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

Oakland, CA–June 13, 2013 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 more than 300 chapters 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.

“Our Net Impact Chapter makes a vital contribution to our school and our mission of educating ethical and socially responsible organizational leaders. I am proud of the chapter’s recognition and of the contributions that the leadership team and all the members made this year, both to the school and to our community,” 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 during the past academic year. This year, just 24 percent of the more than 300 Net Impact chapters achieved gold standing, placing Lokey Net Impact among a distinguished handful of only 55 graduate schools awarded gold 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.

“The Lokey Graduate School of Business students are committed to making social and environmental change and the goals and activities of the Net Impact Chapter mirror their commitment,” said Michelle Matos, Lokey Net Impact Chapter president, MBA ’13.

In 2012–13, the Lokey Net Impact Chapter organized 14 events, including a clean tech panel discussion, a B Corp conference, and several career workshops. One of the Net Impact Chapter’s most valued contributions was the launch of Service Corps, a program to offer pro bono consulting services to local nonprofits. Service Corps teams worked with the Women’s Initiative and the California Association of Student Health Centers and developed strategies to increase program reach and strengthen corporate partnerships.

The Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School has been selected as a sponsor school for the annual Net Impact Conference to be held in San Jose, California, October 24–26, 2013.

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in approximately 950 undergraduate women and 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 377 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit


Last Updated: 6/18/13