Johnson’s SGE Club Receives Net Impact’s Gold Chapter Standing

6/15/2012 1:34:00 PM

Top Net Impact chapters recognized for their 2011-12 achievements

Net Impact has awarded the Sustainable Global Enterprise (SGE) Club of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management its prestigious Gold rating, in recognition of the club’s professional and educational support to MBAs seeking socially and environmentally impactful careers. This year, only 16 percent of the more than 300 Net Impact chapters worldwide achieved Gold standing.

“Each year, Gold chapters raise the bar and mobilize students and professionals to use their careers for good. Their critical support provides members with real-world projects that build professional skills and a community of peers who work together to achieve their high impact goals,” said Net Impact CEO Liz Maw. “Gold chapters are at the forefront of the movement to build a new generation of business leaders.”

Chapters achieve Gold standing by meeting a rigorous set of requirements based on their activities, programming, and membership reach. The SGE Club’s activities this year included:

Launching a “Fireside Chat” networking series with alumni and professionals in fields such as impact investing, clean tech, international development, urban agriculture, and sustainable hospitality

Hosting informal “101” sessions on trends in marketing, consulting, and other common interest areas

Co-sponsoring the Johnson Energy Connection – a daylong gathering of alumni working in the energy industry – and Idea to Impact: A Conference on Social Entrepreneurship.

“Johnson draws a truly unique mix of knowledgeable and passionate MBAs mindful of the serious challenges facing our planet and the role business will play in addressing them,” said Bret Collazzi, MBA ’13, who leads the club with classmates Nora Hansanugrum and Jessica Saturley. “Club members help one another develop the expertise, contacts, and confidence they’ll need to make a positive and meaningful difference.”

The Gold honor also recognizes the work of last year’s team, Natalie Grillon, Stef Levner, and Jake Shirmer, all MBA ’12.

“Johnson’s SGE Club’s unique structure enables the organization to effectively serve the broad range of interests our students have with regard to sustainability and business. The club’s Affinity Groups offer innovative programming and professional development opportunities which enhance the student experience in SGE at Johnson,” said Mark Milstein, Director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise and the club’s Faculty Adviser.  “We are pleased to see the club recognized for its excellence.”

Gold chapters will receive special designation in Business as UNusual, Net Impact’s annual publication showcasing how MBA programs incorporate social and environmental responsibility into their offerings.