April 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

Board Fellowship Program Update

Nonprofit Partners Info Sessions


Tues, Apr. 16 @ 5:30 pm, Ross School of Business, B2560
Thurs, May 2 @ Noon, U-M Detroit Center


Nonprofits in southeast Michigan are invited to attend one of the above information sessions to learn about the Board Fellowship Program. The program places graduate students on the boards of nonprofits for an academic year. Students complete key projects for the board while gaining real-world insight into the working of a nonprofit board. These sessions provide an overview to prospective organizations interested in participating during the 2019-20 academic year. Food will be provided at both sessions listed above.
 

2018-19 Board Fellows Experiences


The 2018-19 Board Fellowship Program was our biggest and most competitive program in years. Students from RossFord SchoolSchool of Social WorkPublic Health, and other programs developed project management and executive skills as board members of nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan. We interviewed Kevin Finnegan (MPP), Jenna Fiore (MSW), Grace Kendra (MM), and Vishnu Suresh (MBA) to learn a bit more about their personal experiences with the program this year.

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Experience Last Month’s B+I Social Innovation Series Events

Cynthia Koenig: Designing for Impact

On March 18, the +Impact Studio hosted a discussion on leveraging design for impact with social innovator and MBA/MS ‘11 alum Cynthia Koenig. Cynthia is a Product Management Principal at Amazon, focused on designing impactful new digital products, and is the Founder of Wello, an award-winning social venture that designs disruptive and affordable innovations to provide better, more reliable access to safe water. Studio faculty Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks and Jerry Davis engaged Cynthia in a lively discussion.

Defining, Measuring, and Encouraging Impact

Effective Altruism at Michigan and Business+Impact organized a workshop for the purpose of discussing social impact through the lens of effective altruism. EA is a philosophy that tries to discover how we can use our time and careers to do the most good possible.


Work / Force Event

U-M’s Poverty Solutions partnered with Ford School of Public PolicyYouth Policy LabSchool of Education, and Ross School of Business’s Business + Impact to present a conference on workforce development. The event featured Greg Foran, President and CEO of Walmart US and Julie Gehrki, Vice President of Philanthropy at Walmart as speakers, and panelists like Shamar Herron, Deputy Director of MichiganWorks! Southeast, Sharon Miller, CCMP & Michigan Talent Architect for Consumers Energy HR, and Jeff Donofrio, Executive Director of Workforce Development, City of Detroit.

 

Ross Event Highlights:


WDI: Healthcare Delivery in Emerging Markets
Mon, Apr. 22 @ 5-6 pm
Ross, R1240


Ross: Birthright Citizens: Race & Rights in Antebellum America
Tues, May 7 @ 6-9 pm
Ross, Robertson Aud.


Ross: Ross Talks Detroit
Tues, May 7 @ 11:30 – 1
Westin Book Cadillac
Detroit, MI


Ross: Positive Business Conference
Thurs-Fri, May 9-10
Ross School of Business

For a complete list of impact events in the coming month, visit the Business+Impact Impact Gateway at RossImpact.com

 

Congratulations all 2019 graduates!

Ross Commencement – May 3

We at Business+Impact have come to know many students at Ross and across campus through our programs and partnerships. We will miss all of you graduating students, but we’re excited to see the impact you make in your careers, and we wish you all the best. Keep in touch with B+I by joining our LinkedIn group, and we hope to partner with you sometime in the future.


CTAC Community Showcase

 

The Community Technical Assistance Collaborative (CTAC) showcase will bring together community partners and student project teams to share the work that is happening in the community, and how current students are actively engaged in community capacity building.

Info and Registration


Who Won the Ross Portion of Aspen Case Competition?


This spring, Business+Impact at Ross has partnered with the Aspen Institute to bring the 2019 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition to the University of Michigan. The Ross portion of the competition took place from Mar.29-Apr.1. B+I is proud to announce that the Ross campus winner was Team Stubborn Optimists (Vanessa Lynskey – MBA ’19, Cristobal Cevallos – MBA ’19, and Joseph Tulloch – MBA ’19). If their proposal passes the next round, they have a chance to be flown to New York City and participate in the finals.

