Social Impact Days

Passionate about using your MBA to positively impact the world? Eager to chart your social innovation path at Kellogg? Seeking fellow classmates that share your interest in food security, health/wellness, clean energy, water access, social justice, poverty mitigation, etc.? Join us for Social Impact Days at Kellogg! This is your opportunity to engage with classmates, faculty and staff around topics you care about BEFORE the hustle and bustle of your MBA career is in full swing.

Over the course of a day and a half, we will help you find classmates who share your social innovation interests and prepare you to use your time at Kellogg to maximize the impact you’ll have on the issues important to you. You will hear from Kellogg social entrepreneurs about how they’re using their MBAs to start world changing businesses and from Kellogg faculty and staff about opportunities you will have throughout your time at Kellogg.  2015 Social Impact Days will take place from Tuesday, 8/18, 4:30 pm through Thursday, 8/20, 1:00 pm.
  • Tuesday evening, 8/18 – Social Impact Days will kick off with a networking BBQ 
  • Wednesday, 8/19 – We will work together all day, getting a crash course on entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and design 
  • Thursday through mid-afternoon, 8/20 – We'll equip you with information on the resources available to you at Kellogg and help you think about how to best use your time here. We’ll wrap just after lunch, allowing you plenty of time to get your house in order before you depart for KWEST later in the week.
This session is free of charge. You will be asked to confirm your attendance, as we want to avoid any last minute cancellations, preventing fellow classmates the opportunity to participate. Social Impact Days is ideal for entering MBAs who have an interest in social innovation and/or entrepreneurship. No experience is necessary to apply. You are not required to have an idea for a project or venture, but please do come with an open mind and ideas of what interests you. Be ready to join forces with your classmates to work toward a common good.  Want to hear from a student who attended the 2015 Social Impact Days?  Read about the experience here.

In order to register, you must be able to commit to the entire program.  If you are a 1Y or MMM student, the program will conflict with exams, but we invite you to join us for the BBQ on Tuesday, 8/18.  Please register for this option.

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Tuesday, August 18th

BBQ & Networking        

16:45                BBQ

17:15                Opening Remarks

18:00                Social Impact Days Overview and Games


Wednesday, August 19th

Social Impact Days Part I, Jacobs Center, G40

8:00                  Breakfast and Keynote

9:10                  Introductions

9:30                  Ideas Marketplace

Each participant will have 30 seconds to share a project, business or idea you want help developing

10:15                Mission Alignment & Share Out

We will loosely form teams around shared interests and start to define what problem we are going to tackle

11:00                Finding Market Needs & Design Research Tools

Learn about user-centered design research tools

12:00                Lunch

13:00                Business Model Canvas & Testing 

No need for a business plan.  We'll leverage the business model canvas as a planning tool for your current idea and beyond.

14:00                Concept to Plan

You and your team will now have time to define the key assumptions of your idea and brainstorm ways to test them. It's time to think about how your concept can become action. 

16:00                Delivering a Pitch 

Nothing grabs attention like a good story.  We will learn how to get investors' attention and their dollars behind your venture.

17:00                Team Time 

Now that you have a plan, it's time to work on sharing that with others. You and your team will have time to work on your presentation for Thursday morning. 

18:00                Dinner & Drinks


Thursday, August 20th

Social Impact Days Part II, Jacobs Center, G40

8:00                  Breakfast and Pitches

Teams will have 5 minutes to share what they’ve found.  Votes will determine the winner of a $2K Project Impact Award

10:30                Mapping Your Impact Path at Kellogg

Whether you are interested in social entrepreneurship, CSR, education management, impact investing, etc., we’ll help you carve out a path at Kellogg to ensure you make the most of your experience

12:30                Lunch & Awards