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It’s Finally Here...Registration for the 2017 Net Impact Conference is Now Open!

We all want to make a difference in the world, but turning good intentions into tangible impact can be challenging. Net Impact is here to help you expand your skill set and network to make the biggest impact throughout your career. Today we are announcing the exciting next step on your Path to Purpose.

The 2017 Net Impact Conference in Atlanta, GA, October 26-28. 

Register now.

Registration for the 2017 Net Impact Conference is now open! This gathering will cause a stir around Atlanta, and with the skills, network, and experiences these emerging leaders will gain, their collective impact will be felt around the world. Don’t miss out on joining this inspiring movement of change agents. 

The 2017 Net Impact Conference will equip you with the resources to land your future dream job in a career where you can use your passions and new skills to drive change everyday. You will find your purpose, learn how to identify new career opportunities, gain skills relevant to your dream job, and leave with tangible next steps and invaluable connections. 

All of this takes place in a thriving city with a history of social movements, an expanding business community, and a passion for environmental initiatives. Atlanta is the birthplace for one of the greatest Civil Rights icons, Martin Luther King Jr., and it has now embarked on a citywide sustainability initiative, Power to Change. With a diverse community, a drive to improve through sustainability, an expanding economy, and the 2017 Net Impact Conference coming in October, Atlanta is on the forefront of innovation and change. 

This year, we added more local networking events and excursions to explore Atlanta with your peers, and we even reduced ticket prices! The fun starts on October 26 during our opening party at the World of Coca-Cola and continues throughout the weekend with trips including a visit to the Civil & Human Rights Museum, the panda enclosure at Atlanta's zoo, and a tour of the city's edgy street art scene. (There are a limited number of spaces for each excursion so register today to save your spot.)

Register now and deepen your Path to Purpose.

The 2017 Net Impact Conference will take place in Atlanta, GA, October 26-28
The 2017 Net Impact Conference will take place in Atlanta, GA, October 26-28

How to Get Involved in the Impact Investing Sector

Impact Investing has become an extremely popular sector, providing both a stable career and an opportunity to make an impact. This relatively new field of impact is attracting young professionals all over the world and you could be one of them. 

How to get started in impact investing:

Business and social entrepreneurs are working to make improvements in areas including energy efficiency, education, health, economic empowerment, and food security - just to name a few. When considering a career in impact investing it is important to think about where you can make the greatest impact. Think about what interests you - whether it is a specific environmental or social issue or a country, region, or community in need. If you are interested in the field you should pursue a career in impact investing regardless of your gender or race. As impact investing continues to grow, diverse students and young professionals should be encouraged enter the field and use their diverse perspective as an asset to the organization. 

Next you must know your options because wherever you are on your career path, you do have options. Start by understanding the entire cycle of an investment and the types of careers available at each stage, as outlined below:

Sourcing leads – Analysts and associates conduct primary and secondary research to identify potential investees for their organization.

Due diligence – Team members dive into organizations including analyzing financial statements and models, scheduling calls, and conducting field visits.

Investment terms – The team develops their investment terms and negotiates with the entrepreneur. The investment is made once the investor and investee sign-off on the term sheet.

Value add – Investors add value to entrepreneurs through capacity building. Assistance can range from help in developing baseline metrics to identifying and recruiting board members.

Impact evaluation – Analysts track and measure an organization’s social and environmental impact on the communities it serves.

As an undergraduate coming out of college or a young professional coming out of grad school, there are many roles you can take to become an impact investment professional. 

If you have a financial background, an MBA, finance degree, or past financial experience, focus on your hard skills. You can tailor your search to career areas that fit best with the skills you already have. For example, if you have strong analytical skills you could have a job where you analyze the social, environmental, and governance (ESG) performance of companies. If you have strong communication skills look for an impact investing company that needs to better articulate their stories and create connections for potential investors.

