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UNC MBA & Undergraduate Chapters Receive Net Impact’s Gold Chapter Standing

June 24, 2013 By Jessica Thomas

Net Impact has announced the 2012-2013 Gold and Silver standings for Net Impact chapters, awarding both UNC’s MBA and Undergraduate Chapters the prestigious Gold standing. These standings, based on the chapter’s performance this past academic year, represent the most outstanding chapters in the Net Impact network. This year, just 24% of over 300 Net Impact chapters worldwide achieved Gold standing.NI_Small_logo-RGB_72dpi_transparent

“Through collaboration, dedication, and a willingness to push boundaries and explore new ideas, this year’s Gold and Silver chapters are leading the way for our global network of impact-makers,” says Net Impact CEO Liz Maw. “These chapters demonstrate just how much can be accomplished when committed individuals decide to make an impact through the work they do.”

Chapters achieve Gold or Silver standing by meeting a rigorous set of requirements based on their activities, programming, and membership reach. This year’s Gold and Silver chapters helped the Net Impact network provide over 2,566 local events worldwide and over 132 programs that allow members to positively impact their community. Gold and Silver chapters also strengthened the overall network by regional collaboration, mentoring other chapters, and sharing successful ideas with their peers.

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Net Impact Fellows speak with Dan Baum & Kevin Trapani of the Redwoods Group (photo by Michelle Tessier)

UNC’s Undergraduate Chapter was led by seniors Tyler Bench and Kate Halldorson, and benefited from strong partnerships with UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, and the Campus Y. Among many achievements, UNC’s Undergraduate Chapter hosted the Net Impact Fellows Program, an innovative career development opportunity for students interested in sustainable business and social entrepreneurship to network with and learn from CEO’s of successful social enterprises.

“We are building a world class career development pathway at UNC to help students interested in sustainable business and social entrepreneurship continue to pursue their passions after graduation,” said Tyler Bench. Next year, the Net Impact Career Fellows Program will be expanded to reach hundreds of students across UNC’s campus under the leadership of incoming chapter president Shalini Chudasama.

UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA Net Impact activities this year were led by outgoing President Genny King (MBA ’13), and included hosting the 9th Annual Careers in Sustainability Forum, the 8th annual Sustainable Venture Capital Investment Competition (SVCIC), a series of distinguished speakers as well as Green Week. The chapter also introduced the Core Faculty Sustainability Champion in Sustainability Award in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Enterprise.

2013-14 MBA Net Impact Chapter Leadership

2013-14 MBA Net Impact Chapter Leadership

“I’m delighted to hear our MBA Net Impact chapter was awarded gold status this year and am very appreciative of everyone’s efforts to achieve this honor,” said Genny King (MBA ’13). “Our team is excited to use the momentum from this achievement to engage in a wide range of exciting activities in the coming year. Our aim is to provide a supportive community for students interested in pursuing careers in sustainability and increase the student body’s exposure to sustainability issues and how they will be relevant to their careers. The MBA chapter is already continuing its momentum for the coming year under the leadership of President Liz Love (MBA ’14).

About Net Impact

Net Impact is a global community of over 40,000 student and professional leaders creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace and the world. Net Impact is San Francisco-based nonprofit with over 300 chapters worldwide that focuses on providing support, connections, and practical advice to help people in all sectors and job functions create a more just and sustainable future.