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Posted 11.11.05

Net Impact hosted their 13th Annual National Conference at the Stanford Graduate School of Business November 11-13th. It was an inspiring three days with over 1,200 Net Impact members from across the globe learning how different industries and companies are combining business skills to make a positive social impact. This year’s theme, “Bridging the Gap: Leading Social Innovation Across Sectors”, emphasized the need for collaboration with government, business and non-profits in order to achieve the greatest impact.

The key note speaker was former Vice President, Al Gore, who gave a witty, educational and above all inspiring address. He reminded us that the business community is where change must be pushed from and that we should “take the hard right over the easy wrong” and that “right is right even if no one is doing it and wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.”

The sessions this year were broken out by educational track, which varied from Business and the Environment to Socially Responsible Investing. The sessions were entertaining and thought provoking though never long enough to discuss everything we were interested in. There was also a career fair this year with over 30 companies interested in hiring the more socially responsible MBAs. There were multiple occasions to network and meet members from other clubs around the country and world.

The conference closed at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco where Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, spoke told the crowd it is never too late to get involved and become a mentor.

The Stanford Graduate School of Business did a fabulous job hosting this year’s convention. They kept the convention “green” serving organic foods and making sure everything, from the cups to the utensils, was recyclable. We’ll look forward to seeing if Kellogg can match the precedent set by Stanford next year!

By Jennifer Taylor,
President, Net Impact Chapter
Weatherhead School of Management

 

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