Not all areas within impact investing need a prior investment banking or corporate finance background. If you don’t have a financial background, focus on your past experiences and what transferable skills you have gained from your career path. For example, if you have a degree or experience in environmental science you could work for an investment company that invests in renewable energy and sustainable technology, or if you have nonprofit experience you could work to bring impact investing to a nonprofit by pushing for their financial portfolio to be invested in a manner consistent with their mission. 

If you are interested in furthering your education, an MBA, MPA, MSW, or other relevant advanced degree can provide valuable skills to make you stand out as a candidate and many graduate schools offer courses in impact investing. 

Chart your own impact investing career path.

Finally, it’s helpful to build your network (it’s often easiest to start close to home, i.e. your friends and family). Impact investors must also have a strong network and dedicate time to keeping their network engaged. Once you have narrowed in on the impact investing area of most interest to you, make connections with professionals working in that sector. Building relationships is an important skill as investing is all about relationships between you and the founder and/or company in which you are investing. Find the people to support you in your investing endeavors, provide advice or mentorship, or who can co-invest with you. You can gain tips for effective networking here. 

Impact investing is still in a growth stage and there are tremendous opportunities in the field for you to find the right path. 

Are you interested to learn the career paths of practicing experts? In this video Andrew Hill, CEO and Co-founder of LiftEd shares his path to becoming the leader of a social venture fund helping teachers track and report academic or behavioral progress for students with disabilities. 

Watch videos from more impact investors and chart your own career path at Net Impact’s Impact Investing Portal

This blog series has been developed in partnership with Impact Engine, a venture fund that invests financial and human capital in early-stage, for-profit technology businesses improving education,health, economic empowerment, and resource efficiency.

Start a career in impact investing.
Start a career in impact investing.

Net Impact Fellow, Sarah is Providing Healthier Food Options in Rochester, New York.

In this blog series we are profiling our Net Impact Fellows; from healthy food to racial equity our fellows in this year-long leadership development program are working to better their campuses and their communities. 

Meet Sarah.

Sarah is a Net Impact Healthy Food Fellow and the Co-Founder of Oasis Foods, a social enterprise that provides affordable pre-prepared, frozen meals through vending machines, gas stations, and grocery stores in their local community. 

Learn more of her journey to becoming an advocate for healthy food in her community.

Why did you first decide to take action around healthy food?

Oasis Foods was born from an Urban Entrepreneurship class at Simon Business School. My teammates and I were tasked with finding a business solution to the poverty plaguing Rochester, NY. We knew that lack of access to and education around healthy food was a huge issue in the urban areas of our city. We also knew that students faced limited healthy food options on campus, especially after hours. Our one-for-one model was born! 

Can you tell us more about your action project?

Oasis Foods sells nutritious prepared frozen and refrigerated meals via vending machines. This allows us to access food deserts to provide a healthy food option where one doesn’t currently exist. We are currently in the middle of launching our pilot on the University of Rochester campus and the UR Medical Center.

How did you know this was the right project for you to work on?

We talked a lot with folks in the Rochester community about our project as we were developing it, and the problem really resonated with people. I knew the statistics were dramatic but seeing people express excitement and hope over our project was what really convinced me this needed to be done.

How does this fellowship differ from or complement your school coursework?

The fellowship allows me to meet and collaborate with students from outside my college, which is something that doesn’t happen as often as it should.

Have you thought about how your project could be continued after you're finished with your fellowship?

Yes! The pilot will give us a sense of if they project could work at a larger scale. I’ll be moving to Detroit for my job after graduation, and I can just envision us opening a branch of Oasis there.

What is your biggest take away from the experience?

Don’t forget the resources right in front of you. The fellows are inspiring and the help that Net Impact has provided is amazing. The program is well structured and I feel supported throughout. 

What advice would you give to someone launching their own project at school?