Read more

 


Impact News & Notes

 

About Business+Impact
 

Michigan Ross seeks to build a better world through business. Business+Impact is the central hub for these efforts, providing ideas and solutions to address the global challenges of our generation. We aim to embed impact deeply into every core activity of Ross, including teaching, research, and outreach. As such, impact is not a silo, but it is part of the DNA of our business school.

Spotlight:

Cynthia Koenig (MS ’06/MBA ’11)

Cynthia Koenig is a Principal in Product Management at Amazon, and she is also the founder and Founder of Wello, which makes the Water Wheel, a 50-liter container that enables people to roll water from water sources rather than carry it on their heads. In this Spotlight, she speaks about design thinking large and small.

READ MORE

At the University:

LSA OPPORTUNITY HUB

Arts, Social Impact & Health Intern Workshop

Tues, Apr. 16 @ 5:45-6:45 pm
LSA Building – LSA 2001

All LSA students who are planning to do an internship with an arts, social impact, or healthcare organization in Summer 2019 should attend this orientation highlighting key issues related to these kinds of organizations.There will be interactive learning, work through strategies, and Q&A related to your summer internships. Dinner will be provided.

More Info

DETROIT SCHOOL

Dream City: Creation, Destruction, and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit

Fri, Apr. 19 @ 4:15
Rackham Building, East Conference Room

Join the Detroit School Series for a book talk with Conrad Kickert – Assistant Professor of Urban Design, University of Cincinnati – to explore how the history of downtown Detroit has differed from the familiar decline of the city’s neighborhoods: downtown grew faster, declined differently, and has been forced to reinvent itself time and again while battling the influential forces of the automobile and the suburbs.

More info

MUSE INITIATIVE

Muse Workshop – Sustainability and Big Data

Thurs, Apr. 25 @ 5 – 7 pm
Dana Building – 1006

The MUSE workshop brings together sustainability researchers from across the university to discuss ideas and promote interdisciplinary connections and collaborations. The workshops are informal gatherings with a facilitator who leads an often wide-ranging discussion. At this workshop, professor Tom Logan will discuss ethics and big data as applied to our climate change response.

More Info

U-M POVERTY SOLUTIONS & GINSBERG CENTER

Community Engagement and DEI: Applying Principles to Practice

Tues, May 7 @ 3 – 4:50 pm
North Quad – Language Resource Center
Mac Classroom, Room 1500

This session co-facilitated by experts from LSA’s Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) and the Edward Ginsberg Center, will address key principles and promising practices to promote student learning *and* mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships when developing effective community-engaged courses. This session is designed for faculty, staff or graduate student instructors planning to teach or currently teaching a community-engaged course.

More info

MUNGER GRADUATE RESIDENCES

Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network Convening

Wed, May 8 @ 8:30 am – 5 pm
Palmer Commons

The Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network’s steering committee invites all interested individuals or universities to join this first meeting that will explore how to use rapid response data and analysis in partnership with communities and governments to inform efforts on mobility and decreasing poverty. This event brings together researchers from various universities to discuss best practices and strategize how to expand their own work in this area.

More Info

U-M DETROIT CENTER

UM3 Detroit

Thurs, May 9 @ 9 am – 6 pm
Gem Theatre, Detroit

Explore U-M’s engagement with Detroit and how U-M’s work with the city, CBO’s and residents is making a difference in the quality of life and opportunities for Detroiters. Learn, share ideas, and make connections with people from all three U-M campuses.

More info

In the Impact Community:

D Prize

Early Submission Date:
Sun, May 12 @ Midnight PT

The world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design a business or NGO that addresses subject from girls’ education to global health? If selected, you’ll be awarded up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.

Info and Application

Sustainable Brands Conference

June 3-6
Cobo Center, Detroit

Sponsored in part by Ross’ Erb Institute, Sustainable Brands hosts this yearly conference that attracts thought leaders with fast-track insights into the latest trends and business drivers for innovative environmental and social benefit. Participants will take part in interactive subject matter explorations, engage with the Sustainable Brands community, and experience Detroit through curated activities.

