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Past Events

Winter/Spring 2016

10th Annual Investing for Impact Competition

     February 26, 2016
     McColl Room 2500

The Invest for Impact experience includes a wide variety of challenges in a WIN-WIN-WIN convergence of three elite groups: top MBA students, visionary, socially — or sustainably-minded entrepreneurs and successful impact investors, each of whom has much to learn from the others.  In this competition, student teams from MBA programs around the world will play the role of impact investors. They will review the business plans of three companies and select the company they would invest in based off of both financial viability and their social or environmental impact.

3rd Annual NC Clean Tech Summit

     February 18 & 19
     At UNC's Friday Center

Hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Institute for the Environment and Kenan-Flagler's Center for Sustainable Enterprise, the Summit will bring together professionals in business, policy, and academia from across the state and region for two days of discussion, problem-solving, and networking to foster leadership and growth in North Carolina's clean tech industry.

B Corps 101

    Wednesday, January 27;    8:30 - 10:00 am
     1789 Venture Lab, Chapel Hill

This event will provide attendees with information about what B Corps are, the quick B Corp assessment and best practices.  This event is hosted by the North Carolina B Corps Group and is free.  Bagels and coffee will be served. 

Careers in Sustainability Sessions

      Thursdays: October 22, 29;  November 12;  January 21;  4:00 - 6:00 pm
      McColl 2500 & 2575

The Net Impact Club is hosting 4 sessions this fall featuring industry professionals from a variety of industries and functional roles to discuss their passion, purpose and journey into an impactful career .  Students will have the ability to network with participants.  Featured areas will be Operations and Supply Chain (Oct. 22), Energy (Oct. 22), Marketing (Oct. 29), Impact Investing (Oct. 29), Consulting (Nov. 12), and Entrepreneurship (Jan. 21). Register here.


Presented by MBA Net Impact

     Wednesday, December 2, 2015
     At Duke Fuqua School of Business

FoodCon 2015 will be an exciting afternoon conference that connects organizations with top talent as well as with thought leaders in the food and agribusiness arena. FoodCon is a joint effort by the MBA students at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. The objective of the conference is for students, industry leaders, and community members to make valuable professional connections while discussing pressing issues and trends within the food industry (sustainability, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, etc.)  Register here.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

      November 16 - 21
      Events across UNC Campus

Each year UNC brings Global Entrepreneurship Week to campus, hosting a week-long series of events that reach across all disciplines and draws the public from across The Triangle.  Whether you are a student, faculty, staff, alum, or a member of the community, actively interested in entrepreneurship or new to it, there is something for everyone - because everyone can explore their full potential in this world.  Learn more here.

#socialinnovation #sustainability #food #gamification #Bcorps #3Dprinting #cleanenergy #childprotection #communitydevelopment #designthinking #health #labor

"Careers in Sustainability" Lunch and Learn with Katie Kross

     Thursday, September 10, 2015  12:30 - 2:00 pm
     McColl Room 2575

Katie Kross author of "Profession and Purpose" will discuss Careers in Sustainability.  Lunch will be provided.

Sustainable Spirits

     Tuesday, August 18, 2015   5:30 - 7:30 pm
     Top of the Hill Restaurant (Back Bar)

An event hosted jointly by the NC Composting Council and the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, as a kick-off event for students interested in exploring sustainability, and open to everyone in the Triangle Area interested in anything from renewable energy and civic engagement to green building, organic farming, and beyond.

NC B Corps Champions Community Celebration

  Wednesday, June 17, 2015  6:00 - 8:30 pm
  On the Lawn at American Tobacco Campus, Durham

CSE 15th Anniversary Celebration: Featuring Keynote by Christine Bader

   April 22, 2015 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
   Koury Auditorium

The evening featured a Keynote Address by Christine Bader, author of:
                        The Evolution of A Corporate Idealist: Ethics, Sustainability,
                                 and Responsibility in Big Business
The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Brett Smith, Founder and President of Counter Culture Coffee.  The Core Faculty Award was presented to Chris Bingham, Associate Professor Strategy & Entrepreneurship.