Just do it! It’s easy to get caught up in analysis and planning, but you learn the most by just getting out there and getting things done. And don’t be afraid to fail. Find support from your campus community and start with small-scale experiments so you can test new ideas with less risk. 

Thank you to the Newman's Own Foundation for sponsoring Net Impact's Healthy Food Fellowship. To learn more about Net Impact's Fellowships please see here

Sarah Spoto is a Net Impact Fellow and Co-founder of the healthy food social enterprise, Oasis Foods.
Sarah Spoto is a Net Impact Fellow and Co-founder of the healthy food social enterprise, Oasis Foods.

The Grey Spectrum of CSR approaches: Stewardship, Instrumental and what’s in between

This post was written by Nicolette Zalesky - Research Fellow at Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Outreach Contractor at Net Impact.

In the last decade, there has been a huge shift in demand from important corporate stakeholders - More consumers mandate products that are made sustainably and responsibly. The Sustainable Development Goals are one example of governments taking a stance towards more socially responsible policies. Even some investors are pushing for higher sustainability performance in corporations; since there is evidence that shows corporations with embed sustainable practices generate higher profits. As a result, corporations have started to take CSR as a serious aspect in their business. Initiatives such as corporate care days are now essentially highlighted on corporate websites and responsibility plans.  As great of initiative, this generates the question: Is CSR a publicity ploy that corporations are using to appease the demand of their stakeholders? Or do they actually practice what they preach?

Academia theory states there are two main forms of CSR in organizations – Stewardship vs Instrumental.  The Stewardship approach to CSR, supported by Ed Freeman, states that corporations should make decisions with purpose, focus, truth, standards and a long-term vision. The Stewardship approach means that CSR is embedded into the organization at every level and members of the organization truly believe in the company’s mission, values and vision.  Instrumental approach is backed by Milton Friedman claims that a corporation’s only duty to society is to maximize their profits. Instrumental organizations apply CSR in order to increase their public image and the wealth of their shareholders. On opposing ends of the spectrum, the theories are black and white -  however as we know, reality is more of a greyish blend.

As corporations are today, there are many great examples striving for Stewardship orientation – one example being Method Products’ who strives to make the world ‘cleaner and greener.’ They have taken social responsibility and are embedding these aspects at all levels of their organization. They also understand that being Stewardship oriented means they are contributing to society, and the environment, where it is relevant and where they can make the greatest impact. Equally there are many corporations that hold profits as their highest priority. More and more though we are witnessing organizations in this grey spectrum – creating efforts to become more Stewardship oriented.  Example of these efforts are companies such as H&M and Urban Outfitters - who have launched ‘Conscious’ clothing line made from recycled clothing. Another is Pernod Ricard with their consumer protection initiatives to educate and develop more responsible drinking among consumers.  

Organizations are not perfect, but they should be held to a Stewardship approach standard; striving to maximize their triple bottom line in order to achieve long-term sustainability and extend the lifespan of their organization.  In my next post I’ll develop CSR as a strategy for organizations and a few indicators of a company's strategic approach to CSR! 

Developing Strategic CSR

This post was written by Nicolette Zalesky - Research Fellow at Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Outreach Contractor at Net Impact.

A corporation’s strategy may be their most essential document in our ever changing environment. It outlines their vision, mission, and values as well as how they anticipate achieving their goals. Even more important than their strategy is a corporation's ability to adapt. Corporations who do not obtain the capabilities will quickly find themselves floundering in our dynamic market. One market shift currently taking place is the transition from a traditional (fiscal) bottom line to the triple (environmental, social and economic) bottom line. It is no longer enough for corporations to only be profitable in the eyes of stakeholders - we want to see their contribution back to society, the environment and our economy!

In order to achieve long-term sustainability, corporation’s should put more effort into integrating CSR as a core aspect for their business - known as the Stewardship approach. There are certain capabilities that aid an organization in developing a Stewardship approach and higher sustainability performance, the most impactful being knowledge creation (learning), openness to working with other organizations, corporate collectivity and a bottom-up infrastructure.  

