Net Impact at Darden


2011-2012 Fall Semester


SY Internship Panel – How do I find a great internship related to Net Impact?

When: Tuesday September 6th, 5-6pm

Where: Classroom 150


Darden Farmer's Market 

When: September 8th, 4:30-6:30; 9/22, 4-6pm

Where: Flagler Courtyard


DBPs Focused on Sustainability Interest Meeting (today)

When: Monday, September 19, 1:30-2:30pm

Where: Classroom 170

For SY or FY students interested in a Darden Business Project (DBP) focused on sustainability-related issues, this interest meeting will share with you what students have done in the past and opportunities that have already been identified by students and professors as potential projects for the upcoming year. Please bring your lunch.


Main Grounds Social Entrepreneurship Events

1. Social Venture Idea Lab - Bring your own social venture idea or find a team and develop a new one.  Build toward a concept for the UVA Cup Social Entrepreneurship Track or the next Grameen Bank.  Get the chance to hear feedback from Ben Powell, leading social entrepreneur, Top 40 under 40 International Development Leader and Ashoka Fellow. Wednesday, September 28th – 6 PM - Rouss/Robertson Hall (Commerce School) 258

2. Flash Seminar – “People-Powered Capitalism: How Crowdfunding Could Revolutionize Development”

Discuss crowdfunding, impact investing and the future of development with Ben Powell, leading social entrepreneur, Top 40 under 40 International Development Leader and Ashoka Fellow.  Ben and Agora Partnerships accelerate "impact entrepreneurs" in Central America who are focused on people, profit, and the planet.

Wednesday, September 28th at 4 PM – Rouss/Robertson Hall (Commerce School) 258

3. Ashoka Fellow in Residence Capstone Event – Everyone A Changemaker
Come hear Ashoka Fellow Ben Powell discuss impact entrepreneurs in Central America, people-powered capitalism, and impact investing.  This interactive event will bring the UVA community around social entrepreneurship together.

Thursday, September 29th at 5 PM – Rouss/Robertson Hall (Commerce School) 258 

4. Social Entrepreneurship Reception
Immediately following the capstone event, join SEED, Ben Powell, and everyone interested in social entrepreneurship at UVA for an evening of networking, idea generation, and conversation. Thursday, September 29th immediately following the Capstone Event – Garden V


Thursday Night Net Impact Dinner

Date/Time: Thursday, September 29th, 7pm-9pm

Interested in learning more about SYs in Net Impact and the diverse initiatives that we are focused on this year?  Come join the Net Impact Leadership team this Thursday evening for a Pot-luck dinner and fill up on food before heading to TNDC! 

Bennett Graham, our VP of Marketing & Communication, will be hosting and you’ll also have the opportunity to meet SYs Julia Abell, President of NI; Emily Fogelberg, VP of Careers; Matt Gers, VP of Finance; Brooke Lloyd, VP of Networking; and more!


 COO World Bicycle Relief Presentation

When: Oct. 12, 3pm

Where: Classroom 120

Why: See bio below.

Dear Net Impact,

I would like to invite you to join Mike Kollins, COO of World Bicycle Relief (WBR), Wednesday, October 12th, at 3pm in Classroom 120 for a facilitated discussion about his experiences at WBR, a discussion about creating and maintaining a Social Enterprise, and his thoughts on the non-traditional business career.  Please join us for this fascinating discussion with Mike Kollins, moderated by our own Professors Greg Fairchild and Philippe Sommer.  Mike’s Bio is below for your review. 


Building an Ethical World Video Contest: Create, Share, Inspire  

 On October 17, 2011, the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics is launching a video contest for college students from around the globe.  The Building an Ethical World Video Contest: Create, Share, Inspire  encourages students to share their visions for improving the world.   

 The purpose of the contest is to: 

  •  Discover the ethical issues today’s co  llege students find most compelling and deserving of attention. 
  •  Provide a public forum for teams of one to six students to share their vision for building a more ethical world. Shared visions have the potential to lead to real transformation in our society. 


 Registration opens October 17, 2011 and final submissions are due by April 16, 2012.  

  Prize Information:
Judges will award prizes as follows: 

  •  Grand prize winner receives a total of US$3,000; 
  •  Second place winner receives US$2,000; 
  •  Third place winner receives US$1,000. 

