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Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business Net Impact Chapter Receives Gold Status

Oakland, CA–June 18, 2012 Net Impact has awarded the MBA Net Impact Chapter at the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College one of this year’s prestigious gold ratings. With chapters in over 300 business schools worldwide, Net Impact is a leading national organization comprised of MBA students and professionals who use their careers to tackle the world’s toughest social, economic, and environmental problems.

“At Mills, we believe in educating our graduates to be ethical and socially responsible leaders—leaders who can deliver strong financial performance while also making a positive societal and environmental impact. Our vibrant Net Impact Chapter has been central to this mission, complementing the formal course work in socially responsible business, and mobilizing students to learn together to enhance their knowledge, skills, and networks in the field,” said Deborah Merrill-Sands, dean of the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business.

The gold rankings represent the most outstanding chapters in the Net Impact network, based on their performance this past academic year. This year, just 16 percent of the more than 300 Net Impact chapters worldwide achieved gold standing, placing Lokey Net Impact among a distinguished handful of only 51 graduate schools awarded this status. Gold is the highest honor a chapter can receive. Chapters achieve gold standing by meeting a rigorous set of requirements based on their activities, programming, and membership reach.

“From day one, as chapter president, my goal was to align our program among the very best in the nation by capturing the coveted gold rating,” said Tigisti Weldeab, the 2011–2012 Net Impact president. “Our leadership team identified key strategies to accomplish this goal and set out to mobilize core members to help us execute. Achieving the gold status was a team effort at its best.”

In addition to doubling paid membership and mentoring a new Net Impact chapter at a neighboring school, the chapter hosted 26 events, including sponsoring an online non-credit course in microfinance; organizing a Food Justice Week; offering training sessions on the new model of B Corporations, resulting in one student earning B Corp certification for her business; and co-sponsoring a very popular conference on funding strategies for domestic social ventures, with the school’s Center for Socially Responsible Business.


Last Updated: 6/18/12