The UO's Net Impact graduate-student chapter is one of the most active student groups in the Oregon MBA program. Both members and nonmembers participate in Net Impact social and educational events. UO Net Impact is characterized by its interdisciplinary interactions with sustainably focused student groups in law, architecture, environmental studies, and planning, public policy and management. This interaction exposes students to diversity of thought and discipline, which is useful when applying sustainable business concepts in the real world. Graduate students in UO Net Impact are passionate about sustainable business practices and use their passion, drive, and focus to host and participate in an array of educational events and social activities.
A few of UO Net Impact event highlights include:
- Green Business Symposium: This annual conference is completely planned and managed by Oregon MBA students in conjunction with the University of Oregon School of Law and held fat the UO's White Stag building in Portland, Oregon. The one day symposium includes panel discussions on topics ranging from ways business can transform risk into opportunity using sustainable business practices to examining the energy policy. MBA students have been integral to the symposium since it was founded in 1998.
- Net Impact National Conference: The Center for Sustainable Business Practices annually sends graduate students to the national Net Impact conference The event brings together more than 2,000 students and professionals for three days of panels, keynotes, and networking. In 2013, two dozen students attended the conference in San Jose, California (hear from students about their experience on our blog).
- Case Competitions: Many first- and second-year MBA students compete and participate in case competitions, gaining valuable case analysis and problem solving skills and experience. UO Net Impact helps facilitate these opportunities.
- GoGreen PDX: UO Net Impact student participate in Portland’s largest sustainable business conferences, getting the opportunity to learn from business leaders, network with employers, and gather information that helped shape the chapter's programs during the year.