Register here

March 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

Form Your Team for the Aspen International MBA Case Competition

Find a team now!
Register by Mon, Mar. 25
U-M Competition Dates: Mar. 29 – Apr. 1
NYC Worldwide finals: Apr. 25-26

Michigan Ross has been selected to partner on the Aspen Institute’s 2019 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. This preeminent program differs from other MBA case study competitions in that its focus is explicitly on environmental, social, and ethical decisions currently being faced by a real business. The top five teams worldwide will be flown to NYC to present in front of corporate, academic and other friends of the Aspen Institute and to compete for a share of over $30,000 in scholarship funds. Students in other Ross graduate programs are eligible to compete as long as they are part of a team with MBA students.

MORE INFO


Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Results

On Fri, Mar. 15, Dear Black Women, an affirmation movement and social network for Black women, won the Seigle Impact Track competition, co-sponsored by the Zell Lurie Institute, Business+Impact, and the Erb Institute. In addition to receiving $15,000 for first place in the Seigle Impact Track, Dear Black Women received $100 for third place in the Elevator Pitch competition. Practical Prosthetics was the Seigle Impact Track Runner-up ($7,500), and won the Best Undergraduate Team Award ($5,000) and the Williamson Cross-function Team Award ($5,000). Seigle finalist NeoHealth won the Positive Organizing Award ($2,500) and Best Showcase Award ($250). 

READ MORE

 

Board Fellows Nonprofit Partners Info Sessions

Tues, Apr. 16 @ 5:30 pm, Ross School of Business, B2560
Thurs, May 2 @ 11:30 am, U-M Detroit Center

Are you a nonprofit organization in Southeast Michigan that is curious about the Board Fellowship program? This program places students on a nonprofit board for an academic year, and they complete a strategic project. These sessions provide an overview to prospective organizations interested in participating during the 2019-20 academic year. Food will be provided.


 

Impact Investing Symposium

Sat, Apr. 13 @ 9 am – 6 pm
Ross School of Business
 
Organized by the Global Investments Committee and Net Impact in collaboration with the Business+Impact, the Michigan Impact Investing Symposium (MIIS) is a conference that allows participants to explore positive investments that provide financial as well as social returns under the guidance of some most distinguished members of the impact investing community.
 

EVENT INFO


Ross Event Highlights:


Ross: Sister Simone
Sun, Mar. 31 @ 2-4 pm
Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Ann Arbor


Sanger: Story Lab Finale
Tues, Apr. 9 @ 5-7 pm
Ross, Robertson Aud.


Ross: Ross Talks Detroit
Tues, May 7 @ 11:30 – 1
Westin Book Cadillac
Detroit, MI


Ross: Positive Business Conference
Thurs-Fri, May 9-10
Ross School of Business

For a complete list of impact events in the coming month, visit the Business+Impact Impact Gateway at RossImpact.com

 

Workshop on Defining, Measuring, and Encouraging Impact

Fri, Mar. 22, 4-7:30 pm
Ross, B1570

During this event, co-sponsored by Effective Altruism at Michigan and Business+Impact, guests will discuss social impact in terms of effective altruism, which is a philosophy that tries to discover how we can use our time and careers to do the most good possible. The event features a quick series of talks and an activity segment.

Please RSVP


VIDEO: Learn about the Fall ’19 Impact Studio Class


A pilot of our Impact Studio class was offered this semester and will be offered again as a course in Fall 2019. If you have an interest in design thinking, leave an opening in your class schedule for it. The class will be open to Masters students from Ross and across campus. This multidisciplinary class will continue its work on the Flint water crisis and will also tackle financial inclusion.

Watch the video to learn more


Make an Impact with Your Internship
 

Application Open
Apply by April 12

Business+Impact’s Summer Fund awards competitive grants to Ross and Ford masters students and BBA juniors. Students completing internships in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors may apply if the organization has a clearly defined social mission.

