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Melanie Horton
Los Angeles, CA
Interests: travel, learn about foreign cultures, write, try new restaurants, bake
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A few weeks ago, 20 students from UCLA Anderson’s chapter of Net Impact traveled to San Jose to attend the 2013 Net Impact Conference. This year, the conference attracted 2,500 students and professionals from around the world, all of whom have one thing in common: a desire to use their business skills to create positive social and environmental change. UCLA Anderson had a proud showing among business schools, reflective of our recent efforts to increase student engagement. The conference kicked off with keynote speaker Denise Morrison, President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company. She talked about the company’s efforts to fight obesity, a cause she considers Campbell’s responsibility, and her goal of becoming famous for creating shared value for shareholders around the world. We also heard from Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF, who spoke about her mission to battle hunger, poverty, and disease across the globe, and shared excerpts from her moving new book, I Believe in Zero. The energy throughout the opening reception was exhilarating; it is amazing the conversations that take place when 2,500 do-gooders come together in the same room. There were over 100 breakout sessions during the conference, on topics such as impact investing, cause marketing, clean tech, the future of food (crickets anyone?), electric vehicles, sustainable supply chain strategy, and biomimicry, to name just a few. Panelists included representatives from large multinational corporations, nonprofits, and pro-social start-ups. It was truly inspiring to see how many organizations are working to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at The MBA Student Voice
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Last month, UCLA Anderson Net Impact wrapped up the Eighth Annual Net Impact Consulting Challenge (NICC), a two-week consulting project that offers students the opportunity to assist local nonprofits and for-profit social ventures with specific business challenges. All 17 student teams presented their strategic plans to teams of judges and members of their assigned organizations. After the first round of presentations, the finalists were called on stage in Korn Hall to present once more, this time in front of a crowded auditorium. And the winners are… First place: The Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice - Kiara Barrett (MBA 2013), Diana Lin (MBA 2014), Ana Peña (MBA 2013), Alisa Sommer (JD/MBA 2013) Second place: The Mary Magdalene Project - Megan Groh (MBA 2014), Suzanne Howard (MBA 2014), Shuhan (Bali) Majid (MBA 2014), Ada LingJun Peng (MPP 2013) Third place: EVO Farms - Chris Calice (FEMBA 2015), Dan Freeman (FEMBA 2015), Axel Guerra (FEMBA 2015), Don Sutherland (FEMBA 2015), Allyson Tom (FEMBA 2015) Congratulations to all winners! NICC proved an extremely valuable experience for both the partner organizations and student teams. In talking with the participating students following the competition, one thing was very clear. All of us felt proud to have done work that had real impact on a real organization. It made us realize just how much we have learned in business school so far! Many of the organizations have asked the student teams to present their recommendations at upcoming board meetings. In fact, just last week my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at The MBA Student Voice
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Last Wednesday, the UCLA Anderson chapter of Net Impact held the kickoff for its Eighth Annual Net Impact Consulting Challenge (NICC). NICC offers students the opportunity to assist local nonprofits and for-profit social ventures with current strategic challenges across various areas, such as marketing, finance, operations, and leadership. The students work with their assigned organizations for a period of two and a half weeks, and the competition culminates in a presentation on Sunday, January 27th, when all teams will present their strategic recommendations and compete for a cash prize. In an effort to bring together students of various disciplines and levels of expertise, NICC is open to FEMBA and EMBA students, as well as graduate students outside the business school. Students compete in teams of four to six, and this year there are a total of 17 teams and 86 students. The participating organizations were selected through a competitive application process, and are dedicated to causes that include education, poverty, domestic violence, healthcare, and environmental issues. In past years, NICC had been restricted to nonprofit organizations, but the application process this year opened up to for-profit organizations with a social mission, reflective of a growing interest in this business model. Over the past eight years, NICC has brought together 190 students and impacted over 60 local organizations. During the kickoff event, guest speaker and Anderson alumna Gayle Northrop noted that across the years, interest in the nonprofit world has grown at Anderson from just a few students to a sizeable... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at The MBA Student Voice
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