The mission of Net Impact at Tippie is to raise awareness of and participation in socially, economically, and environmentally responsible activities that inspire and challenge Tippie MBAs to incorporate sustainable values into business decisions and practice.
Net Impact is the next generation of business leaders, using our talents to contribute to social, economic and environmental good in every sector. We are an example of smart sustainability, creating a positive Net Impact for the bottom line as well as for people and our planet.
We observe that sustainable business creates:
Andrew Cannon - President
Why this organization and this role?
Jamie Schumacher - Vice President
Academy/track: Finance / Investment Management
Nabil De Andrade - Sustainability Coordinator
Academy/track: Strategic Innovation / Strategic Management and Innovation
Why this organization and this role? Nabil has always been motivated about Net Impact’s goal of working for a better world. The Sustainability Coordinator position was a good opportunity to be part of the many projects that are aimed at stimulating students to look at their careers with the sustainability lenses.
The Net Impact Consulting Group is a collection of Tippie students providing consulting services to organizations making a positive impact on society. The projects give Tippie students the opportunity to apply some of what they've learned in the classroom to the real world, helping great organizations improve their effectiveness and efficiency in fulfilling their mission. (Estimated 1-2 hours per week)
Valerie Bustle, first-year student in Finance, explained how consulting with Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa was valuable to her business education: "By working with a local non-profit organization through Net Impact, I have applied skills learned in our courses. Moreover, the consulting experience itself has provided me with a hands-on experience working with a client, an experience upon which I can draw when I start the next part of my career."
Current non-profits participating:
Hospice Home of Iowa City
Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa
The Board Fellows program places Net Impact Tippie members on non-profit boards for one-year fellowships. Board Fellows are active participants on non-profit boards, attending board sessions and getting involved with committees and relevant projects under the mentorship of a current board member. (Estimated 10 hours per month)
Of his board fellowship with Table to Table, 1st year marketing student Jeff Curran said, "My experience with Table To Table, and with Net Impact as a whole, has allowed me to learn skills one day and apply it the next to a totally new organization, solving a completely different local problem."
Current non-profits participating:
United Way of Johnson County
Iowa City Children's Museum
Table to Table
Johnson County Heritage Trust
Community Mental Health
Iowa Women's Foundation
To expose our members to professionals in the fields of non-profit, sustainability, and corporate responsibility we actively pursue companies and individuals to speak with our members about their current roles. These activities take place during our group meetings.
For three years now, we have hosted a Sustainability Summit on a Friday in early spring. The summit draws in over 150 students, business leaders, and community members with the goal of discussing sustainability in business. The theme of our 2013 summit was Food for Thought, and featured speakers with years of experience improving the sustainability of the food industry. Our 2013 Summit speakers included Mark Weldon, the senior engineer in resource conservation at Quaker Oats' Cedar Rapids plant; Jesse Singerman, president of Prairie Ventures and former CEO of Blooming Prairie; and Tony Bedard, CEO of Frontier Natural Products Co-op, a global company that sources spices and other foods from around the globe.
Past participants include representatives from:
Kum and Go
Deere & Co
Sustainability: It Just Makes Business Sense (Recap of the 2012 Sustainability Summit)
Team wins big with green roof design (The XpedX Greening Challenge project)