Social Impact for Student
Today's Chicago Booth students are actively engaging in questions about how their careers, lives, and businesses will create social impact. SEI hosts a variety of events, including the SEI Distinguished Speaker Series, as well as more intimate events specifically for students to engage in small group conversations with alumni and leaders from across the social sector.
Students participate in socially focused business competitions as part of their MBA experience. Here at Booth, the John Edwardson '72 Social New Venture Challenge takes place each spring culminating with final presentations and awards in late May. Across the country, student teams represent Booth at a variety of competitions such as the UC Berkeley Haas Education Leadership Case Competition, where Booth students took top prizes in 2013.
Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, and Weekend MBA students at Chicago Booth can join several student groups that include social impact issues as part of their programming. Some of these groups are focused generally on social impact issues, and others have a more sector- or industry-specific focus. All of the groups provide opportunities for developing leadership experience, gaining networking contacts, and participating in conferences, guest lectures, social events, and more.
Relevant student groups include:
- Booth Social Impact
- Emerging Markets Group (EMG)
- Energy Group
- Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital (EVC)
- Food, Environment, Agribusiness Development (FEAD)
- Healthcare Group
- International Development Group (IDG)
- Net Impact
BSI aims to connect part-time students with careers, communities, and curiosities in the social sector. The group represents the combination of the former Philanthropy Club, Local Optima (nonprofit consulting), and Net Impact.
BSI will support students interested in social sector careers through engagements with nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and corporate social responsibility leaders. We will provide opportunities for students to support local organizations through consulting projects, training and development, volunteer opportunities, fundraising, and board memberships. BSI will also create platforms for students to engage with stakeholders in the social sector space, including academicians, experts, researchers, practitioners, and professionals in a constructive and challenging environment.
Email Nitikaji Nautiyal for more information about Booth Social Impact.
The Emerging Markets Group (EMG) is the only student group that enables students to explore political and economic issues as well as learn about employment opportunities in the emerging markets and developing countries throughout the world. The group is committed to supporting the Booth community of future leaders focused on sustainable and innovative business strategies and tools for long-term economic growth in the emerging markets. At the core, we seek to improve the lives of the world's approximately 4 billion low-income population in the emerging markets and believe that these sustainable and innovative business models can be effectively used to tackle development issues in conjunction with government and aid mechanisms.
EMG holds numerous events throughout the year including a yearlong speaker series, emerging market job search discussions and lunch and learns, and social events, as well as a spring trip to one of the regions covered (Africa in 2012). The group also organizes two conferences: the Emerging Markets Conference and the Chicago Microfinance Conference, which is organized in conjunction with Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
The Energy Group is made up of students with diverse interests when it comes to natural resources and the environment. A large number of our members joined the group because of their commitment to fighting climate change and their passion for cleantech and renewable energy. Because of that, the Energy Group provides an array of programming to help students explore these interests and make an impact on the planet. These events include:
- Annual West Coast trek for students to explore cleantech companies in Silicon Valley
- Booth Energy Forward, an annual conference featuring panels and keynote speakers on clean energy innovation
- Field trips to energy generation sites
- Social events to meet other students with similar passions
- Energy 101s & Lunch and Learns to learn more about the industry
EVC at Chicago Booth provides career development, networking opportunities, and conferences on current topics in the entrepreneurial and venture capital industries. EVC is best known for its support of student-led events such as Seedcon, the Venture Capital Investment Challenge, and a variety of treks both to Silicon Valley and New York. We also organize group activities, industry-leading entrepreneurship and social enterprise speakers, and resources for our members, including those passionate about social impact. For more information about our social enterprise initiatives, email Sarah Press.
Feeding an additional three billion people over the next four decades, along with providing food security for another nearly billion people that are currently hungry or malnourished, is one of the world's greatest challenges. FEAD is a Chicago Booth Full-Time student group for individuals interested in careers that help sustainably feed the world. Our vision is to empower the next generation of food and agribusiness leaders in industry, consulting, and investing - from farm to fork.
FEAD prepares students for careers in food and agribusiness by:
- Engaging the numerous companies in the food and agribusiness industries
- Hosting events with companies and organizations across the value chain
- Sponsoring consulting projects
- Providing career related services
- Providing industry information and resources
- Facilitating participation in outside organizations' food and agriculture conferences
- Hosting networking and social events with Chicago area organizations and educational institutions
The Healthcare Group is a student organization that helps Booth students learn more about the health care industry. Our members typically share an interest in a variety of current issues facing health care or are interested in careers related to health care - from directly working for a health care related company, to consulting for health care clients, to investment banking or investing in the health care industry.
We organize events throughout the school year to facilitate learning, networking, and recruiting in the health care industry. These events include:
- The annual Healthcare Conference
- Lunch and Learns with industry leaders
- Topical presentations relevant to our members
The International Development Group (formerly Chicago Global Citizens) is a student group that utilizes the skills and resources of the Chicago Booth community to help address social and economic needs in developing countries. Our members share an interest in international development issues such as basic education, economic growth, humanitarian assistance, global health care, poverty reduction, and conflict prevention.
The academic year promises a wide variety of opportunities for participation, including:
- Leading or participating on a consulting project team for an international development organization
- Planning and executing events (International Development dinner and conference fundraising, speaker series, social events, etc.)
- Traveling to and making an impact on a developing country during spring break
- Marketing and branding, or helping with club logistics and operations (website, membership, corporate sponsorships)
Net Impact is a new generation of leaders who use our careers to tackle the world's toughest problems. We put our business skills to work for good throughout every sector. By doing so, we show the world that it's possible to make an impact that benefits not just the bottom line, but people and the planet, too. Chicago Booth Net Impact is a network of emerging business leaders committed to using our business skills to create positive social impact while driving economic value. We offer programs and resources to help students achieve their personal and professional goals of making a meaningful difference with their MBAs.
Events and programs include:
- Board Fellows
- Education consulting projects
- Booth Net Impact Conference
- Lunch and Learns with social impact firms
- Career Services events