In the third post for Student Group Spotlight, DePaul Net Impact Co-president Sean O’Farrell explains DNI’s mission. He shares how the group lets graduate students at DePaul University get involved with social entrepreneurship in Chicago and nationwide.Mission/Purpose:
We will mobilize a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in their workplace and the world.When and how was the group founded?
Net Impact is a national organization that was established in 1992. The DePaul chapter was founded in 2008 when our faculty advisor, Associate Professor Patrick J. Murphy, and a group of students decided they wanted to get involved with social entrepreneurship and using their business skills to make an impact, specifically through performing pro-bono consulting in the communities around DePaul. Net Impact has an established network and valuable resources that made it the ideal vehicle to pursue those goals.How many members does the group have now? Who can join?
Net Impact has over 20,000 members in 280 chapters around the world. Our chapter has about 80 active members. To join, you simply visit netimpact.org/join and select DePaul as your chapter.
Our chapter is a graduate-level chapter for enrolled DePaul students, but we encourage anyone interested in our activities to reach out. Basic membership is free, but advanced tiers provide access to the job board, member network and more. Biggest recent accomplishment:
We are very proud of the B-Corps team. This is a Net Impact-affiliated annual trip to provide pro-bono consulting to organizations in underserved areas in America. This year, 18 full-time MBA students spent one week of their winter break in New Orleans. They worked on a variety of projects – business planning, financial analysis, marketing, etc. – for several nonprofits and a social enterprise incubator. All of the agencies were very grateful, and the teams made a really meaningful impact.
The B-Corps, service in general and the DePaul Community Consulting Corps (D3C) are at the heart of DePaul Net Impact. D3C provides opportunities for MBA students to make a positive impact while gaining real business experience through local pro-bono consulting projects for socially responsible organizations. We have recently initiated a consulting project that focuses on organizational structure and strategic staffing for a nonprofit agency in Chicago.How can students/alumni benefit from joining your group?
The three primary benefits for members are opportunities to:
How has the organization helped you personally?
- Lead change in your community, in your workplace or on your campus while developing crucial skills to move you forward.
- Learn about careers in sustainability, corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship and more.
- Connect to people already making an impact in companies large and small, nonprofits, and social ventures to share ideas and find out how others do it.
Service helps keep things in focus. If you allow yourself to get wrapped up in your career path, you can lose sight of how rewarding and meaningful it is to serve others. At the end of the day, the projects students do in Net Impact are often the things they are most proud of and that provide the deepest sense of fulfillment.How can people learn more about the group?
Visit our website at depaulnetimpact.org
, visit the national website at netimpact.org
(where you must sign up to join DePaul’s chapter), find us on social media or email us at email@example.com
. Also, come to our events!
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