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.


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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Booth Ed Management Conference

Friday, February 22 11:30 AM
Gleacher Center

At this fourth annual convening of education leaders, practitioners, and graduate students, learn about trends in education, engage with emerging and ongoing academic research, and apply innovative business management principles to the education space. Speakers will include Chicago Public Schools CEO Janet Jackson, Booth Deputy Dean for MBA Programs Stacey Kole, AM ’86, PhD ’92, Noble Charter School Network Chief College Officer Matt Niksch, '04, and more. View the full agenda

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Deadline: Booth Social Impact (BSI) Grant

Friday, February 01 5:00 PM

Chicago-based nonprofits working to improve economic opportunity can apply for a grant from Booth Social Impact, a student group looking to award $4,000 to $10,000 to a nonprofit that aims to close the opportunity/skills gap for Chicagoans, especially those in underserved communities.

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Deadline: Apply for the Aspen Case Competition

Wednesday, March 13 5:00 PM

The Chicago Booth School of Business is one of 25 schools participating in the Aspen Institute’s 2019 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition, which focuses on finding innovative solutions to social, ethical, and environmental problems facing real businesses. Participating Booth students will have from April 4 through April 7 to work on the case and submit a write-up online. There is no limit to the number of Booth student teams that can participate in the first round of the competition. Interested students must register as a team by March 13.

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On Board Conference in Chicago

Friday, March 08 8:00 AM
Gleacher Center

The On Board conference on nonprofit board service brings together Chicago Booth alumni and students, faculty, and business and nonprofit leaders to discuss key trends and insights in nonprofit board service. Whether you are a board beginner, long-time member, or nonprofit leader, On Board will help you get the most out of your board experience.

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Perspectives in Sustainability

Wednesday, February 27 6:00 PM
Gleacher Center, Room 306

Join Booth Adjunct Professor of Operations Management Nicole DeHoratius and Rustandy Center Sustainability Executive in Residence Karen Weigert as they examine the intersection of environment, supply chains, and sustainability. In this interactive session led by DeHoratius, students will grapple with challenges facing businesses and get feedback on their ideas from a panel of industry leaders. Dinner will be provided.