Blog Posts by Liz Maw

  • Looking Back, Looking Forward

    Liz with University of Michigan chapter members in 2015

    A message from Net Impact’s departing CEO, Liz Maw When I joined Net Impact as CEO in October 2004, George W. Bush was about to win his second term as President. Lord of the Rings had won Best Picture from the Academy.  And Tom Brady had recently led his team to a Super Bowl victory. Some things never change! At that time, Net Impact had just a couple of staff members, and its 90 chapters existed primarily at MBA programs. As a former chapter leader, I was full of optimism about Net Impact’s potential and thrilled to have the opportunity to further inspire and equip our community to change the world. ...Read More »

  • Net Impact Updates for January 2016

    Join us this November in Philadelphia for #NI16

    A note from our CEO, Liz Maw: 2016 has been anything but boring here at Net Impact. We’re committed to doing more for our members and chapters than ever before, whether that’s bringing our annual conference on the road through our NIx initiative, bringing new people into the mix with our Impact Design expansion, and redoing our website. ...Read More »

  • "What Do You Like About Being White?": Reflections on Racial Equity

    “What do you like about being white?" It was a question I’d never heard asked before. Nor had the few dozen people sitting around me at a North Carolina church. I was at a two-day workshop facilitated by the North Carolina-based Racial Equity Institute. My workshop participants were a mix of races and professions, with a high percentage of teachers, police officers, church members, and social change professionals in the room.  ...Read More »

  • 5 Superhero-Style Ways to Break Boundaries in 2015

    Liz Maw Net Impact Conference

    Drive change and make an impact just like Wonder Woman or Green Lantern, but maybe in a more subtle outfit.  When I was little, I dreamed of having great superpowers when I was older. Think back for a minute: did you ever dream of being a superhero? Or maybe you dreamed of being a real-life hero. When we're little, we have big dreams. We want to save people, we want to be admired for our world-class skills, we want to discover new lands and planets, we want to fly. ...Read More »

  • Winning the Talent Game

    Tiffany T. is the kind of young woman that could become a nonprofit lifer. She’s smart, articulate, and above all else committed to making a difference in the world. But as she started her job search and senior year at UC Berkeley last fall, Tiffany set her eyes not on the nonprofit sector but on mission-driven business. Now a recent graduate, she's working within the corporate citizenship department of a Fortune 100 company. “I’m happy working at a big company, because I feel like they really have the capacity to inspire others and make change in the world,” says Tiffany. ...Read More »

  • Is an MBA Right for You?

    You’re thinking about grad school, and the options are overwhelming. If you’re like me, you might have registered for the LSAT, GRE, and GMAT all at once, and buried your bookshelf with test prep books. While there are many routes to changing the world, I have a special spot in my heart for the MBA (Masters in Business Administration), which I received from Columbia Business School in 2001, and where the majority of Net Impact’s 300 chapters lie. But why an MBA if, like me, you’re a passionate idealist committed to the nonprofit sector? ...Read More »

  • Breaking Boundaries to Repair the World

    Liz Maw Net Impact Conference

    Twenty two years ago, a small community of MBA’s and entrepreneurs had a boundary-breaking idea. In the midst of a world where business was often viewed as an evil force, they dared to think differently. United by their vision of a future where business could mean more than making money, they held the first Net Impact Conference. The boundaries we now face are less obvious but no less limiting. In the realm of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), most of the low-hanging fruit has been picked. We’re grappling with barriers that are global in scope and structurally multi-faceted. What’s more, the stakes are higher than ever; persistent poverty, global health epidemics, climate change, and joblessness threaten the lives and livelihoods of billions of people around the world. In early November, our community is coming together to take on the messy, uncomfortable, controversial (yet inspiring and imperative) challenge of breaking boundaries once again. We’ll hear from impact leaders across sectors who are embracing these three strategies for disruptive change. ...Read More »

  • The Intrapreneur Era

    What do coffee, dish soap, and conferences all have in common? [Pause for head scratches]. Well, for one, they’re all spurring sustainability stories driven by “regular employees.” ...Read More »

  • Being Fearless in the New Year

    Trying to change the world can be exciting and gratifying. It can also be lonely and scary. That's why so many social sector organizations - including our own - have loved to see examples like the Case Foundation's Be Fearless campaign.The Be Fearless campaign recognizes that true, transformational change is hard and takes courage. To make significant impact, you need to ask unpopular questions, upend conventional norms, and form difficult collaborations. ...Read More »

  • Have You Seen Our Annual Report?

    At Net Impact, we know it's critical to take time to pause and reflect. Our 21st year has been a remarkable one, thanks to the passionate involvement of the Net Impact community. Our mighty network has grown to over 40,000 strong, with more than 300 volunteer-led chapters spanning the globe, driving impact on campus and on the job. We're pleased to share some of these successes with you in our newly released annual report. ...Read More »

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