Stewardship organizations are habitually generating information for sustainability and socially responsible related matters. One example is programs that Stewardship organizations have developed to educate their employees on CSR and sustainability topics. Employees at Stewardship organizations align with the CSR initiatives  and productively work towards them, creating collective knowledge and cultural infrastructure for sustainability. CSR not only is a core business strategy initiative for Stewardship organizations but it’s relatable to employees everyday goals.

Additionally an infrastructure where corporate social responsibility decision are distributed throughout the organization allows each divisions to decide how they will contribute to the sustainability goals - where it makes the most sense and where they’ll make the greatest impact. Lastly, when an organization is receptive to  influence and collaboration with outside organizations, they open  themselves to working with experts, constructive criticism and opportunities that can help them progress their CSR initiatives.

A few indicators that an organization is more Stewardship oriented: The company's leaders, particularly the CEO, is actively pursuing CSR initiatives internally but more importantly externally -  examples are partnering with NGO’s or working with governments on progressive legislation. Another is employee education and training on CSR/ Sustainability topics - company “care days” may be a good start but do not promote continuation of CSR initiatives past one day .Finally the delegation of CSR and Sustainability decision being made is throughout the organization's – product managers and regional directors are responsible for deciding how their team can best contribute to the organization's sustainability goals.

The path to achieving stewardship is a strategic change - we cannot anticipate seeing results overnight. Rooting CSR in an organization’s foundation is a movement towards long-term performance and sustaining the corporate life span of your operations.

Debunking Common CSR Misconceptions

This post was written by Nicolette Zalesky - Research Fellow at Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Outreach Contractor at Net Impact.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a term that has been theorized for centuries, dating back to the time of the great Greek philosopher, but the idea has dramatically grown over the past few decades. More frequently this term has been used throughout the business landscape. CSR will continue to be brought up as corporations strive to become more sustainable and responsible; keeping up with the demand of their stakeholders. However, when talking with professionals, academics and individuals there seems to be a difference in understanding of what Corporate Social Responsibility actually means. To list a few examples: marketing/ communication, philanthropy, sustainability, and strategy are terms commonly connected to CSR. 

To truly understand the meaning of CSR we must understand the ideas behind the term. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle conceptualized the idea of virtue ethics, which is based on the motive and nature of the action. Aristotle explained it’s “an attitude that makes people do good and helps them do their work well.” With ethics, we usually refer to each individual, however based on the Principle of Communitarian Ethics - stating that a community has an obligation to be ethical - we now also view ethics from an organizational level. Scholars such as Ed Freeman and Donna J. Wood argue society allows corporations to exist, therefore to morally justify the benefits they receive from society, corporations have an obligation to improve society's well being. This means that organizations must switch from a traditional fiscal bottom line, to one that equally focuses on  environmental, economic and social performance. Also known was the triple bottom line.

Turning our attention back to the terms commonly connected to CSR – marketing/communication, philanthropy, sustainability and strategy. Marketing/ communication may be used as a tactic for corporations to educate stakeholders of their CSR activities; so long as they are actually implementing their CSR activities and are not just fluffing their public image. Philanthropy, on the other hand, can be considered as one aspect of  CSR. However, it is important to note that philanthropy cannot be all a corporation does to contribute to improving the wellbeing of society. Why not? – because only giving money or things is simply not sustainable. By only giving, organizations miss the opportunity to build-up tools or resources that society may use to further advance their future as well as the corporation’s. Sustainability or being sustainable would be best described as the end goal of corporate social responsibility.  

Lastly social responsibility should be embedded into a corporation’s organizational DNA. Organizations should reflect on the resources they use from society and the environment,  as well as the areas where they believe they can make the greatest impact.  Utilizing this knowledge corporations can develop a strategy that positively contribute to their triple bottom line. A few corporations are doing this: Patagonia, Lush and Unilever. Unethical actions will no longer be tolerated and it’s up to all stakeholders - consumers, governments and investors alike to keep corporations accountable and hold them to improving societal well being.

