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.

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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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Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) Kickoff Webinar 1

Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:00 AM
Online

The Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) is the fifth track of the Polsky Center’s nationally-ranked Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge. If you are thinking about applying to the ANVC, join the Polsky Center for a webinar on October 10 at 8 a.m., 12 p.m., or 6 p.m.

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Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) Kickoff Webinar 2

Thursday, October 10, 2019 12:00 PM
Online

The Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) is the fifth track of the Polsky Center’s nationally-ranked Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge. If you are thinking about applying to the ANVC, join the Polsky Center for a webinar on October 10 at 8 a.m., 12 p.m., or 6 p.m.

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Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) Kickoff Webinar 3

Thursday, October 10, 2019 6:00 PM
Online

The Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC) is the fifth track of the Polsky Center’s nationally-ranked Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge. If you are thinking about applying to the ANVC, join the Polsky Center for a webinar on October 10 at 8 a.m., 12 p.m., or 6 p.m.

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Total Impact Portfolio Challenge (TIPC) Application

Tuesday, October 08, 2019 2:00 PM
Online

Interested in participating in the 2019-20 Total Impact Portfolio Challenge (TIPC) created by Wharton? You are required to apply as a team of three to five individuals.

If you would like to participate but need to find a team, we highly encourage you to attend our Impact Investing Programs Information Session.

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Impact Investing Competitions with October Application Deadlines

Tuesday, October 08, 2019 2:00 PM
Online

Which impact investing competition is right for you? Competitions can be great ways to get real-world experience, connect with industry leaders, and improve teamwork skills. Learn about upcoming deadlines and competitions, including MIINT and Invest for Impact.

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Impact Investing Programs Information Session

Tuesday, October 08, 2019 11:45 AM
Harper Center, Room C-06

Interested in gaining hands-on experience in impact investing? Learn about the growing industry and how to build core skills in impact investing from Will Colegrove, the Rustandy Center’s senior associate director and head of impact investing and social entrepreneurship programming.

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Making the Switch

Friday, October 25, 2019 8:30 AM
Gleacher Center

Cohosted with Chicago Booth’s Career Services 

Making the Switch is an event designed for alumni who are considering a transition into a career at a nonprofit, government agency, or for-profit social venture. Hear from fellow alumni who've made the switch, explore the landscape of social sector careers, and come away with concrete next steps to make a successful career transition.

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Net Impact Board Fellows Info Session

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 11:45 AM
Harper Center, Room C-10

Cohosted with Net Impact

Interested in nonprofit board service? Learn more about the Net Impact Board Fellows program, which matches Chicago Booth students with nonprofit organizations to serve as nonvoting members of their boards of directors. Lunch will be provided.

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New Venture Challenge and Social New Venture Challenge Kickoff

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 5:00 PM
Harper Center, Room 100

Cohosted with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Considering applying for the 10th annual SNVC or the 24th annual Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC)? Join us for an information session to learn about the application process, best practices, and how to form your team.

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New Venture Challenge and Social New Venture Challenge Kickoff

Saturday, November 02, 2019 12:15 PM
Gleacher Center, Room 208

Cohosted with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Considering applying for the 10th annual SNVC or the 24th annual Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC)? Join us for an information session to learn about the application process, best practices, and how to form your team.

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

Friday, October 04, 2019 9:00 AM
Harper Center, Suite 208

Parrish, managing partner at Impact Engine, is available to mentor and provide an industry perspective on careers in impact investing.

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Office Hours: Sustainability Executive in Residence Karen Weigert

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 3:30 PM
Booth 455, Room 120-E

Weigert, vice president of business strategy and regional operations at Slipstream, is available to mentor and provide an industry perspective on careers at the intersection of business and sustainability.

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Office Hours: Sustainability Executive in Residence Karen Weigert

Thursday, October 17, 2019 3:30 PM
Booth 455, Room 120-E

Weigert, vice president of business strategy and regional operations at Slipstream, is available to mentor and provide an industry perspective on careers at the intersection of business and sustainability.

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Perspectives in Social Entrepreneurship - Big Data & AI

Thursday, October 31, 2019 11:45 AM
Harper Center, Room C-10

This event series, facilitated by University of Chicago faculty members, is designed to introduce you to key social impact areas. This session will be led by Booth professor Sendhil Mullainathan and Harris professor and director of the University of Chicago's Crime Lab Jens Ludwig. 

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Perspectives in Social Entrepreneurship - Market Mechanisms

Thursday, October 17, 2019 11:45 AM
Harper Center, Room C-10

This event series, facilitated by University of Chicago faculty members, is designed to introduce you to key social impact areas. This session will be led by Professor Canice Prendergast who will discuss market-based mechanisms to address social problems.

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Perspectives in Social Entrepreneurship - Operations Management

Wednesday, November 06, 2019 6:00 PM
Booth 455, Room 140

Our event series, facilitated by University of Chicago faculty members, is designed to introduce you to key social impact areas. This session will be led by Professor Baris Ata whose research includes operational issues in the criminal justice system and logistical challenges in the last-mile delivery programs in Africa.

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Perspectives in Sustainability

Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:45 PM
Harper Center, Room C-04

Do you care about how the business sector intersects with sustainability, climate change, the use of natural resources, and the world around us? Perspectives in Sustainability is an event series designed to help you grapple with and tackle these issues in careers beyond Booth.

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Rustandy Center Open House

Thursday, October 03, 2019 11:45 AM
Harper Center, Suite 208

Booth students are invited to a Rustandy Center open house to meet the Rustandy team and to learn about our social impact programs, courses, research, and events for the school year. A light lunch will be provided.

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Chart Your Path to Social Impact

Monday, October 07, 2019 11:45 AM
Harper Center, Room C-04

Want to make an impact, but are wondering where to start? Join Caroline Grossman, ’03, director of programs at the Rustandy Center, for a hands-on, interactive workshop to gain a greater understanding of how you can make an impact on the issues you care about and the many ways the Rustandy Center can support you in that journey while at Booth and beyond. A light lunch will be provided.

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On Board New York

Friday, November 08, 2019 8:00 AM
Convene, 237 Park Avenue, New York

The On Board conference in New York City is a day of connecting and learning about key trends and insights in nonprofit board service. On Board helps Booth alumni make the most of their board service and discover new opportunities to make an impact.

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