Sustainability Research in Practice: To Sell or Donate? The Provision of Clean Drinking Water and the Quest for a Sustained Product Use at the Base of the Pyramid

    Monday, April 13, 2015  12:30 - 2:00 pm
    McColl 2575

During this seminar, UNC alumnus and champion for universal access to safe drinking water, Greg Allgood, and marketing professor, Dr. Balasubramanian will share insights from the field about effectively pricing goods developed for “base of the economic pyramid” consumers (i.e. people living on less than $2/day).  Contrary to the assumption that giving goods away for free results in higher product adoption, research in three communities in Malawi demonstrates that the most effective pricing strategy for promoting sustained product use is that of deep discounting as compared to a philanthropic or moderate discounting.  This session will be of particular interest to faculty and students interested in sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and expanding sales to low-income consumers in developing countries.

9th Annual & Invest for Impact Competition

   Friday, March 27th (Cancelled due to Weather)
   All day Kenan-Flagler Business School

Formerly the Sustainable Venture Capital Investment Competition (SVCIC), Invest for Impact is an invitation-only MBA case competition bring real start-ups and investors together with MBA students.

NC Clean Tech Summit

Presented by the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, UNC's Institute for the Environment, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and Strata Solar

  February 19 and 20
  UNC's Friday Center 

This year the summit will focus on the military and renewable energy; boosting North Carolina's competitiveness in manufacturing; and fostering an innovation economy across the state.  The summit features keynote speaker General Wesley K. Clark (ret).

Saving the Planet Through Entrepreneurial Approaches

Part of UNC Global Entrepreneurship Week

Tuesday, November 18 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Kenan Dining Room (change of venue)

Speakers include  Jason Aramburu (Keynote) founder of re:char, Daniel Blake founder of EcoScraps and Andy Zeman founder of Benjamin Vineyards and Winery.  The panel will be engaged in a conversation about how their innovative entrepreneurial ventures are addressing global agricultural concerns as successful businesses.

Register today at:  Saving the Planet


Presented by the Net Impact Club

Friday, November 21 - 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
McColl Building

FoodCon is an exciting, day-long conference that connects organizations with top MBA talent as well as with thought leaders in the food sustainability arena. Learn about industry trends while making valuable connections.  MBA and other graduate students from top-tier universities as well as working professionals are encouraged to attend. Panelists and speakers will include representatives from a range of organizations, from local non-profits and businesses to Fortune 500 companies. And, of course, you!

Register today at: www.mbafoodcon.com/agenda

Sustainability Research in Practice:  Five Reasons MBAs Should Study Poverty

     Monday, November 17, 2015  12:30 - 2:00 pm
     McColl 2575

This session will include Kenan-Flagler alumnus Napoleon Wallace and Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship Lisa Jones Christensen.  Napoleon will discuss his work in investment banking and community development finance and how social sustainability has defined his career.  Professor Jones Christensen will discuss her research with the United Nations Development Programme Management Education anti-poverty working group.  Most importantly, she will outline the business case for ALL MBA students to study issues of domestic and international income poverty.  This session should be highly interactive as we debate whether these instrumental reasons resonate with students from a variety of backgrounds. It should be of particular interest to finance, entrepreneurship, and sustainability-focused MBAs; but any MBA who wants to be competitive on the job market should participate!

13th Annual Careers in Sustainability Forum

Presented by the Net Impact Club

    Friday, October 31 – 8:45 am to 4:00 pm
    McColl Building

The Forum will consist of the following panels:
     - Consulting
     - Corporate Strategy

     - Energy

     - Entrepreneurship

     - Impact Investing

     - Operations & Supply Chain

For more information go to: cisf-unc-2014.eventbrite.com

Dean's Speaker , Chuck Swoboda, President of Cree, Inc.

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 6:00 pm
Koury Auditorium

For more information please click on the following link:  Chuck Swoboda

Sustainability Research and Practice: Is Servicization a Win-Win Strategy? Profitability and Environmental Implications of Servicization

   Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
   Kenan Flagler Business School, McColl 2575 

Please join us for our first Sustainability Research in Practice with 2014 Core Faculty Champion in Sustainability Award winning Professor, Vinayak Deshpande and Lindsay James (MBA ’03), Vice President of Restorative Enterprise at Interface for a live case discussion moderated by Center for Sustainable Enterprise Director, Professor Carol Hee.

