Net Impact ConferenceOrientation Retreat

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

Orientation RetreatNet Impact at Davis works closely with the Associated Students of Management’s Director of Orientation to ensure that a socially and environmentally responsible theme is woven into New Student Orientation. Recent years’ events have included a weekend retreat to 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.

This year, we have many fun activities planned to engage incoming students with nature preservation efforts at Lake Tahoe and allow them to rest and relax while taking in nature’s beauty.  Click here to learn more about the 2013 retreat.

Curriculum Development

Orientation RetreatOur 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 currently 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.

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 annual Net Impact North America Conference is designed to mobilize 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.

From October 24-26, the 2013 conference will be close by UC Davis and we are expecting a big turnout from our student body.  Students will have the chance to speak with employers like 3M, Accenture, Citi, The Walt Disney Company and others making an impact.  Workshops follow tracks like Finance and Investing, Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise, and Sustainable Food.  Read more about this year’s conference here.

The 20th Annual Net Impact Conference was held in October 2012, in Baltimore.  Nearly 3,000 changemakers shared ideas and tools, interacted with sustainability leaders, and built the collaborative relationships necessary to accelerate their impact.

Public Interest Internship Fund

The GSM prides itself on being 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 non-profit 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.

Interested in participating?

Could your board benefit from the addition of a member with business skills and expertise? If so, email us!
Think a local nonprofit could benefit from your expertise, energy or experience? Apply to be a Board Fellow!
For more information on the Board Fellows Program (or to apply) please email Nathan Chan at nhchan [at]