Featured speakers have included Nobel laureates, elected officials, corporate and nonprofit leaders, and social entrepreneurs.

Our social innovation conferences and events are designed for anyone who is committed to making the world more equitable and sustainable, including nonprofit and business leaders, social entrepreneurs, board members, impact investors, and Booth students, faculty, and alumni.

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 the Rustandy Center.

If you’re a student interested in a virtual meeting with a Rustandy Center executive in residence, contact us. We hope that these resources will support you in your work to create meaningful impact here in Chicago and around the world.

Signature Events

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On Board

The Rustandy Center annual conference brings together business and nonprofit leaders to explore key trends and insights in nonprofit board service.

On Board

Upcoming Events

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Rustandy Challenge: Design Thinking Mindsets Workshop 

Tuesday, January 11, 12-1 p.m. CT | Virtual

Cohosted with the Innovation and Design Club 

Join the Innovation and Design Club for a crash course on design thinking, the method behind the Rustandy Challenge's approach to economic development.  

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Rustandy Challenge: Entering and Exiting Communities Training

Tuesday, January 18, 12-1:15 p.m. CT | Virtual

Cohosted with the University Community Service Center

Join the University Community Service Center for a training that will help you to meaningfully approach community interactions by examining your own identity and experiences and understanding the University’s civic engagement history and philosophy.

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SNVC Application Workshop and Quick Pitch

Wednesday, January 19, 12-1 p.m. CT | Virtual

Hear from Booth professor Rob Gertner to learn about best practices for completing your SNVC application. Participate in a quick pitch exercise, network with fellow social entrepreneurs, and gain key insights into what makes a compelling SNVC application.

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Unpacking ESG

Monday, January 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT | Virtual

Cohosted with the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State 

Join the Rustandy and Stigler Centers for an event that will examine how the diverse and varied applications of the "ESG" label have given rise to the ambiguities that surround this field. A panel of industry and academic thought leaders will discuss the ways in which ESG is, is not, and could be a force for social and environmental impact.

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Equitable A.I. in Finance

Tuesday, January 25, 12-1 p.m. CT | Virtual

Cohosted with the Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence 

Join the Rustandy Center and the Center for Applied A.I. for an event that will explore how financial applications of A.I. can be used to advance social equity. Hear from industry experts on how A.I. is impacting the world of finance and what opportunities for improvement exist. 

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