National Consortium for Data Science - Late May 2014

2014 Global Sustainability Symposium - April 2 and 3, 2014

Sustainable VCIC - Friday, March 28, 2014

Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate, Energy - March 3-7, 2014

Clean Tech Summit - February 26, 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week - November 18-22, 2013

People. Planet. Profits.  Building a Better World One Step at a Time - November 19, 2013

12th Annual Careers in Sustainability Forum - November 1, 2013

UNC Global Sustainability Symposium: "Water and Energy in the Crosshairs" - February 6-8, 2013

Read a detailed blog post about the symposium.
View a video of the closing keynote.
Read an article about the symposium in The Daily Tarheel.

How Entrepreneurship Can Save Our Planet - November 14, 2012

UNC Global Entrepreneurship Week

Hosted by UNC Kenan-Flagler Center for Sustainable Enterprise, MBA Net Impact Chapter, Undergraduate Net Impact Chapter and Energy Club

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Keynote
Tom Szaky, CEO and Founder of Terracycle, Inc., One of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Ideas in 2010

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion

  • Carol Seagle, Director of Research, Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School (moderator)
  • Daniel Whittaker, Founder, Green Planet Catering, Triangle Business Journal’s 2011 Green Advocate of the Year
  • Sam Imende, Founder and Managing Partner, ENZI Footwear, Kiva Fellow and 2012 Harambe Entrepreneurship Alliance Fellow
  • Luke Fishback, CEO and Founder, PlotWatt, 2011 GE Ecomagination Challenge Award Winner
  • Tom Szaky, Founder, TerraCycle, One of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Ideas in 2010

11th Annual Careers in Sustainability Forum

October 5, 8:45 to 3:30, McColl Building
Net Impact's biggest event is back. The day will consist of 3 sets of career focused panel discussions. From sustainability consultants and urban planners to energy portfolio managers and corporate environmental strategists, these panels showcase professionals who are working at the intersection of business and sustainability. A luncheon will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet and talk with panelists.
Panels include: Consulting, Corporate Strategy, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Project Finance, and Real Estate . Please RSVP online. Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) Welcome
Net Impact Clubs Kickoff
Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 5:00-6:30pm
McColl 2575

CSE and Net Impact welcome Miranda Ballentine, Director of Sustainability, WalMart as she discusses Building a Career in Sustainability

UNC Kenan-Flagler Green Week Keynote
March 27, 2012, 12:30-1:30pm
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, McColl 2250
RSVP to cse@unc.edu

The Future of Sustainability: A Perspective from Walmart

Walmart’s Director of Sustainability, Miranda A. A. Ballentine, discusses Walmart’s productivity loop: Operate for Less, Buy for Less, Sell for Less, Grow Sales.

Wednesday, March 28, on Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University 

Discussion 6:00 to 7:00; optional campus tours 4:30 to 5:30. No charge for this invitation-only event, but registration is required.

This event is sponsored by: North Carolina State UniversityDuke University | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hear retail giant Walmart’s thinking on how sustainability will unfold in the next five years. For a supplier, what’s the dividend in sustainability? Ms. Ballentine will provide Walmart’s global perspective. Hear Walmart’s latest thinking on product life cycles. And finally, hear about the productivity loop of Operate for Less, Buy for Less, Sell for Less, Grow Sales.

Tours of NC State’s Centennial Campus include the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center; TexLabs in the College of Textiles; and BTEC, the world’s most advanced biomanufacturing training facility. 

John Thompson, The Environmental Entrepreneur

CSE and Net Impact welcome John Thompson, author of The Environmental Entrepreneur and Knight Journalism Fellow.
February 29, 12:45-1:45pm
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, McColl room 2575
Lunch provided to those who RSVP to cse@unc.edu.

CSE Managing Sponsor of Shared Tables: A Triangle Symposium on Local and Global Food Studies

A forum for both local and global experts to explore key issues related to food studies in an inter-disciplinary academic and community gathering jointly being held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. 