 For more information please see the website link:   


Resumania (Friday, Oct. 21)

When: Friday, 10/21 from 3-5,

Where: location TBD

This is intended to assist those who are applying to mission-driven careers or those who come from mission-driven careers and need to translate their resumes into traditional MBA language.


UVA Cup: Social Entrepreneurship Track

Have an idea for a business or organization that will work toward solving our social and environmental problems? Develop it into a three-page concept by yourself or with an interdisciplinary team for a chance at the $20,000 top prize in the University-wide UVA Cup, UVA's entrepreneurial concept competition!  

Be sure to submit it to the Social Entrepreneurship Track – High-impact, long-term solutions for a better world.  Each venture submitted to the Social Entrepreneurship track should have a social goal or goals as a part of its core mission. The model should be viable in the long term without undue reliance on donors, grants, or public funding. Submissions to this category will be judged primarily on their potential for social impact.

Info Session & Team Building Opportunity  – Wednesday, October 19th, 5:30 PM, RRH 403 (Commerce School)

Want to learn the details of how the concepts will be judged?  Need a business mind to help round out the strategy behind your idea?  Need an engineer to help hammer out the technical details?  Stop by this info session and networking opportunity.                    

The Social Entrepreneurship track is open to all UVA students, regardless of school.  Submit your concept at by October 28th.


Net Impact National Conference 

When: October 28-29

Where: Portland, OR

What: Check out this awesome promo video featuring our very own Kendall Jennings and William Gordon


2011 Entrepreneurship Conference

Look out for some clean tech panels at the E – Conference this November.

Who:The Darden School of Business and the Batten Institute at the University of Virginia

What:  2011 Annual Entrepreneurship Conference and Darden Concept Competition

Where: Abbott Center Auditorium, Classroom 50 and the i.Lab at the Darden School of Business

When: Thursday, 3 November 2011, 4–9 p.m.
           Friday, 4 November 2011, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.


Citigroup, VP of CSR Event

When: Wednesday, 11/2 from 3-4 pm

Where: Classroom 50

Val Smith, VP of Corporate Sustainability at Citigroup, will be speaking on her role in sustainability at a major corporation.  This event will be co-sponsored by the finance club.  More information to come next week.

Val Smith is Vice President of Corporate Sustainability for Citigroup. She has been with Citigroup since 2004 and is responsible for developing sustainability initiatives and strategies in partnership with the businesses; tracking environmental issues and providing advice; engaging with SRI and NGO stakeholders; leading development of Citi's human rights strategy; and helping to develop the reporting strategy for Citi’s sustainability performance. Val earned her MBA with a concentration in Sustainable Enterprise from UNC-Chapel Hill, and her BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. Val has also worked for several environmental organizations, including the Houston Advanced Research Center, National Audubon Society, and the Brainerd Foundation. She spent two years with the Peace Corps in Honduras as an Environmental Specialist. Val lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two sons.


Facutly Lunch Series - Tim Kraft

When: Nov. 7th @ 1:30 pm

Where: Classroom 170

Limit: 20 students

Do you ever wonder what your faculty do in addition to plotting their next cold calls? Join Net Impact for our 1st Faculty Lunch with Operations Professor Tim Kraft. Professor Kraft will speak with a small group of Net Impacters about his work in the field of operations and green supply chain.

Lunch will be provided. Space is limited to 20 students.


Haven’t Been to Charlottesville’s City Market? 

In advance of the next week’s Iron Chef competition, Net Impact and WACC will be carpooling to the City Market by the Downtown Mall this Saturday November 5th. So if you haven’t checked out the downtown market, now’s your chance. Our group will meet in the Faculty Parking lot at 9:30am Saturday morning and carpool from there.


Entrepreneur as Change Agent – Nov. 8 Luncheon (SY’s)

Second Years:The Tayloe Murphy Center invites interested students to an informational lunch on November 8 from 1:30 – 2:30 in Room 150. During this session, we will provide an overview of the Tayloe Murphy Center’s initiatives for student involvement, but will also provide an overview of the two sections of Entrepreneur As Change Agent (GBUS 8427A and B).

