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  Toral Gandhi

BBA Innovator Creates Impact with Student Organization

4/27/2009 --

Toral Gandhi co-founds Michigan chapter of Net Impact Undergrad.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Toral Gandhi's high school classmates knew they had a leader in their midst when they voted her "Most Likely To Be a CEO." It didn't take long for Gandhi's Ross School classmates to recognize that same leadership quality.

Gandhi founded Net Impact Undergrad, the first BBA organization at Ross to bring together students interested in utilizing business for social good. In fall 2007, she was elected co-president, and in spring 2009, she won the BBA Innovation Award for creating the chapter.

Gandhi and her peers modeled Net Impact Undergrad on the Ross School's graduate version of the club, voted Chapter of the Year three consecutive times by the national organization. The undergrad chapter's mission is to encourage young and innovative leaders to improve the world through corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, international development, nonprofit and public management, and environmental sustainability.

"If you asked me two years ago about my career goals, I probably would've said I'd be working on Wall Street," says Gandhi. "But after going to corporate presentations, I knew I wasn't going to be happy doing that."

In March 2009, Net Impact Undergrad hosted its first Beyond Business Forum with a $10,000 sponsorship from Target Corp. Google executive Matthew Neagle presented the keynote. Panels covered such topics as careers in nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship.

"Especially in the economic turmoil that's going on right now, students realize there are so many alternative opportunities out there," says Gandhi. "One thing Net Impact Undergrad is working on is getting the Office of Career Development at Ross to push for those more unique opportunities."

Gandhi credits Ross classes like Corporations in Society for expanding her worldview. The course is taught by Jim Walsh, the Gerald and Esther Carey Professor of Business Administration.

"Professor Walsh knows the importance of being involved and considering the impact you're going to have on the society you live in," Gandhi says. "The entire class was discussion-based, so not only was I learning more about the material, I was also learning more about myself and my beliefs."

Gandhi plans to start a business revolving around the cotton industry in India. But first she will move to Washington, D.C., to consult for Deloitte. She is especially interested in international development consulting.

—Leah Sipher-Mann

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847,