Breaking Boundaries

“The cost of not doing something is much higher than doing something.” – Paul Polman, Unilever CEO, in his keynote address at The Net Impact 2014 Conference

Last week I had the chance to attend the Net Impact Conference in Minneapolis. The theme of the conference was Breaking Boundaries.

The conference was held in beautiful downtown Minneapolis.

The conference was held in beautiful downtown Minneapolis.

Net Impact is an organization focused on creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace and the world. At the conference over 3,000 students and professionals came together to share this vision and learn about each other. Conference speakers included executives from Target, 3M, Best Buy, Coca Cola, Campbell Soup Company, Monsanto, General Mills Inc., and many others. I was surprised how passionately these companies embraced the ideals of Net Impact and they are looking for like minded people to lead their companies into the future. Each session reaffirmed what we are learning in the classroom, from accounting to systems and design thinking, is what is needed to succeed in the real world.

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The “Hub” is where conference attendees could gather to network, grab a snack or just relax throughout the day.

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Vani and Dan hang out with the Target dog in the Hub.

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Caitlin participates in one of the interactive sessions during the conference. She is building a solar lamp for global education in a session sponsored by 3M.

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Attendees listen intently to a panel discussion with CEOs of start-ups during the conference.

The conference reaffirmed that business can impact society. Regardless of the career path, I plan to be an agent of change and it is good to know I am not alone.

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