Info and Application

 


Impact News & Notes

LISTEN NOW: Eight Short Talks from Some of the Smartest People at U-M about the Future of Society (Michigan Ross News)
 

U-M researchers explore reasons why less-educated men face declining labor prospects (Michigan News)
 

Tauber Institute Students, Alumni Give Back on Community Service Day (Michigan Ross News)
 

Joe Arvai on Climate Change (Michigan Ross News)
 

Without Regulation, the economy is in danger (Michigan Ross News)
 

University launches commission on Carbon Neutrality (University Record)
 

LISTEN NOW: Reduce Chronic Absenteeism by Addressing Poverty (U-M Poverty Solutions)
 

Michigan Ross Professor Testifies Before Congress on Climate Change, Says U.S. Infrastructure Is ‘In Bad Shape’ (Michigan Ross News)
 

WATCH NOW: The Plight of the Black Academic (U-M Detroit Center)

About Business+Impact
 

Michigan Ross seeks to build a better world through business. Business+Impact is the central hub for these efforts, providing ideas and solutions to address the global challenges of our generation. We aim to embed impact deeply into every core activity of Ross, including teaching, research, and outreach. As such, impact is not a silo, but it is part of the DNA of our business school.

At the University:

InnOVATION IN ACTION

Innovation in Action Finals

Fri, Mar. 22 @ 5-7 pm
Kahn Auditorium, 109 Zina Pitcher Place

Student teams from across the University of Michigan worked for five months to develop solutions to a real-world challenge they are passionate about. Now see the students pitch in front of a live audience!  There are $23,500 in prizes and 15 schools and colleges represented. Kathy Sample and Bill Brinkerhoff of Argus Farm Stop are the keynote speakers.

More Info

INNOVATE BLUE

Made at Michigan Application

App deadline: Sun, Mar. 24

For the fourth year in a row, Innovate Blue is teaming up with partners across campus to produce the Made at Michigan report—a compilation of annual entrepreneurship highlights with a special focus on undergraduate and graduate student ventures created over the course of the year. Apply now to not only gain visibility and make your mark, but to also join U-M’s long legacy of student innovation by being a part of the university’s historical record of entrepreneurs!

Apply here

MUNGER GRADUATE RESIDENCES

Munger Case Competition – Sustainability

Thurs, Mar. 28 @ 5:30 pm
Munger Graduate Residence

This semester, Munger Graduate Residences has partnered with MDining and Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) to ask teams of students to address issues of sustainability. Come see what teams of U-M grad students came up with.

More Info

LSA

Semester in Detroit

Fall ’19 Deadline: Sun, Mar. 31


Start your application to spend Fall 2019 in Detroit!  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through Mar. 31st.  The Semester in Detroit program accepts undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

More info

DETROIT SCHOOL

Dream City: Creation, Destruction, and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit

Fri, Apr. 19 @ 4:15
Rackham Building, East Conference Room

Join the Detroit School Series for a book talk with Conrad Kickert – Assistant Professor of Urban Design, University of Cincinnati –  to explore how the history of downtown Detroit has differed from the familiar decline of the city’s neighborhoods: downtown grew faster, declined differently, and has been forced to reinvent itself time and again while battling the influential forces of the automobile and the suburbs.

More info

In the Impact Community:

Jewish Family Services Seeks Microenterprise Development Program Intern

The MED Business Consultant is responsible for providing a range of consultancy services to refugees who are seeking to start or expand a microenterprise. Business consultants will assist entrepreneurs with the fundamental aspects of operating a microenterprise in the U.S., creating a viable business plan, licensing, marketing, tax planning, and other essential advisory services. If interested, please contact MED Program Coordinator Carolyn Scorpio at carolyns@jfsannarbor.org or (734) 769-0209 ext. 210.

GMAT Think Like an Entrepreneur

Application deadline: Sun, Mar. 31

“Think Like an Entrepreneur” encourages undergraduate students in the US to solve a social issue while motivating others to join their effort. Through March 31, 2019, GMAT will accept proposals that integrate the value of impactful social entrepreneurship with a graduate business education. The proposal garnering the most votes will be awarded a $10,000 grand prize. 

Info and Application

Ford Community Challenge

Application Deadline: Wed, Apr. 3 @ 5 pm EST

Now in its 12th year, the Ford C3 grant program requests proposals for projects that address an unmet need among the following topics surrounding the theme of Making Lives Better: changing the way people move through smart mobility, driving social mobility, or building sustainable communities. Up to 10 winning proposals will be selected to receive $25,000 each from the Ford Motor Company Fund to support implementation of the proposed projects.

