The MBA in Sustainability program at Antioch University New England launched a chapter of Net Impact in 2007. Membership in the Antioch University New England chapter of Net Impact is open to all MBA in Sustainability students.
What is Net Impact, you might ask.
Net Impact is a global organization for graduate business students, who want to use business to create a positive change in the world. Net Impact provides networking opportunities for students and business leaders that share a vision of progressive business.
Membership in the organization gives students an opportunity to gain experience in business activities, while working with local companies and non-profits on projects to benefit them and their communities.
Net Impact also offers many educational resources and opportunities; from conference calls with experts discussing issues like Corporate Social Responsibility to the annual National Net Impact conference that offers workshops on a wide range of topics.
Another valuable resource available to members is the Net Impact “Career Center”. Benefits of the career center include; career advice, lists of potential employers, or internships, and so much more.
In addition, each Net Impact chapter is responsible for organizing 6 events every year. Events range from happy hour with other regional Net Impact chapters for potential collaboration on future projects to movie discussion night to visiting speakers.
The central office is located in San Francisco with chapters all over the world. Antioch’s chapter joins the four other regional chapters, School of International Training (Brattleboro, VT), Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester, NH), Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (Hanover, NH), UMass Amherst.
AUNE Net Impact Chapter Activities
Dinner Event with Yola Carlough – AUNE’s Net Impact Chapter hosted guest speaker Yola Carlough, Senior Associate of Community Development of B Lab New England, to discuss the exciting and rapidly growing B Corp movement. According to Yola, the majority of “conscious consumers” cares not only about sustainable products, but also sustainable companies. The B Corp movement is about people using businesses as a force for good so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world but also the best for the world and society, so that all stakeholders enjoy a shared and durable prosperity.
December Clothing Drive – Antioch University New England’s Net Impact chapter, donated 528 pounds of new and slightly used winter clothing to the Keene Community Kitchen. The clothing was collected on campus from December 3 through December 14. Based on the positive feedback, both the Keene Community Kitchen and Antioch’s Net Impact chapter plan to make this an annual December event.
Networking Event with Katie Kross – AUNE’s Net Impact Chapter hosted Katie Kross for a career networking event in October 2014. Kross is an educator, career coach, and author of Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for MBA Careers in Sustainability (2nd edition, Greenleaf Publishing, 2014). She has counseled and inspired hundreds of MBA students to go on to sustainability careers with Fortune 500 companies, social and environmental nonprofits, mission-driven companies, and startups.
The Five Sciences of Climate Change – In September 2014 the chapter hosted Roger Stephenson, a behavioral public relations and management counsel at Stephenson Strategic Communications. Stephenson discussed the effects of climate change on New Hampshire, including the operational and financial impacts of the state’s changing weather patterns, and increased occurrence of severe weather events.
Perpetual Food Drive – 2012 service project – Initiative to provide local food banks with a more reliable and sustainable supply of food year round. The Perpetual Food Drive continues with strong support at AUNE.
Stay in NH Strategy Breakfast – Hosted by Antioch University New England, this event was held to discuss ways to encourage New Hampshire’s young professionals working in state. The open discussion involved members from the New Hampshire Business for Social Responsibility, Stay Work Play, Keene Young Professionals of the Keene Chamber of Commerce, and AUNE’s Net Impact Chapter.
To learn more about Net Impact visit their website, NetImpact.org