1. Newsletter: November 2017

    November 21, 2017

    Seigle Impact Track – Michigan Business Challenge

    With a number of applications received, the Michigan Business Challenge is underway! The Seigle Impact Track is offered by Business Impact in partnership with the Zell Lurie Institute of Entrepreneurship and the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute. In November, a workshop was held on Ecosystem Mapping, which is a requirement for all Impact Track participants. In addition to a number of ZLI workshops offered in December, and below are some other key dates in the Challenge:

    MBC Impact Assessment Workshop

    Wed, Dec. 6, 5:30 – 6:30 pm @ Ross, R2220

    As part of the Seigle Impact Track of the Michigan Business Challenge, this workshop offers approaches and tools for social impact assessment. The workshop is free and open to the public, but students competing in Round Two of the Impact Track need to attend so they can learn how to prepare this deliverable as part of the competition.



    New Initiative Examines Ross’ Culture of Impact

    During a 24 hour period, a group of Ross students, faculty, and staff along with alums and community leaders met to discuss the current climate for impact at the business school, and a vision for the future. Over the course of four separate sessions, teams explored impact, mapped the ecocycle for domains of impact, chatted with Dean DeRue, and created a set of action steps. See the summary report and photos from this unique two-day session.


    MBA2 Scholarship Application Due Dec. 14

    Second 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 now until midnight Thurs, Dec. 14.




    Stephanie Dolan (MBA ’13)

    Stephanie Dolan graduated from Ross in May 2013 and is now an Associate Principal at Civic Consulting Alliance in Chicago, a participating organization in our Impact Corps Program. Since graduating from Ross, she has leveraged Ross’ Management & Organizations courses, MAP coaching, and the Ross network throughout her career. Students interested in social sector consulting should read the full interview to learn about her path to impact!


    Ross Open Road Info Session

    Tues, Nov. 28, 1 – 2 pm @ Ross, R0230

    Ross Open Road is a five-week summer adventure on the road with three other MBAs, working alongside five social entrepreneurs across the U.S.A on pressing business challenges. At this session you will get an overview of the program, some personal experiences with it, and time for Q&A.




    During Giving Blue Day – Give to Business Impact

    Tues, Nov. 28

    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. 28 you can transform lives by supporting Business Impact and the students and communities it serves. Plus, your money will go even further through matching and social media challenges!



    Key Events

    Ross Open Road Info Session
    Nov. 28: 1 – 2 pm 
    @ Ross R0230

    Michigan Business Challenge Round One
    Dec 1: Noon – 5 pm
    @ Ross School of Business

    Impact Assessment Workshop
    Dec 6: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
    @ Ross R2220

    Skip & Carrie Gordon Scholarship Deadline
    Dec 14: Midnight


    Community News & Events

    “Bending the Arc” Film

    Tues, Nov. 28 @ Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

    Join Partners in Health Engage Ann Arbor for a special screening of “Bending the Arc”. This powerful documentary tells the story of a team of doctors and activists whose work to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Partners in Health.

    Event information



    Apply by Fri, Dec. 1

    The William Davidson Institute is accepting applications until Fri, Dec 1 for its M2Gate Program. Undergraduate U-M students will participate in a virtual exchange with fellow students in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Libya to develop and pitch social entrepreneurship projects focused on STEM-based innovations.

    Apply here


    Emerging Markets Conference

    Fri, Dec. 1 @ Ross Blau Colloquium

    Join the U-M Emerging Markets Club for a conference on International Development: Sustainable Strategies for Developing Countries. This annual event brings together U-M students and leading experts from around the world to discuss some of the most pressing challenges faced by developing economies.

    Event registration


    Global Social Venture Fund Competition

    Apply by Mon, Dec. 4

    The Global Social Venture Competition leads entrant teams through an experiential learning process to develop innovative, scalable solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Through our global network of 14 partner schools and competitions, we give teams the connections, support, and exposure needed to advance their social ventures.

    Apply here


    Detroit Engagement Training Workshop

    Sat, Dec. 2, 9 am – 1 pm
    @ Rm 100, Hatcher Graduate Library

    This workshop, hosted by the U-M Detroit Center, intends to provide training in capacity building, volunteering, problem-solving, and project development in the City of Detroit. Participants will learn best practices and have an opportunity to tour the city and engage with civic and community leaders.

    Find out more


    3rd Annual Net Impact Career Symposium

    Thurs & Fri, Dec. 7 & 8, Blau Colloquium

    Net Impact @ Ross is hosting a Career Symposium entitled “Shaping Passion with Action: Practical Steps to an Impactful Career,” at which students and members of the community can hear from alumni who are using their careers to make a social impact. Students will participate in a hands-on career workshop with a networking reception to follow. This event is co-sponsored by Business Impact.

    Event Information


    Hult Prize Deadline

    Sat, Dec. 23, Online

    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 build a scalable, sustainable social enterprise that harnesses the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people by 2025. Apply by Sat, Dec. 23 to compete!

    Application Information