Shared Tables

February 28, 2012 Global Food StudiesUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Daytime location (8:30-4:00pm) UNC Institute of the Arts & Humanities, Hyde Hall
Evening reception (5:30-8:30pm) at UNC Fed Ex Global Education Center featuring keynote speaker“Can Industrial Agriculture Feed the World?”, Tom Philpott, Mother Jones; co-founder, Maverick Farms  

February 29, 2012: Local and National Food Studies:  Duke University

Daytime location (8:00am-4:00pm) Von Cannon Room, Bryan Center
Evening location:  (7:00-9:00pm) Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center, Closing keynote:  Will Allen, Growing Power

Click here for more details, to see the list of impressive partners and to register. 

Val Smith

A Conversation with Val Smith (MBA 2002), Director of Sustainability at Citi: Why Innovative Banks Care about Sustainability

November 15, 2011, 5:30pm, Koury Auditorium 

Moderated by Albert H. Segars, Faculty Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, RBC Bank Distinguished Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and in conjunction with UNC's Sustainability Day. 

Val and Al will hold a lively discussion on Citi’s best practices in sustainability.  They will cover topics like Citi’s incorporation of green building practices, their participation in the development of the Equator Principles Initiative, and their recent recognition as the top U.S. bank in the 2011 Newsweek Green Rankings. 

Careers in Sustainable Enterprise Forum

November 18, all day
Location: UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

A day-long event organized by the UNC Net Impact Club that gives students information about different career paths, functions, and industries in the field of sustainable enterprise featuring CSE's own

Katie Kross, author Profession and Purpose, McColl 2500

Sustainable Enterprise Enrichment Concentration Overview

August 2, 12:15-1:45 pm

In the class of 2011, 25% of MBA graduates completed the concentration in sustainable enterprise. Come learn about how the sustainable enterprise enrichment concentration can enhance your Kenan-Flagler experience.

MBA Orientation Speaker - Adam Lowry, Co-founder of Method Products

August 3, 10:30 - noon
Location: Great Hall in Student Union

Adam Lowry’s innovative set of formulas and “cocktail approach” have transformed the chore of housecleaning into a safe, easy and more satisfying experience. First year MBA students will have an opportunity to learn more about the “Method Method” and Adam’s strategies for sustainable success.

The Center for Sustainable Enterprise presents Defying Sweatshops: Can It Be Good Business?

A conversation with Joe Bozich, CEO of Knights Apparel and Professor Kellie McElhaney, Margo N. Alexander Faculty Fellow in Corporate Responsibility and Co-Faculty Director, Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 6:00pm, Koury Auditorium

CSE Leaders in Sustainability: Unmesh Brahme & Jay Swaminathan

November 11, 2010
5:30-6:30 p.m. Koury Auditorium
UNC's Kenan Flagler Business School
Reception to follow

A conversation between Unmesh Brahme, Yale University World Fellow, Former Senior Vice President of Sustainability at HSBC India & Jay Swaminathan, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Glaxo Distinguished Professor of Operations, Technology and Innovation Management (OTIM), UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Net Impact "Careers in Sustainability Forum”

November 19, 2010
Kenan-Flagler Business School

The Net Impact Club of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School is proud to host its Ninth Annual Careers in Sustainability Forum on Friday, November 19. Business professionals in various sustainability fields will share their experiences. Attendance is free!

MBA Net Impact Chapter Kickoff Meeting

September 1, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
Koury Auditorium, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Come to the MBA Net Impact kickoff meeting to learn more about what the club has planned for the fall and beyond.

CSE Presents the Global Innovations in Energy Conference

How Business is Addressing Climate Change
April 10 and 11, 2010
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

5th Annual Social Venture Capital Investment Competition (SVCIC)

Hosted by UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA Net Impact Club

Date & Time: March 19-20, 2010
Location: UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School

Building on last year’s successful event, in which eight top-notch MBA schools fielded teams (including NYU, the 2009 winner), we aim to broaden the SVCIC education this year.  In addition to negotiations with real entrepreneurs and feedback from experienced VC judges, the SVCIC team plans on providing more education to participants prior to the weekend of the competition.


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