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Net Impact mobilizes new generations to use their skills and careers to drive transformational social and environmental change

Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a network of business leaders who use the power of business to create a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact.

Davis Net Impact works with the GSM faculty and staff to offer courses in social entrepreneurship and sustainable business focusing on the “triple bottom line.” Our chapter regularly hosts speakers, organizes educational and volunteer events, organizes an annual welcome retreat for new and continuing students, and attends the annual National Net Impact Conference.

About our Club

Our Mission

Net ImpactDavis Net Impact is an MBA student club of dedicated student leaders working to create environmental and social change on our campus, in our community and on our planet. We are excited to be the largest, most active student club at the Graduate School of Management.

Davis Net Impact offers networking and educational opportunities that bring together students and alumni, and that encourage community involvement. From sustainable business symposia to “day on the job” events, and from community volunteering events to our annual welcome retreat, we provide our members and the GSM community with a wide variety of engaging events every quarter.

On campus, we collaborate with administration to incorporate social and environmental issues in the curriculum. We work extensively with other campus groups that share our vision, including the Clean Technology Club, the Community Consulting Group and Women in Leadership, as well as research groups, including the Center for Investor Welfare, the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center.

“In addition to its many accomplishments, the Davis team has spread the Net Impact message to the 120-person student body, creating a chapter that while small in number, is mighty in impact.”

- Liz Maw, Executive Director, Net Impact

Meet our board

Aditi Gupta
President, Director of Operations & Finance

Aditi is a 2019 MBA candidate and originally from India. In addition to her role in Net Impact Club, she also serves as President, Challenge For Charity Club and International Students Lead for UC Davis GSM Ambassadors. Aditi holds an Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering degree from SGSITS India. Prior to attending GSM, Aditi worked as Quality Assurance Lead in Wipro Technologies, India for four and a half years. She also worked in Credit Suisse, London for 9 months on an onsite assignment for Wipro Technologies. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching movies and TV series, and socializing with friends. 

Emily Scheff
Member Relations

Emily Scheff is a 2019 MBA candidate in the Full-Time MBA Program, in the Finance track. In addition to her role with Net Impact, she serves as a Board Fellow for the Sacramento nonprofit WEAVE. She has previously worked in Commercial Real Estate and has a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys hiking, making linocut prints, and volunteering time with the SPCA. 

Mekdem Wright
Partner Relations

Mekdem is an MBA Candidate with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering. He has 5+ years’ experience as an analyst, strategist, consultant, & entrepreneur relating to sustainable resource management in both the public and private sectors, across the areas of water, energy, food, & waste. He is passionate about sustainable local and global community and economic development and aims to work with speed, scale, and impact to drive real systemic change.

Resources

Net Impact (National Organization)

Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. 

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Energy Efficiency Center

The UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center aims to accelerate energy efficiency innovation and to stimulate the transfer of the technology into the marketplace. The center is uniquely poised to make significant contributions to this effort by supporting and energizing activities and expertise already well established at UC Davis. Read more >

University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program: A Statewide Program within UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) was created through the grass roots efforts of organizations and individuals concerned about the environmental impacts of agriculture, the health of rural communities, and the profitability of family farming operations in California.

At the request of the California legislature, the University of California established SAREP with three mandates. Read more >

John Muir Institute of the Environment

The John Muir Institute of the Environment supports innovation and discovery aimed at solving real-world environmental problems. The institute’s faculty are committed to strengthening the scientific foundation for environmental decision making through collective entrepreneurship, a team-oriented approach that recognizes the complexities of environmental problems and the societal context in which they occur. Read more >

Autodesk Sustainability Workshop

The Autodesk Sustainability Workshop offers free online resources that teach the principles and practice of sustainability in engineering and design. Read more >

Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility

The center infuses science into investment management and corporate practice through research, teaching and service that emphasize the rigorous application of scientific principles to investment management and corporate practices. Read more >

Institute of Transportation Studies

Founded in 1991, the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) is a multifaceted program with more than 60 affiliated faculty members and 80 graduate students. Its primary program components are research, education and outreach. ITS partners with academic and research centers on and off campus, and with industry, government and nongovernmental organizations around the world. Read more >

Club Bylaws

Net Impact Club Bylaws

Club Programs

Internship Fund Recipients and Alumni
  • John Churchman, 2012
  • Filippos Stavrinidis, 2012
  • Adam Baillie, 2011
  • Mona Kamdjou, 2011
  • Elizabeth Jones, 2010
  • Elin Kjolseth, 2010
  • Emily Rancer, 2010
  • Courtney Sweetin, 2010
  • Keith Aulick, 2009
Orientation Retreat

Net Impact at Davis works closely with the Associated Students of Management to ensure that a socially and environmentally responsible theme is woven into the new student orientation. Past events have included weekend retreats to Lake Tahoe, where students toured the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the Tahoe Science Center;  Yosemite National Park, where students stayed at the social venture Evergreen Lodge; a wine-tasting trip to an organic winery; a volunteer event at the local Boys & Girls Club; a “trial” case study focusing on diversity in the workplace; and a discussion session on business ethics.

Net Impact Annual Conference

Each year GSM students attend the Net Impact Annual Conference. Considered one of the premier events for students and professionals interested in socially and environmentally responsible business, the Net Impact North America Conference mobilizes members through an exciting array of keynotes, panels, case studies, simulations and special events. Participants gain a fresh perspective on the role of business in society and a new appreciation for their work as business leaders and their connection to a network of like-minded colleagues.

Curriculum Development

Our director of curriculum development works closely with the faculty in general, our faculty sponsor specifically, and the Associated Students of Management’s director of academic affairs to embed social and environmental values into the curriculum. Initiatives take many forms and include integrating relevant topics and case studies into traditional courses, building new courses and strengthening our impact on specialty programs such as the International Study Practicum and Consulting Center Projects. Complete courses that Net Impact has helped create include MGT 290: Sustainable and Responsible Business and MGT 291 Topics in Social Entrepreneurship, and Managing a Socially Responsible Investment Fund.

Public Interest Internship Fund

The GSM is a leader in social and environmental responsibility and fosters a highly cooperative student community. In this spirit, Davis Net Impact created the Public Interest Internship Fund to help provide as many students as possible with the opportunity to pursue internships with nonprofit organizations or business with social or environmental missions.  As many of these internships are unpaid, the internships fund helps eligible students cover basics and offset their cost of living. Every spring quarter, Davis Net Impact kicks off a pledge drive, during which students pledge one or more days’ salary to support their classmates in need. In 2012, the students contributed approximately $2,000, which was awarded to two students working on renewable energy and fair trade practices.

Board Fellows Program

The Net Impact Board Fellows Program matches UC Davis Graduate School of Management MBA candidates (who are also members of Net Impact) with the boards of nonprofit organizations. The program benefits both parties: students gain exposure to nonprofit organizations and rewarding experience as non-voting board members, while participating nonprofits benefit from project or committee work, access to future business leaders with fresh perspectives, and affiliation with the Graduate School of Management.

Fellows work closely with trustees and executive directors, attending board meetings, serving on committees, and working on special projects. As a result, Fellows gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by nonprofit organizations, as well as the complexities of nonprofit management.