Simmons Net Impact Attends Annual Conference

December 14, 2015

Net Impact Group

SOM students gain insight and inspiration on creating positive social and environmental change.

On November 4th through the 7th, 18 graduate students and two professors from the Simmons School of Management traveled to Seattle, WA for the Annual Net Impact conference entitled “Game On.” The Simmons Net Impact Student Chapter is part of a global organization that includes over 80,000 members from 300 student and professional chapters who are focused on creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace and the world. 

Net Impact ConferenceThe annual conference offer members a chance to attend panel discussions, keynote speeches and a networking expo where students can listen, learn and meet industry professionals working in environmental and social impact roles. This year’s most memorable keynote speakers included Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation; Jerry Stritzke, President and CEO of Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI); Stephen Ritz, Founder and Chief Eternal Optimist of Green Bronx Machine; Daniel Lubetzky, Founder and CEO of KIND Snacks; and Lateefah Simon, Program Director for the Rosenberg Foundation. 

With almost 100 sessions, activities and tours to take part in, students were able to learn and participate in various sessions addressing topics that ranged from climate change to global hunger to biomimicry. Chapter leaders also had the opportunity to join other leaders at a special session on Thursday where best practices were shared and networking opportunities were available. 

Net Impact Students

Some feedback from students who attended regarding key takeaways included:

“Global Health is a large part of Net Impact's core value. It was an eye-opening experience to hear about it from such reputable leaders.” -Ashley George '16SM, MBA

“The panel discussions that I attended were awesome. The biggest takeaways that were recurring themes throughout the conference were twofold: partnerships between for-profit business and NGOs leads to success, and making an impact via various functions within a business is the best way to influence sustainability initiatives in order to truly embed it in the business.” –Jen Eno-Ballbach '16SM, MBA

“The event is intended to create networking opportunities. The speakers all proved to be excellent motivators. They were willing to meet with individuals after their speeches and discuss their successes.” -Robin Roberson '16SM, Heath Care MBA

When asked what their proudest moment of the conference was, students replied:

“The way that everyone from Simmons represented the college. Multiple students, and Indra (Guertler) asked questions during the keynotes and breakout sessions.” -Meghan Thompson '16SM, MBA

“I practiced networking and made some valuable contacts who I have followed up with since the conference.” -Allison Keller '16SM, MBA

“Attending the racial equity awareness leadership training; meeting people who come from different backgrounds and care about the same things as I do; seeing that impact is not about what you have, but instead about what you want to happen!” -Caroline Hunter '16SM, MBA

The Net Impact conference is one of the best educational venues for sustainability topics. It can teach students about a variety of issues and connect them with people in the field. This year’s students enjoyed connecting with various professionals from a variety of companies including General Mills, Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, LinkedIn, International Paper and hundreds others including many non-profits.

Next year’s annual conference will be held in Philadelphia in early November. For more information visit netimpact.org.

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