Submit a Project

Halcyon Incubator

Deadline: Wed, Apr. 4 @ 5 pm

The Halcyon Incubator is seeking early-stage social entrepreneurs to participate in an 18-month fellowship in Washington, DC that includes five-month residency, 12+ months of free workspace, a $10K stipend, a mentor, and 1,000+ hours of advice.

Apply Online

Propose an Event for Upswell Chicago

Application Deadline: Wed, Apr. 19

This November, changemakers from across the country will gather in Chicago for Upswell. What ideas, innovations, and skills will you share with them? From in-depth workshops to quick pitches to creative problem solving, Upswell is accepting proposals for a wide range of activities on the conference schedule. If you have questions, please email them at info@upswell.org.


Submit an Idea

February 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

MBC – Seigle Impact Track Finalists

Business+Impact wants to thank all the teams and judges involved in Round Two of this year’s Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track! The competition has been very successful thus far, and the 8 teams from Round Two did a lot of hard work on their presentations. The Seigle Impact Track had a panel of three judges from the impact investing and foundation communities. The finalists are Dear Black Women, NeoHealth, Practical Prosthetics, and SubQ Assist. They will compete in the MBC-SIT Finals on March 15th at Ross.

See a photo gallery from the event

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“The Choice” Wrestled with Algorithms and the Future of Democracy and Markets

On Fri, Feb. 8, Business+Impact and U-M’s Center for the Study of Complex Systems gathered U-M scholars from across disciplinary boundaries to ponder big questions about how society should best choose the institutions/methodologies to make choices that will influence and contribute to a society’s or organizations’ ability to flourish. These institutions and mechanisms guide, manage, allocate, and harness society’s intellectual, financial, social, and ecological resources to decide on laws, policies, and leaders. 

See a photo gallery from the event


B+I Seeks Program Coordinator

Apply by Wed, Feb. 27

Business+Impact is looking to hire a Program Coordinator to advance its work with students and partners to deliver on its mission and create impact. The Program Coordinator will plan, execute, and improve on our new Impact Studio space, programming, and course. Additionally, the coordinator will help deliver programs and events like the Board Fellowship Program, Summer Internships, entrepreneurship competitions, and the Social Innovation Speaker Series. Finally, the Program Coordinator will aid in marketing & communications for B+I. Get information and apply by Wed, Feb. 27.

APPLY HERE

Aspen’s International MBA Case Competition Is Coming to Ross!

Apply by Mon, Mar. 25
Event: Mar. 29 – Apr. 1

Michigan Ross has been selected to partner on the Aspen Institute’s 2019 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. This preeminent program differs from other MBA case study competitions in that its focus is explicitly on environmental, social, and ethical decisions currently being faced by a real business. The top five teams worldwide will be flown to NYC to present in front of corporate, academic and other friends of the Aspen Institute and to compete for a share of over $30,000 in scholarship funds.

MORE INFO


Ross Event Highlights:


At Ross: Poverty Simulation
Tues, Feb. 26 @ 6-9 pm
Ross, Blau Colloquium


Erb: Christiana Figueres
Thurs, Mar. 14 @ 5 pm
Hill Auditorium


ZLI: Michigan Business Challenge Finals
Fri, Mar. 15 @ 8am – 10pm
Ross School of Business


Net Impact: Michigan Impact Investing Symposium
Pitches due: Mar. 15


B+I: Work/Force: Solving for Jobs, Mobility and Equity in an Era of Rapid Change
Featuring the CEO of Walmart America
Tues, Mar. 26 @ 4-7:30pm
Ross Tauber Colloquium


Sanger: BBA Leadership Crisis Challenge
Mar. 28 & 29
Ross / Michigan Stadium

For a complete list of impact events in the coming month, visit the Business+Impact Impact Gateway at RossImpact.com

 

Fall ’19 Impact Studio Class Info


Our Impact Studio class will be offered again in Fall 2019 (watch for a listing in the Ross course catalog this Spring). It will be a 6-credit course open to Masters students from Ross and across campus. This multidisciplinary class will continue its work on the Flint water crisis, and will also tackle a second topic such as financial inclusion. More details to follow.


