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Kellogg School Social Impact Club earns top national honors

Net Impact names Kellogg ‘Chapter of the Year’ for championing responsible business practices

By Kari Richardson

2/1/2004 - The Kellogg School’s Social Impact Club has earned “Chapter of the Year” honors by a national organization of B-school students promoting social responsibility, again highlighting the importance of responsible business practices to the Kellogg School culture.

Net Impact, a network of business school students committed to using their leadership positions and skills to make a positive social impact, presented the Kellogg School club with the award at its annual conference, held Nov. 6 through 9 at the University of Texas at Austin. The student-led Kellogg Social Impact Club is one of 87 chapters comprising the organization, which includes many of the nation’s top business schools. Kellogg was represented by 31 current students at the conference.

“It’s really a testament to the commitment to these issues on the Kellogg campus,” said Stacy McAuliffe ’04, who serves as the Social Impact Club’s co-chair of marketing and external relations. “Our club helps Kellogg offer a whole spectrum of tools for future leaders, whether they plan a career in nonprofits or the corporate world.”

The Social Impact Club’s mission is to support and inspire Kellogg students as they apply their business skills to social good in the nonprofit, public and private sectors.

In making their decision, independent judges considered the extent of each chapter’s membership reach, its slate of events and activities, influence on its respective school’s academic program, and impact on the surrounding community.

The Kellogg chapter impressed judges with its application, which highlighted the Social Impact Club’s high level of student participation (roughly 30 percent of the school’s student body), and its vast array of activities, from career and academic panels to a new program that will place students on nonprofit boards.

The application detailed programs such as the club’s Innovating Social Change Conference (ISC), which has featured such speakers as Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach for America, and Cyrus Freidheim Jr., CEO of Chiquita Brands International, and its Social Impact Week, a student-designed initiative to build campus awareness of social responsibility.

“Not many schools have their own social responsibility conference,” McAuliffe said. “Our ISC conference and several speaker series really stand out among business schools.”

Also highlighted were the club’s efforts to assist students in their pursuit of work in the nonprofit sector or with companies noted for their commitment to social responsibility.

Second and third place award winners in the national event were the Haas School of Business at the University of California (Berkeley) and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.