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The mission of the Net Impact club is to build upon UNC Kenan-Flagler’s tradition of leadership in sustainable business practices by providing students with education, opportunity, and inspiration to drive social and environmental change.
Prerana Manvi - President
Prerana graduated from BITS-Pilani (India) with a dual degree of Masters in Economics and Bachelors in Chemical Engineering. During this time, she followed her passion for music as a drummer in a band. Prerana’s interests and work experience lie at the intersection of business and social impact. After graduation, she worked at JPMorgan Chase before transitioning to the entrepreneurial domain. Prior to business school, she worked for a non-profit entrepreneurship network in India, post which she served as a Sustainability Consultant in a startup, and helped companies in India and Sri Lanka manage their sustainability and social responsibility initiatives. In Kenan-Flagler, she has served as a B Corp MBA Associate as a consultant with start ups in the Triangle area, and also works with the Center for Sustainable Enterprise as a Leadership Associate.
Travis Cooke - VP of Finance
Travis is originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, and studied Journalism and Entrepreneurship at UNC Chapel Hill. After graduation, he moved to Washington, DC, where he worked in Senator Kay Hagan's office for four years. Prior to business school, he completed a fellowship at the American Sustainable Business Council, also in Washington, DC. He is concentrating in Corporate Finance and Sustainable Enterprise, and is pursuing a career in impact investing or other forms of sustainable finance. Travis is an avid Tar Heel fan and enjoys road trips, crossword puzzles, live music, and debating the merits of Eastern NC versus Western NC barbecue.
Shannon Cummings - VP of Communications
Originally from the great Philadelphia area, Shannon studied International Relations, Public Communications & Spanish and was a varsity swimmer at American University. After graduation, Shannon joined Teach for America and taught kindergarten and fourth grade in Eastern North Carolina. She also has experience working in non-profits and local government. She is now pursuing an MBA with a focus in Sustainable Enterprise at Kenan Flagler, and an MPP at Duke Sanford School of Public Policy. In addition to Net Impact, Shannon has served as a Team Leader for the B Corp Clinic, ED of Outreach for Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators, a member of Durham Central Park's Board, and an Adams Apprentice. She loves boxing, her cat Gazpacho, and trying one new thing every month.
Gad Eidels - VP of Corporate Relations
Gad was born and raised in Mexico City and studied hospitality management in Switzerland. He transferred to Kendall College in Chicago for his last year of undergraduate studies and worked at a hotel for 3 years after graduating. He spent the following 2 years working at Groupon with a POS system for restaurants before starting his MBA at Kenan-Flagler. He is currently concentrating in Operations Management and Corporate Sustainability. Gad loves travelling, trying different types of food and enjoying all of the outdoor activities that North Carolina has to offer.
Scott Boyce - VP of Learning & Development
Scott is concentrating on Management Consulting and Sustainable Business. Prior to business school, Scott studied Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and pursued a mission-driven career. Scott has worked for some of the largest anti-poverty nonprofits in the United States, but focused the impact close to home in the Metropolitan Milwaukee area. Scott taught 4th grade for 2 years through the Teach For America program, and moved on to address food insecurity with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin (FAEW), the state’s largest food bank. With FAEW, Scott worked at the intersection of for-profit and nonprofit industries, overseeing the collective impact relationship between hundreds of national and local retailers, including Walmart, Target, and regional chains, and the food bank. The power of these relationships pushed Scott toward business school to learn how to more effectively use business to create positive outcomes for society.
Luke Patton - VP of Invest for Impact
Luke grew up in Iowa and graduated from Haverford College, where he studied Political Science and Spanish. He went on to work at the NFL Players Association, Peace Corps (Peru), and most recently with Enterprise Community Partners, a national nonprofit focused on community development and affordable housing. At Kenan-Flagler, Luke is concentrating in Real Estate and has been a B Corps MBA Associate and a Non-Profit Board Fellow. In his free time, he enjoys travelling, hiking, and rooting for the New York Mets.
Rebecca Morgan - VP of Careers
Rebecca grew up in Dallas, Texas. She went to Wake Forest University for her undergraduate degree in History. She then was accepted into the TeachNOLA fellows program located in New Orleans, Louisiana and dedicated to helping students growing up in poverty achieve at high-levels. Upon moving to New Orleans, she taught Pre-Kindergarten and Kingergarten at three different public schools over four years. She is studying Corporate Finance here at Kenan-Flagler and plans to get a job in the non-profit sector.
Caroline Lindley - VP of Food Systems Conference
Caroline grew up in Graham, North Carolina. She studied business as an undergraduate at UNC Kenan-Flagler and worked with Credit Suisse in Investment Banking Operations where she managed all international equity settlements for the Canadian and Mexican markets. She also has experience working with her family business, Lindley Mills, an organic flour mill. She is excited to bring this experience and her passion for food sustainability to Food Conference 2016. When not working on her MBA, Caroline loves to bake, play tennis, and is learning to play the guitar.
Jonathan Huffman - VP of Social Impact Summer Grants
Jonathan studied English and Theater Performance at Huntington University prior to starting his career as an English teacher in South Korea in 2010. After two and a half years, and a very enjoyable experience as teaching, Jonathan could not resist the entrepreneurial itch, and moved back to the USA in 2013 to start Blue Shoe Games, a company that invented card games and boards games and printed them on demand out of his Raleigh, NC apartment. He worked at Blue Shoe until 2015, before deciding to return to school to develop true business acumen at UNC Kenan-Flagler. After school, Jonathan hopes to use his skills and ability to think outside the box to help businesses grow. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys documentaries, astronomy, and of course, board games.
Evan Fairmont - VP of Sustainability
Originally from Colorado, Evan moved to Portland, OR to attend Lewis & Clark College where he played baseball and graduated with a degree in International Relations. Prior to business school, Evan worked as a nonprofit consultant focusing on change management and fundraising strategy, and before that, spent four years leading fundraising at KIPP Colorado Schools, and Compassionate Care ALS. He also spent time as a ski instructor at Vail Resorts and as a trip leader taking high school students abroad. At Kenan-Flagler, Evan is concentrating in Management Consulting and Finance. In addition to his role in Net Impact, Evan is the President of the Adventure Club and VP of Corporate Relations for the Consulting Club. Outside of school, Evan is an avid skier, enjoys running and biking in Carolina North Forest, and is learning the difference between grilling and BBQing (but enjoys both).
The UNC Kenan-Flagler Net Impact Club is a Gold Chapter member of the worldwide Net Impact organization, making us one of the largest and most active chapters in the country. We are a group of 200+ MBA students seeking to create positive social and environmental impact through our careers. Our club plays a vital role in students’ personal and professional development, preparing members to integrate sustainability into roles across all sectors and stakeholder groups.
UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA Net Impact Club hosts several events throughout the year. For more information on our events, including three of our signature events - Careers in Sustainability Forum, Investing for Impact Conference, and FoodCon – please visit our (link: Net Impact Events) page.
- Sustainability at UNC (hosted by the Center for Sustainable Enterprise)
- Sustainability Internship Mixer
- Careers in Sustainability Forum – http://netimpact.web.unc.edu/
- FoodCon – http://netimpact.web.unc.edu/
- Local sustainability career trek (Larry’s Beans, Burt’s Bees)
- Social impact event (Stop Hunger Now)
- Lunch & Learn events
- Corporate Social Responsibility Career Trek
- Investing for Impact Competition (formerly Sustainable VCIC) - http://netimpact.web.unc.edu/
- Clean Tech Summit
- Green Week
- Lunch & Learn events
- Sustainability Mixer
For Event info please visit: http://netimpact.web.unc.edu/