Board Fellows Forum Addressed the Challenge of Attracting Younger Talent

On Tues, Feb. 12, B+I hosted a panel discussion focused on the value of a younger perspective on nonprofit boards and the efforts in place to adapt to a major generational shift.

Watch the Video

Designing for Impact: A Conversation with Cynthia Koenig

Mon, Mar. 18, 5:30 – 7 pm
Ross R1210

Join the Impact Studio at Ross for a discussion on leveraging design for impact with social innovator and MBA/MS ‘11 alum Cynthia Koenig. Cynthia is a Product Management Principal at Amazon, focused on designing impactful new digital products, and is the Founder of Wello, an award-winning social venture that designs disruptive and affordable innovations to provide better, more reliable access to safe water.

RSVP Here


 

Make an Impact with Your Internship
 

Application Open
Apply by April 12

Business+Impact’s Summer Fund awards competitive grants to Ross and Ford masters students and BBA juniors. Students completing internships in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors may apply if the organization has a clearly defined social mission.

Info and Application


Impact News & Notes

 

Fostering Social Change at Work Takes More Than MoneyRoss RTIA

When it comes to investment giants furthering social good…Fast Company

Rural Training Centers to Unlock Female Laborgbl

U-M Poverty Solutions Impact Report: A Testament to Partners, Progress in DetroitPS News

Giving workers a voice improves retentionMichigan News

A changing climate: Congress moves on climate change, Barry Rabe questions how farFord School

When you realize, it’s not just you. – Shedding light on gender and navigating academia Erb Institute

CSR Needs CPR: Corporate Sustainability and Politics CA Mgmt. Review

At the University:

U-M DETROIT CENTER

Eye on Detroit: Plight of the Black Academic

Thurs, Feb. 21, 6 – 8 pm
U-M Detroit Center

In recent years, student protests have sprung up related to the racial climate on college campuses. While students are trying to get their voices heard, faculty are still being hindered as their professional reputation hangs on the line. Join us as we discuss the challenges and opportunities of Black Academics.

Event Info

CENTER FOR SOCIAL ENGAGED DESIGN

Summer Studio at C-SED

Application Deadline: Fri, Mar. 8

As collaborative members of an interdisciplinary team, student interns engage clients directly and work together through a design process to create strategies that transform research into desirable, viable, and feasible innovations. For the summer of 2019, the studio is hiring several interns for the following roles: Design Research Intern, Experience Design Intern, and Business Design Intern.


More info

RACKHAM INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOPS

Fixed Interest: A Paper Symposium on Debtor Urbanization

Fri, Mar. 15 @
Rackham Hall

This symposium will share papers on student loans, micro-credit, and adjustment policies. Submissions will represent political and policy interventions into debtor urbanization establishing post-debt or non-debt futures and systems. Two keynote lectures by established scholars will relate debt to urban and institutional power.

More Info

OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

DEI Innovation Grants

Application due: Fri, Mar. 15

To encourage campus-wide efforts that promote, enhance and celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion, the Office Diversity, Equity & Inclusion has established a dedicated DE&I Innovation Fund to support projects that advance an innovative approach to DEI at U-M. The recommended average size of grants should range between $2,000 and $5,000. U-M Students, staff and faculty are eligible to apply

Application

GINSBERG CENTER

Entering, Engaging & Exiting Communities

Tues, Mar. 19 @ 6:30 – 8 pm
Ginsberg Center

This interactive workshop introduces principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways. This workshop is open to all students, including ones in classes of less than eight students or student organizations.

Register here

INNOVATE BLUE

Made at Michigan Application

App deadline: Sun, Mar. 24

For the fourth year in a row, Innovate Blue is teaming up with partners across campus to produce the Made at Michigan report—a compilation of annual entrepreneurship highlights with a special focus on undergraduate and graduate student ventures created over the course of the year. Apply now to not only gain visibility and make your mark, but to also join U-M’s long legacy of student innovation by being a part of the university’s historical record of entrepreneurs!