Chapters of the Year Interview Series: New York Professional

In this special blog series, we are interviewing our Net Impact Chapter of the Year winners to learn more about their chapters, plans for next year, and advice to others looking to make an impact.

Leading impact in the big apple; our New York Professional Net Impact Chapter is our 2017 Chapter of the Year Award winner. We interviewed Kelsey Overby on her Chapter's amazing year and her advice for emerging change agents:  

What accomplishments are you most proud of during your Chapter’s past year?

We launched two new major events this year - our Social Innovation Hack and our Net Impact NYC Summit. Both engaged and empowered professionals interested in deepening their own social impact and provided an engagement platform for local nonprofits and social enterprises. Second, we continued to refine and improve our Service Corps program experience, which matches more than 200 Net Impact NYC members with local social impact organizations to complete 12-week pro bono consulting projects.

Why did you first decide to join your Net Impact Chapter?

I was introduced to the organization in 2014 by a friend who recruited me to speak at a Net Impact NYC event and was inspired by the community and experience. It was motivating to meet so many interesting and dynamic people who cared about the same things I do.

What is the best lesson you have learned from your Net Impact Chapter?

A lot of people want to contribute positively to their communities and to the world – they just don’t necessarily know how. By helping them navigate the different options and pathways, you can help unlock their potential and empower them to be a force for good.

What advice would you give to someone who knows they want to make an impact, but is not sure where to start?

Start by learning about the impact your everyday decisions have on the world and make a conscious decision to live your values. I talk to a lot of people who think they need to make a career change to drive real impact and that’s not necessarily the case. Small changes in behavior can accumulate to a massive amount of impact over time. Buy clothes from companies that pay living wages. Eat less red meat. Invest in ethical companies. There are so many ways to positively influence the world. Then, when you want to dive in deeper, make the jump. Just make sure you’re making thoughtful and informed decisions along the way. 

What inspires you?

People with the courage to do what’s right, especially when it’s hard.

6 Tips to Loosen up and Land the Job

You did it! Your killer CV, brilliant phone interview, and smart bio have gotten you to the final interview. You know the company, you know the job, you can do the job and even love it. Now you have one more chance to “wow.” Stay calm, cool, and collected to land your dream job with these 6 prep tips:

Breathe

I am a meditator who finds grounding in daily (well, almost daily) spiritual practice. You too have probably heard about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be a big production with floor pillows and incense. You can do it anytime! Just try a quick and simple breathing exercise or check out the Calm app to help relax. Do this for 5 minutes just before the interview. Take that time!

Exercise

I am a skier, cyclist, swimmer, a yogi of 20 years – trying to keep my endorphins up and my life in balance. So I can attest to the advantages of exercise before an interview, presentation, or just any average day! Try waking up and hitting the gym, taking a yoga class or going on a walk around the neighborhood to get a burst of energy and clear your head. Getting that blood pumping and fresh air in your lungs will greatly affect your performance.

Smile like you mean it 

Smile more! It is proven to be good for your brain and wellbeing. Don’t believe me? Check this list of 15 health benefits of smiling. Smiling is one of those small things you can do for yourself and others to give back and to improve your life, for free, any moment of any day. But don’t fake it. People can tell. Make sure it is genuine and that you don’t look over-eager.

Practice

The more you practice answering interview questions aloud, the more confident you’ll be when it’s real. Start with these questions and practice in front of a mirror (or with me!). You can record them on your phone and play it back to yourself. Scary, yes I know! But worth it as you will see those little ticks you need to iron out before the big day.

