It’s our duty to make a positive impact: to the world, to consumers, to children and to the future.
I joined Net Impact a few months ago after starting my MBA journey at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business in hopes of gaining insights on what impact looks like from a business perspective. Coming from an industrial design (product design) background, I’m very interested in product lifecycle, design intensions and the strategic development decisions behind every product brought to market. Additionally, I'm passionate about learning and observing what organizations are doing to influence consumers to make sustainable and responsible decisions.
As a member of the MBA program and the Net Impact Club, I recently was given the opportunity to visit
But I left with much more! Mary Merrill’s presentation was one of the most honest and transparent discussions I’ve ever seen. When discussing the motivations behind sustainable and social change,
That statement made the proverbial light bulb go off. For a business to make an impact, it of course must have the influence, ability and drive to invest necessary resources.
Mary’s presentation covered
In addition to my experience at
Lisa and her fellow panelists discussed the importance of a top-down approach to tackling diversity issues inside and outside organizations. The women repeated the importance of equity in making an impact. Lisa shared an anecdote of how she taught her son the importance of being different and how each individual contributes to make something beautiful.
“To make a delicious cake, you don’t just need flour. You need butter and eggs for the flavor,” she said. This must be true in our own lives.
The women also spoke of the programs being supported by and outside their organizations. Specifically, Lisa spoke of
As I mentioned, I have a passion for making an impact. I have much to learn and plan to continually push myself into new avenues for change.
Elizabeth Schultz is a 2017 MBA candidate at Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business
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