Apply here

GINSBERG CENTER

Community Engagement Faculty Grants

App deadline: Mon, Apr. 1

Ginsberg Center seeks to engage faculty interested in advancing their scholarship while enhancing the capacity of social sector community partners and communities through substantial, reciprocal engagement in Washtenaw County, Detroit, and other Southeast Michigan communities. The Center expects to award up to $150,000 this year through these Community Engagement Grants.

Apply here

In the Impact Community:

Tory Burch Foundation Fellows

Application deadline: Tues, Mar. 12

Designed for women entrepreneurs the Tory Burch Foundation provides fellowships that support women so they may connect, learn, and grow their businesses. Recipients receive a $5,000 grant, a year-long fellowship and trip to the Tory Burch Offices.

Apply here

SXSW Social & Global Impact Track

Mar. 8-17, 2019
Austin, TX

From nonprofits and foundations to activists and entertainers, these South by Southwest sessions allow those working toward social and global good to identify and share impactful ideas and knowledge. Featuring hundreds of sessions and keynote speaker David Byrne, this year’s track provides ten days of unparalleled discovery, learning, and networking with creatives across all disciplines.

Conference information

GMAT Think Like an Entrepreneur

Application deadline: Sun, Mar. 31

“Think Like an Entrepreneur” encourages undergraduate students in the US to solve a social issue while motivating others to join their effort. Through March 31, 2019, GMAT will accept proposals that integrate the value of impactful social entrepreneurship with a graduate business education. The proposal garnering the most votes will be awarded a $10,000 grand prize. 

Info and Application

January 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

Visit the New Business+Impact Website

Students returning from their holiday breaks are in for a treat. Business+Impact is proud to introduce a new website. Not only does the new website clarify our mission and vision, but it looks fresh–with more media, more ways to interact, and more thought-provoking features. Plus, students can still find the events, co-curriculars and all that they rely on in our new, cleaner Impact Gateway

During the coming semester, be sure to visit and interact with everything from our new public blog to our revised community collaboration section.

Visit the Website


B+I Impact Studio Course to Take on Flint Water Crisis

The B+I Impact Studio course launched January 14. This new initiative aims to translate insights from faculty research into practical solutions for the world’s challenges. The inaugural course draws on Ross Professor Eric Schwartz’s research recently featured in The Atlantic. During the winter term, graduate students from across disciplines will use design methods to develop solutions that address lead contamination in the Flint water system and beyond. 


Preparing the Next Generation of Nonprofit Board Members

Tues, Feb. 12, 5:30-7 pm
R0220, Ross School of Business 

The nonprofit sector is in a time of generational change. The U.S. baby boomer population has comprised the majority of board leadership roles across the country, but as they leave these positions, there is a significant challenge (and opportunity) for nonprofits to recruit the next generation of nonprofit board leaders. 

Join us to engage with our panel of nonprofit experts as they discuss ways in which the sector is creating a pipeline for future leaders. 

 
 

Ross Event Highlights:


ZLI: Marcel Gani Internship Info Session
Wed, Jan. 23 @ 5 – 6 pm
Ross R1230


CPO: Positive Links: Inclusive Workplaces
Tues, Jan. 29 @ 4 – 5 pm
Ross School of Business


BBSA: ALE Conference
Feb. 8-9
Ross School of Business


Detroit R&B: Revitalization or Gentrification?
Sat, Feb. 16 @ 11 am – 5:30 pm
U-M Detroit Center


CPO: Search Inside Yourself Conference
Feb. 21-22 @ 9 am – 5 pm
Ross, Blau Hall

For a complete list of impact events in the coming month, visit the Business+Impact Impact Gateway at RossImpact.com

 

Business+Impact’s New Managing Director: Cat Johnson

Business+Impact is proud to welcome Cat Johnson as our new Managing Director. Cat most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Empowerment Plan in Detroit and is a University of Michigan MBA/MSW alum. As we move to expand our Impact Studio, Cat will lead that initiative in addition to handling the day-to-day operations of B+I. Stop in at our office and say “hi!”

Read more


Michigan Business Challenge – Start-up Workshops for Student Entrepreneurs

Students involved in the Seigle Impact Track of the Michigan Business Challenge and student entrepreneurs all across campus are invited to attend a series of invaluable workshops designed to make their startups successful. Below is a list of workshops offered by Michigan Ross‘s Zell Lurie Institute, all starting at 5 pm at various locations in Michigan Ross.


