Institute for Business in Society


IBiS convenes programs of broad impact, develops cases and teaching materials, designs innovative courses for students and executive leaders, and supports the creation and dissemination of leading research.

P3 Impact Awards

In partnership with Concordia and the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, IBiS presents the P3 Impact Award to recognize and honor the leading public-private partnerships that improve communities and the world in the most impactful ways. The P3 Impact Award will be presented at the Concordia Summit on 29-30 September 2014 in New York, New York.

A report featuring leading practices and actionable insights from the top applicants will be released shortly after the conference.

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Champion Brands

Led by IBiS, the Darden School of Business will be the academic partner in APCO Worldwide's Champion Brand study. The survey and data focus on the world's best-known companies and their brand strategy as it relates to their stakeholders. Companies that build successful and enduring relationships are what APCO calls Champion Brands.

Strategic CFO Roundtable

The Strategic CFO Roundtable is a convening of leading chief financial officers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to discuss, debate and share best practices for enhancing the strategic role of the CFO. With over 300 years of collective strategic financial and leadership experience, the roundtable members share their views on the challenges and opportunities facing their companies and the overall economy.

January 2014 Roundtable
July 2013 Roundtable
September 2013 Roundtable

Business in Society Conference

IBiS supports an annual conference in coordination with a cross-section of student clubs interested in mission-driven career paths. This year's conference, Local Roots, Global Reach, was held on 14 February 2014, and explored the convergence of local and global players in impacting society through business solutions. Sessions demonstrated how local actors can produce big wins and how big players can drive local change. The conference will next be held on 20 March 2015.

Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards

Launched in 2010 by IBiS Academic Director Gregory B. Fairchild, the Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards highlight and support strong, resilient businesses in some of Virginia’s most economically-challenged communities. Read about the 2013 Winners in Virginia Business magazine. The Award is presented bi-annually, but a conference on resilience in business will be held in the spring of 2015 to extend work in this area.

Impact Business Leaders (IBL)

Are you looking for a way to use your business skills to make a tangible difference in the world? Impact Business Leaders (IBL) provides career opportunities for professionals looking to develop business solutions that solve major global challenges. IBL is partnering with the Institute for Business in Society (IBiS) and the Batten Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business to offer a new two-week training course on social enterprise and impact investing.

      Dates:  9-20 March 2015 
      Location: i.Lab at U.Va. located at the Darden School of Business 
      Application:IBL’s website


The IBL program has three main elements:

  • Training - a two-week course exploring social enterprise and impact investing
  • Personal Career Guidance   ­- from IBL's Executive Director, who has extensive experience building businesses in this space
  • Job Opportunities - to put your knowledge to work and kick-start your career in social enterprise/impact investing (globally)


Participants admitted to IBL@UVa will take part in a two-week training program in collaboration with the Batten Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Business in Society, learning from experienced practitioners of social enterprise and impact investing. The training focuses on the practical challenges of social enterprise and impact investing, drawing from case studies and live examples to give you the tools you need to succeed on the ground.

Job Opportunities

Participants can also take part in the job placement process with social enterprises and investors across the globe. IBL uses a competitive process that takes into account the skills and goals of the participant as well as the needs and availabilities of placement organizations. IBL sources dozens of specific job openings that provide challenging roles with clearly defined objectives.

In addition to opportunities in the U.S., the biggest concentrations of open roles abroad are in East Africa, India, and Ghana. The job opportunities are typically 12 months in duration and provide a modest stipend. While we cannot guarantee a job for every fellow (hiring decisions are in the hands of our partners) the vast majority of participants seeking jobs in previous rounds have secured them. We strive to find a good match for each participant.

Ideal Candidates

We are looking for a diverse group of participants with the following:

- 3-5+ years of professional experience

- An undergraduate degree is required (graduate degree is a plus)

- A genuine interest to pursue a career in solving major social challenges

- Strong communication and critical thinking skills 


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