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Annual net impact conference to Convene leaders working towards a more sustainable future


The 18th Annual Net Impact Conference, 2020: Vision for a Sustainable Decade, hosted by the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, will challenge attendees to envision their role in working towards a sustainable future.

The three-day event, taking place October 28-30, 2010, will welcome more than 2,500 professionals, MBA and other students. Attendees will hear world-changing ideas and lively debate on how to achieve a more sustainable decade during these keynote addresses:

  • From Source to Blue Bin: Extending U.S. Beverage Producer Responsibility - Kim Jeffery, Nestlé; Waters North America William McDonough, FAIA, Author, Cradle to Cradle; Marc Gunther, FORTUNE (moderator)
  • Our Time is Now - Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Farm
  • Corporate Responsibility 2020: The Future of Sustainable Business - Susan M. Cischke, Ford Motor Company; Aron Cramer, Business for Social Responsibility; Rose Kirk, Verizon Communications
  • Green the Ghetto - And How Much it Won't Cost Us - Majora Carter, The Majora Carter Group, LLC
  • The Future of Management Education - Srikant M. Datar, Harvard University; James P. Walsh, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Judith Samuelson, Aspen Institute Business and Society Program (moderator)
  • Toward Sustainable Capitalism - David Blood, Generation Investment Management

Joining these keynote speakers, more than 350 sustainability and corporate responsibility experts will share best practices, challenges, and innovative ideas for the future at more than 100 sessions. Attendees will be able to design their own conference experience, choosing sessions from eight tracks: corporate impact, energy & clean tech, environment & natural resources, impact investing, international development, professional development, social innovation, and urban revitalization & community development.

'For nearly 20 years the Net Impact Conference has been the leading event that brings together current and future leaders to unlock the power of business to improve the world,' said Liz Maw, Executive Director, Net Impact. 'The perspectives that converge at the conference and the resulting energy provide attendees the inspiration, tools, and ideas to lead sustainable change.'

The conference also offers professional development opportunities for those looking to build their career. From an expo with more than 70 exhibitors recruiting for more than 150 jobs and internships, to careercoaching and professional workshops, the conference will help attendees build a socially and environmentally responsible career path.

Read more about the conference at www.netimpact.org/conference, and contact Brenda Kiefer for information about attending the event as a member of the media: press@netimpact.org.

About Net Impact
Net Impact is a global organization of students and professionals using business to improve the world. The organization offers a portfolio of programs and initiatives to educate, equip, and inspire over 20,000 members to make a positive impact through business. Spanning six continents, Net Impact's membership is one of the most influential networks of students and professionals in existence today and includes current and emerging leaders in corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability. The Net Impact network includes more than 260 chapters in cities throughout the world and a small central office in San Francisco. Learn more at www.netimpact.org.

The annual Net Impact Conference is the world's largest event of its kind and has established itself as an important forum for student, business, academic, and nonprofit leaders to network and learn from each other. The energy of the conference mobilizes attendees with an exciting array of keynotes, panels, case studies, simulations, and special events. Participants leave with fresh perspectives on the role of business in society, a new appreciation for their individual impact as an emerging business leader, and a strong connection with a network of like-minded colleagues. Past speakers have included the CEOs of GE, Starbucks, DuPont, Coca-Cola, and Patagonia; leaders of nonprofit organizations like YouthAIDS, Room to Read, Children's Defense Fund, Acumen Fund, and Teach For America; as well as civic leaders such as Al Gore. For more information, please visit www.netimpact.org/conference.

About The Stephen M. Ross School of Business
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a dynamic, distinctive learning community that is consistently ranked among the world's leading business schools. Ross faculty impact the way business is taught and practiced around the world. Ross students develop their leadership talent through action-based learning programs that connect the world of business education to the world of business practice. Ross prepares graduates to lead globally diverse teams, consider the role of business in society, and build organizational cultures that foster innovation.

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