Net Impact Weekly – October 13, 2008
Hello and welcome to the 1 edition of GSB’s Net Impact Weekly for the 2008-2009 academic year.
This e-newsletter contains a variety of postings covering Chicago area events, jobs, resources, and other
Please direct questions about each posting to the specified contact.
2008 Net Impact Co-chairs
Dave Azzam (email@example.com) -- Finances
Sara Hochman (firstname.lastname@example.org) -- Events
Anna Kearney (email@example.com) -- Social
Jessica Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org) -- Communication
Andy Walcher (email@example.com) -- Board Fellows/Service Corps
Hina Zaman (firstname.lastname@example.org) -- Board Fellows
Scroll down for detailed descriptions
Events – Save the Date
1. (OCT 21) Chicago Green Drinks
2. (OCT 22) New Member Orientation Call
3. (OCT 22) Linking Professionals to Nonprofit Boards: Getting Ahead by Giving Back
4. (NOV 5) GSB Clean Tech Forum
5. (NOV 5) Issues in Depth Call: Corporate Social Responsibility at Credit Suisse
6. (NOV 14) 10th Annual Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Conference
Case / Biz Plan Competitions
1. (NOV 1) Wal-Mart 2009 Better Living Business Plan Competition
2. (NOV 10) 8th Annual Leeds Net Impact Case Competition
Job / Consulting Opportunities
3. The Mind Trust
4. Kilimanjaro International
1. Free book download: “More Than Money: Questions Every MBA Needs to Answer”
2. The Vault Green Guide
3. Recent articles
OCT 21: Chicago Green Drinks
Beyond Coffee: Building a Fair Trade City
5:30-8:30pm, Jefferson Tap & Grille
Local experts discuss what it means for Chicago to be a Fair Trade city, and the impacts it
could have globally. Click here for complete information:
OCT 22: New Member Orientation Call
Presented by Net Impact Central…
9:00 am PDT / 12:00 pm EDT / 4:00 pm GMT
Whether you've recently joined or would like a refresher about Net Impact, you're invited to join our Chief
Operating Officer, Jeni Izuel, for an orientation conference call. During this call, Jeni will introduce you to
new Net Impact resources and help you learn how to take full advantage of your membership. RSVP to
attend the call: http://netimpact.org/displayemailforms.cfm?emailformnbr=93461.
OCT 22: Linking Professionals to Nonprofit Boards: Getting Ahead by Giving Back
Presented by The University of Chicago Women's Business Group (UCWBG) and Chicago GSB Alumni
Club of Illinois - Chicago
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Mid-America Club, 200 E. Randolph
Join us for an evening of networking with representatives of Chicago-area and National nonprofit
organizations and other Chicago professionals -- the 7th annual Linking Professionals to Nonprofits
event. Organized by UCWBG and co-sponsored by the Chicago GSB Club, this event provides GSB
alumni with an unequaled opportunity to explore how your skills and interests can help organizations who
improve our communities in educational, health, arts and many other arenas. Learn more.
Cost: Members= $75 / Non-members= $90.
Registration: (deadline 10/16/2008)
Questions: Dina Ross, 312-636-4813.
NOV 5: GSB Clean Tech Forum
Presented by The Polsky Center and the Energy Group…
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Harper Center Room 104
The GSB Clean Tech Forum is a unique opportunity to learn about innovative clean tech companies in
the Midwest. This all-day event will feature presentations from many of the companies participating in the
Midwest Alternative Energy Venture Forum (MAEVF), remarks by Deloitte’s Energy Practitioner, KC
Healy, and a lunchtime keynote by Travis Bradford, founder of the Prometheus Institute and GSB
Professor (42120: Innovations in Energy Markets and Opportunities in Renewable Energy).
Contact Sara Hochman with questions (email@example.com).
NOV 5: Issues in Depth Call – Corporate Social Responsibility at Credit Suisse
Presented by Net Impact Central…
12pm - 1pm EST
Please join us for a special Issues in Depth panel conversation on "Corporate Social Responsibility at
Credit Suisse: Sustainability, Microfinance, and Citizenship Initiatives at a Global Investment Bank."
Having a robust and thoughtful Corporate Social Responsibility strategy is about understanding both how
a firm makes the money it earns and how it chooses to spend it. How does the work we do with clients
impact the broader environment? What changes in the world can we help influence or support by helping
companies world-wide raise capital? How does Credit Suisse demonstrate its commitment to improving
the global community? And how do we behave as a firm in the global markets where we operate? For
more information contact Josh Cleveland, Program Manager, Net Impact (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Register for the call: http://netimpact.org/displayemailforms.cfm?emailformnbr=98188
NOV 14: 10th Annual Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Conference
Presented by The Polsky Center and the Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and Private Equity Student
Location: Gleacher Center
Featured speakers include:
- Ken DeAngelis, Founder and General Partner of Austin Ventures
- Ron Packard, ’89, CEO and Founder of K12 Inc.
- Scott Griffith, ’90, Chairman and CEO of Zipcar
- And many more!
Panel topics include:
- Web-based business models
- Recruiting the entrepreneurial team on a budget
- The entrepreneurs guide to sustainability (sponsored by Net Impact!)
- Raising angel and series A funding
- Entrepreneurship and VC in emerging markets
- Starting up in the healthcare industry
$10 off Registration until October 24th. Register at www.evc-conference.com.
Contact Jasper for more information (email@example.com).
CASE / BIZ PLAN COMPETITIONS
NOV 1: (Deadline to register) Wal-Mart 2009 Better Living Business Plan Competition
Wal-Mart and Net Impact Central present...
