1. Newsletter: October 2014

    October 9, 2014

    Register Now for Friday, Oct. 10!

    Finding Purpose, Delivering Impact

    @ the Ross School of Business: 9am-3pm+

    What is the intersection between finding personal purpose and delivering social impact? This year’s summit features professionals and social entrepreneurs who will share their path and discuss the social issues they are tackling. Open to the public with registration

    Register Now!

    Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Detroit

    Our presenters include current and former U-M students, local athletes, lifelong community organizers, impact investors, and visionaries. All are working to innovation for social change Detroit!

    Experts include: Bryan Barnhill II of the City of Detroit; Rashida Goudeaux of Focus:HOPE, Douglas Stewart of Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, and more!

    Personal Values for Social Innovation

    Your Assets + Values + Society

    Stamps School of Art & Design Professor Nick Tobier leads a session that will help you develop your individual matrices for delivering purposeful social innovation while clarifying your personal values and skills. Determine what is most important to you and then join speakers and participants for an “open workshop” to dive deep into your interest areas!

    Detroit as a Hub of the Purpose Economy

    U-M alumnus and worldwide leader in social innovation, Aaron Hurst is the founder of Taproot Foundation and the Purpose Economy initiative. His interactive and inclusive session will challenge all participants to lay out next steps as social innovators.

    Special Session Added: MBA Careers in Social Impact!

    At 3pm, Ross MBAs are invited to join their peers who have taken on internships and careers in the social impact space. How did they find their path? How did their skills translate to deliver social impact? How can you leverage our network for impact internships?

    This student-led session includes MBA interns from: City of Detroit, Education Pioneers, Impact Corps: Team/KIPP Schools, Tesla Motors, and more.

    Networking Opportunities

    This summit is for students and community members interested in the social innovation landscape in Detroit, and learning stories and tools that can be applied to them personally.

    The sessions throughout the day also provide great opportunities to meet other social innovators and grow your connections throughout the space. Register now and prepare to be inspired!

    Learn More

    Welcome to our special
    Social Innovation Summit Edition!

    Topics include:

    Social Entrepreneurship
    Impact Investing
    Food Security & Urban Farming
    Workforce Development
    & Youth Engagement
    Career Discovery & Networking


    Devita Davison, Detroit Kitchen Connect

    Freep: Detroit Kitchen Connect’s Davita Davison wins $25,000, and gets recognized by Toyota & Oprah
    Oprah.com: Meet Detroit’s Standing O-Vation Recipient: Devita Davison

    Patti Glaza, Invest Detroit

    Crain’s Detroit: Invest Detroit names Patricia Glaza managing director of 2 investment funds: Detroit Innovate & First Step Fund

    Tyson Gersh, Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

    NYTimes: Testing Ground for a New Detroit: Mayor Mike Duggan’s Pledges Echo in Detroit’s North End
    SStock: Tyson Gersh Blends Ag Innovation With Passion For Social Justice

    David Merritt, Merit Goodness

    Ann Arbor News: Cause-based clothing store Merit opened by ex-Wolverine


    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.



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