Social Innovation Conferences and Events

Rustandy EventsThe Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation holds events globally, equipping members of our community with insights into how the sector operates and helping them increase their odds of solving complex problems. Featured speakers have included Nobel laureates, elected officials, corporate and nonprofit leaders, and social entrepreneurs.

Rustandy Center events are designed for nonprofit and business leaders; social entrepreneurs; Booth students, faculty, and alumni; board members; and impact investors—anyone committed to making the world more equitable and sustainable.

OnBoard

On Board Conference

One of our largest annual events is the On Board conference on nonprofit board service, which is held in Chicago, Hong Kong, New York, and San Francisco.

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Events Update

Please note that, due to COVID-19 and in accordance with Booth’s events policy, all events will be hosted virtually until further notice. Visit UChicago’s website for more information, or email any questions to the Rustandy Center.

We hope that these resources will support you in your work to create meaningful impact here in Chicago and around the world.

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19th Annual Chicago Booth Healthcare Conference

Thursday, February 25 5:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Hosted by the Chicago Booth Healthcare Group

A revolution in technological capabilities, consumer expectations, and data have opened new avenues for experimentation – and disruption – across the healthcare value chain. In parallel, new contextual factors, including a global pandemic and increasing interconnectivity, have changed the calculus for addressing age-old access and delivery challenges. Join the Chicago Booth Healthcare Group for a unique opportunity to explore, challenge, and reimagine approaches to innovation and investment across the healthcare ecosystem, and engage with creative leaders who have embraced unconventional approaches to healthcare's most persistent pain points.

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Film Screening & Discussion: The Road Up

Tuesday, April 27 12:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Cohosted with the Booth Alumni Club of Chicago and Booth Alumni Nonprofit Consultants

Get a first-hand look into the power of mentorship through a film discussion on The Road Up, a documentary following four participants in Cara, a Chicago job-training program. As these participants work toward finding stable employment, they are guided and motivated by their impassioned mentor, Mr. Jesse. Drawing on learnings from his own past, Mr. Jesse supports members of the Cara community in finding hope and a path forward as they grapple with poverty, addiction, homelessness, and trauma. During this event, Caroline Grossman, '03, executive director at the Rustandy Center and adjunct assistant professor of strategy at Chicago Booth, will moderate an exclusive and inspiring conversation with Maria Kim, '12, President and CEO of Cara, and one of the filmmakers, Greg Jacobs.

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Net Impact Board Fellows Series: Exploring Chicago's Nonprofit Landscape

Thursday, March 04 12:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Cohosted with the Net Impact student group

What are the most-pressing challenges facing Chicago today? Hosted by Net Impact and the Rustandy Center, this session in the Net Impact Board Fellows Series will offer an overview of the most-pressing challenges facing Chicago and the nonprofit sector's current efforts to address them. Whether you’re interested in nonprofit board service or simply want to learn about how you can make an impact, this session will offer first-hand insight into how you can best support Chicago’s nonprofit work.

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Office Hours with Impact Investor in Residence, Priya Parrish, '09

Friday, February 26 12:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Parrish, '09, managing partner at Impact Engine and adjunct assistant professor of strategy at Chicago Booth, is available to mentor and provide an industry perspective on careers in impact investing.

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Office Hours with Impact Investor in Residence, Priya Parrish, '09

Friday, March 12 12:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Parrish, '09, managing partner at Impact Engine and adjunct assistant professor of strategy at Chicago Booth, is available to mentor and provide an industry perspective on careers in impact investing.

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Office Hours with Impact Investor in Residence, Priya Parrish, '09

Friday, March 05 12:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Parrish, '09, managing partner at Impact Engine and adjunct assistant professor of strategy at Chicago Booth, is available to mentor and provide an industry perspective on careers in impact investing.

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Office Hours with Nonprofit Engagement Executive in Residence, Dorri McWhorter

Thursday, February 25 4:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

McWhorter, CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, is available to speak with students about nonprofit management, board service, community engagement, nonprofit careers, impact investing modeling, and more.  

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Office Hours with Social Entrepreneur in Residence, Dave Ellis

Tuesday, March 09 1:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Interested in social entrepreneurship? Ellis, cofounder of Flow Equity and its flagship enterprise EthioChicken, is available to meet with students who want to explore how to develop and scale a social enterprise.

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Research to Practice: Developing Innovative Ways to Deliver Health Interventions

Tuesday, March 02 12:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

How do you get life-saving health supplies to people in hard-to-reach locations? Join the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, Booth Professor Baris Ata, and Dr. Amy Lehman, AB '96, MBA '05, MD '05, founder of Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic, for an event exploring research efforts to develop and test new approaches for delivering life-saving medical supplies to hard-to-reach communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Save the Dates: On Board 2021

 
Virtual - Zoom

On Board is going virtual. Throughout April and May, join the Rustandy Center for its annual event exploring key trends and insights in nonprofit board service. Through a series of complimentary informative and interactive online sessions and a virtual nonprofit networking fair, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with fellow business and nonprofit leaders, reflect on learnings from this past year, and leave equipped with tools to strengthen the future of the social sector. 

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Startup Networking Night

Thursday, March 04 6:00 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Hosted by Chicago Booth Career Services

Startup Networking Night creates an opportunity to bring a strong community of entrepreneurs together with talented students from Chicago Booth for a productive night of networking. Attend to find top talent for immediate and upcoming openings for projects, internships, and full-time positions; connect with Chicago Booth startup resources, including Career Services, the University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation; and expand your network and create connections with some of the brightest MBA students interested in entrepreneurship.

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The Black Experience in the Field of Economics

Thursday, February 25 6:30 PM
Virtual - Zoom

Hosted by the Harris School of Public Policy

Join a community of Black economists – emerging scholars and those more advanced in their careers – for a discussion on the Black experience in economics: entering and progressing within the discipline, the academy’s racial and cultural blind spots, and what the future brings for Black economists, both with respect to the profession and the ultimate goal of driving policy change and impact.

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