Throughout my life, I have wanted to be in a high impact role where I could have a positive effect on individuals or society as a whole. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Net Impact conference in Silicon Valley. Net Impact is an organization focused on creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace and the world. This organization’s mission parallels my personal vision, and I am very thankful that our MBA program sent our Net Impact Chapter officers to this inspiring conference.
At the conference, over 3,000 students and professionals came together with a shared vision to act as change agents through business. Conference speakers were volunteers from prominent organizations, including: Starbucks, Sprint, SAP, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Timberland, TOMS, Nestle, Walt Disney, Best Buy, Target, etc. I found myself among companies that shared the values that I hold dear to my heart.
The conference affirmed that, through business, I will be able to impact society – whether through sustainable supply chain solutions, corporate citizenship initiatives, social entrepreneurship or as the corporate “intraprenuer” who promotes culture change. Regardless of career path, I plan to be a change agent just like the other attendees. It was exciting to find that I am not alone.