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February 23: Social Enterprise Panel

Net Impact Bentley and the Graduate Women’s Leadership Organization are excited to announce our upcoming panel discussion on social entrepreneurship: “Social Enterprise: Using the Power of Business to Improve Lives.” Join us to hear four women speak about their experiences founding and running mission-driven businesses. Siiri Morley of Prosperity Candle, Anne O’Loughlin of Autonomie Project, and Alexis Schroeder & Jeanne Dasarro of the New Prosperity Initiative will discuss their careers, the social missions of their businesses, and the innovative business models that they use to accomplish them.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
6:30 - 8:30
LaCava 300AB

See Social Enterprise Flyer for details on the event and panelists.

Chapter Initiative: Board Fellows Program

Hello Chapter Members,
This year, the Bentley Chapter of Net Impact will begin planning its Board Fellows program, to be launched in the 2011-2012 academic year. We need your help!

The Board Fellows program seeks to place graduate business students on the boards of directors of local non-profits. Through this arrangement graduate students gain valuable experience in non-profit governance and the non-profits benefit from the business skills brought by the students. See the NI Central website for more information:

Please email Pavlik Mintz ([email protected]) if you would like to be involved in planning the program.

Our questions for you: What kinds of non-profits would you be interested in working with? Please add any suggestions to the discussion board on our Facebook page.

Chapter Initiative - The MBA Oath

Hello Chapter Members,

Those of you who attended either of our kickoff meetings heard us talk about the idea of bringing the MBA Oath to Bentley. More information can be found at We would like to adapt the Oath to incorporate all graduate degrees granted at Bentley.

The basic idea behind the Oath is similar to that of the Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors. Business practitioners have a responsibility to practice their professions in a manner that considers the impact of their actions on others. Doctors must protect their patients, but people in business must consider the needs of all stakeholders: employees, customers, the greater community, the environment.

The Oath Project hopes that by making a public commitment, signers of the Oath will remember such ideas as “My decisions affect the well-being of individuals inside and outside my enterprise, today and tomorrow,” and will adhere to such pledges as “I will manage my enterprise with loyalty and care, and will not advance my personal interests at the expense of my enterprise or society,” when faced with difficult decisions in business.

We would like feedback from the Bentley community on the value of such an oath.

- Would signing the Oath make a real difference in the way Bentley graduates conduct themselves after leaving school?

- Does the Bentley curriculum prepare students to make such a pledge?

- What kind of support could the school or alumni offer that would make it easier to uphold the Oath?

Please share any thoughts that you have on the discussion board on our Facebook page: The Oath Project.

Report from Ann Arbor: Slides

In case you missed last week’s presentation on the Net Impact National Conference from chapter member Lynne Somers, here are her excellent slides:

Report From Ann Arbor

Thanks, Lynne!

Lessons Learned in For-Profit Social Entrepreneurship- Battle Stories from Two Veterans

Join Boston area Net Impact chapters and the Progressive Business Leaders Network for an exciting event to be held at MIT’s Sloan School of Management on Wednesday, November 17.  Hear from CEO’s of two local for-profit social entrepreneurship enterprises and have a chance to meet and network with other area business students. Click here to find out more about the event.

“Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders - the GRLI and Net Impact Challenge”

Do you know how to make the world a better place through business? Net Impact and the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) are sponsoring a team-based competition for innovative answers to the question: “How can next generation leaders contribute to the development of globally responsible leadership?” Ideas should be community-based and presented in any electronic format. If you have a great idea, your submission could win your team an all-expenses-paid trip to Australia to present your project to the GRLI General Assembly.
GRLI is an international organization that describes its vision as “a worldwide network of companies and learning institutions characterised by vast action and thorough exchange of learning. GRLI’s mission is to ‘develop a next generation of responsible leaders’ through collective and individual actions.”
Teams of 2-3 must submit their project electronically by December 1, 2010.  See The GRLI & Net Impact Challenge 2010 for more details on the competition.

Chapter Kick-Off Meetings

Net Impact at Bentley will be holding two chapter kick-off meetings. Please see our Facebook page to RSVP.

• Tuesday, October 19, 7:30-9:00 , in LaCava 300
• Monday, October 25, 5:00-6:30, in LaCava 305

The agenda for both meetings will be:
• An overview of the Board Fellow program
• An overview of The Oath project
• An overview of Curriculum Change
• An open discussion of how you would like to participate and what you would like to see from Net Impact this year

Light refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

Hello Net Impact Members!

We want to let you know about a couple of great upcoming events sponsored by Net Impact chapters at other Massachusetts schools:

On Saturday, October 23, Net Impact at UMass Amherst is presenting “The Business of Sustainability: Shifting the Corporate Agenda.” This event will feature a panel discussion “focused on how sustainability is becoming a competitive advantage and differentiator for companies across industries,” as well as a great opportunity to network with like-minded students and professionals over breakfast. See The Business of Sustainability: Shifting the Corporate Agenda for more information and to register.

On Saturday, October 30, the undergraduate chapter of Net Impact at Northeastern University will be co-hosting “ForSE 2010: the Forum for Social Entrepreneurs,” a full day conference that will bring together expert panelists to discuss social enterprise in the spheres of health, education, technology, and sustainability. Details and registration information can be found at The event will also feature a pitch contest for business ideas with a social impact. Entries will be accepted until October 21 and information can be found at Pitch SE Competition.

Director NI Boston Professional Chapter at Bentley Campus

Great opportunity to meet Siri Morley, Director Student Chapter Relations, Net Impact Boston Professional Chapter, at Bentley University campus. Join us to be a part of this informal session where our Net Impact Chapter connects with the Boston Professional Chapter. Refreshments will be served.

Conscious Capitalism with Prof. Raj Sisodia

Concious Capitalism with professor Raj Sisodia

Here is the great opportunity to network with Brandeis Net Impact Chapter.
For details please check - Brandeis Netimpact - Conscious Capitalism with Raj Sisodia