Give-A-Day Fund Board Info Session

Tues, Jan. 29 @ 5 pm
Ross R0210 

Join next year’s Give-A-Day fund Board to help continue an important tradition supporting social impact at Ross! You will gain valuable experience planning and executing a fundraising campaign and gain insight into the selection process for award recipients. Register above to learn more about positions and the application process. The application will be sent out on Fri, Jan. 25 and is due Fri, Feb. 1.


Impact News & Notes

Interactive poverty map shows mixed changes in Michigan – Michigan News 

Report on owner-occupied property tax foreclosures in Detroit- U-M Poverty Solutions 

How a Feel-Good AI Story Went Wrong in Flint – The Atlantic 

“Podcast: How to Close the Gender Pay Gap” – Cindy Schipiani 

“U-M launches new projects to fight poverty” – Michigan News 

“Forecast 2019: Climate Change Reality Takes Firmer Hold – Andy Hoffman 

Report: How business can measure the impact of corporate sustainability” – Erb Institute 

“Building a more inclusive environmental movement” – Erb Institute 

“Shifting toward business practices to address human rights” – Erb Institute 

“CLP to research opportunities for shaping more inclusive economy for the poor” – Ford School

At the University:

LSA

Social Impact Career Fair

Mon, Jan. 28, 6 – 8 pm
Michigan League Ballroom

The annual LSA Social Impact Fair is a chance to explore opportunities for you to affect change on pressing issues, or to gain experience in nonprofits supporting the arts, health, and beyond. Representatives from nonprofit organizations and U-M programs will participate.

MUNGER GRADUATE RESIDENCES

Munger Case Competition

Application Deadline: Fri, Feb. 8 @ 11:59 pm
Showcase: Thur, Mar. 28 @ 5:30 pm

This semester, Munger Graduate Residences has partnered with MDining and Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) to ask teams of students to address issues of sustainability on campus, using a fictional $100,000 grant. Winning team members will be awarded $1000 each, and runner-up team members will be awarded $250. Registration opens Sun, Jan. 27.

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LSA

Michigan in Washington

Application Deadline: Thurs, Feb. 14 @ Noon

The MIW program offers an opportunity each year for 45-50 undergraduates from any major to spend a semester in Washington D.C. Students combine coursework with an internship that reflects their particular area of interest (such as American politics, international studies, history, the arts, public health, economics, the media, the environment, science and technology). 

Apply here

TAUBMAN SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING

Equitable Development Conference

Fri, Feb. 22, 9 am – 5 pm
Art + Architecture Building

In Building Better Futures: Innovations in Equitable Development, U-M Taubman College will convene experts at the forefront of designing, financing, developing and promoting better buildings, better outcomes and better futures for all across race, income, age, ability, household type and geography. 

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GINSBERG CENTER

Online Course: Community Engagement

Now available online

Now more than ever, people are seeking ways to affect change in their communities — both locally and around the world. This course is for anyone — from novices to experienced practitioners — who wants to work more effectively with community members and organizations. This course is now offered through EdX.

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In the Impact Community:

All of Us Makers Conference

Feb. 6 – 8
Online and Southern California

The 2019 MAKERS Conference is a global women’s leadership event that brings together the most powerful names in business, entertainment, tech, and finance to explore ways to accelerate the movement with compelling videos, provocative conversations, and onstage pledges for change.

Conference Info and Previous videos

Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition

Application due Sun, Feb. 10
by 11:59 pm PST
Finals Event: March 8

Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) invites teams from the University of Michigan to apply to the Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition. This year’s competition is focused on the following areas: race; ethnicity; gender identity; intellectual, mental, or physical disabilities; sexual orientation; age; former incarceration; and socio-economic status. Finalists will present at UC Berkeley on March 8, 2019. 

FAQs and Application

Education Pioneers Summer Fellowships

Application due by Wed, Feb. 13

Education Pioneers is looking for emerging leaders who have proven professional expertise, leadership experience, and commitment to education to transform education for our nation’s students. Are you the next Education Pioneer? The application for the 2018 Summer Fellowship is open. 

Info and Application