Students to design three Net Impact tracks


By Jeanne Pengelly, Axiom News

Published 3.25.13


Mitchell Friedman says that Presidio Graduate School (PGS) being named a partner in the upcoming Net Impact conference is an honor. It is “phenomenal” that three out of four student proposals for track leadership have also been accepted, he says.

Friedman, associate dean of career development and student affairs at PGS, says the school will be spotlighted at the conference in San Jose Oct. 24-16, not only as an organizational partner but also a content leader.

PGS students were chosen to design content for three tracks: finance and investing, sustainable food, and non-profit management and public sector innovation.

“We have four areas of concentration at PGS; it was four tracks we applied to lead and we got three of our four – that’s phenomenal,” Friedman says.

Track leadership will involve about six students, with more coming on board as the conference plans roll out.

There are other roles for students that provide great networking and learning opportunities, Friedman says.

Net Impact Student Club Co-President Emma Allison attended her first Net Impact Conference in Baltimore last year.

“It provided a fun and energetic learning environment that enabled me to really put myself out there and meet students from all over the country and to hand-pick different sessions and speakers that I was interested in hearing from,” she says.

“While I personally do not go into this conference with the expectation or hope of walking away with a job, the energy, excitement, and the variety of schools and students helps to renew my own sense of excitement and drive to work in sustainability oriented roles.”

PGS will be one of six Net Impact chapters partnering to create the Net Impact 2013 conference. The others are: Mills College Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, Presidio Graduate School, San Francisco State University College of Business, Stanford University, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and the Net Impact San Francisco professional chapter.

Given the prestigious list of partner chapters it’s even more impressive that PGS students were selected to design three of their four proposed tracks, Friedman says.

More than 30,000 people belong to the Net Impact community, embracing change aimed at tackling some of the toughest problems the world faces.

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