Last week, the Net Impact club at Smith celebrated its 10 anniversary at Denizen’s Brewery in Silver Spring, MD. As a social impact focused student club, Net Impact continues to promote, educate, and connect students with businesses and leaders with a focus beyond the traditional bottom line. It’s a thoughtful departure from the traditional underlying goals of organizations we consider as “businesses” vs. “nonprofits and charities”; one that looks to balance and optimize both profits and having a positive impact on the world around us.
Given the size of the Smith full time MBA program and the 2 year turnover cycle, 10 years is a milestone for a student led organization–not to mention a testament to its staying power. Smith MBAs come from a diverse range of backgrounds, including many from the world of nonprofits and public service.
The event served a modest buffet, along with a sampling of Denizen’s signature craft beers brewed on site, in their showcase brewing facility. Along with fellow students, Net Impact alumni and staff from the business school came out to attend the event, held on a Friday evening in downtown Silver Spring.