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Net Impact Club Interest Areas
Net Impact as a club serves several istudent interest areas. A director of a given area is the primary point of contact for those interested in that area.

To email one of these directors, use this format: flast@anderson.ucla.edu, where f is the first initial and last is the last name.

Campus Greening
VP - Wendy Kwok, interim director Kevin Schroeder
Improve Anderson’s impact on the environment through campus environmental sustainability efforts, and raise awareness of environmental solutions. 

Career night
Chair - Nicole Nasser
Net Impact hosts a Career Night every year to offer students the opportunity to meet with others working in socially-responsible positions in different companies. Company participation reflects the interests and concerns of the Net Impact members. Nicole Nasser

Corporate Social Responsibility
Director - Sarah Chan
Encourages organizations to consider the interests of society by taking responsibility for the impact of the organization's activities on customers, employees, shareholders, communities and the environment in all aspects of its operations.

Curriculum Change
VP - Rajesh Sharma
Major and subtle changes to integrate Net Impact issues into the classroom. Just as business and society co-exist beyond your business school walls, they must co-exist within your business school education.

Global Development
Director - Erin Erikkson
Works to reduce global poverty, inequality and other issues using business tools.

Green Building
Director - Cameryn Erickson
A sustainable design and construction practice that promotes the health and well-being of the environment and occupants.

K-12 Public Education Reform
Director - Erik Fried
K-12 public education system is falling short of its promise to educate all of America's children, especially in large many cities. MBAs can to contribute to the reform of K-12 public education, from strategic and operational roles in school districts, to leading independent non-profit organizations, to becoming involved in policy change.

Microfinance:
Director - Ann Le
The practice of providing financial services, such as microcredit, microsavings or microinsurance to poor people. By helping them to accumulate usably large sums of money, this expands their choices and reduces the risks they face.

Non-Profit Management
Director - Emily Ellis

  • Academic offerings in Law & Management of Nonprofits, as well as access to nonprofit-specific courses in other schools. Generally, all of the courses are applicable to nonprofits, and it is possible to do a number of projects on nonprofit organizations, within the classes on other topics.
  • The primary nonprofit related event we host each year is the Net Impact Consulting Challenge wherein we invite nonprofits from all over the Los Angeles area to apply for a short-term consulting engagement at the school. Last year we had 8 organizations participating. The students gain networking, as well as consulting experience and a case competition format.
  • In addition, we are planning a series of speakers on nonprofits generally this year, as well as speakers on particular issue areas such as education and environment.

Socially responsible investing
Director - John Stanley
An investment strategy that combines the intentions to maximize both financial return and social good.

SusTech
Director - William (Preston) Schultz
Group of graduate students and professionals dedicated to for-profit sustainable and/or clean technology development. Includes renewable energy.

Social Entrepreneurship
Director - Ryan Schneider
People who recognize a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change. Whereas business entrepreneurs typically measure performance in profit and return, social entrepreneurs assess their success in terms of the impact they have on society.

  • Academic offerings include a specific course on Social Entrepreneurship that has been taught by Jonathan Greenblatt, founder of Ethos Water (which was eventually sold to Starbucks). This class was new last year and the students seem to love it. As you may know from your research, Anderson is known for its really strong entrepreneurship program which includes a number of courses on starting and financing entrepreneurial ventures. There is also a very active Center on Entrepreneurship at school, and an active student club (Entrepreneurs Association).

Socially Responsible Media: Media with a social or environmental purpose. Director Postion currently Vacant.

Public Health:
Director - Suzanne Holst
How business tools are used to eliminate the threats to, or improve, the overall health of a community.


Anderson Courses
There are a number of courses at Anderson that offer perspectives on social and environmental responsibility including:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Designing Urban School Systems
  • Business and the Environment
  • Law & Managment of Non-profits
  • Ethical Considerations in Business

In addition to these courses at Anderson, students can take courses in other graduate programs as part of their MBA coursework. UCLA is an incredibly diverse campus with top programs in a number of disciplines. You can browse courses in different departments on the UCLA Registrar Schedule of Classes page. Courses numbered 200 and above are graduate level courses.

Concurrent Degrees
Many Net Impact members choose to pursue concurrent degrees in order to gain a broader multi-diciplinary perspective. You can apply for a concurrent degree program during your first year at Anderson. The following are concurrent degree programs offered at UCLA Anderson:

UCLA Programs

  • Graduate Leaders in Sustainability Emphasis - The Leaders in Sustainability program provides UCLA Anderson students both the opportunity to practice interdicplinary thinking, and a mechanism for students to pursue their interests in sustainability - the simultaneous consideration of economic, environmental and social factors in business and public policy.
  • Institute of the Environment - The Institute of the Environment (IoE) is an innovative and vibrant intellectual community focused on the Environment. Our members and constituents represent every area of specialty that touches the environment, encompassing a broad array of academic disciplines, research interests, policy concerns and outreach avenues.
  • Sustainable Resource Center - The UCLA Sustainable Resource Center has been established by the Graduate Student Association to promote sustainability through facilitating the provision of resources, information, and education to the graduate student body, campus and community.

From the Net Impact Guide to Business Unusual:

While most of the curriculum at UCLA Anderson tends to focus on traditional MBA topics, there has been a significant increase in the number of environmental and social classes offered. Most of these changes were led by students and all have been supported by the administration. UCLA Anderson’s electives include Business and the Environment, Nonprofit Management, Public Sector Management, Microfinance, and Public Education. In 2006, students led the creation and design of a class on Social Entrepreneurship taught by Jonathan Greenblatt, founder of Ethos Water. The new class uses case studies, recent publications and guest speakers to illustrate the basics of launching a social venture including: creating a socially differentiated product/service; developing/implementing smart and sustainable supply chain strategies; creating socially conscious branding strategies; and creating end-to-end value via social investments among other topics. Business and the Environment is taught by Professor Charles Corbett, one of the leading academics in the field of environmental issues and business operations.  Professor William Ouichi is a leader in K-12 Public Education reform and teaches a course on urban public schools.

Each year, several groups of students focus on Microfinance for their Applied Management Project (AMR). The Microfinance Research Program, run through Anderson's CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research) broadens student awareness of the issues facing entrepreneurial development within emerging markets by conducting primary research in the field of microfinance and developing an effective plan for a local microfinance institution or project sponsor.

Located in the center of UCLA, Anderson is fortunate to have access to classes and resources across the entire university. Several UCLA Anderson Net Impact members are dual-degree students, typically enrolling in the School of Public Affairs, which includes departments in Social Welfare, Urban Planning and Public Policy. Students will also often cross enroll in the School of Education, School of Public Health and the Law School. In 2006, an interdisciplinary group of UCLA graduate students and faculty designed the graduate-level emphasis Leaders in Sustainability, a program that integrates environmental, social and economic education. Through case studies, events and workshops, students receive leadership training, access to current decision-makers and the latest information on sustainability.

Other UCLA resources of interest to Net Impact members include UCLA’s Institute of the Environment, located in the University’s first LEED-certified building. The Institute provides multidisciplinary solutions for regional and global environmental problems, and educates students committed to the health of our planet. Another resource, the UCLA Sustainable Resource Center, promotes sustainability through events and speakers for the graduate student body.