Help Wal-Mart Develop Sustainable Business Solutions and You Could Win $20,000
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is partnering with Net Impact on their 2009 Better Living Business Plan Competition,
which challenges students to invent sustainable products or develop sustainable business solutions. The
winning student team will not only gain exposure to some of the top business and sustainability leaders in
the United States, but will also receive $20,000 to turn their idea into reality.
Wal-Mart developed the Better Living Business Plan Challenge to encourage entrepreneurial expression
and growth, with a focus on the belief that the sustainable actions we take today will improve quality of life
for us and for future generations. Last year, the judges selected the student team representing the
University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment.
The team was awarded $20,000 for developing a biodiesel company that will produce a nonfood-based
renewable fuel while supporting sustainable development in Africa.
Right now Net Impact is collecting forms from schools interested in competing. If you have an idea for a
sustainable product, business, or service and would like to be considered, please visit our informational
page and fill out an online form. Finalists will be flown to Arkansas to present at Wal-Mart headquarters
and compete for prizes of $5,000, $10,000, and $20,000. The application deadline is November 1, so
sign up today! If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more: http://www.netimpact.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=2315
NOV 10: (Deadline to register) 8th Annual Leeds Net Impact Case Competition
Net Impact Central Presents…
The Leeds Net Impact Case Competition is the premier case format competition built around businesses
facing sustainability challenges, while succeeding financially. This competition brings the top rated
business schools and future industry leaders to Boulder, Colorado for a two-day event. The competition
is an opportunity to bring together students, executives and businesses that share a common
commitment to sustainable business practices and financial returns.
This year's case sponsor is Vail Resorts. Not only will we be faced with their unique challenges as a
business, Vail offered discounted lift tickets to all finalists in Boulder (available both before and after the
competition). Due to the growth in demand and excitement around the competition, it is our pleasure to
make at least $10,000 available in prize money. More details to come, and this is sure to be the greatest
Leeds - Net Impact Case Competition to date.
The semi-finals and finals will be held February 20th and 21st with the first round online submittal due
For more information, contact email@example.com.
JOB / CONSULTING OPPORTUNITIES
CampusCATALYST is an organization that catalyzes nonprofits, communities and the next-generation of
cross-sectoral leaders by engaging college and business school students in high-impact, pro-bono
consulting services in partnership with community-based organizations (www.campusCATALYST.org).
CampusCATALYST is currently seeking applicants for GSB mentor positions for Winter 2009 consulting
engagements. If you are interested, please send your resume as well as times that you would be able to
meet in the coming weeks to discuss campusCATALYST to Savannah Felix, Nonprofit Liaison
For additional info, contact Andy Walcher (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FamilyFarmed.org works to expand the production of local food in the Midwest. We are seeking an MBA
team to work with us on a business plan to spin off the FamilyFarmed.org EXPO as a for profit.
For additional information, see attached description or contact Jim Slama, email@example.com /
The Mind Trust
The Mind Trust’s Education Entrepreneur Fellowship offers promising education entrepreneurs the
opportunity to develop and launch their break-the-mold education ventures. To receive a Fellowship, an
applicant must present a compelling plan with the potential to transform public education, and
demonstrate the capability to carry it out. The Mind Trust will provide two years of salary ($90,000/year),
benefits, and customized training so fellows have the support necessary to develop, build, and launch
their initiatives in underserved communities.
For more information, contact David Harris, President and CEO (firstname.lastname@example.org, office: 317-
822-8102 ext. 100, mobile: 317-450-8226).
Net Impact GSB has the opportunity to work with a business in the Hyde Park community through a pro-
bono consulting relationship. The business is Kilimanjaro International on 53rd and Kimbark, which
provides sales service to the public in fine arts and crafts, information for entrepreneurs, and educational
consultations concerning ancient African art, music, and dance. Kilimanjaro was formerly a non-profit and
still contributes 40% of its proceeds to charity. The project scope involves providing solutions for the
business’ financial and marketing issues.
If you are interested please contact Andy Walcher email@example.com
Free Book Download (Deadline to download is October 15th)
Former HBS professor and co-founder of Net Impact, Mark Albion, is offering MBA students one free PDF
download of his newest book, “More Than Money: Questions Every MBA Needs to Answer.” This is a
great read as you think about your next career move. To download, click here
Chicago&f=0] and follow the instructions. Please only download the PDF once.
The Vault Green Guide
A new book available only in digital form from Vault.com Inc. profiles the eco-friendly practices and
programs of nearly 70 North American companies. The "Vault Guide to Green Programs" was released
Oct 2, 2008. The firm says the book can be highly useful to anyone considering environmentally friendly
companies. Vault is a leading resource for professionals and aspiring professionals who seek to manage
high-potential career paths. Its publications include more than 120 books online and in print.
More info: http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2008/10/02/new-digital-book-profiles-green-programs-apple-
Visit the GSB’s CRC to view a copy of the book. Contact Jenny Olmedo for details
“Sustainable Progress” Global Finance (September 2008)
One way to motivate corporations to take on company-wide green initiatives? Proactive government
assistance with funding initiatives. Comparing companies in the U.S. versus companies overseas, the
U.S. is falling behind, mainly due to a lack of funding and incentives. Perks aside, this article ponders why
U.S. companies aren’t self-motivated on this front. This article can be viewed in print in the CRC.
“The Power of Green” Fast Company (July/August 2008)
This periodical featured a series of articles reporting innovators of green initiatives. Included within this
series is an interview with an investor who has focused his money on environmental start-ups, architects
whose specialty is eco-friendly home design - not to mention awesome looking, and a group of Yalies
fighting carbon emissions. This article is attached.
“Green IT Growth” eWeek (July 7, 2008)
IT has had a tendency to create products with something to be desired when it comes to environmental
friendliness. This article discusses the tax breaks companies asked for in return for putting green
initiatives into place, as well as the requirements they wanted set as bars for companies to follow. This
article is attached.