On October 28 through October 30, eight current Antioch University New England Green MBA students, two alumni and one faculty member attended the 18th annual Net Impact Conference, 2020: Vision for a Sustainable Decade. The conference was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was hosted by the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Along with the eleven AUNE attendees, over 2,500 people from around the world converged on Ann Arbor to network and learn from each other and from leaders in the field of sustainable business. The goal of the conference was to challenge attendees to envision their role in working toward a sustainable future. In three days, there were ten keynote speakers, a job expo and over 120 sessions discussing topics such as career development, corporate impact, energy and clean tech, the environment and natural resources, international development, investing for impact, social innovation, and urban revitalization and community development.
In addition to the great speakers and sessions, Net Impact and the Ross School of Business organized sessions called Brainstorm Detroit. The goal was to use the collective genius of those attending the conference to help several non-profits that are working on the revitalization of downtown Detroit. These sessions were quite rewarding for the AUNE members who participated.
Net Impact is a global network of leaders who are changing the world through business. Net Impact is made up of undergraduate, graduate and professional chapters from around the world. AUNE’s Net Impact Chapter is in its fourth year of existence and is led by students Zack Luby and Richard Lawton, and faculty advisor Polly Chandler.
Read alumna Sarah Maine’s Triple Pundit column on re-imagining recycling here. The column regards the Net Impact Conference’s opening keynote with Kim Jeffery, president and CEO of Nestle Waters, and William McDonough, of Cradle to Cradle fame.