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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

Bill Rudnick, ‘97, on a panel smiling with colleagues

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

Event Impact Investing 101 (Session 1)
10/20/2021

Gleacher Center, Room 100: Wednesday, October 20, 5-7 p.m. CST

Interested in diving into an impact investing competition or the Steven Tarrson Impact Investment Fund? Led by Priya Parrish, '09, impact investor in residence at the Rustandy Center, these sessions will provide students with a crash course in impact investing by offering definitions and outlining key skills and trends in the industry. Students should plan to attend both sessions 1 and 2. 

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Event Social Impact and Sustainability Fair
10/22/2021

Harper Center, Room C-25: Friday, October 22, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. CST

Do you want to do good at Booth? The Social Impact and Sustainability Fair is your chance to connect with student group and Rustandy Center representatives that can speak to opportunities for students to drive impact in Chicago and the broader global community. You'll have the chance to connect with representatives from: Net Impact, Giving Something Back, the Business and Sustainability Club, and the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation. 

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Event "Ask Me Anything" with Dorri McWhorter, Nonprofit Engagement EIR
10/25/2021

Gleacher Center, Room 203: Monday, October 25, 5-6 p.m. CST

Interested in nonprofit engagement? Join Dorri McWhorter, nonprofit engagement executive in residence at the Rustandy Center, for her AMA. This interactive and informal session is designed to be driven by students, so bring your questions about nonprofit management, board service, community engagement, nonprofit careers, impact investing modeling, and more.

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Event Future of Capitalism: The Climate Challenge
10/27/2021

Virtual via Zoom: Wednesday, October 27, 7-8 a.m. CST

With the rise in environmental regulations and policies around the world, more organizations are implementing measurable sustainability activities. How are these efforts affecting the economies of the EMEA region and the world? Join leading economists to discuss the impact of climate change on the economy and other topics related to environmental, social, and corporate governance. Nobel laureate Lars Peter Hansen will present his research on the uncertainty in climate models and the implications for policymakers. Following his presentation, Hansen will discuss his research with Sir Ronald Cohen, a venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator who is widely recognized as the father of impact investment.

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Event Impact Investing 101 (Session 2)
10/26/2021

Gleacher Center, Room 100: Tuesday, October 26, 5-7 p.m. CST

Interested in diving into an impact investing competition or the Steven Tarrson Impact Investment Fund? Led by Priya Parrish, '09, impact investor in residence at the Rustandy Center, these sessions will provide students with a crash course in impact investing by offering definitions and outlining key skills and trends in the industry. Students should plan to attend both sessions 1 and 2. 

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Event NVC / SNVC Information Session and Kickoff
10/27/2021

Harper Center, Room C-25: Wednesday, October 27, 5-7 p.m. CST

Cohosted with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

If you're considering participating in the 26th annual  Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge or the 12th annual John Edwardson, '72, Social New Venture Challenge, join the Polsky Center and the Rustandy Center for this information session and kickoff event. Information on applications, best practices, and team formation will be covered.

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Event NVC / SNVC Information Session and Kickoff (Virtual)
10/30/2021

Virtual via Zoom: Saturday, October 30, 12:15-1:15 p.m. CST

Cohosted with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

If you're considering participating in the 26th annual  Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge or the 12th annual John Edwardson, '72, Social New Venture Challenge, join the Polsky Center and the Rustandy Center for this virtual information session and kickoff event. Information on applications, best practices, and team formation will be covered.

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Event Apply to be a campusCATALYST MENTOR
10/31/2021

Application Deadline: Rolling

campusCATALYST is an independent 501(c)(3) that partners with universities to engage college and graduate school students in high-impact pro-bono consulting for nonprofits. Each quarter, campusCATALYST recruits 25 undergraduates in the college and five Chicago Booth/Harris mentors to conduct a 10-week consulting project with 5 local nonprofits. Please email your resume and a paragraph detailing your experience in  mentorship and/or your experience working in consulting or nonprofits to uchicagocampuscatalyst@gmail.com

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Event Choosing Leadership Mini-Course with Professor Linda Ginzel
11/02/2021

Virtual via Zoom: Every Tuesday in November, 8-9 a.m. CST; 9-10 p.m. HKT

Leadership is a critical skill for NGO practitioners, whether you are the head of an organization or a staff member at any level. Honing your personal leadership style not only allows you to develop greater self-understanding, but it plays a vital role in helping you to advance meaningful change within the communities that you serve. This November, join the Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business for Choosing Leadership, a live-online mini-course focused on helping you develop your own perspective as a leader.

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Event Social Impact Leadership Series: The Hidden Bias of Judging People by How They Talk
11/04/2021

Virtual via Zoom: Thursday, November 4, 8-9 p.m. HKT

This first Social Impact Leadership Series event of the year will provide research-based evidence that celebrating - rather than diminishing - diversity of language can help foster greater social inclusion and understanding. University of Chicago Professor Katherine Kinzler will speak to the topic of linguistic prejudice by highlighting key themes from her book, How You Say It. Dr. Jan Gube, assistant professor at The Education University of Hong Kong, will speak to this topic from a local lens, honing in on how linguistic inclusion can support multi-cultural education.

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Event Perspectives in Sustainability: Navigating the Sustainability Career Search
11/09/2021

Harper Center, Room C-01: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 12-1 p.m. CST

Are you interested in leveraging your Booth MBA for a career in sustainability or food and agriculture? Join Daphne Mazarakis, '99, sustainable food and entrepreneurship executive in residence at the Rustandy Center, for an inside look at navigating a career in sustainability. At the event, Mazarakis will speak to the array of career avenues that exist within the sustainability space, drawing particularly from her career driving sustainability within small- to large-sized food and agriculture companies. 

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