The MBA in Sustainability program at Antioch University New England launched a chapter of Net Impact in 2007.
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 nonprofits 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. The Net Impact Career Center provides career advice, lists of potential employers, internships information, and much more.
In addition, each chapter is responsible for organizing 6 events every year. Events range from ‘happy hour’ with other regional chapters to movie discussion night to visiting speakers.
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.
December Clothing Drive – AUNE’s Net Impact chapter collected clothing on campus, and donated 528 pounds of new and slightly used winter clothing to the Keene Community Kitchen.
Networking Event with Katie Kross – Net Impact hosted Katie Kross for a career networking event. 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 – The chapter hosted Roger Stephenson, a behavioral public relations and management counsel at Stephenson Strategic Communications, who 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 – What began as a 2012 service project, is a year round initiative on campus, with strong support at AUNE. The Perpetual Food Drive is an initiative to provide local food banks with a more reliable and sustainable supply of food year round.
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
Lizzie Grisafi, Chair
David Deziel, Faculty Advisor