Networking for Impact

     

Well, we're back. All 62 of us. A good-lookin' crew, huh?...A mere fraction of the total Haas representation in Nashville!

I'll give some context in case you didn't see my post last week. Haas sent a large contingent to this year's national Net Impact Conference, Nov. 1-4, hosted by Vanderbilt's Owen School of Management in the heart of country music...umm, country.

The Conference was an amazing opportunity to not only meet experienced practitioners and academics in fields we're interested in, but also a chance to network with socially-minded MBAs from schools all around the country--while getting to know our Haas brethren much better (sometimes it takes getting away from school to really do that). Panel topics ranged from CSR and triple bottom line to social venture and nonprofit management to supply chain greening...and everything in between. One of our Career Services Advisors, Rich Wong, even made the trip out to support us. What a guy.

All in all, the weekend was intellectually engaging, viscerally energizing, and socially satisfying. And we topped it all off with a little line dancing on Saturday night!

Many of us are now fighting colds from the long flight and lack of sleep, but it was well worth it. I, for one, am already looking forward to next year (Wharton is hosting)...

—Omar

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