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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Events Update

As our country, city, and University community grapple with sadness, pain, and anger in light of the death of George Floyd and a number of other racially motivated incidents, we thank you for taking the time to continue to attend Rustandy Center and other affiliated events.

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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2020 Promising Ventures Fellowship Program

Thursday, July 30 11:59 PM
Online Application

The 2020 Promising Ventures Fellowship Program, a free, 12-week accelerator tailored to the needs of social entrepreneurs in early childhood development, will be accepting applicants starting Monday, June 29. Interested applicants can tune into introductory virtual events throughout the summer to meet the Promise team and their partners, dive into engaging, timely topics for social entrepreneurs, and learn more about the program.

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Alumni Board Connect - Alumni Application

Monday, August 24 11:59 PM
Online Application

Do you want to leverage your Booth MBA to help address some of the biggest challenges facing Chicago? Apply to the Alumni Board Connect (ABC) program, which connects Booth alumni in the Chicago area with nonprofit organizations looking for directors to serve on their boards. 

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Alumni Board Connect - Nonprofit Application

Monday, August 24 11:59 PM
Online Application

Finding motivated, right-fit candidates for your board of directors is a critical part of your organization’s long-term strategy – but doing so can be difficult and time-consuming. Apply to the Alumni Board Connect (ABC) program, which connects Chicago area nonprofits with Booth alumni who are looking to leverage their MBA skills to create impact in their community. 

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Booth Community Volunteers - Student Application

Monday, August 24 11:59 PM
Online Application

Do you want to take action to address racial inequity in Chicago this summer? Apply to Booth Community Volunteers, a short-term, project-based volunteer program that connects organizations dedicated to anti-racism work with Booth students looking to leverage their skills for social impact.

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Grow Movement Volunteer Consultant Program

Sunday, July 26 11:59 PM
Online Application

Do you want to leverage your Booth MBA skills and expertise to help create long-term economic impact? Apply to the Grow Movement Volunteer Consultant Program, which connects Booth MBAs with small business founders in Rwanda to provide remote, strategic consulting support. Learn more about the program here.

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