Entrepreneur As Change Agent is taught as intensive one-week courses outside of Charlottesville, in Washington, DC (GBUS 8427A), and New Orleans, LA (GBUS 8427B). The courses are supported by the Tayloe Murphy Center and the Batten Institute. In this session, we will provide information on the course schedules, guest speakers, and deliverables. If you’re: A) interested in the work of the Tayloe Murphy Center; B) currently enrolled in these courses;  or C) considering a one-week elective, please come to our luncheon.


 UVA Cup Social Entrepreneurship Concept Presentations 

Come see what innovative ideas for a better world are brewing around the University at the first ever UVA Cup Social Entrepreneurship Concept competition!  Join us on Thursday, November 10th at 5 PM in Rouss/Robertson 221 (Commerce School) to watch the finalists.  Each group will give a short presentation and then open up to questions from the judges (3 McIntire and Darden alumni currently engaging in social entrepreneurship) and the audience.  The winning group will go on to the UVA Cup final for a chance at the top prize of $20,000.

PowerSole - "A shoe that generates power through kinetic energy to fully charge essential electronic devices such as phones, and LED flashlights."
Joe Linzon, College of Arts & Sciences 2015

M&A Research and Investment Firm - "A Steady Guide on Your African Business Ad-Venture"
Mackens Audena, Darden 2012

One2One - "One energy bar on a mission"
Veneka Chagwedera, Darden 2013

PureMadi - "Building water filters that are simple, effective, and affordable from local materials"
Interdisciplinary team from 5 of the University's graduate and undergraduate schools (Layton Hill, Bennett Graham, Molly Tyeryar, Sydney Schrider, Caroline Hackett, Theresa Hackett, David Harsh, Lydia Abebe, and Rachel Schmidt).

Venture Thermal - "Developing sustainable water systems in tandem with local and international markets."
Joe Lloyd, Architecture 2012
Taylor Scott, Architecture 2012

Charlottesville CSF - "A community-supported fishery that provides Charlottesville with healthy, locally-grown fish, supports small-scale farmers, and works to protect inland water resources."
Jack Cochran, Graduate Architecture 2013
Doug Dickerson, Graduate Architecture 2012

 Winery Visit

Join Net Impact and the Energy Club on Sunday, Nov. 13th as we will be touring Cooper Vineyards, the first LEED Platinum certified winery on the east coast!  Some other details:

  • Box lunches will be provided by the winery (for $13/person).
  • The jazz band Emme St. James will be performing from noon-4pm.
  • We will provide a mass transportation option that leaves Darden at 10:30 and returns by 3:30  (for about $20/person).
  • Actual time at the winery would be from 11:30-2:30.
  • The owner will be giving us a tour of the winery and the special elements that make it LEED Platinum certified.

You are welcome to join us for just the tour if you prefer to supply your own food and transportation.


 Farmer’s Market Challenge

We have decided to modify the format slightly so that more folks can participate in this event. Instead of having a competition, feel free to join us to cook as a group or feel free to come later to eat/drink. We have some great locally sourced ingredients and look forward to cooking up a storm with y’all.   

If you want to cook: please join us at 909 Bing Lane at 6:30pm.

If you prefer to eat/drink:please join us at 909 Bing Lane at 8:00pm.

Please RSVP by accepting the calendar invite (pending) so that we know how much food to prepare. 

Looking forward to seeing you Thursday evening! 

 EDF Climate Corps Internship Briefing

Tuesday, November 15


Classroom 150

Climate Corps is Environmental Defense Fund’s innovative summer fellowship program that places MBA students in companies, cities and universities to build the business case for energy efficiency.  EDF provides specialized training to students selected for the program.  Then, over the course of 10-12 weeks, the Climate Corps fellows work with their host organization to identify, analyze or implement energy efficiency solutions and share those results with EDF in the form of a written report and financial model.  Applications due January 11, 2012.

 Cover Letter Mania

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

1:30-3:30 pm


Come by to have SY’s give you some realtime feedback on your cover letter.  Can’t start this too early! 

 Net Impact Case Competition

Sponsor:  Encana

Topic:  Natural Gas

Virtual Round: December 3, 2011
Final Round: February 17-18, 2012 in Boulder, CO

Last year Darden’s team (Katherine Brownson, Sara Hester, Julia Abell, and Bianca Vanin) made it to the final round and we would love to repeat that this year!  We are not restricted to one team, so as many people who want can participate.


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