Be curious

Ask thoughtful questions. And listen well. This will help you discover common ground with our interviewer and leave a lasting impression. But make sure you don’t ask questions that sound like you are interviewing THEM. This is your chance to sell yourself not do your due diligence on them. Once you are in the final round and have an offer you can ask some of the (less contentious) culture questions. Or better yet, ask a few ex-employees the real story of what it was like working there.

Map your career journey

Interviews are an opportunity to show off your interpersonal communication skills, so a key part of your preparation should be a coherent and descriptive response to that classic interview question: “Walk me through your CV.” Take a creative approach and bring in a colorful, one-page Powerpoint slide that shows in simple bullet points how each step (4-5 steps) you’ve taken in your career led you to the next, and ultimately brought you to the job you’re interviewing for. Call it “My Career Journey.” Doing this will force you to build a strong career narrative and help you side step around the less relevant areas that lose your audience. Plus give you an extra confidence boost!

Let me know how these tips work for you and get more bespoke advice about mapping your career journey and landing you dream job with my course.

This article was originally appeared on Triple Pundit.

Shannon Houde is an ICF certified executive and career coach who founded, Walk of Life Consulting, the first international professional development advisory business focused solely on the social impact, environmental and sustainable business fields.

Chapters of the Year Interview Series: UCLA Anderson

In this special blog series, we are interviewing our Net Impact Chapter of the Year winners to learn more about their chapters, plans for next year, and advice to others looking to make an impact.

After an impressive year of passion, growth, and impact, UCLA Anderson has won our 2017 Net Impact Chapter of the Year Award in the Graduate Category. Hear from Katie Donovan, the Co-President at UCLA Anderson Net Impact on how her Chapter continues to support Anderson students to be effective change agents on campus and in their communities. 

What accomplishments are you most proud of during your Chapter’s past year?

The past year was full of amazing accomplishments for UCLA Anderson’s Net Impact Chapter. I’m very proud that our club organized 50+ events across the year, including programs that we co-hosted with other clubs on campus including: investment finance, management consulting, entrepreneurship, design, marketing, energy management, retail, and real estate. These collaborations helped us attract new members and increase student engagement with our programs. Our largest annual event – Impact Week – was our most successful to-date, and the events that took place across the week attracted over 700 participants. I’m also proud of Net Impact leaders who collaborated with students from Anderson’s Investment Finance Association and Entrepreneurs Association to launch an impact investing fund that will seed impact investing activities on campus moving forward.

Why did you first decide to join your Net Impact Chapter?

I knew I would join Net Impact on my very first day of school. Prior to Anderson, I worked in education as a middle school teacher and development director for an education nonprofit. I observed that the private sector is uniquely positioned to accelerate positive impact for society and the planet, and I came to UCLA Anderson to pursue opportunities in purpose-driven business as the next step in my career. Joining Net Impact was a no-brainer for me and has given me access to an incredible community of friends and mentors who are passionate about making a difference through their work.  

How would you describe your Net Impact Chapter to someone who has never heard of Net Impact?

When I talk with folks who are unfamiliar with Net Impact or our chapter at UCLA Anderson, I start by sharing that our mission is to inspire and empower Anderson students to become purpose-oriented leaders on campus and beyond. I also share that Net Impact is a global network with chapters across top MBA programs and provides students with access to a strong network, educational programming, and opportunities to leverage their business toolkit to drive positive social change as they pursue careers across all industries and sectors. 

How does your Chapter plan to make an impact on campus and/or in your community this year?

Our programs this year are focused on the following: (1) Partnering with external organizations and clubs on campus to enhance programming; (2) Increasing member engagement; and, (3) Building on the success of our chapter’s annual Impact Week. We are already off to a great start. One of the new external partnerships we’re excited to launch is a program with Kiva that will engage Net Impact members to help crowdvet potential investment opportunities in social enterprises around the world. Additionally, we have seen increased student participation in our Net Impact Consulting Challenge (NICC) – our club’s annual case competition – which grew by 20% year over year. We’re excited to build on this momentum throughout the year!

