Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Net Impact Club hosted Fourth Annual Global Citizen Forum

March 31, 2014

(GLENDALE, Ariz.) March 31, 2014 — The Net Impact Club at Thunderbird School of Global Management recently held the Fourth Annual Global Citizen Forum on Fri. Mar. 28, 2014.  The forum was an opportunity to give students, professors, alumni, industry leaders and community members a chance to engage in candid discussions and hear from successful corporate business leaders how businesses can solve pressing global issues while still turning a profit.

Net Impact is a non-profit organization that brings together individuals in undergraduate schools, graduate schools and professional settings to collaborate and use business for good.  “In past years we have had more of a focus on non-profit and social enterprise,” said Lauren Simkulak Thunderbird Net Impact president. “This year we wanted to showcase for-profit companies’ sustainability efforts and teach attendees the importance of sustainability in global business.”

The forum was a full day of panels and workshops and included a Keynote Address by Shelly Esque, president of the Intel Foundation.  A full roster of prestigious speakers included, executives from Coca Cola, Unilever,, MillerCoors, Driscoll’s, Taser and more.

Panel topics discussed: Is Sustainability Sustainable and The Future of Marketing Products & Brands. Attendees were also able to select from a variety of workshops including: Entrepreneurship, The Many Faces of Marketing, Supply Chain Integrity Programs, Monitoring & Evaluation: Manzimvula Values Based Consulting, Marketing With a Soul: How to Spark Conversation and Change the Frame.

“Our goal was to have people leave the forum with valuable lessons learned, innovative solutions and an overall increased passion for the topics discussed,” said Simkulak.  “The event was hugely successful with over 100 in attendance. Being able to gain insight from such successful entrepreneurs and established corporate executives was invaluable.”

About Thunderbird School of Global Management
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