Full-time MBA

Net Impact


The mission of Net Impact is to educate the community in socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable practices. Moreover, the Net Impact MBA chapter serves as a bridge between the Tippie School of Management and the community through service learning projects.

Vision Statement

Net Impact aims to educate the next generation of business leaders and encourages them to use their skills to implement social, economic, and environmental sustainable projects throughout their careers. 

Core Values

  • Education
  • Sustainability
  • Community Involvement



Deeksha Rai - President

Academy: Marketing
GITAM University, India
Prior Career: Business Analyst at McGraw Hill S&P Capital IQ; Entrepreneur
Why this student organization and position? I have always wanted to be part of an organization that drives impactful change. Being a part of Net Impact helps me work with the leaders of tomorrow to explore ways to build sustainable businesses and a better tomorrow.
Interests: Pencil sketching, star-gazing, humming to myself. I like everything that is quaint/has a sense of humor!

Blake Ingram - Vice President

Academy/track: Corporate Finance
Undergraduate institution: University of Missouri, Marketing
Prior Career: Peace Corps Indonesia, AIESEC, and AmeriCorps 
Why this student organization and position: From being a part of the Service Corps and a board member with a local non-profit, I realized that MBAs have skills that local businesses and non-profits desire. Because of that, I chose to be a part of the Net Impact leadership team. Ultimately, I want to contribute to building bridges and fostering relationships between the community and Tippie.
Interests: Reading non-fiction and trying new foods.

Ingrid Sensor - Sustainability Coordinator

Academy/track: Marketing
Undergraduate institution: University of Northern Iowa, Anthropology
Graduate Institution: University of Iowa College of Law, Juris Doctorate
Prior Career: Attorney in Iowa and South Dakota, and former National Park Service Park Ranger
Why this student organization: Through my former career and experiences, I have always had a calling toward service to others and protecting our environment. At Tippie, I wanted to be a part of an organization that nurtures the relationship between sustainability and strong business practices. Being a member of the Net Impact leadership team allows me to share my passion with others and help to bring sustainability and business just a little bit closer.
Interests: Hiking, spending time adventuring, and reading historical non-fiction.

    Non-Profit Consulting

    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)

    Current non-profits participating:
    Community Health Initiative – Haiti
    Johnson County Heritage Trust
    Friends of the Animal Center Foundation (FACF)

Board Fellows

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 5-8 hours per month)

Of his board fellowship with Table to Table, 2nd 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:
Shelter House
United Way of Johnson County
Iowa City Children's Museum
Table to Table
Johnson County Heritage Trust
Community Mental Health
Iowa Women's Foundation
Riverside Theater
Elder Services

    Sustainability Summit

    For four years now, we have hosted a Sustainability Summit on a Friday in early spring. The summit draws in over 180 students, business leaders, and community members with the goal of discussing sustainability in business. The theme of our 2014 summit is Empowering the Future of Business, and featured speakers with years of experience incorporating sustainability into smart business practices. Our 2014 Summit speakers will include Scott Walters, VP of EcoBusiness Lighting Control at Schneider Electric and Matthew Mehalik, Ph.D., Program Manager at Sustainable Pittsburgh.

    Past participants include representatives from:
    Frontier Natural Products Co-op
    Quaker Oats
    Prairie Ventures
    Kum and Go
    Deere & Co
    Mission Measurement