In September 2007, a group of Organization and Management students agreed to launch a new chapter of Net Impact. Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to make a positive impact on society by growing and strengthening a community of new leaders who use business to improve the world.
Net Impact members are current and emerging leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability who are actively improving the world. Professionals and students are welcome to join the organization, so there are rich opportunities for students to work and learn with organizational leaders.
David Morrill ’09 and Anne Nordstrom ’09, both Green MBA students, volunteered to be the chairs of ANE’s first Net Impact group. Currently there are ten student members from the Organizational and Environmental Sustainability (Green MBA) program, the Leadership and Management programs and the Organizational Development Certificate program. The students have joined the network for a variety of reasons, including having the opportunity to network with like-minded business students and professionals online, via conference calls, at events and at Net Impact’s annual conferences.
Next year, Antioch hopes to send two Net Impact students to the annual conference in Philadelphia. The conference is designed to help members expand their vision of what’s possible through the world of business. It mobilizes students and professionals through an exciting array of keynotes, panels, case studies, simulations, and special events. This event is also linked to Net Impact’s comprehensive career center. The career resources and job placement opportunities are a key benefit for our student members.
Each student chapter must host four events per year. Anne Nordstrom and David Morrill are working with a committee of students to plan a variety of Net Impact events for the coming year. The first event was November 28 and spotlighted seven regional businesses in discussions about organizational and environmental sustainability. In addition, the students must establish infrastructure for sustaining the chapter through the transition of graduating classes. Anne and David are working with the members to create that structure so that Net Impact becomes a tradition for all O&M students.
Watch for upcoming Net Impact announcements on the Organization and Management Department web page or visit the ANE Net Impact for more information.