What advice would you give to someone who knows they want to make an impact, but is not sure where to start?

Reflect on your strengths and start small. What skills or expertise make you unique, and how can you leverage these assets to make a difference for an issue or organization that you care about? Each person has special strengths and points of view, so being aware of what you bring to the table is a great place to start. Find a person or organization that is working on an issue you care about, and reach out to them to start a conversation. Let them know why you’re interested in the issue they’re connected to, what skills/experience you offer, and how much time you can dedicate. Chances are they will have an idea for how you can get involved and start making a positive impact. 

Chapters of the Year Interview Series: Texas State!

In this special blog series, we are interviewing our Net Impact Chapter of the Year winners to learn more about their chapters, plans for next year, and advice to others looking to make an impact.

For the third time in seven years as an organization, the Texas State University, McCoy College of Business Chapter has won our Chapter of the Year Award in the undergraduate category! We are so proud of the work this dedicated and inspiring team has accomplished over the past year.

What accomplishments are you most proud of during your Chapter’s past year?

I am the most proud of our team that we put together. McCoy Net Impact is a very special organization that allows students to develop their talents and manage their own innovative projects and ideas. Our members always work well together and support each other when needed the most. For instance, when we were competing for the national champions in UniGame, our members got together and went all around campus to recruit votes in support of presenting team which granted us the place in the national finals. It is an honor to be a part of this group of innovative leaders of the future.

Why did you first decide to join your Net Impact Chapter?

I joined McCoy Net Impact because I was intrigued by an opportunity to make a real impact on my community while gathering professional skills and knowledge. The focus on student projects provides invaluable experiences for members and levitates them among their peers. Members of McCoy Net Impact can easily impress employers by the work they have done and the results they have achieved during their academic careers. Project work, research opportunities, and outstanding mentorship of our academic advisor, Janet Hale, is what brought me to our organization at the first place. 

What is the best lesson you have learned from your Net Impact Chapter?

By participating in McCoy Net Impact, I got exposed to a wide range of ideas and speakers from different industries and professions. Our speakers range from recent graduates who just started their career journeys and want to share the first steps they are taking, to the distinguished authors and leading business experts who share best industry practices with our students. The speakers represent the diversity of ideas and professions that McCoy Net Impact members will face in the future careers, regardless of their majors. This diversity of thoughts and ideas in the world is the lesson that we try to communicate to our members and the one that I learned while being Net Impact member. 

How would you describe your Net Impact Chapter to someone who has never heard of Net Impact?

McCoy Net Impact is a unique organization, that brings together the most talented and innovative students who work closely together producing outstanding results while making a positive impact in the community. The core of our organization is the student projects, and the best part of being a Net Impact member is an ability to participate in those as well as to lead your own. I think it is a unique opportunity for a student to get a real-world exposure and generate innovative solutions to the problems facing our society.

How does your Chapter plan to make an impact on campus and/or in your community this year?

Our chapter is very excited for an upcoming year. Today, we are participating in the Up to Us competition and hosting events and workshops on campus to educate our Bobcats about the issue of the national debt.  Soon we will be entering the Food Solutions Challenge with the purpose to educate students about the food waste and to create innovative solutions to this problem. We also plan to engage our community when conducting energy audits, competing at UniGame, taking on the Future of Energy Challenge, and working on many other projects that our members will want to do. 

What advice would you give to someone who knows they want to make an impact, but is not sure where to start?

The best advice that I can give is to join a professional organization that will expose you to a variety of business industries and will provide mentorship for you to discover your talents. The hardest part is to start, but after you join, you won’t even notice how you get involved in a range of projects that make impact on someone’s life every day.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by people who love what they do and who strive to make a world a better place. I try to surround myself with those and want to learn from them on a daily basis.  

Are you looking for a student or professional organization to expose you to new opportunities and connections to make an impact? Learn more about joining or starting a Net Impact Chapter

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