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National Net Impact Conference Comes to Ross Oct. 28-30, 2010

10/14/2010 --

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The 18th Annual Net Impact Conference, 2020: Vision for a Sustainable Decade, hosted by the Ross School, will challenge attendees to envision their role in working toward a sustainable future.

The three-day event, taking place October 28-30, 2010, will welcome more than 2,500 professionals, MBAs, and other graduate and undergraduate students. Attendees will hear world-changing ideas and lively debate on how to achieve a more sustainable decade during these keynote addresses:

  • From Source to Blue Bin: Extending U.S. Beverage Producer Responsibility
    Kim Jeffery, Nestlé Waters North America
    William McDonough, FAIA, Author, Cradle to Cradle
    Marc Gunther, FORTUNE (moderator)
  • Corporate Responsibility 2020: The Future of Sustainable Business
    Susan M. Cischke, Ford Motor Company
    Aron Cramer, Business for Social Responsibility
    Rose Kirk, Verizon Communications
  • Green the Ghetto — And How Much It Won't Cost Us
  • Majora Carter, The Majora Carter Group, LLC

  • The Future of Management Education
    Srikant M. Datar, Harvard University
    James P. Walsh, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
    Judith Samuelson, Aspen Institute Business and Society Program (moderator)
  • Toward Sustainable Capitalism
    David Blood, Generation Investment Management

Joining these keynote speakers are more than 350 sustainability and corporate responsibility experts will share their experiences at more than 100 sessions, engaging attendees in discussions about how to overcome challenges and make dramatic strides in their work in the coming years. Attendees will be able to design their own conference experience, choosing sessions from eight tracks: corporate impact; energy and clean tech; environment and natural resources; impact investing; international development; professional development; social innovation; and urban revitalization and community development.

"For nearly 20 years the Net Impact Conference has been the leading event that brings together current and future leaders to unlock the power of business to improve the world," said Liz Maw, executive director, Net Impact. "The perspectives that converge at the conference and the resulting energy provide attendees the inspiration, tools, and ideas to lead sustainable change.�

The conference also offers professional development opportunities for those looking to build their career. From an expo with more than 80 exhibitors recruiting for more than 150 jobs and internships, to career-coaching and professional workshops, the conference will help attendees build a socially and environmentally responsible career path.

Read more about the conference at, and contact Brenda Kiefer for information about attending the conference as a member of the media:

About Net Impact
Net Impact is a global organization of students and professionals using business to improve the world. The organization offers a portfolio of programs and initiatives to educate, equip, and inspire over 20,000 members to make a positive impact through business. Spanning six continents, Net Impact's membership is one of the most influential networks of students and professionals in existence today and includes current and emerging leaders in corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability. The Net Impact network includes more than 260 chapters in cities throughout the world and a small central office in San Francisco. Learn more at

The annual Net Impact Conference is the world's largest event of its kind and has established itself as an important forum for student, business, academic, and nonprofit leaders to network and learn from each other. The energy of the conference mobilizes attendees with an exciting array of keynotes, panels, case studies, simulations, and special events. Participants leave with fresh perspectives on the role of business in society, a new appreciation for their individual impact as an emerging business leader, and a strong connection with a network of like-minded colleagues. Past speakers have included the CEOs of GE, Starbucks, DuPont, Coca-Cola. and Patagonia; leaders of nonprofit organizations like YouthAIDS, Room to Read, Children's Defense Fund, Acumen Fund, and Teach For America; as well as civic leaders such as Al Gore. For more information, please visit

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