dec. 1

    Learn about our signature program that allows students to work on high-level, sponsored projects for social impact organizations. If you are a Ross School of Business MBA or BBA junior looking for a challenging, high-level, paid summer internship in a mission-driven organization, then this is your first step in applying for an Impact Corps summer internship.

    Impact Corps Info Session
    Dec. 1, 5:30 – 7 pm
    @R1240, Ross School of Business

    tanyaThank you – Assistant Director Tanya Upthegrove

    After two years of building our foundation of programs at the Center for Social Impact, Tanya is moving on to new opportunities at U-M Flint’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Campus Inclusion and Student Life.

    We want to thank Tanya for her invaluable contributions and leadership, strengthening of core programs, guiding our students, and engaging community partners who care as deeply about social impact as much as she does.

    She’ll be greatly missed, but we wish her the best!


    scholarshipMBA1 Scholarship due Dec. 15

    First year MBA students are eligible for $5,000 to support their pursuit of social impact through the Center’s Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship. Applications are being accepted from MBA1s now.



    netimpactNet Impact @ Ross
    Career Symposium: Living a Life of Purpose

    Fri, Dec. 2, Noon – 5 pm
    @Pendleton Room, Michigan Union

    Learn what a career in social impact can look like and how to make it happen. Hear from alumni using their careers to make an impact! Participate in a hands-on career workshop led by alumni and other practitioners to help you get where you want to go. Networking reception sponsored by Net Impact @ Ross to follow.

    Contact Net Impact @ Ross


    Net Impact @ Ross
    Lunch ‘n’ Learn

    Anita Bhat (MBA ’11), Senior Dir. of Operations, Davita Healthcare
    Tues. Nov. 29, 1 – 2 pm
    @B3570, Ross

    We’re pleased to sponsor this Lunch ‘n’ Learn, where Anita Bhat will discuss how she was able to parlay an interest in social impact within Davita Healthcare’s mission, giving her purpose and a stable career path at the same time. MBA1s and MBA2s will learn about short and long term goal setting.

    Check with Net Impact @ Ross for more info!

    Key Events

    Michigan Business Challenge Info Session
    Nov. 2: 5 – 5:30 pm
    @ Ross R0230
    Ecosystem Mapping Workshop
    Nov. 3: 5 – 6:30 pm
    @ Prechter Lab, School of Education
    Impact Corps Info Session
    Dec. 1: 5:30 – 7 pm
    @ Ross R1240

    Community News & Events


    Detroit Service Fusion Workshop II – Student Engagement in the D

    Fri, Nov. 11, Noon – 4 pm
    @Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Ave.

    Do you engage in the city of Detroit through your personal or student org initiatives? This event, sponsored by U-M’s Detroit Center, is for all students wanting to learn/share best practices and resources for civic, cultural service, and social justice activities in Detroit. New, undergraduate, and graduate students are welcome from all schools. This is the first of three planned workshops. RSVP required.



    Ann Arbor Data Dive

    Sat, Nov. 12, 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
    @North Quad

    A2 Data Dive (A2D2) is a one-day data hackathon which gives you an opportunity to solve the data needs of non-profit organizations. It is a masters-student run community event, associated with the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI).This year, Data Dive will be working with data from Girls on the Run, Natural Area Preservation – The City of Ann Arbor, Nonprofit Network, and Salem-South Lyon District Library.

    Register here


    Give to the Center for Social Impact on Nov. 29

    Spark social impact and enable students to make a difference in the community!

    Giving Blueday is Michigan’s university-wide global day of giving. On Nov. 29 you can transform lives by supporting the Center for Social Impact and the students and communities it serves. Plus, your money will go even further through matching and social media challenges!

    hultprizeHult Prize 2017

    Tackle Urban Poverty with Hult Prize 2nd Deadline Nov. 30

    In partnership with former President Clinton, the Hult Prize is a student movement dedicated to solving the world’s social issues. This year’s competition challenges participants to restore the rights and dignity of 10 million refugees by 2022. Register your team by Wed, Nov. 30 to compete in U-M’s on campus competition! The winner of the Hultz Prize competition will have a chance to win $1M to launch a start-up.